Major League Lacrosse announced its weekly award winners Monday, and all have Baltimore-area connections.
Chesapeake Bayhawks midfielder Kevin Cooper (Archbishop Spalding, Maryland) collected Cascade Rookie of the Week honors after scoring on each of his three shots and adding an assists in his MLL debut, a 13-12 win at the Ohio Machine on Saturday night.
Boston Cannons midfielder Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins) was named Offensive Player of the Week; he recorded a season-high eight points to help send the Cannons past the visiting Charlotte Hounds, 17-16, in overtime Saturday night. His season-high five goals, accompanied by three assists, earned him Player of the Game accolades. Rabil's second goal of the night gave him 283 career points, surpassing Conor Gill (St. Paul's, Washington Bayhawks) as Boston's all-time points leader. Rabil ended the game with 289 career points, with his last of the night coming on a perfect pass to Stephen Berger (Washington College, Mount St. Joseph) for the game-winning goal. The feed marked 100 career assists for the sixth-year veteran.
The Cannons earned their fourth straight victory, bringing their record to 5-5, and now hold sole possession of fourth place in the standings.
Hamilton Nationals defenseman Tucker Durkin (Johns Hopkins) was chosen as the MLL Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in his rookie season. The Nationals held the host Rochester Rattlers to six goals Sunday afternoon in a 10-6 win, marking a season best for the defense. Durkin limited All-Star attackman Ned Crotty to a single shot, which came in the last minute of play.