By Ally Annear | 5/17/12 2:00 PM
It was a night of firsts for Charlotte Hounds midfielder Josh Amidon. Not only did the expansion Hounds see their first ever Major League Lacrosse win in Saturday’s 18-15 match-up against the expansion Ohio Machine, Amidon won his first weekly MLL award after a breakout performance which earned him Offensive Player of the Week honors.
“It’s a great honor and I am very appreciative,” said Amidon. While his six-point performance including three goals (one of them a 2-pointer) and two assists contributed to the Hounds’ first win, Amidon was quick to share the credit with his teammates. “I obviously couldn’t have done it without my team and all of the hard work we put in at practice.”
Amidon’s award is also the first for the franchise and he said it was only fitting that it coincided with the team’s first win. “Everybody was upbeat because it was the two expansion teams and we didn’t want to be the one to lose. The community, coaching staff and the players were all very happy with the result and we’re looking to move forward from here.”
The weight of last week’s game was palpable for both the Hounds and the Machine who were both looking to relieve the pressure of getting their first win. “We only have one team in this league that we can measure ourselves against and we were very fortunate that we get to do it at home,” said Hounds Head Coach Mike Cerino.
According to Cerino, the Hounds are trying to build on the momentum following their first victory. He attributes the success, in part, to the team’s offensive midfield, especially in how Amidon came on so strong last weekend.
“It was really fun to see him breakout,” says Cerino. “He’s a quality person and midfielder. We certainly see him as a building block for us as we continue to move forward.” He sees Amidon as a player that can take on whatever role he is given, whether that is scoring or dodging when needed to. Cerino also notes that this was only the third career MLL game for Amidon and that he’s still finding his way offensively.
While Amidon was a second round draft pick in the 2011 MLL Collegiate Draft by the Boston Cannons (10th overall), he never became a house hold name and didn’t even see playing time for the Cannons last season. He was picked up by the Charlotte Hounds in the 2012 MLLExpansion Draft (28th overall).
Amidon played all four years at Syracuse University and recorded 49 career goals and 35 assists in 68 games with the Orangemen. He became a National Champion in 2008 and 2009 and was named a USILA Honorable Mention All-American in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, he was also an All-Big East Second team selection. Fellow Hounds midfielder, Jovan Miller, was Josh’s teammate at the ‘Cuse for all four years.
“We work really well together and it’s been great playing together again after playing for four years with each other in college,” says Amidon. “Being able to play MLL together is an awesome experience and I am happy to be here.”
1. Josh's favorite pump up song on his iPod is: ACDC's "Thunderstruck".
2. Twitter or Facebook? Twitter.
3. Do you have a celebrity crush? Megan Fox or Jessica Biel.
4. My pregame ritual or superstition is: Saying a little prayer during the national anthem to all the people who have or are in the military. Reason behind that ritual is because my brother was in the Marines and I would always say a prayer before my games in high school and college.
4. For all the young lacrosse players out there... keep your stick in your hand and have fun while playing.
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