Notebook: Nationals' Crowley named MLL Offensive Player of Year

Notebook: Nationals' Crowley named MLL Offensive Player of Year
Kevin Crowley of the Hamilton Nationals catches a pass during a Major League Lacrosse game against the Denver Outlaws. Crowley's career-best season led the Nats to the best regular-season record (9-5) in franchise history. (Tom Szczerbowski, Getty Images)

Major League Lacrosse announced Tuesday that Hamilton Nationals midfielder Kevin Crowley was named Offensive Player of the Year after finishing the regular season tied for first in the league in points (55).

That total is only two fewer than what he had totaled over his previous two seasons combined. Crowley's 38 goals and and 14 assists are career highs.


The Nationals finished 9-5, the best record in team history, and earned the No. 3 seed in this weekend's playoffs.

The third-year player received six first-place votes from MLL coaches and general managers to earn the award. He edged the Denver Outlaws' Chris Bocklet, who had three first-place and seven second-place votes, while the Charlotte Hounds' Matt Danowski came in third with three first- and two second-place votes. The Boston Cannons' Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins) had two first- and two second-place votes, and the Outlaws' Brendan Mundorf (Mount St. Joseph, UMBC) received two first-place votes.

Hartzell to lead Texas high school

Plano West (Texas) High announced the hiring of Kyle Hartzell (Salisbury) as coach and athletic director.

A defenseman for MLL's Ohio Machine, Hartzell has been an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Boys' Latin for the past five years. In 2009 he was the head coach for the Palo Alto (Calif.) High program; the team finished third in the state.

Players with Baltimore-area ties named All-Americans

The National Interscholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association announced its national All-America class for the 2013 season. Players selected to the first team included: attackman Connor Cannizzaro of Cazenovia (N.Y.) High, Boys' Latin attackman Colin Heacock, attackman Matt Rambo of La Salle College High in Wyndmoor, Pa., attackman Tim Rotanz of Shoreham-Wading River High in Shoreham ,N.Y., and Boys' Latin defenseman Mac Pons, who are all Maryland recruits; Gilman attackman Max Greene (Harvard); Calvert Hall midfielder Stephen Kelly (North Carolina); Boys' Latin midfielder Ben Pridemore (Notre Dame); Calvert Hall defenseman Garrett Epple (Notre Dame); and defenseman Nick Fields of Bullis School in Potomac (Johns Hopkins).

Among the players chosen to the second team were attackmen Shack Stanwick of Boys' Latin and Wilkins Dismuke of Rock Canyon High in Littleton, Colo., and midfielders Kieran Eissler of Coronado High in Henderson, Nev., and Joel Tinney of Culver (Ind.) Military Academy, who are Johns Hopkins recruits; attackman Lucas Gradinger of Torrey Pines High in San Diego and goalie Dan Morris of Dallas (Texas) Jesuit, who are set to join Maryland; Loyola attackman Devin McNamara and McDonogh long-stick midfielder Dan Sweeney, both headed to Villanova; and Boys' Latin goalie Christian Knight (Cornell). Stanwick and Tinney are rising seniors; the rest are rising college freshmen.

McDonogh grad Black joins Duke women

Duke announced that attacker Casey Black (McDonogh) will join the team next season.

Black helped the Eagles earn a No. 1 national ranking and remain undefeated for three consecutive seasons. As a senior, she guided her squad to a 22-0 mark and its fifth consecutive conference championship while receiving Under Armour All-America recognition.