On Saturday Nov 4th, the Maritime University Field Lacrosse League announced it Men Field Lacrosse Major Award Winners as selected by the MUFLL coaches and League executives, congratulation to all winners.
UNB Generals MacKenzie Mallet is the Maritime University Field Lacrosse League Freshmen of the Year. In his first year MacKenzie played the X for UNB and finished with 26 points including a league-leading 10 assists. Mallet, got the chance this season to play in his home town of Fredericton, NB, and next season will likely be returning to the US next season where we wish him luck in school and lacrosse.
Acadia Laxmen CJ Morrison was named Senior of the Year. CJ was talked of as the Jeff Sinder of the MUFLL this season winning more than 85% of this draws. Day in and day out CJ gave the Laxmen a chance to win every game forcing the defense to step up time after time. Even with a separated shoulder in the semis-final game CJ put in one of the toughest performance in MUFLL history, playing with only one shoulder and still winning most of the draws. CJ had this to say about the award “Receiving the top senior award from my peers and competitors is not only personally gratifying but also validates the hard work, passion, and time I’ve put into Acadia lacrosse. The league is growing in prosperity with every year, and it is with great honor that my name will be placed beside the great players that will soon follow.” CJ was also named to the Telus first team all-star congratulation CJ and we wish you luck in the future.
UNB Generals Tyler Northrup was named Goalie of the Year. Tyler stepped into nets after the 2nd game of the season and gave head coach Wayne Mallet a building block on the back end. Tyler was also the starting goalie for Team New Brunswick in the Ross Victory Cup this season. Tyler will be returning next year to the Generals and will be hoping to continue his strong performance and bring the Generals a MUFLL championship.
Dalhousie Tiger Ian Cameron for the second year was the Harrow Defensemen of the Year. After a broken fore arm in the off season, Ian was unsure if his lacrosse skills would be affected. Ian never missed a beat in every game he was marking up the top offensive players and leading one of the best defensive units in the MUFLL. Ian was also named to Team Nova Scotia for the Ross Victory Cup where he started all five games for his province. Ian had this to say about this award “It was a huge surprise to be named Defensive Player of the Year and a First Team All-Star for a second straight season. I didn’t feel that I had had the same kind of year that I did first year as I was rebounding from surgery but it is always nice to get the recognition and I am extremely honored.” Ian will be returning to the Tigers next year and plans to play for team Nova Scotia again this summer in the Celtic Cup.
For the second year in a row Brendon Smithson of the 5 – 1 StFX X-Men captured the Coach of the Year. Smithson lead the X-Men to there best season at 5 – 1 and walked away with the biggest prize as MUFLL champs. The X-Men finished second in goals for and a league-best 40 goals against. Smithson was also named coach of Team Nova Scotia for the Ross Victory Cup where he was named to the first team all-star coach of the tournament. Smithson, a native of Orangeville, ON, finished the season with a 10 – 6 victory over the Tigers to capture there first MUFLL championship.
Karl Augustin of the StFX X-Men is the Adanac Lacrosse MVP of the Year. Karl is the captain of the StFX X-men has been the biggest part of the X-Men success. “Karl can do everything from scoring, clearing, lose balls, draws and defense” said Coach Smithson. Karl was also part of the Team Nova Scotia Ross Victory Cup team and was named assistant captain of the team. Karl proved his worth in the playoffs leading the StFX X-Men to there first MUFLL championship. “Last years lose in the finals really was the real driving force for me.
I knew we had a talented team, so I made it my job to do everything in my power to make sure we took home the cup this year. Everything I did on and off the field was for this team and in the end we won the championship. It was nice to receive a little recognition as the MVP of the league but the championship was the goal.
The Maritime University field lacrosse league awards where given out at the MUFLL banquet which followed the too semi-final match ups. The semi-finals saw the Dalhousie Tigers down the UNB Generals 13 – 6 and the StFX X-Men drop the host Acadia Laxmen 16 – 7. For the second year in a row The Tigers and X-Men meet in the final on the following day with the X-Men prevailing 10 – 6 to capture the Scotiabank Cup.