Bayhawks' Abbott is MLL Defensive Player of the Week; Rabil honored on offensive side

August 07, 2012|From Sun staff reports

Chesapeake Bayhawks defensive midfielder Matt Abbott was named Major League Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career after his performance in a 13-6 win over the Long Island Lizards at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

On the offensive side, Boston Cannons attackman Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins) was selected as the Player of the Week.

“Matt is one of our most valuable players, and most of the plays he makes don't show up in a stat sheet,” Bayhawks general manager Brian Reese said. “We are happy that he is being recognized for his contributions.”

Abbott anchored a suffocating defense against the Lizards. A Syracuse graduate, Abbott matched his single-game high of six ground balls during the contest. This season, Abbott has tallied 40 ground balls, second-most on the squad, and has seven goals and four assists for 11 points.

The Bayhawks will host the Denver Outlaws on Saturday, with the winner getting the top seed in the playoffs.

Rabil led the Cannons to a 19-13 victory over the Ohio Machine on Saturday night at Harvard Stadium, scoring three goals, including a two-point marker, with three assists. He recorded two of his three assists in the second quarter while scoring a two-point goal as Boston scored eight goals to overcome a 5-4 deficit en route to the victory. He also added a pair of goals in the fourth quarter.

The league's leading scorer with 68 points, Rabil is tied for third on MLL’s all-time single-season points list. He leads the league with 37 assists, while his 25 goals rank sixth in the league. Entering the Cannons’ season finale at Ohio, the two-time NCAA champion at Hopkins needs four points to break the MLL single-season points record, which was set by current Bayhawks attackman John Grant Jr. in 2007 as a member of the Rochester Rattlers.

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