BOSTON (CBS) – For the second straight year, Boston Cannons midfielder Paul Rabil has been named the Major League Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year.
“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 of Wednesday’s honor. “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 led MLL in scoring for the third time in the last four years in 2012, setting a single-season record with 72 points in 14 games. The five-year veteran finished second in assists with 38, while his 27 goals were good for fourth in the league.
Rabil was one of three players in MLL to record at least one point in all 14 games this season, and posted at least two points in all 14 games to go with had four “hat trick” efforts.
This weekend, Rabil and the Cannons look to defend their 2011 MLL Championship at Harvard Stadium. A three-seed in this year’s playoffs, the Cannons take on the Chesapeake Bayhawks in Saturday’s second game of Championship Weekend action.
The postseason play gets underway at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon when the top-seeded Denver Outlaws face the fourth-seeded Long Island Lizards at Harvard Stadium.