7/16/12 1:26 PM
(July 16, 2012)… Hamilton Nationals attackman Garrett Billings was named as the Major League Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week after helping the Nationals earn a split of a weekend home-and-home series with the Ohio Machine.
Long Island Lizards defenseman CJ Costabile earned the League’s Defensive Player of the Week award, while Denver Outlaws attackman Mark Matthews was selected as the Cascade MLL Rookie of the Week.
Billings, who was named as the Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his MLL career, registered six goals and three assists in the pair of games last week. After scoring three goals with an assist in the Nationals’ 13-12 loss against the Machine on Friday night, he led Hamilton to a 14-12 victory over the Machine by scoring three goals with two assists. He scored all three of his goals in the first half as Hamilton built a 6-5 halftime advantage en route to the victory.
After scoring just 12 goals in his first two MLL seasons, Billings has now tallied 13 goals in eight games this year while contributing 10 assists. With 23 points, he ranks third on the Nationals’ scoring list.
Hamilton will travel to Long Island to play the Lizards at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 21st. The game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network. After next weekend, Hamilton will play its final three regular season games at home.