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Carraro Tabbed ECAC Specialist of the Week
Courtesy: Denver Athletics  
Release: 04/16/2012
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CENTERVILLE, Mass. - After leading the Pioneers' face-off efforts, winning 21-of-25 attempts and recording a game-high 14 groundballs, junior Chase Carraro (Louisville, Ky.) was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference's Specialist of the Week, the league office announced today.

Along with Carraro, Hobart's Alex Love was named the Offensive Player of the Week, while Loyola University's Reid Acton was named the Defensive Player of the Week. Fairfield's Tristan Sperry earned ECAC Rookie of the Week honors.

Carraro earned his fourth ECAC Specialist of the Week honor of the season after coming two successful face-offs short of recording a new career-high. The junior also won 12-consecutive face-offs to start the game, and six straight to end the contest, helping the Pioneers keep it close in a 12-9 loss to Loyola (Md.) on Saturday evening.

Offensive Player of the Week

Alex Love, Hobart, Attack, Sophomore, Geneva, N.Y./Salisbury School

Love scored a career-high matching five goals, including what proved to be the game winner, in a 14-13 Hobart win over Bellarmine. With Hobart trailing the Knights 11-10 midway through the fourth quarter, Love scored back-to-back goals just 23 seconds apart to put his team in front. He netted the eventual game winner, his team-leading fifth man-up goal of the year, with 4 minutes and 38 seconds remaining. Love tops Hobart with 27 goals and shares the team lead with 32 points.

Defensive Player of the Week

Reid Acton, Loyola University, Defenseman, Junior, Toronto, Ontario/Westminster School

Acton had another outstanding game as a lock-down defender on Saturday night as the Greyhounds defeated then-No. 8/10 Denver, 12-9, in Colorado. He had marking responsibilities on the Pioneers' leading scorer Mark Matthews, who saw his 39-game goal-scoring streak snapped (it was the nation's second-longest streak). Acton and the Loyola defense held Denver more than three goals below its season scoring average.

Rookie of the Week

Tristan Sperry, Fairfield, Attack, Freshman, Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs High School

Sperry made his first collegiate start a memorable one as he tallied a game-high four goals on just five shots in the Stags' win over Air Force. With the Falcons having cut the score to 5-4, Sperry struck at 6:17 and 1:49, both unassisted, to start a 3-0 half-ending run which gave the Stags an 8-4 edge, stopping a three-goal Air Force rally.  He then netted his career-best fourth goal 12 seconds into the final stanza.  Sperry also picked up a career-best four ground balls. 

Specialist of the Week

Chase Carraro, University of Denver, Junior, Midfielder, Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier High School

Carraro did his part to keep Denver close in a 12-9 loss to Loyola (Md.), leading the Pioneers' face-off efforts by winning 21-of-25 attempts. He also recorded a game-high 14 ground balls and added an assist. For the season, Carraro has 10 goals and four assists for 14 points to go along with a 65.5 face-off winning percentage on 154-of-235 face-offs won.

Denver travels to take on No. 17 Fairfield on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Alumni Stadium in Fairfield, Conn.

- www.DenverPioneers.com -


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