Editor’s note: The MLL Philly Player of the Week will appear regularly as the region gears for the MLL Championship Weekend, presented by Smartlink, at PPL Park on Saturday and Sunday August 24-25. Tickets for the two-day event are available at MajorLeagueLacrosse.com/championship-weekend/
By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/9/13
Hamilton Nationals attackman Kevin Crowley has been named the Major League Lacrosse Philly Player of the Week.
Crowley, an assistant coach for Shipley School, had a career-high seven points (four goals, three assists) to lead the Nationals to a 15-8 victory last weekend over the Boston Cannons in their season opener at Harvard Stadium.
The Nationals earned only the second opening-night victory in their franchise history. The Nats won their only other opener on May 15, 2009, which was the first game in team history. The coach that game was Dave Huntley, who has returned as head coach.
“We made some adjustments and some off-season additions.,” said Crowley, who also plays for the Philadelphia Wings of the NLL. “We got a couple key players to fill some holes.
“For us to win against a team like Boston – which their track record – and especially in their place is great. It sets the tone for the rest of the season.”
Crowley, of British Columbia, said the Nationals normally get off to a slow start because the players are coming off box lacrosse season.
“We have a large box contingent and and we don’t (normally) get our players back in time for the start of the season,” he said. “To steal a win early is great.
“I think it helps to have coach Huntley behind the bench. The guys are buying into what he is saying. He has breathed new life into our team.”
Crowley said he is excited that Philly is hosting the MLL Final Four.
“There is no better place to have it,” he said. “It is in a central location, between Maryland and New York. They should draw record crowds.
“PPL is a great venue. I have been to soccer games to see the Union and this even is a chance to show off Philly as a hotbed.
“Hopefully, the Hamilton Nationals will be involved.”
Kevin Crowley bio #21
Height:6′ 4″ (193 cm)
Weight: 200 lbs.
Birth Date: Nov 13, 1988
Birth Place: New Westminster, BC
College Experience: Stony Brook
MLL career: He enters his second season with the Nationals and second in the MLL. Finished the season with points in seven of his last eight games… Recorded three hat tricks in 2011, including scoring three times on 8/13… Named the Cascade MLL Rookie of the Week on 7/05… Registered a career-high four goals and six points on 7/01… Scored his first pro goal on 6/24… Made his professional debut on 5/20 against Chesapeake… Hamilton Nationals’ first-round selection (first overall) in the 2011 MLL Collegiate Draft.
College/Amateur: Crowley finished his career among the best players ever to play for Stony Brook… He scored 30 goals and added 26 assists in 2011, totaling 131 goals and 101 assists in 60 career games… He’s the only player in school history to record 100 or more goals and assists, and one of just 40 players in Division I history to accomplish the feat… One of three players in America East history to be a four-time first team selection… In 2011, he was one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award… LaxPower.com Division I All-American… Became Stony Brook’s all-time leader in points (202) with two goals and two assists vs. Cornell (3/22)… Was on the Tewaaraton Award watch list… Division I Preseason Player of the Year by Lacrosse Magazine… A preseason All-American and the 2011 captain… 2010 USILA Enners Award, given to nation’s most outstanding Division I player… Stony Brook’s inaugural First Team All-American… Preseason and season Tewaaraton Award finalist… LaxPower.com Division I All-American… Unanimous America East Player of the Year and an America East First Team selection… Played on Team Canada at 2010 World Championships… NCAA champion in points per game (4.53)… America East scholar-athlete in lacrosse… In 2009, he was a First Team All-America East for a second straight year… Named to the Tewaaraton Award watch list at the beginning of the season… Also named to the America East All-Tournament and All-Academic teams… In 2008, he was a First Team All-America East and America East All-Rookie team selection… Played for Team Canada at the 2008 U-19 World Championships… Named to the All-World team after scoring 11 goals in the tournament.
Canadian Box Lacrosse: In 2011, he played for the Senior “A” New Westminster Salmonbellies and led the WLA playoffs with 39 points… Played five seasons for New Westminster in the WLA Junior “A” league… In 2009, he was voted the winner of the John Urban Award as the top graduating player… That same season he was a First Team All-Star and fourth in scoring… In 2009, he also played for the Senior “A” Salmonbellies.
Personal: Has a bachelor’s degree in business/phycology from Stony Brook.
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