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Merrill Named Top Transition Player

May 11, 2009 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Portland Lumberjax News Release

PORTLAND, May 11, 2009 - Portland LumberJax defenseman and Assistant Captain Brodie Merrill has been named the National Lacrosse League's Transition Player of the Year, the league announced today. The four-time All-Star scored 14 goals while setting career-high's in assists (33) and loose balls collected (216) as the Jax finished second in the West Division in 2009.

"The award is obviously well deserved," said Head Coach/General Manager Derek Keenan. "Brodie is without a doubt the best transition player in the NLL."

This season the Orangeville, Ontario native enjoyed four multi-goal scoring games while tallying 3+ points in eight of the 16 regular season games.

For his consistent efforts, Merrill was named the Transition Player of the Week during week's two, 13 and 14.

In arguably his top all-around game of the year, Merrill scored three goals, added a career-high six assists and finished with a career-high nine points in a 14-12 win over the San Jose Stealth on March 28th in San Jose. The "LumberVac" also scooped up 12 loose balls in the win.

"Brodie impacts all aspects of the game with superior defense, transition and offensive skills," said Keenan. "He is a warrior and during his four years in Portland has willed the team to a lot of wins."

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