August 17, 2010

Poskay Named MLL's Top Offensive Player

from press release

Boston Cannons midfielder Matt Poskay was named the MLL Offensive Player of the Year on Tuesday. Could an MVP nod be next?

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Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced Tuesday that Boston Cannons' attackman Matt Poskay has been selected as the 2010 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.
 
Poskay, a 2006 graduate of the University of Virginia, enjoyed the finest season of his MLL career in 2010.  After moving from midfield to attack at the start of the season Poskay scored a league leading 45 goals in 12 games.   The 45 goals were 20 more than Long Island's Matt Danowski who finished second in the MLL with 25.  Poskay also led the league with 52 points.
 
Picked by the Boston Cannons with the 12th pick in the 2006 collegiate draft, Poskay has scored a team record 140 goals in 51 career games.  His 45 goals this season were a single season team record.  
 
Poskay scored 4 or more goals in a game 7 times this season including 6 in a win over Long Island on June 26th.  He was named the Bud Light Game MVP twice during the season and took home MLL Offensive Player of the Week honors following week one when he scored 4 goals in a Cannons' win over Denver.
 
Poskay becomes the second member of the Cannons to win the award, following Paul Rabil who was the winner last season.

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
2010 - Matt Poskay, Boston Cannons
 
Poskay earned five first-place votes, and received a total of 36 points.  The runner-up was the Long Island's Matt Danowski, who also received a total of five first-place votes but received a total of 29 points.
 
Both Poskay and Danowski will seek an MLL championship when they lead their teams at 2010 MLL Championship Weekend presented by Warrior.  Poskay and the top-seeded Boston Cannons will face the fourth-seeded Chesapeake Bayhawks in the first semifinal Saturday at 12 p.m. Eastern. Danowski and the third-seeded Lizards will take on the second-seeded Denver Outlaws in the second semifinal at 3.


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