All-Pro Teams and Awards for 2013

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The National Lacrosse League has announced that Mark Matthews from the Edmonton Rush has won the Moe's Southwest Grill Rookie of the Year award for the 2013 NLL season.

Matthews ranked first among rookies and fifth in the league with a team-high 38 goals, third-most by an NLL rookie in history, while scoring in all 16 games played this season. Edmonton's first overall pick of the 2012 NLL Entry Draft led all rookies, finished second on the Rush and 15th in the league with 69 points (38+31). Matthews was also third among rookies with 31 assists and ninth with 47 loose balls in 2013.

"It has been a great year and an honor to play with the players we have," Matthews said. "To win an award like this reflects a lot on the players I played with and I am happy to be mentioned with some of the great players to win this award."

The Oshawa, Ontario native, who played collegiately at the University of Denver, won three Rookie of the Month, one Offensive Player of the Week, two Rookie of the Week awards and was named to the 2013 NLL All-Rookie Team. Matthews becomes the first player in Edmonton's franchise history to win the Rookie of the Year award.

"Mark made an immediate impact," said Rush general manager and head coach Derek Keenan. "He led our team in goals and it's not often a rookie accomplishes that. I think the scary part for the rest of the league is that he is going to get better as he grows and matures with his teammates and continues to learn more about playing at the highest level."

Minnesota Swarm transition player Kiel Matisz was the runner-up for the award while Buffalo Bandits transition player Dhane Smith finished third in the voting.

Matisz ranked second among rookies in goals (29) and assists (33) and third in rookie scoring with 62 points. Matisz led all rookies and finished tied for seventh in the league with 11 power play goals and ranked fifth in the NLL with a .230 shooting percentage. Among NLL rookies, Minnesota's first-round (3rd overall) pick in the 2012 Draft ranked second with 70 loose balls and fifth with eight forced turnovers. The Stoney Creek, Ontario native, who played collegiately at Robert Morris University, won one Rookie of the Month award, four Rookie of the Week awards and was named to the All-Rookie Team.

Smith scored a team-high 24 goals, tied for third-most among NLL rookies, and finished fifth in rookie scoring with 44 points (24+20) in 15 games played for the Bandits. The Kitchener, Ontario native, who was Buffalo's first-round (5th overall) selection in the 2012 Draft, won one Rookie of the Week award and was named to the All-Rookie Team.

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The National Lacrosse League has announced that Matt Vinc from the Rochester Knighthawks has won the Goaltender Player of the Year Award for the 2013 NLL season.

Vinc, who set the new NLL single-season record with 662 saves and now owns three of the top five totals, also led the league in goals against average (10.17) and save percentage (.803), along with 955:28 minutes played out of the team's total of 960:00 (99.5%). Backstopping Rochester's defense that allowed the fewest goals in the NLL, Vinc won three Defensive Player of the Week Awards this year.

"He's been the guy we depend on the make the big save and bail us out when we make mistakes," said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. "He has done that consistently throughout the season. He works hard both on and off the floor. The award is well deserved."

Vinc, who helped lead Rochester to a win in the 2012 NLL Championship Game, becomes the first NLL goalie to win the Goaltender of the Year Award three times after earning the honor in 2010 and 2011 and is now the only Knighthawks netminder in franchise history to win the award twice.

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