Paul Rabil Named MLL Offensive Player of the Year
from press release
BOSTON -- Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced Wednesday that Boston Cannons' midfielder Paul Rabil has been selected as the 2009 Warrior Offensive Player 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.
Prior to entering the MLL in 2008, Rabil had an outstanding collegiate career at Johns Hopkins University. In his junior year as a Blue Jay, he was named as the McLaughlin Award winner, distinguishing himself as the nation's top midfielder. During his senior season, he was nominated as a Tewaaraton finalist, lacrosse's most prestigious award.
Picked up by the Boston Cannons in 2008, Rabil gained 34 points in his inaugural season, proving early on that he was a valuable link in the Cannon offense. In his second season with Boston, he has totaled 53 points, leading not only his team but the League in scoring. Rabil also finished the regular season in second place for two-point goals scored this year, demonstrating that he is a threat from anywhere on the field.
Rabil has been named Bud Light MVP as well as MLL Offensive Player of the Week twice this season.
Rabil has played in all twelve regular season games for the Cannons this season. On June 19th, Rabil scored nine points (4 goals, 2 two-point goals, 3 assists) helping the Cannons to crush the Washington Bayhawks.
All-Time MLL Offensive Players of the Year
2001 - John Grant Jr., Rochester Rattlers
2002 - Mark Millon, Baltimore Bayhawks
2003 - Mark Millon, Baltimore Bayhawks
2004 - Blake Miller, Philadelphia Barrage
2005 - Casey Powell, Rochester Rattlers
2006 - Ryan Powell, San Francisco Dragons
2007 - John Grant Jr., Rochester Rattlers
2008 - John Grant Jr., Rochester Rattlers
2009 - Paul Rabil, Boston Cannons
Rabil earned six first-place votes, and received a total of 44 points. The close runner-up was the Toronto National's Merrick Thomson, who also received a total of six first place votes but received a total of 42 points, falling just short of Rabil's count.
Both Rabil and Thomson will be fighting to make it past the semifinals and into the championship game. Rabil will be looking for the back of the net as the No. 4-seeded Cannons face the No. 1-seeded Denver Outlaws in the first playoff game on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 12 p.m. Eastern. Thomson and the No. 2-seeded Toronto Nationals will take on the No. 3-seeded Long Island Lizards in the second semifinal at 3 p.m.
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