BUFFALO, N.Y. (February 17, 2010) --- The National Lacrosse League announced today that Buffalo Bandits forward John Tavares was named Offensive Player of the Week, and goaltender Angus Goodleaf was selected as the league’s Defensive Player of the Week, for Week #6 of the 2010 NLL Season. The Week #6 NLL schedule consisted of games played on the weekend of February 12-14.
After missing the first six games of the season due to injury, the 41-year-old Tavares scored two goals and added four assists in a 13-11 win at Philadelphia on Saturday. The six points run Tavares’ career totals to a league-best 1,426 (673+753) in 227 career games.
Bandits goaltender Angus Goodleaf was named Defensive Player of the Week, as he earned his first career victory after coming on in relief in Philadelphia on Saturday. With the Bandits trailing the Wings 5-0 in first quarter, Goodleaf was called upon to replace starter Mike Thompson. The rookie netminder stopped 37 of the 43 shots he faced, allowing only six goals over the game’s final 53 minutes, as the visiting Bandits came from behind to win the contest 13-11 in Philadelphia.
Calgary Roughnecks goaltender Mike Poulin was named the NLL’s Overall Player of the Week; the Transition Player of the Week was Jay Thorimbert of the Minnesota Swarm; and Toronto Rock forward Stephen Leblanc was voted Rookie of the Week.
The NLL Weekly Player Awards are determined each week by a vote of the General Managers & Head Coaches of the leagues eleven member clubs.