Boston (August 22, 2013)- After a season filled with outstanding performances by so many MLL athletes, the league is excited to announce Kevin Crowley as the winner of the 2013 Warrior Most Valuable Player award. While many players were deserving of the award, Hamilton’s offensive leader has been voted as this years’ recipient, by MLL coaches and general managers, in what was one of the most exciting offensive summers in recent memory.
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“There are so many MLL players worthy of the MVP Award, I didn’t think I was going to get it,” said Crowley. “This also says a lot about my teammates. Having defenses shut teams down allowing us on the offense to score goals is very important and I owe all of them a big thanks.”
While Crowley was busy tearing up MLL defenses, Matt Danowski, who finished second in MVP voting, quietly helped lead the Charlotte Hounds to their first playoff appearance in club history. Third in the votes was Outlaws’ goaltender Jesse Schwartzman, who recently was named Warrior Goalie of the Year for his outstanding efforts in Denver. Schwartzman became the first goaltender in the history of the league to stand between the pipes for an undefeated season.
A third year veteran out of Stony Brook University, Crowley took the MLL by storm this season producing the best scoring numbers of his young career. The British Columbia native was the Nationals’ most potent offensive weapon, scoring 55 total points (38g, 2 2PTG, 14 assists). Crowley’s supporting cast of Joe Walters and Kevin Cunningham provided scoring opportunities for the first time MVP, who found the back of the net on 33% of his shots.
2013 served as the launching point for the young midfielder’s professional career, as Crowley was able to shatter his entire career bests in points, shooting percentage and shots on goal. Despite being an effective member of Hamilton’s offense last year (37 points), Crowley emerged as one of his team’s leaders helping the Nationals to their best record in club history 9-5.
Crowley has been a key piece to the club’s recent successes. His most recent individual achievements include winning the 2013 MLL All-Star Game’s MVP award, as well as earning the 2013 Offensive Player of the Year award presented by Brine.
Major League Lacrosse continues to grow, and with it comes growth in the talent pool of potential candidates for this prestigious award. Crowley has shown MLL fans, as well as front office and personnel members who voted for this award, that he has joined the upper-echelon of the league’s midfielders. Crowley and his team are looking to capture their second MLL championship this coming weekend, as they take on the Bayhawks in semifinal number two at 4 p.m, Saturday on CBS Sports Network.
Headquartered in Warren, Michigan, Warrior Sports is recognized as one of the sporting goods industry’s premier manufacturers of innovative, high performance, cutting-edge equipment, footwear and apparel for lacrosse, soccer, and hockey athletes of all ages and abilities. Founded in 1993 by former champion lacrosse player David Morrow, Warrior was acquired by privately-held New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. in February 2004. Warrior is dedicated to a core set of philosophies and strengths: technical superiority, grassroots marketing, original and creative youthful expression, and strong partnerships with retailers and suppliers. Warrior’s Players Club is the best players in the world helping to make the best equipment in the world and is reserved for the top professionals in lacrosse and hockey today. For more information on Warrior please visit www.warrior.com.