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Hamilton’s Durkin (La Salle) named MLL Defensive Player of the Week

Monday, 24th June 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, Pro  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/24/13
From Press Release

Major League Lacrosse named Hamilton Nationals rookie Tucker Durkin (La Salle) as its Warrior Defensive Player of the Week.

Charlotte’s Matt Danowski was named Warrior Offensive Player of the Week and Boston’s Will Manny took home Cascade Rookie of the Week accolades.

Durkin helped anchor the Hamilton Nationals’ defense in a 17-11 convincing win over the Rochester Rattlers in Boca Raton, FL. The 2013 Tewaaraton Award nominee and 2009 Phillylacrosse.com Player of the Year dominated the crease, keeping opponents far away from Hamilton’s goalie Brett Queener.

Durkin and the rest of the defense limited the Rattlers to only six goals throughout the first three quarters. The first year player has scooped up nine ground balls this season, and will look to continue his play against offensive savvy Chesapeake this Saturday. This match-up will be broadcast live on YouTube at 7 p.m. (ET).

Danowski helped lead the Hounds to a 16-15 overtime win against the Chesapeake Bayhawks in front of their home crowd on Saturday night. The captain’s seven points came in the second half of play, outscoring Chesapeake 9-5 during that time. Danowski opened the half with a goal, and then rifled in two 2-point goals to fuel Charlotte’s third quarter comeback. He added a goal in the fourth quarter, and was credited with the assist to Ryan Young’s overtime winning tally.

The seventh year veteran improved his season point total to 25, currently tied for sixth place among MLL point leaders. His 4.16 points per game is nothing short of impressive, and he will look to continue his success as Charlotte travels to face the undefeated Denver Outlaws this weekend. This game will be played at 9 p.m. (ET) and will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network beginning at 10 p.m. (ET).

Manny delivered a five point performance in Boston’s 16-12 decision over the New York Lizards on Friday night. The attackman tallied one goal and four assists, distributing one helper per quarter. His productive outing doubled his previous point total, and currently sits sixth on the Cannons’ leaderboard with 10 points. Manny leads the Cannons’ leaderboard with a .429 shooting percentage, scoring six goals on 14 shots. The rookie has also grabbed six ground balls this season.

Previous Honors:

Warrior Offensive Player of the Week
Week 1 – Kyle Dixon (Chesapeake Bayhawks)
Week 2 – Ben Rubeor (Chesapeake Bayhawks)
Week 3 – Ned Crotty (Rochester Rattlers)
Week 4 – Ryan Boyle (Boston Cannons)
Week 5 – Stephen Keogh (Hamilton Nationals)
Week 6 – Drew Westervelt (Chesapeake Bayhawks)
Week 7 – Joe Cummings (Ohio Machine)
Week 8 – Matt Danowski (Charlotte Hounds)

Warrior Defensive Player of the Week
Week 1 – Greg Gurenlian (Springfield-Delco, New York Lizards)
Week 2 – Brodie Merrill (Hamilton Nationals)
Week 3 – Jesse Schwartzman (Denver Outlaws)
Week 4 – Lee Zink (Denver Outlaws)
Week 5 – John Galloway (Rochester Rattlers)
Week 6 – John Galloway (Rochester Rattlers)
Week 7 – Greg Gurenlian (New York Lizards)
Week 8 – Tucker Durkin (La Salle, Hamilton Nationals)

Cascade Rookie of the Week
Week 4 – Mike Sawyer (Charlotte Hounds)
Week 5 – Rob Pannell (New York Lizards)
Week 6 – Eric Law (Denver Outlaws)
Week 7 – Eric Law (Denver Outlaws)
Week 8 – Will Manny (Boston Cannons)

The MLL All-Star Game presented by Moe’s Southwest Grill is coming up on July 13, and tickets are available now by visiting MajorLeagueLacrosse.com/all-star-game/

MLL Championship Weekend presented by Smartlink will take place at PPL Park in the Philadelphia Area on Saturday and Sunday August 24-25. Tickets for the two-day event are available at MajorLeagueLacrosse.com/championship-weekend/

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