BOSTON, Mass.– Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced Thursday that Denver Outlaws midfielder Jeremy Sieverts has been named as the 2012 Warrior MLL Most Improved Player of the Year, according to MLL Commissioner David Gross. The award was based on the votes submitted by the head coaches and general manager of each of the League’s eight teams.
“It has been a great opportunity to go out and play in Denver and the coaching staff and my teammates have been incredible. They make it a joy to be a part of the Outlaws and I look forward to seeing them every week,” says Sieverts.
“I started this season off with a bang down in Charlotte and one of the biggest reasons for my continued success is the mentality we have as a team. We’re very unselfish. We try not to worry about getting our own points; as a team we’re better as a whole and I think that is the reason for the change.”
After not playing in a game for the Chesapeake Bayhawks last season, Sieverts exploded for 26 goals, including seven two-point goals, with seven assists in 14 games for the Outlaws this year. The MLL’s ninth-leading scorer with 40 points, Sieverts was tied for seventh in goals while his seven two-point goals were tied for fourth in the MLL.
Sieverts was honored as the MLL Offensive Player of the Week after scoring four goals, including a pair of two-point markers, with an assist as the Outlaws defeated Charlotte by a 21-12 margin in the season opener on April 28. He also scored four goals with two assists while leading the Outlaws to a win over the Long Island Lizards on May 12.
He also had three goals in a July 14 victory over Charlotte and contributed three goals, including a two-point marker, on July 28 in a win over Hamilton.
A three-year MLL veteran, Sieverts scored four goals, including a pair of two-point markers, in three games for the Bayhawks during the 2010 season.
“Warrior would like to congratulate Jeremy on earning Warrior MLL Most Improved honors,” says Dave Dixon, Warrior Chief Marketing Officer. “At Warrior, we consistently strive to improve our innovative, high performance and cutting-edge lacrosse products and through his explosive performance this season, Jeremy has emulated our goals and ideals on the field.”
The MLL Championship Weekend presented by Warrior will be held on August 25 and 26 at Harvard Stadium. The top-seeded Denver Outlaws will face the fourth-seeded Long Island Lizards in the first semi-final at 1 p.m. before the second-seeded Chesapeake Bayhawks will play against the defending MLL champion Boston Cannons, who earned the third seed, in the second semi-final at approximately 4 p.m.