8/2/10 2:02 PM
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, has announced its weekly award winners following this past weekend's action. Long Island Lizards attack Matt Danowski was named the Offensive Player of the Week, Boston Cannons defenseman Ryan McClay was named the Defensive Player of the Week and Boston Cannons Attack Max Quinzani was honored as the Rookie of the Week.
Danowski was named the Offensive Player of the Week, after scoring 8 points on 3 goals and 5 assist during a 16-11 victory over the Toronto Nationals. The win clinch a spot for the Lizards at MLL Championship Weekend presented by Warrior, for the Lizards on Annapolis August 21st and 22nd in Annapolis, Maryland. Danowski’s points came at crucial moments of the game, as he helped the Lizards go on 12-2 run in route to the victory.
“I got a lot of points in transition,” says Danowski. “You don’t get 5 assists without guys finishing their passes. So we were shooting the ball well. The reason I get those points is because the people around me are playing really well. It was definitely a team effort.”
Danowski also helped his teammate Tim Goettelmann break Major league Lacrosse’s all-time goals scored record. He assisted Goettelmann on both the record tying and breaking goals late in the 4th quarter.
“He was really excited and all of the guys were pumped for him. I was going to get him that one inside no matter what,” says Danowski about the record breaking goal. “As soon as I got it, I was going to throw it to him. So Timmy did a nice little back door cut to catch and finish. I was really happy to see him get it in front of all of his family and friends from Long island.”
Ryan McClay was named the Defensive Player of the Week for his unyielding effort in a 16-5 victory over the Denver Outlaws. The win secured the Cannons as the Major League Lacrosse regular season champions and will give them the first seed at Championship Weekend presented by Warrior. McClay helped the Cannons defense hold one of the league’s top offenses to just 5 goals, the lowest goal total, for any team in a single game during the 2010 regular season. He credits good play by goalie Kip Turner for much of the defenses success, who had 17 saves on the night.
“Kip playing well allowed us to play a little bit more aggressively,” says McClay. “We were getting all over their hands and flying around the field. When the ball was on the ground, there were 2 or 3 Cannons guys trying to come up with it. That’s the key to success in the defensive end.”
McClay scooped up a game high 9 groundballs. He also tallied his first goal of the season, 3 minutes into the third quarter. It was just his fifth goal of his 7-year career.
“That felt good,” says McClay about scoring the goal. “I usually look to pass the ball to guys who know how to shoot, when I do take the ball over the midline. I looked at every possible person to pass the ball to on that play. No one ended up sliding to me, so I just figured I’d shoot it.”
McClay’s personal life has been through a bit of a roller coaster ride as of late. His effort comes just one week after he helped Team USA win the gold medal at the Federation of InternationalLacrosse World Championship, in Manchester England. While in England, McClay celebrated the birth of his first child, who was born back at home during the games.
“It’s been pretty hectic. It’s been a pretty crazy 2 weeks.” says McClay. “A lot of travel, not getting as much sleeps as I usually do, with the baby being home. It’s been crazy and it will be something I will never forget.”
His teammate, Max Quinzani was named the Rookie of the Week in the victory. He tallied 3 goals and an assist in the victory.
“Max is a very smart player,” says Cannons head coach Bill Daye. “Max had three great goals, he had a couple of assists and that’s the kind of play we need from him.”
The former Duke star was the third pick in the 2010 Major League Lacrosse draft by the Boston Cannons. Just 6 games into his professional career, he has scored 10 goals and 5 assists. He leads all rookies in goals scored this season.
“That’s why we drafted him,” says Daye. “He is a great off ball player and he finishes it. That’s what he did at Duke and that’s what we expect of him here.”
2010 Major League Lacrosse Championship Weekend presented by Warrior
August 21-22, Annapolis, MD
For information and tickets go to www.majorleaguelacrosse.com