8/19/14 4:00 PM
Annapolis, MD – Chesapeake Bayhawks midfielder Matt Abbott was selected as the winner of the 2014 USL/MLL Sportsmanship Player of the Year Award. Presented by US Lacrosse and Major League Lacrosse, the Sportsmanship Award recognizes competing with class and honoring the game of lacrosse.
In his sixth season with the Bayhawks, Abbott had a superb year, posting eight goals and eight assists for 16 total points. The Syracuse alum additionally scooped up 31 ground balls in 13 games played. Abbott also had the opportunity to represent his country with Team USA in the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, Colorado this past July where they won the silver medal.
“It’s a big surprise. I’m certainly honored and excited to receive this award,” said Abbott. “I grew up learning to play lacrosse with a respect for the game and for my opponents. I’m grateful for the opportunity to not only play this sport, but also represent it in that way. It’s very humbling that the league has recognized me, especially since so many guys are deserving of it.”
Respected by his teammates and coaches, Abbott is widely regarded as one of the best all-around lacrosse players in the MLL. With his speed, endurance and tenacity, he is an integral part in the transition game. Nobody is more aware of this than Bayhawks Head Coach Dave Cottle.
“Matt Abbott is the combination of a great athlete, player and consummate professional,” said Cottle. “He is classy and plays the game the right way. He deserves this award and we are so proud of him.”
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