April 24, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland placed three players on the 2013 All-ACC Men's Lacrosse Team, which was announced today by the Atlantic Coast Conference. Junior goalie Niko Amato made the team for the third-straight season, while senior long pole Jesse Bernhardt and senior midfielder John Haus are two-time honorees.
All four ACC men's programs are represented on the annual All-ACC team, which was determined by a vote of the four head coaches. Maryland's three honorees were the tied by Duke and Virginia, which each also had three selections, while North Carolina had two players make the team.
Amato earned his third All-ACC after leading the conference with a 7.16 goals-against average, which is nearly two goals less than the second-place goalie. He is also first in the conference with a .619 save percentage. Amato's standout performance of the season came just last Saturday when he recorded a career-best 24 saves vs. Yale in a one-goal Maryland victory. That total was the most by an ACC goalie since 2005.
Bernhardt, the 2012 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, makes his second All-ACC squad as a dominant long pole. He leads the team 17 caused turnovers and is second on the team with 44 groundballs. He ranks first among non-faceoff men in groundballs per game in the conference. A two-time team captain, Bernhardt has been responsible for leading a Terrapin defense, which ranks third in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing just 7.27 goals per game.
Haus also repeats as an All-ACC selection and is among the league's finest all-around midfielders. He ranks fourth on the team with 23 points on 14 goals and nine assists. Haus was sensational in the Terps' 12-10 win at then-No. 1 Loyola in February with four goals, including the game-winner, and an assist. He also turned in a solid outing in the 9-7 win at Virginia on March 30 with two goals and an assist.
Individual awards, including Offensive Player, Defensive Player, Coach and Freshman of the Year, will be voted on by the league's head coaches following the ACC Championship.
The 2013 ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship will begin Friday, April 26, at Keenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. Maryland, the No 1 seed, will face No. 4 seed Virginia in the tournament's first semifinal game at 5 p.m. No. 2 seed North Carolina battles No. 3 seed Duke in the second semifinal, which is slated for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff.