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Rush Trio Win Big on NLL Awards Night

September 29, 2016 - Dilks was named the Defensive Player of the Year, McIntosh took home the Sportsmanship Award, and Genier received the Executive of the Year honour. After four straight seasons of seeing Rush teammate Kyle Rubisch be named the NLL's Defensive Player of the Year, Dilks stepped to the forefront in 2016 which was truly a breakout campaign for him. The six-year veteran from Hamilton, Ontario, led the NLL with 51 forced turnovers - the second-highest total in league history behind only Rubisch's mark of 61. Rubisch also finis... Full Story

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Georgia Swarm's Randy Staats Named 2016 NLL Rookie of the Year

September 27, 2016 - The National Lacrosse League today announced that Georgia Swarm forward Randy Staats has been named the recipient of the 2016 Rookie of the Year award. Staats set the new NLL single-season rookie scoring record with 95 points, which led the Swarm and was 10th-most in the league overall. Staats led all rookies in points (95), goals (36) and assists (59), and was second in power play goals (8) and fifth in loose balls (84), second-most among first-year forwards. Staats' 59 assists also set a new NLL single-season rookie rec... Full Story

Dhane Smith Named NLL MVP

September 27, 2016 - TORONTO - The National Lacrosse League today announced that Buffalo Bandits forward Dhane Smith has been named the National Lacrosse League's Most Valuable Player following a record-setting 2016 campaign. Smith was nominated for the honor alongside Shawn Evans of the New England Black Wolves and Mark Matthews of the Saskatchewan Rush. Smith tallied 72 goals and 137 total points in 18 games, setting league records in both categories. He paced the league in game-winning goals (5), ranked second in power-play goals (16), fif... Full Story

Georgia Swarm Strengthen Defensive Unit During 2016 NLL Draft

September 27, 2016 - The National Lacrosse League's (NLL) Georgia Swarm left Monday's NLL Draft with defense on its mind. Georgia used its first two picks in the first-round to add size to its backend by selecting 6-foot-3, 190-pound transition player Bryan Cole (No. 4 overall, University of Maryland) and 6-foot-3, 215-pound defenseman Connor Sellars (No. 10 overall, Belmont Abbey College). "We were looking for defense in this draft and Bryan is a big, left-handed transition player who can also play some offense if called upon," Swarm Owner a... Full Story

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