Machine midfielder Tom Schreiber was named the Coca-Cola Most Valuable Player for the second straight season as Major League Lacrosse hosted the first ever MLL Honors on Friday night at Verona Villa in Frisco, Texas.
The red carpet-style award show honored the winners of each of the yearly awards and named the members of the 2017 All-MLL Team. The event preceded the 2017 MLL Championship Game, which will feature the Denver Outlaws and Ohio Machine tomorrow night on CBS Sports Network (7 ET). See below for a full list of winners.
Cascade Rookie of the Year
Josh Byrne, Attack, Chesapeake Bayhawks
After being drafted by Chesapeake in the third round of the 2017 MLL Collegiate Draft, Byrne went on to become the most prolific rookie goal scorer in the history of the league with 39 goals. He led all MLL players in goals in 2017 and was named the Cascade Rookie of the Week on two occasions. Despite only playing in 10 games, the Hofstra product finished the year tied for the 10th-most points in the league (46). Byrne recorded his second seven-goal game of the year on Aug. 3 against Denver to break the rookie scoring record previously held by Kieran McArdle.
Maverik Most Improved Player of the Year:
Kyle Bernlohr, Goalie, Ohio Machine
Bernlohr was selected to the 2017 MLL All-Star Game in his first season as a starting goalie. He led MLL with a .567 save percentage and his 11.35 goals against average was the best mark among goalies with at least six starts. He was named the Warrior Defensive Player of the Week after his first professional start on May 27 when made 14 saves on 21 shots in Ohio’s 19-7 win over the Launch. The former Maryland goalie won each of his first five starts and finished the year with a 7-2 record.
Brine Coach of the Year
Tom Mariano, Florida Launch
In his first season as head coach, Mariano led the Launch to the postseason for the first time in franchise history and set a team record with eight wins. After starting the year 2-3, Florida went on a three-game winning streak from June 2-17 and won each of its last two regular season games to clinch a playoff spot. The Launch lineup integrated multiple rookies after the team made 12 selections in the 2017 MLL Collegiate Draft.
Brine Goalie of the Year
Jack Kelly, Goalie, Denver Outlaws
In his second pro season, Kelly led MLL goalies in wins (9) while ranking third in save percentage (.548) and fourth in goals against average (11.82). Kelly was named the Warrior Defensive Player of the Week in Week 4 and Week 14 and he limited opponents to single-digit goals in three straight games from Apr. 29-May 13. The former Brown Bear made national headlines during the Fourth of July game against Atlanta when he scored a full-field goal, the first goal of his pro career.
Warrior Defensive Player of the Year
Tucker Durkin, Defense, Florida Launch
Durkin appeared in all 14 games for the Launch for the third straight season, helping lead them to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. He finished the year with 13 groundballs and three caused turnovers. On May 20, Durkin and the Florida defense limited the Rattlers to a season-low eight goals and Rochester managed just 25 shots on goal. The Launch fell to Ohio in the MLL Semi-Finals despite Durkin contributing with two groundballs and a caused turnover.
Warrior Offensive Player of the Year
Eric Law, Attack, Denver Outlaws
Law finished the regular season tied with Peter Baum for the league lead in points, with 52 (32 goals, 20 assists) and was named to the All-Star Game for the fourth time in his career. He matched his most points ever in a season, also recording 52 points in 2014. Law scored the game-winning goal in overtime in the game that clinched a playoff berth for Denver on July 27 against the Bayhawks and tallied a season-high seven points in his last regular season game on August 3 at Chesapeake.
Coca-Cola Most Valuable Player
Tom Schreiber, Midfield, Ohio Machine
After the 2016 Coca-Cola MVP made his season debut on May 27, the Machine won seven of their last 10 regular season games and Schreiber averaged 4.4 points per game in that span with 18 goals and 26 assists. He tied Rob Pannell for the league lead in assists, becoming the first player to lead the league or tie for the league lead in assists with 10 games played or fewer since Ryan Boyle in 2010 (10 GP, 25 assists). He recorded at least four points in each of his first seven games this year and had a season-best seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) on June 2 at Chesapeake. Schreiber is just the second player to ever win MVP honors in consecutive seasons, joining John Grant Jr., who won in 2007 and 2008.
Jack Kelly - Denver Outlaws
Tucker Durkin - Florida Launch
Brian Karalunas - Ohio Machine
Joel White - Rochester Rattlers
Matt McMahon - Ohio Machine
Paul Rabil - New York Lizards
Tom Schreiber - Ohio Machine
Peter Baum - Ohio Machine
Jordan Wolf - Rochester Rattlers
Eric Law - Denver Outlaws
Marcus Holman - Ohio Machine
Greg Gurenlian - New York Lizards