Buffalo Bandits goalie Anthony Cosmo was recognized for his play in Week #7 of the NLL regular season. (Photo: Bill Wippert)
The National Lacrosse League has announced Player of the Week awards for Week #7 of the 2013 NLL regular season which featured five games this past weekend.
Edmonton Rush rookie forward Mark Matthews, who currently leads the league with 23 goals this season, won Offensive Player of the Week after scoring a combined 11 goals in their two wins over the weekend. Rush transition player Jeremy Thompson also won the award at his position as Edmonton improved their record to 3-4.
Buffalo Bandits goaltender Anthony Cosmo earned the Defensive Player of the Week award after setting NLL single-game season-highs in saves and save percentage so far this year while Minnesota Swarm forward Kiel Matisz won his second Rookie of the Week award in 2013.
Offensive Player of the Week
Mark Matthews, Edmonton Rush (2 GP, 11G, 2A, 5 LB): Matthews recorded seven points (6+1) and three loose balls in Edmonton’s 15-10 win vs. Washington on Friday and six points (5+1) and two loose balls in Edmonton’s 14-7 win at Colorado on Saturday.
Transition Player of the Week
Jeremy Thompson, Edmonton Rush (2 GP, 24 LB): Thompson recorded 13 loose balls in Edmonton’s 15-10 win vs. Washington on Friday and 11 loose balls and went 16-for-24 (67%) on faceoffs in Edmonton’s 14-7 win at Colorado on Saturday.
Defensive Player of the Week
Anthony Cosmo, Buffalo Bandits (1W, 6.00 GAA, .900 SV%): Cosmo recorded 54 saves on 60 shots in Buffalo’s 10-6 win at Rochester on Saturday.
Rookie of the Week
Kiel Matisz, Minnesota Swarm (2G, 3A, 3 LB): Matisz recorded five points (2+3) and three loose balls in Minnesota’s 17-16 loss vs. Calgary on Saturday.
The NLL Player Awards are determined by a weekly vote of the league's general managers and head coaches.