McArdle, Gurenlian Win the MLL's Rookie, FOGO Awards

BOSTON - Major League Lacrosse announced that Florida Launch attackman Kieran McArdle has been named 2014 Cascade Rookie of the Year, as voted by MLL coaches and general managers. The 2014 rookie class was full of talent, but McArdle's incredible season gave him the edge. Earning 11 first place votes, McArdle was the obvious choice for the Rookie of the Year title.

Behind McArdle, Rochester attackman Jordan Wolf finished second with 36 points, and Lizards' rookie defenseman Joe Fletcher came in third with 22 points.

"This has been a great learning experience," McArdle said. "It is an amazing feeling to win this award. It was definitely a goal coming in to the season, and it's a huge honor considering all the rookies who made an impact on their teams this year."

Acquired, from St. John's University, by the Florida Launch with the fifth overall pick in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft, McArdle entered the league ready to perform. Playing in 12 regular season games, the two-time Big East Attackman of the Year, helped make the 2014 season a special inaugural year for the Launch. Totaling 49 points (34 goals and 15 assists); McArdle set the records for Points and Goals by a Rookie. "I was't aware of the records in points and goals coming into the season, but I knew that in order to be considered for Rookie of the Year I would have to perform at a high level and come close to setting records," said McArdle.

McArdle was twice named the Cascade Rookie of the Week for his outstanding play. In Week 4, he earned the title in his second game with the Launch after posting a six-point performance in the team's victory over the Chesapeake Bayhawks. His second Rookie of the week honor came in Week 12, where McArdle totaled 10 points --a season high-- with five goals and five assists as Florida defeated Boston. Both games serve as prime examples of why McArdle deserved the award; in both games, he played an important role in generating offense as he fought some of the top defenders in the league.

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BOSTON - Major League Lacrosse has named Greg Gurenlian of the New York Lizards, the winner of the 2014 FOGO award, presented by the Faceoff Academy, an honor determined solely by statistical success.

"[The award] means a lot to every single faceoff guy that takes pride in his craft", Says Gurenlian. "All the award means to me is that I was one of the more effective guys in the league, and that's the only thing that really matters. That's what my job is."

Gurenlian finished the season winning 201 of 329 faceoffs taken and leading the league in ground balls with 101. While the "Beast" accepted his award with professional modesty, it should be known the other two trailing players competing for the award gave Gurenlian a tough fight for his number one spot. Boston Cannons' faceoff specialist Chris Eck came in a close second place with 168-287 victories, winning well over half of his match-ups (.585). He is also ranked third in the league for ground balls (89). Despite having fewer opportunities this season at the X, third place Bobby Dattilo is proving consistency is key. With only eight games played on the Ohio team, Dattilo went 83-155, and had the most goals and the highest shooting percentage (.80) of any of the faceoff specialists.

Regardless of who came close, it was Gurenlian's impressive performance throughout the season that earned him the FOGO award. With a .611 winning percentage, he leads the league by nearly two percent. It is no coincidence that the Faceoff Academy cofounder and coach can boast such remarkable numbers. As the faceoff specialist for Team USA, Gurenlian also made an MLL All Star appearance in 2013, as well as making the All-MLL Team last year. After setting the Penn State record for Career Faceoff Wins, it was only fitting that the "Beast" dominated the X for the MLL after ten solid years in the league. Throughout the 2014 season, Gurenlian found himself first for At the X seven different times.

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2014-08-12



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