Adams, Zink Named MLL Goalie, Defensive Player of the Year

BOSTON, Mass.- Major League Lacrosse announced that Long Island Lizards goalkeeper Drew Adams has been named the 2012 Warrior MLL Goalkeeper of the Year, according to Commissioner David Gross. The award was based on the votes submitted by the head coach and general manager of each of the League's eight teams.

Adams becomes the third player in MLL history to win the award in back-to-back years. GoalkeeperGreg Cattrano of the Baltimore Bayhawks earned the honor in 2001 and 2002 while Philadelphia Barrage netminder Brian Dougherty was selected as the Goalkeeper of the Year in 2006 and 2007.

"It's a huge honor. Winning this award last year was bittersweet because we didn't make the playoffs," says Adams, who will look to make a championship run this weekend with the Lizards. "This award is a testament to our team. We had a new group this year, especially on the defensive end, and they did a great job and put me in a position to play well. It's not an easy league to be a goalie in, so this is a huge honor."

A starter in all 14 games for the Lizards, Adams led Long Island to an 8-6 record. He ranked fourth in the MLL with an 11.91 goals against average while stopping 52.0 per cent of the shots he has faced. With 179 saves, he ranked third in the MLL.

Adams posted at least 10 saves in 11 games, including a season-high 17 saves in a victory over Charlotte on May 12. In addition, he posted 16 saves in a one-goal victory over the Boston Cannons on June 9 and earned Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors.

A four-year MLL veteran, Adams has made 504 saves in his career while posting a .534 save percentage with an 11.72 goals against average.

"Warrior would like to congratulate Drew on an outstanding season and for winning his second consecutive Goalie of the Year award," said Dave Dixon, Warrior Chief Marketing Officer. "The honor showcases his tremendous personal effort on the field and we are proud to present this award to him."

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

"It's a great honor to be recognized by former players, coaches and GMs. I've been really excited about this season; we have a great team and I'm excited about the upcoming weekend," says Zink.

A nine-year MLL veteran, Zink played in 13 games while helping the Denver Outlaws claim their first MLL regular season title since 2009. He recorded 17 ground balls, including a season-high three ground balls in a win over Rochester on June 16.

Zink has played in 103 career games and has recorded 211 ground balls. He helped the Baltimore Bayhawks win the 2005 MLL Championship and has played in 12 or more regular season games in six of his nine seasons.

"Warrior is proud to present MLL veteran Lee Zink with the well deserved honor of Defensive Player of the Year," said Dave Dixon, Warrior Chief Marketing Officer. "Lee continues to be a defensive stalwart in MLL and his efforts on the field are admired by all of us at Warrior."

2012-08-21



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