By MLL Statistics and Information | 5/23/11 2:00 PM
BOSTON, Mass. – Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced Monday its weekly award winners for the week ending May 22, 2011, according to MLL Commissioner David Gross. Chesapeake Bayhawks midfielder Michael Kimmel was honored with the League’s Offensive Player of the Week award while Denver Outlaws goalkeeper Jesse Schwartzman earned Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
In addition, attackman Jeremy Boltus of the Hamilton Nationals earned the first Cascade MLL Rookie of the Week award for the season.
Kimmel led the Bayhawks to their second straight win on Thursday night by scoring four goals with two assists in a 14-10 victory over the Nationals. Honored as the Bud Light Player of the Game, he gave the Bayhawks an early 1-0 lead when he scored an unassisted goal just over two minutes into the opening period. He extended the Bayhawks’ lead to 6-2 early in the second quarter with an unassisted goal.
With the Bayhawks holding a 12-7 lead to start the fourth quarter, Kimmel tallied his third goal of the game just over a minute into the period with another unassisted marker past goalkeeper Joe Marra. Kimmel sealed the Bayhawks’ victory with 1:36 remaining when he scored off a feed from attackman Danny Glading for his fourth goal of the evening.
A second-year player from Johns Hopkins University, Kimmel is the Bayhawks’ leading scorer with six goals and three assists. With nine points in two games, he ranks third in the league.
Schwartzman helped the Outlaws earn their second straight win with a 13-12 come-from-behind victory over the Boston Cannons on Saturday night at Harvard Stadium. He made 12 saves and allowed just seven goals in the first three quarters before coming out of the game in place of Adam Fullerton, who played the final 15 minutes. A member of the military, Fullerton will miss the remainder of the 2011 season following his impending deployment to Afghanistan.
In two games this season for the Outlaws, Schwartzman has posted an 8.94 goals against average while stopping 62.5 per cent of the shots he has faced. He made 13 saves and allowed just eight goals in the Outlaws’ 18-10 victory over Hamilton two weeks ago.
After recording an assist in his MLL debut against Denver two weeks ago, Boltus scored two goals in the Nationals’ 14-10 loss against Chesapeake on Thursday night. He scored a power-play goal midway through the second quarter before adding an unassisted goal in the third quarter to trim the Nationals’ deficit to 9-6.
The 2011 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, Boltus finished his Army career ranked second in school history with 124 career assists and 214 points. A Tewaaraton Award finalist, he scored 24 goals with 45 assists as a senior.