Editor’s note: The MLL Championship Weekend, presented by Smartlink, will be held at PPL Park in Chester on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for the two-day event are available at MajorLeagueLacrosse.com/championship-weekend/
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/21/13
From Press Release
Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, has named Lee Zink of the Denver Outlaws, the 2013 Warrior Defensive Player of the Year, as voted by MLL coaches and general managers.
Placing fourth in the voting was Hamilton Nationals rookie Tucker Durkin (La Salle), a three-time All-American from Johns Hopkins and a recent MLL Philly Player of the Week. Durkin will be playing Saturday at 4 p.m. vs. defending champion Chesapeake in the MLL semifinals at PPL Park. In the 1 p.m. game, top-seeded Denver meets Charlotte.
Zink earned all 16 possible first place votes, the only player to win an end of the year award by a unanimous decision this season. Brodie Merrill of the Hamilton Nationals and Mike Evans of the Chesapeake Bayhawks trailed with five second place votes each and four and two third place votes respectively.
Zink picked up the award for the second time in as many seasons, becoming the second player to ever garnish Defensive Player of the Year in consecutive seasons. The Denver defenseman remains only the sixth player to win the award in MLL’s 13-year history.
A 10-year MLL veteran, Zink led the Outlaws to a perfect 14-0 record, the first undefeated regular season in League history, and Denver’s second consecutive regular season title. Zink started in all 14 games on the back line, recording 21 groundballs, including a season-high four groundballs on two occasions.
Zink was chosen as the fifth overall pick in the 2004 draft, hailing from the University of Maryland. Since his professional debut, Zink has cemented himself as one of the best shut down defenders in the League. Twice this season he has been awarded Warrior Defensive Player of the Week after shutting down the opposing team’s leading scorer. The captain anchored a strong defensive unit which led the League in fewest goals against per game; fewest shots per game, as well as the best penalty kill record.
Zink will continue his play this Saturday at Championship Weekend, presented by Smartlink, as Denver looks to complete a perfect season.
Warrior Defensive Player of the Year Breakdown
Name Team 1st Place Votes 2nd Place 3rd Place
Lee Zink Denver 16 0 0
Brodie Merrill Hamilton 0 5 4
Mike Evans Chesapeake 0 5 2
Tucker Durkin (La Salle) Hamilton 0 2 0
Mike Manley Rochester 0 2 0
Jesse Schwartzman Denver 0 2 0
Matt Bocklet Denver 0 0 4
Matt Abbott Chesapeake 0 0 3
Brian Karalunas (Villanova) New York 0 0 2
Kevin Drew Charlotte 0 0 1
Tags: La Salle