PRIOLO NAMED FINALIST FOR DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEARNews | 6/13/2014 11:02:14 AM | Bandits.com
The National Lacrosse League has announced a trio of finalists for the 2014 NLL Defensive Player of the Year award. Two Edmonton Rush defensemen, Chris Corbeil and Kyle Rubisch, join Buffalo Bandits defender Steve Priolo as the top three vote recipients for best defenseman in the league.
Corbeil, who serves as the Rush's captain, led all defensemen in both points (27) and goals (17). The fifth-year pro tied for the league lead with five shorthanded goals, ranked seventh in the NLL in shooting percentage (.405) and tied for seventh with 26 forced turnovers.
As part of the league's top defense, Corbeil finished eighth in the league with 137 loose balls, third-most among both defensemen and non-faceoff men. The Oakville, Ont. native, who attended the University of Western Ontario, was the 15th overall pick in the 2009 NLL Entry Draft.
Priolo was also ninth among league defenders with 99 loose balls. The St. Catharines, Ont. native played collegiately at Brock University and was drafted 21st overall in the 2009 NLL Entry Draft.
The shutdown defender helped the Rush limit opposing teams to a league-low 157 goals this year. The Brampton, Ont. native, who played collegiately at Dowling College, was the second overall selection in the 2010 NLL Entry Draft.