February 24, 2010

Crawford Named NLL Player of the Week

from press release

Minnesota Swarm Forward Callum Crawford was named the National Lacrosse League’s Overall Player of the Week for Week #7 of the 2010 NLL Season.  Crawford set the pace for the Swarm by being part of nine of the teams 15 goals; he had four goals, five assists and picked up five loose balls in the 15-5 win over the Colorado Mammoth. The Week #7 NLL schedule consisted of games played on the weekend of February 19-21.

Edmonton Rush Forward Ryan Powell was named Offensive Player of the Week.  Powell scored eight points with four goals and four assists. With the Rush trailing Toronto heading into the 4th quarter, Powell was a part of three of five Edmonton goals that would eventually put the Rush in the lead for good in a 14-13 win over the visiting Toronto Rock.

Rochester Knighthawks Goalie Pat O’Toole was named Defensive Player of the Week. O’Toole made 34 stops on 40 shots on goal. After giving up three early first quarter goals, O’Toole only allowed three additional goals the last 56 minutes of the game. He was able to stop all nine of Philadelphia’s 4th quarter shots on goal in the 12-6 road win.

The Transition Player of the Week was Jay Steve Toll of the Rochester Knighthawks. Toll scored two goals and collected a game-high 18 loose balls. Toll put the Knighthawks on the board, scoring a shorthanded goal to that began to turn momentum after Philadelphia jumped out to a 3-0 lead. The Knighthawks went on to win the game, 12-6.

Toronto Rock Forward Garrett Billings was voted Rookie of the Week. Billings scored three goals and had five assists in a hard fought 14-13 road loss to the Rush. Four of Billings’ eight points came on Toronto’s five second half goals keeping the game within reach until the game ended. For Billings, this was his third Rookie of the Week honor.

The NLL Weekly Player Awards are determined each week by a vote of the General Managers & Head Coaches of the league’s eleven member clubs.  

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