August 25, 2011

Rabil Wins Second MLL MVP Award in Three Years

from press releases

Paul Rabil won his second MVP award in three seasons and is the third straight Boston Cannons player to win the honor. Attackman Matt Poskay won last season.

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BOSTON – Major League Lacrosse announced Thursday that Boston Cannons midfielder Paul Rabil has been named as the 2011 Bud Light MLL Season MVP, according to MLL Commissioner David Gross. The award was based on the votes submitted by the head coaches and general manager of each of the league's six teams.

It is the second time in the last three years that Rabil has earned the award after being selected as the 2009 Bud Light MLL Season MVP.

In addition, it is the third straight year that a Boston Cannons player has been given the award as attackman Matt Poskay earned the honor last year.

Rabil earned 35 points in the voting by coaches and GMs. Rochester second-year attackman Ned Crotty finished in second place with 21 points. Boston goaltender Jordan Burke, runner up for MLL goaltender of the year, finished third in the MVP vote.

"Well it's a huge honor for me, Most Valuable Player I think trickles down from the success of a team, we've had three successful seasons in a row now and I've been fortunate to be part of such a great group of guys," Rabil said. "I owe a lot of my results to my offensive and defensive teammates for putting me in places where I can be successful."

The Cannons' leading scorer, Rabil scored 28 goals in 11 games, including four two-point goals. In addition, he took a team-high 127 shots.

A two-time selection as the MLL Offensive Player of the Week, Rabil scored five goals with two assists in a June 4 victory over the Chesapeake Bayhawks before tallying four goals with two assists against Rochester two weeks later.

In addition, the former Johns Hopkins University midfielder scored three goals, including a two-point marker, with three assists in a victory over Denver on July 3 at INVESCO Field at Mile High, now known as Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Rabil, who tallied at least two points in every game, also scored two or more goals in 9 of 11 games and had six multi-assist games.

In 42 career games, Rabil has scored 106 goals, including 21 two-point markers, with 46 assists. Rabil was named as the Warrior MLL Offensive Player of the Year for the second time on Tuesday.

Boston faces the reigning league champion Chesapeake Bayhawks in the MLL semifinals in a game scheduled for noon Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.

MLL Championship Weekend is still on as planned, but fans are urged to check and for updates with regards to potential changes or delays because of Hurricane Irene.

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