8/30/11 11:40 AM
The Rochester Rattlers Ned Crotty and Greg Bice were honored with Major League Lacrosse awards for the 2011 season. Crotty was named to the All-MLL team for the first time in his career while Bice won the New Balance Sportsman of the Year award for the second time.
Ned Crotty, Greg Bice, John Galloway and Joel White were recognized with Rochester Rattlers 2011 team awards. Crotty was named the Rattlers Offensive Player of the Year and the Rattlers Most Valuable Player. Greg Bice was named the Rattlers Defensive Player of the Year. Goalie John Galloway was named the Rattlers Rookie of the Year. Joel White received Rattlers Head Coach Tim Soudan’s Coach’s Award.
Ned Crotty finished third in Major League Lacrosse in goals (29), first in assists (21) and first in points (50). The scoring title and assist title were both the first regular season statistical titles of his career. In 2011 Crotty was named to the MLL All-Star Team and the All-MLL Team for the first time in his career. He was the Bud Light Player of the Week in Week Nine after the Rattlers 9-8 win over the Denver Outlaws.
Ned Crotty’s 21 assists in 2011 ranks ninth in the Rattlers single-season history books. Fifty points also ranks ninth in Rattlers single-season history. His fifty point season is the first of his career.
Crotty had a year full of milestones in 2010 when he won the Tewaarton Trophy as college lacrosse’s most valuable player, a national championship with the Duke University Blue Devils, was the number one pick in the 2010 MLL Draft, won the 2010 Cascade MLL Rookie of the Year, and won a gold medal with Team USA in the World Outdoors.
Bice was named the 2011 New Balance Sportsman of the Year. The award recognizes the player who has consistently demonstrated sportsmanship through tenacity, determination, and fair play on the field over the course of the regular season. The player should also be involved in charity work off the field.
Bice has been involved in supporting an orphanage in Honduras along with his wife, Emily. He has spent time teaching at the orphanage and providing support through the Joshua Gregory Bice Memorial Fund, which is named after his late son. Bice also serves on the Board of Directors for the Lacrosse the Nations Foundation, which tries to unify the lacrosse community to improve education and health while creating hope and opportunity for children in need.
He was also recognized as the 2007 New Balance Sportsmen of the Year.
Greg Bice is in his sixth year as a defenseman in Major League Lacrosse. He was named to the MLL All-Star Team for the third time in 2011. . In 2011 Rattlers Coach Tim Soudan named Bice a team captain. He has consistently ranked among the top dozen defenders in MLL in ground balls He finished the 2011 season ranked fourth on the team in ground balls.
RATTLERS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Goalie John Galloway started all ten games he played with the Rattlers after completing his four years at Syracuse University this spring. Galloway was 2-1 over a three game stretch in the second half of July with a 9.00 goals-against average and 53 saves. He was named the Cascade Rookie of the Week in week nine after a 9-8 win in Denver when he recorded 19 saves. He finished 2-7 overall with a 13.11 goals-against average on the season.
At Syracuse University John Galloway was a two-time first team All-American as a four-year starter in goal for Syracuse University. In 2009 he became the only goalie in NCAA history to win the national championship as a freshmen and a sophomore. John Galloway is the only goalie in Syracuse history to win the Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award as the nation’s top goalie. He won the award in 2010 and 2011.
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Defenseman Joel White finished his rookie year with 71 ground balls. White finished first on the Rattlers and second in Major League Lacrosse in the category. He had three double digit ground ball games including eleven in his MLL debut against Hamilton on June 10th. He had five or more ground balls in six games this summer. He also scored three goals this season which ranked third among MLL defensemen.
Joel White was a three time All-American defensive midfielder for the Syracuse University Orange. He was a first team USILA All-American and Tewaaraton Trophy finalist after his junior year. White became the first defensive specialist to win the Lt. Donald C. MacLaughlin, Jr. award as the nation’s top midfielder. As a senior he was again recognized as a USILA First Team All-American and Tewaaraton Trophy finalist. White won two national championships with the Orange. In 2009 Joel White was a member of a gold medal winning Team USA at the International Lacrosse Federation U19 World Championships.