Denver's Lee Zink Named MLL Defensive Player of the Year

Zink is the first player to win consecutive Defenseman of the Year awards since Brodie Merrill earned the honor six straight seasons (2006-11).

The award is the second Defenseman of the Year honor won by an Outlaws player in the team's history with the first being Zink's same accolade in 2012. It marks the fourth year-end honor awarded to a Denver player this season, joining Goalie of the Year Jesse Schwartzman, Most Improved Player Drew Snider and Coach of the Year Jim Stagnitta.

"Lee is a mature, agile, lockdown defender who has such a calming influence on the field," MLL Goalie of the Year Jesse Schwartzman said. "It is such a pleasure to play behind Lee and watch him go to work."

The Outlaws' four year-end honors tie for the most ever awarded to one team in a season, joining the Philadelphia Barrage (2004).

As the league's top playoff seed, the Outlaws will play in the MLL semifinals against the Charlotte Hounds at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, Aug. 24 at PPL Park in Philadelphia. That game will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

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