8/20/10 11:00 AM
2010 GREAT ATLANTIC ALL-MLL TEAM ANNOUNCED
Boston, Mass. (August 20, 2010) –Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional lacrosse league, announced Friday the players who have been named to the 2010 Great Atlantic All-Major League Lacrosse Team, recognizing the best players at each position. Named to the All-MLL team were:
Attack: Matt Poskay (Boston), Mike Leveille (Chicago), Matt Danowski (Long Island)
Midfield: Paul Rabil (Boston), Peet Poillon (Chesapeake), Max Seibald (Denver)
Defense: Brodie Merrill (Toronto), Michael Evans (Chesapeake), Lee Zink (Denver), Matt Bocklet (Denver)
Goalkeeper: Drew Adams (Long Island)
Face-off Specialist: Alex Smith (Chesapeake)
The All-MLL selections were based on votes submitted by the general managers and head coaches of the six MLL teams.
For the first time, Matt Poskay has been named to the Great Atlantic ALL-MLL team. His 45 goals this season not only leads the league but places him at a tie for fifth place all-time on the single season goal list. He also led the league with 52 points this season. Poskay was the winner of the Major League Lacrosse Warrior Offensive Player of the year award and was named the Bud Light MVP. Since entering the league in 2006, Poskay has scored 140 career goals and 160 career points.
Chicago’s Mike Leveille has been voted onto the 2010 Great Atlantic All-MLL Team following a solid season. The former Syracuse Orangeman had a huge impact on offense for the Machine this season. Leveille finished tied for 5th in goals scored this season with 22, and added 14 assists to his total of 36 points. Leveille has scored 64 career goals and dished out 50 assists for 114 points since being drafted in 2008. This is the first All-MLL Team selection for Leveille.
This past season, Long Island’s Matt Danowksi finished second in the league with 25 goals, second in the league in points with 47, and tallied the second most assists 18. During a week 9 win over the Toronto Machine, Danowski broke the record for most 2-point goals in a single game, scoring 3 from behind the arc, including the game-winning goal. In his career, the Duke graduate has 60 goals, 46 assists, and 114 points. Danowski was also named to the 2010 All-Star Game. The third straight year he has been given that honor.
For the first time in his career, Denver’s Max Seibald was selected to the Great Atlantic All-MLL Team. While playing in 9 games this season Seibald scored a career best 20 goals, 8 assists, and 30 points. He added 2 2-point goals this year. In just his second season in the MLL the former Cornell star improved from a rookie campaign in which he scored 9 goals and 12 points.
For the second straight year Boston’s Paul Rabil was selected to the Great Atlantic All-MLL Team. Rabil scored 21 goals, 8 assists, and 37 points in just 10 games. Last year’s Major League Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year and MVP, scored an impressive 6 two-point goals during the season, tied for second most in the league. Rabil was a member of the gold medal winning Team USA in Manchester, England at the FIL World Lacrosse Championships.
Chesapeake’s Peet Poillon has been awarded a spot on the 2010 Great Atlantic All-MLL Team for the first time in his career. The Bayhawks midfielder made his name known in the MLL in his first full season in the league, scoring 21 goals and 15 assists. He finished third in the league in points with 41. Poillon found success on the first game of the season against the Long Island Lizards scoring 5 goals, 2 assists, and 7 points. The graduate from UMBC was named the MLL Warrior Most Improved Player.
Toronto’s Brodie Merrill has been named the Warrior Defensive Player of the Year for the fifth consecutive season. He picked up an impressive 55 ground balls this season, putting him second on the all-time regular season list. Merrill’s 12 points and 9 assists lead all defensive players in the two categories, He also had 3 goals. This is the fifth time Merrill has been selected to the Great Atlantic All-MLL Team. He played for Team Canada in the 2010 FIL World Championships in Manchester, England.
Chesapeake’s Michael Evans has been voted onto the Great Atlantic All-MLL Team for the first time in his career. In just his second season in Major League Lacrosse, since being drafted out of Johns Hopkins by the Bayhawks, Evans has proven to be one of the best lock down defenders in the league. He also added 6 groundballs, while playing in all 12 games this season.
The Outlaws’ Lee Zink was a cornerstone of Denver’s successful defensive unit in 2010. Zink tied a personal best, scooping up 26 groundballs this season. The third time he has done so in his career. The Maryland graduate was also a member of the gold medal winning Team USA at the FIL World Lacrosse Championships. This is the second straight season in which Zink has been selected to the Great Atlantic All-MLL Team.
Denver’s Matt Bocklet has been selected to the Great Atlantic All- MLL Team for the second straight year. In just his third season in the MLL, Bocklet led all defenseman with 6 goals this season and added 4 assists. He finished with the most groundballs of any defenseman in the league, picking up 55. This is the second straight season in which the Johns Hopkins graduate was selected to play in the MLL-All Star Game.
Long Island’s goaltenderDrew Adams made the first start of his MLL career in Week 1. The third round pick out of Penn State University played 708 minutes, more than any other goalie. He recorded a 7-5 record with a league low 11.53 goals against average. He allowed just 136 goals while recording a .519 save percentage.
Finally, Chesapeake Bayhawks face-off specialist Alex Smith has been placed on the Great Atlantic All-MLL Team for the fourth year in a row. Smith went 196-332 this season in the face-off circle. Smith has a career regular season face-off winning percentage of 60%. He is already sixth all-time in face-off wins with 861, and has taken 1,426 face-offs in his MLL career.
About Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premiere 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 Washington. The season will culminate with the New Balance MLL Championship Weekend Presented by Smartlink, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23 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.