BOSTON, Mass. - Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced Wednesday that Long Island Lizards attackman Matt Gibson has been named as the 2012 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 eight teams.
“It's a big honor because there are a lot of good players that are rookies and my goal will be to not think too much about it before the playoffs and to focus on the team, but I know I will enjoy this after the playoffs,” says Gibson.
“The coaching staff has been really supportive of this year’s rookies and the transition [from the collegiate level] has been great thanks to the guys I’ve been working with.”
The Lizards’ third-leading scorer, Gibson led all MLL rookies with 33 points by scoring 18 goals with 15 assists. He tallied a point in 10 of 12 games this season, including back-to-back five-point outings against Charlotte and Ohio to begin his career.
A two-time selection as the Cascade MLL Rookie of the Week, Gibson earned the award after scoring a goal with four assists in his professional debut, a 10-9 victory over Charlotte on May 19. He also earned the honor on June 25 after scoring three goals with an assist in the Lizards’ 14-8 victory over the Denver Outlaws.
The former Yale University attackman also had a three-goal effort against Ohio on June 16 and scored two goals with two assists in a win against the Hounds on July 28.
"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. We congratulate Matt Gibson on displaying both of these in his debut season."
The MLL Championship Weekend presented by Warrior will be held on August 25 and 26 at Harvard Stadium. The top-seeded Denver Outlaws will face the fourth-seeded Long Island Lizards in the first semi-final at 1 p.m. before the second-seeded Chesapeake Bayhawks will play against the defending MLL champion Boston Cannons, who earned the third seed, in the second semi-final at approximately 4 p.m.
The two semi-final winners will play in the championship game on Sunday, August 26 at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster or by clicking here.
Based in Liverpool, NY, Cascade Sports has a celebrated and rich history of delivering revolutionary technology, unrivaled player experiences and 360 degree innovation to the lacrosse community and beyond. Cascade was founded in 1986 and acquired by Bauer Performance Sports in June 2012. As a leader in sports equipment, the company has pioneered advances in head protection beginning with its very first sport helmet for lacrosse. Today, Cascade continues this tradition by routinely adding to its long list of game-changing transformations in safety, comfort and performance. Proud partnerships include 16 NCAA Champions since 1995, Major League Lacrosse and dozens of NHL players who choose Cascade Sports technology. The company delivers innovative high performance headgear to lacrosse, ice hockey, field hockey, Swift Water Rescue and White Water Sport markets. Learn more at www.cascadelacrosse.com. Bauer Performance Sports is a publicly traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BAU), and its brands include Bauer Hockey, Maverik Lacrosse, Cascade Sports and Mission Roller Hockey.
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 and will enter its 13th season in 2013. MLL has continued to lead the sport of lacrosse into the mainstream of competitive team sports. The league is made up of eight teams: The Boston Cannons, Charlotte Hounds, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Denver Outlaws, Hamilton Nationals, Long Island Lizards, Ohio Machine and Rochester Rattlers.
The 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft will take place on January 11, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pa. The 2013 season will commence on April 27, 2013. More information about the league can be found at www.majorleaguelacrosse.com, Facebook or Twitter.
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