8/24/11 11:10 AM
(Hamilton, August 24)... Hamilton Nationals defenseman Brodie Merrill has been selected as the 2011 Warrior Defensive Player of the Year for the sixth straight season. The award was based on the votes submitted by the head coaches and general manager of each of the League’s six teams.
Merrill owns the league record for winning the award, which he first captured in 2006. It also marks the seventh straight season he has been honored with a seasonal honor as he was the 2005 Cascade MLL Rookie of the Year after helping the Baltimore Bayhawks win their second league championship.
“Brodie Merrill has consistently been a defensive staple for Major League Lacrosse and Warrior is thrilled to present this award to him,” said Dave Dixon, Warrior Chief Marketing Officer. “This is Brodie’s sixth time winning the Defensive Player of the Year title, which is evidence of his unparalleled athleticism. We wish him the best of luck in the upcoming MLL Championship Weekend.”
With 17 points in 12 games this year, Merrill was the Nationals’ eighth-leading scorer and led all MLL defenders. With 77 ground balls in 12 games, he led the MLL for the third time in his career.
Merrill had a season-high 13 ground balls in the Nationals’ July 16 victory over the Boston Cannons and also posted 10 ground balls against Long Island on July 1. In addition, he posted a season-high three assists in the Nationals’ July 30 victory over the Chesapeake Bayhawks at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, earning MLL Defensive Player of the Week honors.
An eight-time selection as the MLL Defensive Player of the Week, Merrill ranks second in MLL history with 524 career ground balls and will enter the 2012 season needing 12 ground balls to become the league’s all-time leader.
Headquartered in Warren, Michigan, Warrior is recognized as a premier manufacturer of innovative, high performance, cutting-edge equipment, footwear and apparel for lacrosse and hockey athletes of all ages and abilities. Founded in 1993 by former champion lacrosse player David Morrow, Warrior is a subsidiary of New Balance. The company is dedicated to a core set of principles: technical superiority, grassroots marketing, original and creative youthful expression and strong partnerships with retailers and suppliers. For more information please visit www.warrior.com.
About Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, was founded by Jake Steinfeld and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Major League Lacrosse commenced play in June of 2001. Major League Lacrosse has continued to lead the sport of lacrosse into the mainstream of competitive team sports. Comprised of six teams located in Boston, Chesapeake, Denver, Long Island, Rochester and Hamilton, Major League Lacrosse is in its eleventh season this year. MLL has added two teams for the 2012 season; the Charlotte Hounds located in Charlotte, N.C. and the Ohio Machine located in Columbus, OH.
The 2011 Sports Authority MLL All-Star Game took place on July 9 at Harvard Stadium in Boston. The 2011 Sports Authority MLL Championship Weekend, presented by Warrior, is scheduled for August 27 & 28 at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Md. For more information, please visit www.majorleaguelacrosse.com.
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