June 22, 2009

MLL: Rabil's Nine-Point Performance Awarded

from press release

BOSTON -- Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced Monday its weekly award winners for the week ending June 14, 2009, according to MLL Commissioner David Gross. The Boston Cannons' Paul Rabil has been named Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, while Denver Outlaws' goalie Jesse Schwartzman claimed his second Defensive player of the Week recognition this season. Finally, Cannons' midfielder Brandon Corp earned his first Cascade Rookie of the Week award.

During the Cannons third win of the season, Paul Rabil bombarded the Bayhawks' defense for 9 points. Taking just 7 shots on goal, Rabil scored in each of the four quarters, including 2 two-pointers in the first half, one of which came on a power play. Rabil also assisted on three goals by Matt Poskay, Greg Downing, and Sean Morris. After this weekend's strong offensive performance, Rabil is currently second in the league for points with 24 and tied for second in 2-point goals scored with 3 on the season.

In Saturday night's matchup against the Toronto Nationals, Denver goalie Jesse Schwartzman played one his best games to date. Holding the Nationals to a season-low 8 goals scored, Jesse saved 16 of 23 shots. After six weeks of play, Schwartzman currently holds the lowest goals against average in the league. He has been the key to Denver's top-ranked defense, and one of the main reasons why Denver is now the number one team in the league.

It was a relatively slow week for MLL rookies, but Boston's Brandon Corp played well for the Cannons Friday night. Building off of his first career goal last weekend, tallied a goal and his first career assist in Boston's blowout against Washington. The attackman scored early in the first and then assisted on a late goal in the fourth, to teammate Sean Morris. Adapting to the quicker pace of the MLL, Corp also took five shots on goal. Look for the rookie to produce more points throughout the rest of the season.

After a slow start, the Boston Cannons have turned their season around and have won two straight. Rabil, who had been off to slow start himself, has also stepped up his game greatly. This Thursday night's test against the Toronto Nationals should bring out the best in the Cannons all-star as well as rookie Brandon Corp. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN 2 at 7 PM ET.
Round 2 of the Denver versus Toronto matchup will take place just two days after, on Saturday at 9 PM ET.


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