Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/22/13
From Press Release
After a season filled with outstanding performances by so many MLL athletes, Major League Lacrosse is excited to announce Hamilton’s Kevin Crowley as the winner of the 2013 Warrior Most Valuable Player award. While many players were deserving of the award, Hamilton’s offensive leader has been voted as this years’ recipient, by MLL coaches and general managers, in what was one of the most exciting offensive summers in recent memory.
“There are so many MLL players worthy of the MVP Award, I didn’t think I was going to get it,” said Crowley, an assistant coach at Shipley School and a Philadelphia Wings standout. “This also says a lot about my teammates. Having defenses shut teams down allowing us on the offense to score goals is very important and I owe all of them a big thanks.”
While Crowley was busy tearing up MLL defenses, Matt Danowski, who finished second in MVP voting, quietly helped lead the Charlotte Hounds to their first playoff appearance in club history. Third in the votes was Outlaws’ goaltender Jesse Schwartzman, who recently was named Warrior Goalie of the Year for his outstanding efforts in Denver. Schwartzman became the first goaltender in the history of the league to stand between the pipes for an undefeated season.
A third year veteran out of Stony Brook University, Crowley took the MLL by storm this season producing the best scoring numbers of his young career. The British Columbia native was the Nationals’ most potent offensive weapon, scoring 55 total points (38g, 2 2PTG, 14 assists). Crowley’s supporting cast of Joe Walters and Kevin Cunningham provided scoring opportunities for the first time MVP, who found the back of the net on 33% of his shots.
Crowley will lead Hamilton into the MLL semifinals here at PPL Park Saturday at 4 p.m. vs. defending champion Chesapeake.
The 2013 season served as the launching point for the young midfielder’s professional career, as Crowley was able to shatter his entire career bests in points, shooting percentage and shots on goal. Despite being an effective member of Hamilton’s offense last year (37 points), Crowley emerged as one of his team’s leaders helping the Nationals to their best record in club history 9-5.
Crowley has been a key piece to the club’s recent successes. His most recent individual achievements include winning the 2013 MLL All-Star Game’s MVP award, as well as earning the 2013 Offensive Player of the Year award presented by Brine.
Major League Lacrosse continues to grow, and with it comes growth in the talent pool of potential candidates for this prestigious award. Crowley has shown MLL fans, as well as front office and personnel members who voted for this award, that he has joined the upper-echelon of the league’s midfielders. Crowley and his team are looking to capture their second MLL championship this coming weekend, as they take on the Bayhawks in semifinal number two at 4 p.m, Saturday on CBS Sports Network.
Warrior MVP Voting Breakdown
Name Team 1st Place Votes 2nd Place 3rd Place
Kevin Crowley Hamilton 10 1 3
Matt Danowski Charlotte 4 2 2
Jesse Schwartzman Denver 2 1 2
Chris Bocklet Denver 0 4 1
Drew Snider Denver 0 4 0
Paul Rabil Boston 0 2 2
Jeremy Sieverts Denver 0 2 0
Matt Abbott Chesapeake 0 0 2
Brendan Mundorf Denver 0 0 2
Lee Zink Denver 0 0 2