June 15, 2009

Poskay, Merrill, Schneider Win MLL Awards

from press release

Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced Monday its weekly award winners for the week ending June 14, 2009, according to MLL Commissioner David Gross. The Boston Cannons' Matt Poskay has been named Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in his career, while the Toronto Nationals boasted two honorees.

Close defenseman Brodie Merrill collected the Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, and for the first time in his career, Toronto goalie Doc Schneider brought home the Cascade Rookie of the Week honor.

Saturday night marked Poskay's first game for the Cannons this season. Boston's leading goal scorer in 2008 has been sidelined until now following a diagnosis in early May of testicular cancer. Wasting no time in building off from last year's recognition as Cannons' MVP, the midfielder scored four goals to help Boston blow past the Chicago Machine by a score of 22-11. Poskay helped Boston earn their second win of the season.

Contributing to Boston's 9 goal second quarter, a season high for Boston, Poskay tallied a hat trick, a mark that he hit 8 times in 2008. While he is cleared to play, Poskay will still be undergoing further radiation treatments as a precautionary measure.

Earlier on Saturday up in Toronto, Merrill did it all for the Nationals in their game against the Bayhawks. In the third matchup of the season, Merrill and his defense held Washington to 12 goals, a season low for the Bayhawks offense. Leading theteam with an impressive 10 groundballs, the defenseman also scored twice.

In his first professional game ever, Nationals goalie Doc Schneider took advantage of spotlight by making 11 huge saves in just the first half. He allowed only 5 goals from the Bayhawks, giving Toronto a 10-5 lead at the half. Schneider, a 2009 Tewaaraton Award finalist, was the highest drafted goalie in MLL's 2009 Collegiate Draft.

He was named the ECAC goalie of the year, as well as Inside Lacrosse's No. 1 Clutch Goalie in 2009. Second in career saves at UMass, Schneider is looking to translate his college success into the MLL. Saturday's game certainly previewed what should be a bright future for the goalie.

This coming weekend brings a few key and exciting matchups. Poskay will lead the Cannons charge against the Washington Bayhawks at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium this Saturday at 7:30 PM.  Merrill, Doc, and the rest of the Nationals travel to Denver's INVESCO field this Saturday. This game will promises to be the game of the week as the League's top two teams battle for the top spot in the MLL standings. Face-off is schedule for 9 p.m. EST.

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