After a record-setting 2013 season, Denver Outlaws goalie Jesse Schwartzman (Pikesville, Johns Hopkins) has been named Major League Lacrosse Goalie of the Year for the second time in his career, the league announced Friday.
Schwartzman received 12 out of a possible 16 first-place votes from the league's coaches and general managers, beating out the Chesapeake Bayhawks' Kip Turner (Severn), who finished second with seven second-place votes and six third-place votes. The Hamilton Nationals' Brett Queener finished third in the voting, earning two votes apiece for first and third place, as well as three second-place votes.
“Schwartzman was very good last year as well,” Outlaws coach Jim Stagnitta said . “This year it has been a pleasure to watch him. He has been consistent every game, and I’ve never been around a goalie that has been that consistent game in and game out. He has showed that he has very good leadership skills and also excellent stick skills. You combine all of his great qualities and I think he’s the best goalie I’ve ever seen.”
Schwartzman has led the Outlaws to a 14-0 record for the first undefeated regular season in the 13-year history of the league. It was a historic season for Schwartzman individually as well. The winning goalie in every game, Schwartzman gave up only 9.67 goals per game, the best mark in league history (besting his own mark of 9.87 from 2011). His .597 save percentage was also the best in the league this year and ranks eighth all time in league history.
Schwartzman, who won two national championships at Hopkins, also received the MLL honor in 2009, when he recorded nine wins in 11 games, while stopping 55 percent of shots and allowing 11.3 goals per game.
Schwartzman’s historic season also helped bump him up the career goalie ranks in several categories. He now has made 1,020 saves in his career, which puts him fourth all time, and his save percentage increased to .555, which bumped him up to eighth all time.
But perhaps most impressive of all is that his career goals-against average dropped to 11.28, which is first all-time, over a half-goal better than Turner, who sits in second. With his 14 wins this season, his career total has now climbed to 58, good for second all time, behind MLL legend Brian Dougherty (Maryland, Baltimore Thunder), who had 60.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun