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Cavalier goalkeeper Kip Turner (15) runs a clear after a save in the third quarter of Virginia’s game against Syracuse, Saturday, March 3, 2007. (Click for a larger version: 137K.)


Virginia goalie Kip Turner has been named ACC Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week after guiding his team to two wins last week.

In last Tuesday’s 10-7 win over Binghamton, the senior from Annapolis, Md., made 11 saves, including six in the first quarter that kept the game tied 1-1. The visiting Bearcats built a 5-2 lead midway through the third quarter and took a 6-5 lead into the fourth quarter. Virginia opened the quarter with three quick goals to take an 8-6 lead. Binghamton had several chances to draw closer, but Turner recorded three saves in one 90-second flurry to keep the lead at two goals. Turner also corralled five ground balls in the winning effort.

Turner played one of the best games of the season in the Cavaliers’ 10-9 overtime victory over North Carolina Saturday night. He recorded a season-high 14 saves and consistently turned aside excellent scoring opportunities in a game that featured seven ties and five lead changes. In addition to his 14 saves, he had three ground balls and used his excellent outlet passing skills to start several fast breaks for the offense.

He made at least three saves in every quarter in regulation and had a big save in overtime. After the Tar Heels took an 8-7 lead early in the 4th quarter, he made two excellent saves as UVa chipped away to force overtime. In the overtime period, he made another tremendous save on a shot by Brian Connors with less than three minutes to play. Following a turnover by each team, Virginia won the game with 1:38 to play.

Turner leads the ACC in goals against average at 6.84 goals per game and has a .576 save percentage.

Virginia travels to Durham, N.C., this Saturday to face Duke at 1 p.m. The game will be televised by CSTV.