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"Whipper" Wraps Up Award

04/23/2001, 3:43pm EDT
By National Lacrosse League

Bob Watson of the Toronto Rock has been named the 2000-2001 Goaltender of the Year.

Watson, the 6-0, 195-pound netminder from Guelph, Ontario put up remarkable numbers for Toronto this season. The 2000-2001 NLL First Team All-Pro selection finished the season with a League leading 8.89 goals-against average in 13 games.

With a record of 10-2, Watson's play once again helped the Rock back to the Champion's Cup Finals to defend their back-to-back titles. Watson also finished tied with the Rochester Knighthawks' Pat O'Toole for the top save percentage among goaltenders with a .797 mark.

"Whipper' is an integral part of one of the best defenses of all time," said Toronto Rock Co-Owner Brad Watters. "He is a great representative of the Toronto Rock organization, both on the field and in the community."

In a season filled with numerous highlights and outstanding performances, Watson has solidified himself as the NLL's premiere netminder. Twice this season, Watson was only beaten four times in a game. Watson did not allow a goal the entire second half against Rochester on April 5, and was only beaten once in the second half against the Albany Attack back on January 11.

In his fourth season in the NLL, Watson has a lifetime goals-against average of 10.99. In 48 games, Watson has made 1551 saves, including a career-high 415 this season.

In his career, Watson has made the NLL All-Pro in each year that he has been in the League.

Other NLL Goaltender of the Year nominations were the Albany Attack's Rob Blasdell, the New York Saints' Gord Nash, the Philadelphia Wings' Dallas Eliuk and the Rochester Knighthawks' Pat O'Toole.

On Tuesday, April 24, the National Lacrosse League will announce the Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year.

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