By Stuart Zaas | 5/7/12 1:00 PM
DENVER – Goalie Jesse Schwartzman was named the MLL Defensive Player of the Week for Week 2 of the 2012 MLL Season, the league announced on Monday.
Schwartzman led all MLL goalies that played more than 30 minutes in Week 2 with a .706 save percentage in Denver’s 15-6 win over Hamilton. Schwartzman’s five goals allowed were the fewest among all MLL goalies that played more than 30 minutes in Week 2 and his 12 saves ranked second in the league this week. The six points allowed by Schwartzman and the rest of the Denver defense in Week 2 are a franchise record low.
Schwartzman, who set an MLL single-season record with a goals against average of 9.9 in 2011, anchored a Denver defense that kept the Nationals off the scoreboard for two consecutive quarters (2nd and 3rd) – marking the first time in franchise history that the team has held an opponent scoreless in back-to-back quarters.
The weekly award is the sixth of Schwartzman’s career, which ties him with Brendan Mundorf for the most weekly honors in team history. Schwartzman’s award marks the third consecutive week that an Outlaw has won a weekly award (Brendan Mundorf, Offensive Player of the Week, Week 12, 2011; Jeremy Sieverts, Offensive Player of the Week, Week 1, 2012; Jesse Schwartzman, Defensive Player of the Week, Week 2; 2012). It marks the second time in team history that an Outlaw has earned Player of the Week honors in three straight weeks (Weeks 1-3, 2011).
The award is the ninth Defensive Player of the Week that an Outlaws player has earned in the team’s history and is the 24th overall player of the week award garnered by an Outlaw (12 Offensive Players of the Week / 9 Defensive Players of the Week / 3 Rookies of the Week).