June 1, 2009

Rabil, Lizards 'D' Earn MLL Weekly Awards

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BOSTON -- Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced Monday its weekly award winners for the week ending May 30, 2009, according to MLL Commissioner David Gross. The Boston Cannons' Paul Rabil has been named Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career, while the defensive unit of the Long Island as a whole was honored as the League's Defensive Player of the Week. Another Lizard, newcomer Zach Greer, took home the season's first Rookie of the Week award.
Rabil gave Boston a jumpstart over the Machine with an early two-point goal to give Boston a 2-1 lead. Scoring three more times throughout the course of the game, Rabil collected 6 points for the night, leading all players. Prior to Saturday's game, Rabil had produced only 2 goals and 2 assists this season. The ex-Blue Jay pushed the Cannons to an 8-goal lead at one point in the game, eventually securing their first win of the season.
For the first time ever, the MLL has selected an entire defensive unit to be honored as Defensive Player of the Week and with good reason. The Lizards defense, playing without their anchor, Nicky Polanco, and also minus John Gagliardi, held the Toronto Nationals scoreless in the 4th quarter. With Brian Dougherty saving 16 shots and the defense shutting down 4 of 6 power play opportunities, the Lizards crashed Toronto's hopes of remaining the League's only undefeated team. The Lizards defense is the top defense in the league, allowing the fewest amount of goals (30), in their 3 games.
In his MLL debut, Zack Greer made quite a splash, scoring 4 times and adding an assist, to lead his Lizards to victory over the Toronto Nationals and also earning Bud Light MVP honors. The attackman, who was selected by Long Island with the third overall pick in last Wednesday's Collegiate Draft, scored once in every quarter, with the most important two goals coming in the 2nd and 4th, where he first tied the game and then put the nail in the coffin as the Lizards finished off Toronto with three unanswered goals in the final quarter.
Similar to last week's winners, this week's honors were a first for the three players in their respective categories. With their impressive victory over Toronto, the Lizards walked away with two of the three awards this week. The Lizards will host Boston, meeting for the second time this season, and will look for their 3rd win of the 2009 season. Rabil and the Cannons will no doubt be looking for revenge, as they fell to Long Island in their opening game of the season by a score of 8-9.


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