|Long Island Lizards take home top prizes for Goalie, Rookie and Coach of the Year |
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 11:01:14 AM
The Long Island Lizards have fought tooth and nail this season, eventually elbowing their way into the final playoff spot in the MLL Championship Weekend at the last minute after nearly jeopardizing it all with a crushing loss to the Hamilton Nationals.
The Lizards may not have ended on exactly the note they wanted, but they are winning back their street cred with their domination of the regular season awards, announced by the MLL in press releases over the past week. The awards were determined by votes from each team's head coaches and general managers.
Joe Spallina won Brine's MLL Coach of the Year award. It was just his first season with the team, and he rallied them from losses in their two opening games to a five-game winning streak.
Matt Gibson was distinguished as Cascade's Rookie of the Year for 2012, after leading every newcomer to the league with an impressive 33 points for the season - 15 assists and 18 goals. He achieved points in all but two of the games in which he played for the Lizards.
Finally, Drew Adams was voted the Warrior Goalie of the Year for the second season in a row, which puts him in an elite group with just two other goalies who have achieved the milestone. He started all 14 games for Long Island and made 179 saves this year, or 52 percent of the shots lobbed at him, to rank third in the league.
While the Lizards will definitely be happy to have the wheelbarrow of accolades to bring home to their fans, the ultimate prize awaits them this weekend - if they can seize the opportunity.