Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Watson named NLL Player of the Week
Toronto Rock Goaltender Bob Watson is the National Lacrosse League's Overall Player of the Week for the games played on February 18th, 19th, and 20th, Week #7 of the 2011 regular season.
Watson continued his defensive dominance this past weekend with two stellar performances. On Friday night, he allowed only 5 goals while making 32 saves in a 10-5 win over the Knighthawks.He didn't miss a beat heading into Saturday's game, an eventual 13-6 win over Rochester. He only allowed 5 goals, making 35 saves in just under 53 minutes of action. Watson is currently leading all goalies in the major defensive categories of goals against average, save percentage, and wins.
Watson's teammate, Garrett Billings, has been named Offensive Player of the Week. He posted consistent numbers in both Rock games over the weekend. On Friday, he scored 3 goals and added 1 assists while picking up 6 loose balls. On Saturday, he connected for another 3 goals and 2 assists along with 5 loose balls.
Jeff Moleski of the Washington Stealth was recognized as the Defensive Player of the Week. He helped the Stealth coast to a 20-7 victory over Colorado by scoring 3 goals and picking up 4 loose balls, with a forced turnover.
The Transition Player of the Week honors go to Ryan Hotaling of the Boston Blazers. In a 14-11 victory over Minnesota, Hotaling scooped up 23 loose balls and went 64% on faceoffs (18 for 28).
Curtis Dickson of the Calgary Roughnecks won the Rookie of the Week award. He helped the first place Roughnecks bet Division rival, Edmonton Rush, 12-11. He netted 3 goals and served up 2 assists in the winning effort.