SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The National Lacrosse League’s (NLL) Minnesota Swarm today announced that second-year T Andrew Suitor was named the Transition Player of the Week and T Jordan MacIntosh was named the Rookie of the Week. Both were recognized for their performances in the Swarm’s 19-11 victory against the Buffalo Bandits last weekend during the home opener on Treasure Island Field at Xcel Energy Center.
Suitor, 22, the recently appointed captain of the Swarm, posted a hat trick (3g), three loose balls and a turnover in Saturday’s win in only half a game of play. He sank his first goal of the game into an empty net from the opposite end of the turf with no time remaining on the clock at the end of the first quarter. Suitor has collected four points (4g), 20 loose balls and two forced turnovers in two appearances so far this season.
“Suitor’s first two games have been nothing short of extraordinary,” Swarm Assistant Coach & Associate General Manger Joe Sullivan said. “This week in only playing in a half of lacrosse, he got a buzzer beater and another shorthanded goal. He really did epitomize what a captain does and that’s pick the team up, put them on his shoulders and get it going. He’s done that from practices to team shoot-arounds to any team function we have. He has slowly become a real, real young, but effective leader on the team. I couldn’t be happier for him.”
Suitor is now a two-time winner of a Player of the Week award, having also been named Rookie of the Week during Week #13 of the 2011 season. He was also named to the 2011 All-Rookie Team after he recorded a 2011 rookie-best 74-for-189 face-off wins and registered 10 points (5g, 5a) and a team-high 108 loose balls in 13 games.
MacIntosh, a 22-year-old native of Oakville, Ontario, recorded four points (1g, 3a) for the second consecutive game, having posted the same numbers in his NLL debut during the season opener at Colorado earlier in the month. He also tallied a team-high19 loose balls, one forced turnover and went 17-for-29 (59%) on face-offs. In two NLL career appearances, the rookie transition player has racked up eight points (2g, 6a), 27 loose balls, three forced turnovers and a 44-for-66 (67%) record for face-offs. MacIntosh is currently third in the league for face-off wins, 44, and is tied for fifth in the league for loose balls, 27.
“This is very well-deserved. His efforts in the first two games are indicative of how he is going to be all year,” said Sullivan. “We’re going to have a phenomenal player on our hands real quickly. He went 67% over the first two games on face-offs, which is a 20% jump from what we did all last year. It gives us that much more possession, that much more of a threat offensively and allows our defense to get composed. He’s been a refreshing piece of energy on our team in the locker room and on the floor.”
The Week #4 awards are for the games played on the weekend of Jan. 27-28. The NLL Weekly Player Awards are determined each week by a vote of the General Managers & Head Coaches of the league's nine member clubs.
The Swarm (1-1) hits the road this Saturday, Feb. 4 to take on the Rochester Knighthawks (1-3) at 6:30 p.m. Visit mnswarm.com to view a live stream of the game. Minnesota returns home for a double header weekend on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. for “Bring Your Honey to the Hive” and on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. for “Family/Dog Day at the Hive.”
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