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Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws Lee Zink Voted “2013 MLL Defensive Player Of The Year”

Denver Outlaws Lee Zink 2013 MLL Defensive Player of the Year

Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, has named Lee Zink of the Denver Outlaws, the 2013 Warrior Defensive Player of the Year, as voted by MLL coaches and general managers.
“It’s such an honor to be named Defensive Player of the Year,” said Zink. “This has been a really special season with a great team. I think everything has really come together to lead to the success we’ve had on the field so far. I’m really excited for this weekend to try to win a championship.”
Zink earned all 16 possible first place votes, the only player to win an end of the year award by a unanimous decision this season. Brodie Merrill of the Hamilton Nationals and Mike Evans of the Chesapeake Bayhawks trailed with five second place votes each and four and two third place votes respectively.
“It’s pretty unbelievable,” Zink continued when told about the unanimous vote. “A special thanks to all the coaches and GMs. It’s a great honor.”
“There are not enough superlatives to describe Zink,” said Outlaws head coach Jim Stagnitta. “He’s discreet, unassuming, not flashy, but when you look at the numbers his matchups put up against him you know he’s able to neutralize the best players in the world. He’s a consummate professional who juggles work, graduate school and lacrosse and I’ve never been around a defender who does what he does.”
Zink picked up the award for the second time in as many seasons, becoming the second player to ever garnish Defensive Player of the Year in consecutive seasons. The Denver defenseman remains only the sixth player to win the award in MLL’s 13-year history.
A 10-year MLL veteran, Zink led the Outlaws to a perfect 14-0 record, the first undefeated regular season in League history, and Denver’s second consecutive regular season title. Zink started in all 14 games on the back line, recording 21 groundballs, including a season-high four groundballs on two occasions.
Zink was chosen as the fifth overall pick in the 2004 draft, hailing from the University of Maryland. Since his professional debut, Zink has cemented himself as one of the best shut down defenders in the League. Twice this season he has been awarded Warrior Defensive Player of the Week after shutting down the opposing team’s leading scorer. The captain anchored a strong defensive unit which led the League in fewest goals against per game; fewest shots per game, as well as the best penalty kill record.

Denver Outlaws 2013 Media Guide

Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws All-Star Defenseman Lee Zink Has “Completely Dominated And Taken Opposing Attackmen Out Of The Game”; Frontrunner For MLL Defensive Player Of The Year

Denver Outlaws Defenseman Lee Zink MLL

Denver Outlaws’ Lee Zink has carved his name into the list of MLL all-time great defensemen. The long-pole captain earned himself the 2012 MLL Defensive Player of the Year, and is a front-runner for this year’s same award.
Hailing from the University of Maryland, the 2004 fifth overall Collegiate Draft pick has consistently established himself as one of the best one-on-one defenders in the League for the past 10 seasons. Seven-year teammate Jesse Schwartzman put it plainly, “It’s pretty simple what makes Lee one of, if not the best defender in the League. It’s his ability to completely dominate his matchup and take the opposing attackman out of the game.”
Standing 6’4″ and handling a 6′ pole, Zink is able to cover a lot of space. His length, and quick feet allow him to stick with anyone, whether it be an explosive, fast player, or a big, and physical dodger. Couple that with sharp game knowledge, smart positioning, and the ability to dictate his opponent, and Zink is a dream teammate.
This season the Denver Outlaw has won Defensive Player of the Week twice, picking up the accolade after shut-down performances against Rochester’s Ned Crotty, and Chesapeake’s John Grant Jr. Throughout the season Zink has matched up with the top offensive players in the League, and has consistently limited them to lower outputs and minimal impact. Just take a look at the chart below to see the breakdown of his impressive numbers.

Denver Outlaws Defenseman Lee Zink

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NCAA Lacrosse: “NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Rules Committee” Recommends Allowing “Defender Marking Player With Ball” In Goal Circle With Goalie

Under the recommended new rules, only the defender marking the player with the ball within a stick’s length could remain in the goal NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rules 2013circle. Once the ball is in the goal circle, only the goalkeeper or another defensive player would be allowed in the goal circle to play the ball.

The NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Rules Committee has recommended several rules changes for next season, including that players on the defensive team be allowed to move through any portion of their goal circle when their team is not in possession of the ball.

Currently, only the goalkeeper is allowed to be in the defensive goal circle, with the exception of a player entering the crease after the goalkeeper has moved outside the goal circle.

The committee experimented with a modified version of this rule during the fall of 2012. Membership feedback indicated support for the change.

“The committee wanted to create more balance between offense and defense,” said Committee Chair Celine Cunningham, head coach and senior woman administrator at Stevens. “It gives defenders more freedom around the goal circle.”

All rules proposals must be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which will discuss women’s lacrosse rules recommendations July 17.

For more:  http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-06-06/sports/bal-ncaa-targets-goal-circle-stick-checks-timeouts-in-proposed-lacrosse-rules-changes-20130606_1_stick-goal-circle

Major League Lacrosse: Denver Outlaws Defenseman Lee Zink Named “2012 MLL Defensive Player Of The Year”

Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced Tuesday that defenseman Lee Zink of the Denver Outlaws has been named as the 2012 Warrior MLL Defensive Player of the Year, according to MLL Commissioner David Gross. The award was based on the votes submitted by the head coach and general manager of each of the League’s eight teams. “It’s a great honor to be recognized by former players, coaches and GMs. I’ve been really excited about this season; we have a great team and I’m excited about the upcoming weekend,” says Zink. A nine-year MLL veteran, Zink played in 13 games while helping the Denver Outlaws claim their first MLL regular season title since 2009. He recorded 17 ground balls, including a season-high three ground balls in a win over Rochester on June 16.

Ivy League Lacrosse Profile: Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Senior Defenseman Matt Hull Talks About His Four-Year College Lacrosse Career (Video)

Harvard men’s lacrosse senior defenseman Matt Hull talked about playing lacrosse at Harvard and his four years with the program.

NCAA Lacrosse: Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Defenseman Kevin Ridgway Named Big East Lacrosse “Defensive Player Of The Week”

Notre Dame’s Kevin Ridgway earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors in the second week of the season. Ridgway helped the Irish defense limit Penn State to just two goals as Notre Dame won 6-2 on Feb. 27. It was the fewest goals allowed by the Irish in a game since the 2009 season. Ridgway forced a game-high three turnovers in addition to picking up one ground ball. The Notre Dame defense surrendered just 19 shots, including 10 on goal.

NCAA Lacrosse: Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Has “Arrived” As One Of The Country’s Elite Lacrosse Programs


Defensively, Notre Dame Men's Lacrosse is starting to earn the same reputation as some of Bill Tierney's Princeton teams in the 1990s due to work ethic and positioning.

And Notre Dame keeps finding these great goalkeepers. One year it is Joe Kemp, and the next it’s Scott Rodgers. Now the Fighting Irish might have another one in John Kemp, Joe’s little brother.


 “By the end of the year, Notre Dame might be at or near the top again. They have a great defensive system in place, and the recruiting is going well. If they can get the offense together, and some of those guys to emerge, they’ll be closing the gap as far as moving into the elite division.”

Now, some teams that didn’t want to play the Irish in the past want them on the schedule. Notre Dame opened the season last week with a 12-7 win against Duke, and will finish the 2011 regular season with games at Syracuse and Virginia.

University of Notre Dame coach Kevin Corrigan doesn’t reflect much on his 23 years at the school, but there are some things he can’t forget.

Upon arrival, Notre Dame had no paid assistants and scholarships. The Fighting Irish didn’t have any lacrosse facilities, and shared a locker room with four other teams.

But now, they are close to becoming an elite team. In the latest Baltimore Sun poll, the Fighting Irish are ranked No. 4 behind Syracuse, Virginia and Maryland.

And they are closing.

“Syracuse and the Atlantic Coast Conference teams have separated themselves at the top from the competition,” said Paul Carcaterra, lacrosse analyst from ESPN. “There are good teams in position to balance out the power from the No. 5 to No. 15 positions.

Notre Dame (1-0) has never gotten this kind of respect before. Despite reaching the Final Four in 2001, and consistently being ranked in the top 10 for most of the last decade, there were always questions about the Fighting Irish, especially their strength of schedule.

Even last year, there was debate about whether Notre Dame should be in the 16-team Division I playoff field because of a 7-6 regular-season record.

But in the tournament, the Fighting Irish beat Princeton, and upset both Maryland and Cornell before losing, 6-5, to Duke in overtime of the championship game.

They have arrived.

For more:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/bs-sp-preston-lacrosse-column-0226-20110225,0,987491.column