Major League Lacrosse announced Wednesday that Boston Cannons midfielder Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins) has been named Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season and the third time in the past four after setting a league record with 72 points in 14 games.
"I'm very honored and humbled to have earned the Offensive Player of the Year award. It's always rewarding to receive individual achievements from all the hard work I put in each year,” Rabil said. “That said, no matter the amount of work I put into my game, this is a team sport, and without such tremendous players I have the honor to play with each week, I wouldn't be in this position. Thanks to all the coaches and GM's in this league that have voted, and I'm eager to continue to compete at the highest level."
Rabil becomes the second player in MLL history to earn the award three times, joining attackman John Grant Jr. Grant, now with the Chesapeake Bayhawks, earned the award in 2001, 2007 and 2008 as a member of the Rochester Rattlers.
The MLL’s leading scorer for the third time in the last four years, Rabil had a season-high eight points against Rochester on April 28 and at Denver on May 19. He also ranked second in MLL with 38 assists, while his 27 goals ranked fifth. In addition, he had seven two-point goals, which was tied for fourth in the league.
Rabil, one of three players to record at least one point in all 14 games this season, posted at least two points in all 14 games and had four hat tricks.
A five-year MLL veteran, Rabil has scored 133 goals, including 28 two-point markers, with 85 assists in 56 career games. He has tallied at least 50 points in three of his five MLL seasons.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times