By MLL Stats and Information | 8/19/11 10:55 AM
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Stephen Peyser Tabbed as 2011 Sports Authority MLL Most Improved Player of the Year
BOSTON, Mass.– Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced Friday that Long Island Lizards midfielder Stephen Peyser has been named as the 2011 Sports Authority MLL Most Improved Player of the Year, according to MLL Commissioner David Gross. The award was based on the votes submitted by the head coaches and general managers of each of the League’s six teams.
After scoring just 14 goals in 11 games last year, Peyser exploded for 22 goals this year and was the Lizards’ second-leading scorer with 32 points. In addition, he ranked second on the team with six two-point goals after not scoring a two-point goal in his career prior to this season.
Peyser, who is in his fourth MLL season, tied a MLL single-game record on July 28 when he scored three two-point goals in the Lizards’ win over Rochester. Honored as the MLL Offensive Player of the Week, he also tallied an assist for a season-high seven points.
Peyser recorded four “hat tricks” this season, including back-to-back three-goal games against Denver on June 3 and at Boston on June 11. He also collected a pair of three-goal games against Chesapeake on July 23 and against the Rattlers just five days later.
The former Johns Hopkins University midfielder has scored 72 career goals in 44 games, including six two-point goals, with 11 assists.
“We are proud to honor Stephen Peyser with the Sports Authority MLL Most Improved Player of the Year Award,” said Jeff Schumacher, Chief Marketing Officer, Sports Authority. “At Sports Authority, we value the good in sports, and to acknowledge an athlete who represents the very core of that means a lot to us. We look forward to the continued growth of this sport and our partnership for many years to come.”
About Sports Authority
Sports Authority is staffed with experts in all areas of sports and fitness related topics, and strives to be the ultimate "authority," both on and off the field. Whether in the game or cheering from the sidelines, Sports Authority is the leading destination for consumers to fulfill their own sports equipment needs, as well as find their favorite team's apparel. Sports Authority operates 465 stores in 45 states, and employs more than 15,000 associates nationwide. It also operates stores in Japan under a partnership with AEON Co., Ltd. The company's e-commerce website is located at www.sportsauthority.com.
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 two 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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