May 9, 2011

Shattler, McCready, Vinc Earn NLL's Top Position Honors

from press release

The National Lacrosse League announced Monday that Calgary Roughnecks transition player Jeff Shattler has won the Transition Player of the Award, Rochester Knighthawks defenseman Pat McCready has won the Defensive Player of the Year Award and Knighthawks goalie Matt Vinc has won the Goaltender of the Year Award for the 2011 season.

Shattler led all of the league's transition players in goals (29), assists (46) and points (75). His 75 points also tied with teammate Dane Dobbie for most points scored among Roughnecks players. In 15 regular season games played, Shattler picked up 93 loose balls and forced 12 turnovers.

Having just completed his fifth full season in the league, Shattler played a big part in Calgary's league-best 11-5 regular season record. He also represented the Roughnecks on the Western Division All-Star Team earlier this season.

McCready led a Knighthawks defense that held opponents to 159 goals during the regular season, tied for the second fewest goals allowed in the league.

In 15 games played, McCready led the Knighthawks with 101 loose balls. He was only assessed 16 penalty minutes throughout the season, and chipped in 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) at the offensive end. The 16-year veteran was also credited by his team for being the leader of the defense, getting veteran players and younger players alike to buy into the system and play as a cohesive unit. During the season, McCready was also selected as a starting defenseman on the Eastern Division All-Star Team. The Knighthawks posted a 10-6 regular season record, which tied for first place and earned the team a playoff berth.

Vinc led all starting goaltenders in save percentage, stopping 79.4 percent of the shots that came his way in the Knighthawks net. Vinc played in all 16 games and posted a 10-6 record as Rochester had their best regular season record since 2007. He worked with the Knighthawks defense to hold opponents to 159 goals during the regular season, tied for the second fewest goals allowed in the league. In his sixth professional season, Vinc posted a 9.77 goals against average, third best in the league.

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