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Players of the Week: Grant, Croswell, Suitor & Hopcroft

03/07/2012, 11:10am EST
By NLL.com

Grant keeps piling up wins, Croswell goes from unsigned free agent to award winner


After becoming the third player in NLL history with 500 career goals, Colorado's John Grant Jr. was named Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday for the third time this season. (Photo Credit: Bill Wippert)

The National Lacrosse League has announced the winners of the weekly player awards for Week 9 of the 2012 season.

For the third time this season, John Grant Jr. of the Colorado Mammoth has been named the Offensive Player of the Week.

Grant joined John Tavares and Gary Gait as the only players in NLL history with 500 career regular-season goals, one of four he had to go with five assists last Saturday night in a 16-13 win over Buffalo. Earlier this season, Grant was the fifth player ever to notch 1,000 points.

Grant, who leads the NLL in goals (31), power-play goals (12) and points (68), is the reigning two-time NLL Player of the Month.

Goaltender Kevin Croswell was selected as Defensive Player of the Week after an outstanding debut with Washington. Signed last week to replace the injured Tyler Richards, Croswell stopped 41 of 50 shots and the Stealth snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Toronto 14-9 on Saturday at the Air Canada Centre.

Minnesota’s Andrew Suitor took Transition Player of the Week honors for the second time in 2012. The Swarm’s captain scored two goals and collected six loose balls in last Saturday’s 15-11 win over Calgary.

The Mammoth’s Derek Hopcroft collected Rookie of the Week honors. He set a career-high with four goals on just six shots and drew an assist in the win over Buffalo last Saturday.

Hopcroft is the second Colorado rookie to win the weekly award this season. Adam Jones was named the top rookie in Week 3.

The weekly player award winners are selected by a vote of the league’s general managers and head coaches.

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