Major League Lacrosse today announced its weekly award winners for Week 11 of the 2013 season, naming Charlotte Hounds goalie Adam Ghitelman the Warrior Defensive Player of the Week. The winners are chosen by the league's front office and are based on outstanding in-game achievements. In addition to Ghitelman’s honor, the MLL named the Chesapeake Bayhawks’ Casey Powell Warrior Offensive Player of the Week and Ohio Machine midfielder Logan Schuss Cascade Rookie of the Week.
Ghitelman on Saturday afternoon helped lead the
Hounds to a 13-11 win over the New York Lizards in front of the home crowd at American Legion Memorial Stadium. The captain faced 21 shots and his 12 saves were split evenly between the first and second halves to anchor the victory. Ghitelman also had five groundballs and provided quick outlet passes, allowing the Hounds to capitalize on multiple transition goals, highlighted by four points from long-pole defenders. The Hounds built up an 11-3 lead at the break before allowing the Lizards to sneak back into the game with four fourth-quarter goals, including a 2-pointer. But the defense tightened up and Ghitelman held the Lizards scoreless for the final 4:04 to improve the team to 5-6 on the season and remain in the hunt for a playoff spot.
Through 10 games this season, Ghitelman has posted a 12.43 goals against average and a .486 save percentage. He becomes the third Hounds player to be honored by the league with a weekly award.
Mike Sawyer was
named Cascade Rookie of the Week following Week 4 action, while
earned Offensive Player of the Week honors at the conclusion of Week 8.
The Hounds this weekend travel to Columbus for a rematch with the Ohio Machine. The teams first met Week 6 in Charlotte, when the
Hounds came away with a 13-7 victory. The game will begin at 7:00pm ET and be televised in the Charlotte area on WMYT-12 as well as be available for streaming nationally through ESPN3.com.