DURHAM, N.C.- Duke University junior Robert Rotanz and sophomore Dan Wigrizer have been named the ACC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively. Rotanz and Wigrizer helped to lead a second-half charge in the Blue Devils' 13-11 win over No. 7 Virginia to clinch the ACC regular season title.
The ACC Offensive Player of the Week honor is the first for Rotanz of his career, while Wigrizer earns the Defensive Player of the Week nod for the second time this season. Duke has five weekly awards overall on the year.
A midfielder, Rotanz posted a career-high five points on four goals and an assist. He tied his career-high with four goals, including three in Duke's outstanding third quarter, to lead all scorers for the game. After Virginia tied the game at seven to start the third quarter the native of Westport, Conn. Tallied three of the next four goals to put the Blue Devils in front 11-7. Rotanz registered his fourth goal of the game to start the fourth stanza and that proved to be the game-winner in Duke's 16th straight home victory. He currently ranks fourth on the team with 22 points and has registered 12 in the past five games alone.
Wigrizer, a second-year goaltender for the Blue Devils, put together an excellent second half of play against the Cavaliers. After making three saves in the first half the Villanova, Pa. native stopped eight of Virginia's 13 shots in the final 30 minutes to earn his eighth win of the year. Finishing with 11 saves overall, Wigrizer has made double-digit stops in seven of his 12 outings this season. For the year, Wigrizer is 8-4 overall and has a 9.66 goals against average and a .538 save percentage.
Duke climbed to No. 7 in the rankings following the win against Virginia last weekend. The top seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament, the Blue Devils will go up against No. 4 seed Virginia in the ACC Tournament semifinal on April 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Koskinen Stadium.