By MLL Statistics and Information | 6/6/11 2:40 PM
BRIGHTON, Mass. – Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced Monday its weekly award winners for the week ending June 5, 2011, according to MLL Commissioner David Gross. Boston Cannons midfielder Paul Rabil was honored as the League’s Offensive Player of the Week while Denver Outlaws goalkeeper Jesse Schwartzman earned his second straight Defensive Player of the Week selection.
In addition, Outlaws attackman Billy Bitter was honored as the Cascade Rookie of the Week.
Rabil scored a season-high five goals and added two assists as the Boston Cannons handed the defending MLL champion Chesapeake Bayhawks their first loss of the season, a 17-13 setback on Saturday night at Harvard Stadium. He scored three of his five goals in the second half as the Cannons held off the Bayhawks to improve to 2-1 on the season.
Rabil, who has played in two of the Cannons’ first three games this season, ranks second on the team with six goals and 11 points. He scored a goal with three assists in the Cannons’ one-point loss against Denver on May 21.
Meanwhile, Schwartzman led the Outlaws to their third straight win, an 11-10 victory over the Long Island Lizards on Friday night at Shuart Stadium. He made a season-high 18 saves, including eight in the first quarter, while allowing just nine goals as the Outlaws remained the only unbeaten team in the MLL this season.
Schwartzman, who has started all three games for the Outlaws this season, leads the MLL with an 8.96 goals against average and a .642 save percentage. In three games, he has allowed just 24 goals while making 43 saves.
After being held scoreless in his MLL debut against Boston on May 21, Bitter rebounded in the Outlaws’ win over Long Island by scoring three goals for the first “hat trick” of his brief MLL career. Honored as the Bud Light Player of the Game, Bitter scored two of his three goals during the fourth quarter as Denver rallied from a two-point deficit with five goals in the final quarter.
The third overall selection in the 2011 MLL Collegiate Draft, Bitter was a three-time All-American at the University of North Carolina, including second team honors as a senior, and also earned Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year honors as a junior. He scored 99 goals with 76 assists in his career for the Tar Heels, including 25 goals as a senior.
The MLL season continues this weekend with three games. On Friday night, the Rattlers host the Hamilton Nationals at Sahlen’s Stadium. Then, the Cannons welcome the Lizards to Harvard Stadium on Saturday night while Denver entertains Chesapeake at INVESCO Field at Mile High.