Leveille, Garrity, Nims Earn MLL Weekly Awards

Boston, Mass.-Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced Monday its weekly award winners for the week ending July 4, according to MLL Commissioner David Gross. The Chicago Machine's Kevin Leveille has been named Offensive Player of the Week for the first time this season, and Washington Bayhawks' goalie Chris Garrity also claimed his first Defensive player of the Week recognition this season. Chicago also boasts this week's Cascade Rookie of the Week ,with Kenny Nims earning his first weekly honor.

Kevin Leveille recorded a game-high 8 points against the Toronto Nationals this past Saturday, as he led the Machine to an impressive 24-19victory over a spiraling Toronto squad. Kevin sniped the back of the net 7 times, four of which were assisted from younger brother, Mike Leveille. Tying a career –high with seven goals, Kevin also added an assist to his brother Mike for his eighth point of the evening. The attackman contributed four goals in the first half, and finished strong with one goal in the third and another two in the fourth.

Kevin previously earned the Offensive Player of the Week award back in '05 when he scored 7 goals against the Long Island Lizards as a member of the Boston Cannons. He currently leads Chicago in points (32) and goals (25). Kevin will also be representing the Machine at the 2009 All-Star Game.

In piecing together their first winning streak of the season, Washington relied on goalie Chris Garrity to keep the Bayhawks' playoff hopes alive. Saving 13 of 20 shots, the veteran goalie held Long Island to a season-low 7 goals. Garrity has played 5 games this season and currently holds a .533 save percentage. With Garrity's best game of the season, the Bayhawks now move to 3-5 for the season as they hope create a tie for fourth place when they face-off against Denver in two weeks.

This was Garrity's first honor of the season and the third time in his career that he has earned weekly honors.

Kenny Nims has been developing into an effective offensive weapon for the Chicago Machine this season. The former Syracuse Orange has recorded a point in each of his 5 games as an MLL player. He has gradually improved to become a credible threat to the opposing team. Tied for first place in points amongst rookies, Nims collected three against the Nationals on Saturday. With one goal and two assists, the rookie helped his team to a 24-19 victory, earning his first recognition as Cascade Rookie of the Week.

Nims and Leveille will travel to Boston on July 18 to salvage the remainder of the season. Both players will take part in next week's 2009 Old-School versus Young Guns All-Star Game. Garrity and the Bayhawks will host the Denver Outlaws in two weeks time, also on July 18.

The 2009 Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game takes place Thursday, July 16 and begins at 10 PM ET/ 8:00 pm MT and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 with Joe Beninatiand Quint Kessenich calling the action. Halftime will include the Bud Light Skills Competition. Participants for the Skills Competition events will be announced at a later date.


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