Boston's Ryan Boyle was named Warrior Offensive Player of the Week by Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, for week four of the 2013 season. The winners are chosen every week by MLL Commissioner David Gross and are based on outstanding in-game achievements.
Boyle spun by two Chesapeake defenders, left his feet at goal line extended himself and found nylon behind goalie Kip Turner, to give Boston their first win of the 2013 season. The Player of the Game struck with one second remaining on the shot clock in overtime to fuel the Cannons past the previously undefeated Chesapeake Bayhawks, 15-14.
The overtime goal was Boyle's third of the night, and eighth game-winning goal of his career. Boyle added two assists in the Bayhawks defeat to improve his MLL all-time assist record to 242. The attackman broke the MLL all-time points record the previous weekend against Denver, and now sits atop the League with 405 career points. This season the captain has collected 10 points, including four goals and six assists.
Following the game, Boyle told the Boston Herald, "Yeah, I jumped on my jetpack. We ran a pretty organized set, and then we threw it to Ari (Sussman). They did a good job of pressing out. He took a nice shot to the cage, and then we tried to generate something else and it didn’t really work and then it was like, ‘OK, shot clock is winding down, I have to see if I can make something happen.’ It’s kind of feast or famine with the shot clock running down, overtime. It’s kind of like, if I had my druthers, we’d have a nice clean look out of the crease. But, we don’t live in a world of unicorns and rainbows and leprechauns."
Boston will look to build on their success as they meet the Denver Outlaws for the second time this season on Friday, May 31, at 9:30 p.m. (ET).