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MacIntosh and Crawford earn All-Pro honors

05/07/2013, 2:00pm CDT
By Alec Schimke

MacIntosh (First Team) and Crawford (Second Team) are first-time All-Pro selections

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The National Lacrosse League today announced that Minnesota Swarm transition player Jordan MacIntosh (First Team) and forward Callum Crawford (Second Team) have been selected to the 2013 NLL All-Pro Teams. Both MacIntosh and Crawford are first-time selections.

MacIntosh, 23, was named the NLL’s Transition Player of the Year last week after posting a stellar sophomore campaign in 2013. The RIT graduate posted a career-high 55 points (27g, 28a) and ranked second in the league in loose balls (197) and fourth in faceoffs won (241) in 16 contests. MacIntosh was named the Transition Player of the Week an NLL-high six times during the regular season and collected the award in four consecutive weeks to close out the regular season.

The Oakville, Ontario native broke several team milestones as well in 2013, which included the team’s single season record for loose balls, faceoffs won, faceoff win percentage (55.5%, minimum 400 attempts) and the Swarm’s single-game loose balls record (24). On offense, MacIntosh was the only Swarm player to record two 5-goal performances in 2013.

“I think Jordan is just starting to scratch the surface of his potential in this league,” Swarm associate general manager and head coach Joe Sullivan said. “He is mature beyond his years and takes a lot of pride in his skill sets. He is continuously working harder and harder to be the best that he can be."

Crawford, 28, led the Swarm in scoring and ranked fourth in the NLL with 95 points (32g, 63a), third with 63 assists and tied for 10th with 32 goals in 14 games played. The eight-year NLL veteran was named the Swarm’s interim captain midway through the 2013 season and also ranked fourth in the league in shooting percentage (.239). In his fourth season with the Swarm in 2013, the right-handed forward became the Swarm’s all-time leader in points (344) and assists (234) as well as became the fourth player in team history to score over 100 goals in a Swarm uniform.

The native of Ottawa, Ontario won a league-high three Offensive Player of the Week awards in 2013 and collected his first ever Player of the Month award in April. During a six-game stretch from March 8 through April 13, Crawford managed to set a team record by notching at least eight points in each contest, which included two 10-point outbursts.

“A long time ago when I started talking with Callum, he said that he had aspirations of being a good player in this league. Now, I think he’s surpassed his wildest dreams just because of his efforts,” Sullivan said. “It’s not just what he does on the floor -- he puts points up and that’s what he’s done for a few years -- but more importantly this year he started to make the players around him that much better. He’s become a leader on and off the floor and it’s great to see him get recognized by his peers.”

First Team All-Pro
Forward – Garrett Billings, Toronto Rock (2nd selection)
Forward – Rhys Duch, Washington Stealth (3rd selection)
Forward – Shawn Evans, Calgary Roughnecks (2nd selection)
Transition – Jordan MacIntosh, Minnesota Swarm (1st selection)
Defenseman – Kyle Rubisch, Edmonton Rush (2nd selection)
Goaltender – Matt Vinc, Rochester Knighthawks (4th selection)

Second Team All-Pro
Forward – Callum Crawford, Minnesota Swarm (1st selection)
Forward – Curtis Dickson, Calgary Roughnecks (1st selection)
Forward – John Grant, Jr., Colorado Mammoth (9th selection)
Transition – Jesse Gamble, Toronto Rock (1st selection)
Defenseman – Mike Grimes, Washington Stealth (1st selection)
Goaltender – Brandon Miller, Philadelphia Wings (1st selection)

The 2013 NLL Season Awards are determined by a vote of the league's Board of Governors, General Managers and Head Coaches. The announcement of Season Awards continues with the Moe's Southwest Grill Rookie of the Year award on Wednesday followed by the Most Valuable Player award presented by Reebok on Thursday.

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