The National Lacrosse League has announced Edmonton Rush forward Mark Matthews as the “Pinty’s Wingman of the Week” award winner for Week 13 of the 2015 NLL regular season.
Matthews, who ranks fourth in the NLL in points (74), tied for fourth in goals (33) and tied for sixth in assists (41), earned the award after posting seven points (3+4) in Edmonton’s record-setting 16-3 road win over Rochester this past Saturday.
The 25-year-old forward has recorded five or more points and two-plus goals in all 11 of his games played this season and has had over seven points in each of his last five games. Matthews has registered over 30 goals and 30 assists in all three of his pro seasons and is on pace this year to break his single-season career-highs of 38 goals (2013) and 78 points (2014).
The Oshawa, Ontario native, who played collegiately at the University of Denver, won the 2013 NLL Rookie of the Year award after his 38 goals were the third-most by an NLL rookie in history. Edmonton selected Matthews with the first overall pick of the 2012 NLL Draft.
Pinty’s is an official partner for the NLL on TSN during the 2015 season. Each week, an NLL player will receive the “Pinty’s Wingman of the Week” award based on their performance with respect to passing prowess and playmaking abilities. The weekly award winners will be entered into the pool of finalists for the “Pinty’s Wingman of the Year” award at the end of the season.
Week 1) Josh Sanderson – Toronto Rock
Week 2) Josh Sanderson – Toronto Rock
Week 3) Ryan Benesch – Buffalo Bandits
Week 4) Adam Jones – Colorado Mammoth
Week 5) Dan Dawson – Rochester Knighthawks
Week 6) Dhane Smith – Buffalo Bandits
Week 7) Cody Jamieson – Rochester Knighthawks
Week 8) Rob Hellyer – Toronto Rock
Week 9) Josh Sanderson – Toronto Rock
Week 10) Shawn Evans – Calgary Roughnecks
Week 11) Jeremy Noble – Colorado Mammoth
Week 12) Curtis Dickson – Calgary Roughnecks
Week 13) Mark Matthews – Edmonton Rush
Established in 1943, Pinty’s Delicious Foods Inc. has long been recognized as a poultry industry builder, innovator, and leader. The company provides a complete range of premium quality, value-added fresh and frozen chicken products to the Retail and Food Service Industry. The Burlington, Ont.-based food manufacturer has added the NLL to an extensive list of sports sponsorships that includes the NFL, NASCAR, Tennis Majors on TSN, and athletes Team Jacobs and Team Homan. Pinty’s is also the title sponsor of TSN’s annual All-Star Curling Skins Game.