The National Lacrosse League has announced that Columbus Landsharks forward Tracey Kelusky has been named the March NLL Rookie of the Month.
Kelusky, the 5-8, 170-pound forward from Peterborough, Ontario continued his solid rookie campaign during the final months of the 2000-2001 season.
In seven games, Kelusky collected 27 points on 10 goals and 17 assists (10 17=27). Kelusky had the best game of his promising career against the Buffalo Bandits on March 2. Kelusky racked up 12 points on four goals and eight assists (4 8=12) to keep his Landsharks close to the high-powered Bandits for the entire game. His performance earned him NLL Player of the Week honors in Week 11.
Overall, Kelusky finished his season as the NLL Rookie Scoring Leader, collecting 51 points on 24 goals and 27 assists. (24 27=51) Kelusky picked up two or more points in 13 of the 'Sharks 14 games this season. Kelusky also picked up 98 loose balls which was tops among all rookies and second on the Landsharks behind teammate Mike Benedict.
Earlier this season, Kelusky was named the January NLL Rookie of the Month.
Other nominations around the League were Mike Regan of the Albany Attack, Ryan Powell of the Buffalo Bandits, Ben Prepchuk of the New York Saints, Kris Bryde of the Ottawa Rebel, Jeff Ratcliffe of the Philadelphia Wings, Jason Crosbie of the Rochester Knighthawks, Craig Gelsvik of the Toronto Rock and Josh Sims of the Washington Power.