By MLL Statistics and Informaton | 7/16/12 1:00 PM
BOSTON, Mass. – Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced Monday its weekly award winners for the week ending July 15, 2012, according to MLL Commissioner David Gross. Hamilton Nationals attackman Garrett Billings was named as the MLL Offensive Player of the Week while Long Island Lizards defenseman CJ Costabile earned the League’s Defensive Player of the Week award.
Meanwhile, Denver Outlaws attackman Mark Matthews was selected as the Cascade MLL Rookie of the Week.
Billings, who was named as the Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his MLL career, helped the Nationals earn a split of a weekend home-and-home series with the Ohio Machine. After scoring three goals with an assist in the Nationals’ 13-12 loss against the Machine on Friday night, he led Hamilton to a 14-12 victory over the Machine by scoring three goals with two assists. He scored all three of his goals in the first half as Hamilton built a 6-4 half-time advantage en route to the victory.
After scoring just 12 goals in his first two MLL seasons, Billings has now tallied 13 goals in eight games this year while contributing 10 assists. With 23 points, he ranks third on the Nationals’ scoring list.
Meanwhile, Costabile anchored a Long Island defense that limited Boston to just 11 goals on Saturday night as the Lizards earned a season sweep with a 14-11 victory. Costabile, who scored his second goal of the season in the victory, also limited midfielder Paul Rabil to a season-low two points. The MLL’s leading scorer with 53 points, Rabil was held to just two assists and failed to score a goal for the first time since the 2010 season, snapping a streak of 27 consecutive games with at least one goal.
Costabile, who has played in six games this season for the Lizards, is tied for eighth on the team with 16 ground balls. It is the first time that Costabile has been honored by the MLL in his career.
Named as the Cascade MLL Rookie of the Week for the second time this year, Matthews tallied a season-high seven points to lead the Denver Outlaws to a convincing 21-7 victory over the Charlotte Hounds in their home finale at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Saturday night. Matthews matched his season high by scoring four goals, including three markers during the Outlaws’ 10-goal first quarter, while adding a season-high three assists.
Matthews, who has played in just five games this season for the Outlaws, ranks seventh on the team with 15 points. He was also honored as the Cascade MLL Rookie of the Week in June after scoring four goals with two assists in his debut against the Chesapeake Bayhawks.
The MLL season continues with four games next week over a three-day span. After Boston hosts Denver on Thursday night at Harvard Stadium in a match-up of the MLL’s top two goal-scoring teams, Charlotte visits Rochester on Friday night at Sahlen’s Stadium. On Saturday night, Hamilton visits Long Island while Chesapeake travels to Ohio.
MLL will host its 2012 Championship Weekend presented by Warrior on August 25 and 26 at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Mass. It will be a battle of the top four teams and will include two semi-final games on Saturday followed by the championship game on Sunday. Tickets are available now via Ticketmaster.com. To learn more about the 2012 MLL Championship Weekend presented by Warrior click here. The games will be televised live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.