By Sean Heenehan | 8/17/11 11:00 AM
For Immediate Release
Major League Lacrosse Contact
Statistics and Information Manager
Marketing & PR Manager
JEREMY BOLTUS SELECTED AS 2011 CASCADE MLL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
BOSTON, Mass.– Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced Wednesday that Hamilton Nationals attackman Jeremy Boltus has been named as the 2011 Cascade MLL Rookie of the Year, according to MLL Commissioner David Gross. The award was based on the votes submitted by the head coaches and general manager of each of the League’s six teams.
“I am pretty overwhelmed and very excited to say the least,” Boltus said. “We had a deep draft class and it’s truly an honor to be named as the MLL Rookie of the Year.
“I give all the credit to the coaching staff and veteran players who helped me out and walked me through the first few games,” Boltus added. “They were instrumental to my success this season. I also want to give credit to the other rookies as well because they all had huge years,” Boltus continued. “I think this is more of a team award than an individual honor and I thank the Nationals for giving me the opportunity to play for them.”
"The MLL Rookie of the Year is always a huge source of pride for Cascade Lacrosse," said Cascade Director of Sales and Marketing Tim Ellsworth. "As these players step from the collegiate platform to the professional stage they are emerging as heroes and role models for tomorrow's players, Jeremy Boltus delivers on both. Congratulations to Jeremy on a great Rookie campaign."
Selected with the Nationals’ eighth round pick in the MLL Collegiate Draft, the former United States Military Academy attackman was the Nationals’ second-leading scorer with 30 points, which also led all MLL rookies. He was the Nationals’ leading goal scorer with 19 goals and contributed 11 assists, which ranked third on the team.
A two-time selection as the Cascade MLL Rookie of the Week, Boltus earned the award on May 23 after scoring two goals against the Chesapeake Bayhawks. He also earned the award on August 1 after helping the Nationals earn a victory over the Bayhawks, scoring two goals with two assists.
In addition, Boltus was named as the MLL Offensive Player of the Week on June 27 after leading the Nationals to a pair of wins over the Rochester Rattlers. After tying the Hamilton single-game record with seven goals in a 19-16 win over the Rattlers, he contributed a pair of goals in Hamilton’s overtime victory just 24 hours later.
Boltus tallied a point in all 12 games while scoring a goal in seven straight games before being limited to an assist in the regular season finale against Long Island on August 13.
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About Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, was founded by Jake Steinfeld and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Major League Lacrosse commenced play in June of 2001. Major League Lacrosse has continued to lead the sport of lacrosse into the mainstream of competitive team sports. Comprised of six teams located in Boston, Chesapeake, Denver, Long Island, Rochester and Hamilton, Major League Lacrosse is in its eleventh season this year. MLL has added to teams for the 2012 season; the Charlotte Hounds located in Charlotte, N.C. and the Ohio Machine located in Columbus, OH.
The 2011 Sports Authority MLL All-Star Game took place on July 9 at Harvard Stadium in Boston. The 2011 Sports Authority MLL Championship Weekend, presented by Warrior, is scheduled for August 27 & 28 at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Md. For more information, please visit www.majorleaguelacrosse.com.
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