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Major League Lacrosse announced Tuesday that defenseman Lee Zink (Maryland) of the Denver Outlaws has been named Defensive Player of the Year.
“It’s a great honor to be recognized by former players, coaches and GMs," Zink said. "I’ve been really excited about this season; we have a great team and I’m excited about the upcoming weekend."
Zink is the second former Terp to win one of the league's annual awards this season; the Outlaws' Jeremy Sieverts was chosen as the Most Improved Player last week.
A nine-year MLL veteran, Zink played in 13 games while helping the Denver Outlaws claim their first MLL regular-season title since 2009. He recorded 17 ground balls, including a season-high three in a win over Rochester on June 16.
Zink has played in 103 career games and has recorded 211 ground balls. He was a member of the Baltimore Bayhawks’ 2005 MLL championship team and has played in 12 or more regular-season games in six of his nine seasons.
Zink and the Outlaws will compete in MLL Championship Weekend beginning Saturday at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass. The top-seeded Outlaws will face the fourth-seeded Long Island Lizards in the first semifinal at 1 p.m. before the second-seeded Chesapeake Bayhawks play against the defending champion Boston Cannons, who earned the third seed, in the second semifinal at approximately 4 p.m.
The two semifinal winners will play in the championship game Sunday at 3 p.m.