6/28/10 12:26 PM
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, has announced its weekly award winners following this past weekend's action. Chicago attackman Mike Leveille was honored as this week’s Offensive Player of the Week while Boston goalie Jordan Burke was named the Defensive Player of the Week. Chicago attackman Ned Crotty was named the Rookie of the Week for his standout performance.
Mike Leveille was honored for his 5 goal, 2 assist performance in an 18-14 win over the Denver Outlaws that has placed the Machine in a three-way tie for second place in the MLL standings. The attackman scored a goal in each quarter, as he potted three in the first half and then added one in each of the final two frames. Chicago battled back and forth with Denver in the first half, but never held a lead of its own. After a third quarter in which Chicago topped the Outlaws 4-3, the Machine took over in the final frame and outscored its opponent 5-1 to seal the victory.
“[Mike and Kevin Leveille] finished their opportunities,” said Outlaws head coach Brian Reese. “We left those guys open down low too much and they are going to put goals away.”
Jordan Burke was named the Defensive Player of the Week for his unexpected standout performance against Long Island. With the Cannons trailing 13-5 in the third quarter head coach Bill Daye replaced starting goalie Kip Turner with Burke, who had seen only 3:14 of playing time all season before the switch. The former Brown University All-American stood tall, denying one attempt after the other as the Cannons slowly chipped away at the deficit. Burke allowed his teammates the time necessary to recover as they scored seven points in the third quarter to cut the lead to just one, 13-12. In the fourth quarter Boston continued to roll, outscoring Long Island 5-1 to complete the wild comeback. Burke turned away seven of eight shot attempts from the Lizards, allowing just one goal in a little under 26 minutes in net. While he was in net for just under a half, Burke’s play was vital to the Cannon’s comeback win and he was honored as the Bud Light MVP of the game for his performance. With the win the Cannons gain sole possession of first place with their league best 5-2 record.
“We were all unbelievable out there, it was great getting the call to go out there and help my team, but I have to give all the credit to this team, we didn’t fold when the going got tough,” said Burke after the come from behind victory.
Crotty was named this week’s top rookie after scoring two goals and three assists for five points in an 18-14 win over Denver. One of his goals came on the powerplay in the second quarter on an assist from Mike Leveille. Crotty, along with the Leveille brothers, lead the way for the Machine as the three combined for 11 goals. The former Duke midfielder got going early, netting both of his goals in the first quarter, he then had an assist in each of the final three quarters to help the Machine to victory. The top overall selection in this year’s Collegiate Draft, Crotty has seven points on the year, tallying three goals and four assists in three games.
About Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, commenced play in June of 2001. The MLL is comprised of six teams located in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Long Island, Toronto, and Chesapeake. The season will culminate with the New Balance MLL Championship Weekend, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 21 and 22 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland.
Major League Lacrosse was founded by Jake Steinfeld and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. For more information, please visit the Official League website at www.majorleaguelacrosse.com.