#20 Andrew Suitor
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The National Lacrosse League (NLL) today announced that Andrew Suitor of the Minnesota Swarm has been named the 2012 NLL Transition Player of the Year.
Suitor, 23, served as the Swarm’s captain in 2012 and was the youngest player in the league to sport the ‘C’ on his jersey. In his second year in the league, Suitor recorded a career-high 26 points (15g, 11a), 120 loose balls and 25 forced turnovers in 16 games. Suitor ranked third in the NLL in forced turnovers and eighth in loose balls.
“I want to thank head coach Joe Sullivan and the Arlottas first of all,” Suitor said. “I also want to thank my teammates: Jordan MacIntosh pushes me everyday and I strive to stay on the same level as him; Andrew Watt, who took me under his wing last year as a rookie and showed me the ropes; Jeff Gilbert came in and helped me out as a young guy and taught me a lot. More than anything, I want to thank the organization and the team. I’m ecstatic and I definitely didn’t expect this.”
With his uncanny leadership abilities and hard-nosed play, Suitor helped the Swarm advance to the West Division Finals for the first time in team history and finish 9-7 in the regular season.
“Andrew’s leadership was displayed on the floor throughout the season,” Swarm head coach & associate general manager Joe Sullivan said. “While achieving his offensive stats, he was also a major contributor defensively picking up 120 loose balls in the 2012 season. Anyone who plays against or with ‘Suits’ knows what a competitor he is and pushes each player around him to be better.”
The Orangeville, Ontario native served as an assistant captain for the 2012 West All-Stars and was named a starter for the first time in his career. Suitor also earned NLL Transition Player of the Week honors twice this season.
Minnesota selected the 5-foot-11, 190-pound transition specialist with the fourth overall selection in the 2010 NLL Entry Draft.
Tuesday’s award marks the first time a Swarm player has earned Transition Player of the Year honors. Suitor joins John Arlotta (General Manager of the Year) and Joe Sullivan (Head Coach of the Year) as the third member of the Swarm to win a yearly award from the NLL this season.
Brodie Merrill of the Philadelphia Wings finished second and Geoff Snider of the Calgary Roughnecks was third in the voting.
The announcements of 2012 NLL Season Awards continues Wednesday with the All-Rookie Team. The awards are voted on by the league's board of governors, general managers and head coaches.