June 8, 2009

MLL: Fiore, Schwartzman, Greer Honored

from press release

Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced Monday its weekly award winners for the week ending June 7, 2009, according to MLL Commissioner David Gross. The Long Island Lizards' Chris Fiore has been named Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career, while Denver Outlaws' goaltender Jesse Schwartzman was honored as the League's Defensive Player of the Week. And for the second week in a row, Lizards' attackman Zack Greer took home the Rookie of the Week award.

Friday night on Long Island, Fiore netted a total of four goals, the most significant of which came 22 seconds into overtime, to give the Lizards a 14-13 victory over the Cannons, their second win over Boston this season. After a 4-goal streak by Boston in the third quarter, Fiore scored to slow the Cannons comeback with a zip-line shot to the top corner. Heading into overtime, Fiore bull-dodged his way to the net and scored, unassisted.  Now in his seventh season in the League, this was Fiore's first ever Offensive Player of the Week honor.

Schwartzman, who also earned his first career weekly honor, stopped 17 of 28 shots against the Chicago Machine. The Johns Hopkins alum held the Machine to just 3 first-half goals, with 11 saves. Despite allowing 6 goals in the fourth, Schwartzman remained poised between the pipes to secure the Outlaws third win of the season. Jesse has been a solid goalie for the Outlaws through their first four weeks of play, helping Denver to a 3-1 record, tied for first in the league.

In his second week as a Lizard, Greer tallied another 5 points, a team-high, to help Long Island defeat the Cannons in overtime. He found the back of the net 4 times, twice in the second quarter, and once in both the third and fourth quarters. Greer's goal in the third quarter tied things at 10 apiece. His goal in the fourth, with under a minute left in regulation, put the game into overtime, making way for Fiore's golden goal.  In just 2 games played, Greer easily leads all rookies with 10 points, and could potentially earn himself a spot in the All-Star game this July.

For the second straight week, the Lizards boast two weekly award honorees and will face-off against the Outlaws this Saturday at 9 PM ET. Schwartzman will certainly have his hands full with Greer and Fiore leading the offense, but he should provide plenty of highlight-reel saves

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