SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The National Lacrosse League’s (NLL) Minnesota Swarm today announced that G Nick Patterson was named the Week #3 Defensive Player of the Week. Patterson was honored for his performance in the Swarm’s 9-8 victory against Edmonton last weekend on Treasure Island Field at Xcel Energy Center.
Patterson, 28, made 47 saves on 55 shots, while allowing only eight goals in a complete game against the Rush. He made his final save of the game as time expired, securing the victory for Minnesota.
He was also named Week #2 Defensive Player of the Week after he made 50 saves on 58 shots in a 16-8 victory against the Stealth on Friday, Jan. 14.
“We are really happy for Nick,” General Manager Marty O’Neill said. “He anchored our win versus Edmonton, and is really taking his game to another level this year.”
Patterson has posted a 2-1 record during the 2011 season and leads the league with a 8.85 GAA and a .821 SV%. He is the only goalie in the NLL to average less than 9 goals per game.
The eight-year veteran has now been named the NLL Defensive Player of the Week a total of seven times, which is the most of any Swarm player.
The Week #3 awards are for the games played on the weekend of January 21st-22nd. The NLL Weekly Player Awards are determined each week by a vote of the General Managers & Head Coaches of the league's ten member clubs.