Tuesday, August 11, 2015

MSL announces 2015 award winners: Excelsiors sweep player awards

Chris Corbeil is Major Series Lacrosse's defensive player of the year for the second time. (Photo: Dave Fryer)
Major Series Lacrosse is pleased to announce the winners of its 2015 awards. Each team nominates a player in each category then the teams vote to determine the winners. Teams are not allowed to vote for their own players or coaches. You can see all the nominees in this post.

Most Valuable Player: Joe Resetarits, Brampton Excelsiors
Resetarits made a huge difference for the Excelsiors in the 11 games he was able to play. He finished third on the team in scoring with 21 goals and 25 assists for 46 points. Resetarits was the centrepiece of the Brampton offence, helping to generate scoring chances for his teammates. Brampton wasn't expected by most observers to reach the playoffs but they won seven games to earn a postseason berth.

Most Valuable Defensive Player: Chris Corbeil, Brampton Excelsiors
Corbeil is the Excelsiors' captain and the leader of their defence. He is one of the best loose-ball men in the game and added 3 goals and 8 assists in 14 games while taking just 10 minutes in penalties. Corbeil was also named MSL's top defender in 2013. 

Rookie of the Year: Tyler Ferreira, Brampton Excelsiors
Ferreira completes the players of the year sweep for Brampton. The first overall pick in this year's MSL draft, Ferreira led all rookies in scoring with 51 points on 17 goals and 34 assists. He was eighth overall in the league in assists and ninth in scoring.

Coaching Staff of the Year: Jamie Dubrick and Steve Dietrich, Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks

Despite finishing last in the league, Dubrick and Dietrich were honoured for leading a Kodiaks roster that didn't boast the star power of other teams in the league to be competitive in most of its games through hard work, determination and a never say die attitude.