Gibson, Sieverts Receive MLL Rookie, Most Improved Awards

BOSTON, Mass.- Major League Lacrosse announced that Long Island Lizards attackman Matt Gibson has been named the 2012 Cascade MLL Rookie of the Year, according to Commissioner David Gross. The award was based on the votes submitted by the head coaches and general manager of each of the League's eight teams.

"It's a big honor because there are a lot of good players that are rookies and my goal will be to not think too much about it before the playoffs and to focus on the team, but I know I will enjoy this after the playoffs," says Gibson.

"The coaching staff has been really supportive of this year's rookies and the transition [from the collegiate level] has been great thanks to the guys I've been working with."

The Lizards' third-leading scorer, Gibson led all MLL rookies with 33 points by scoring 18 goals with 15 assists. He tallied a point in 10 of 12 games this season, including back-to-back five-point outings against Charlotte and Ohio to begin his career.

A two-time selection as the Cascade MLL Rookie of the Week, Gibson earned the award after scoring a goal with four assists in his professional debut, a 10-9 victory over Charlotte on May 19. He also earned the honor on June 25 after scoring three goals with an assist in the Lizards' 14-8 victory over the Denver Outlaws.

The former Yale University attackman also had a three-goal effort against Ohio on June 16 and scored two goals with two assists in a win against the Hounds on July 28.

"The MLL Rookie of the Year is always a huge source of pride for Cascade Lacrosse," said Cascade Director of Sales and Marketing Tim Ellsworth. "As these players step from the collegiate platform to the professional stage they are emerging as heroes and role models for tomorrow's players. We congratulate Matt Gibson on displaying both of these in his debut season."

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BOSTON, Mass.- Major League Lacrosse announced that Denver Outlaws attackman Jeremy Sieverts has been named the 2012 Warrior MLL Most Improved Player of the Year, according to Commissioner David Gross. The award was based on the votes submitted by the head coaches and general manager of each of the League's eight teams.

"It has been a great opportunity to go out and play in Denver and the coaching staff and my teammates have been incredible. They make it a joy to be a part of the Outlaws and I look forward to seeing them every week," says Sieverts.

"I started this season off with a bang down in Charlotte and one of the biggest reasons for my continued success is the mentality we have as a team. We're very unselfish. We try not to worry about getting our own points; as a team we're better as a whole and I think that is the reason for the change."

After not playing in a game for the Chesapeake Bayhawks last season, Sieverts exploded for 26 goals, including seven two-point goals, with seven assists in 14 games for the Outlaws this year. The MLL's ninth-leading scorer with 40 points, Sieverts was tied for seventh in goals while his seven two-point goals were tied for fourth in the MLL.

Sieverts was honored as the MLL Offensive Player of the Week after scoring four goals, including a pair of two-point markers, with an assist as the Outlaws defeated Charlotte by a 21-12 margin in the season opener on April 28. He also scored four goals with two assists while leading the Outlaws to a win over the Long Island Lizards on May 12.

He also had three goals in a July 14 victory over Charlotte and contributed three goals, including a two-point marker, on July 28 in a win over Hamilton.

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2012-08-17



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