DENVER – Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, has announced its weekly award winners following this past weekend's action. Denver Outlaws attackman Connor Martin was named the Rookie of the Week, while Long Island Lizards midfielder Stephen Berger was named the Offensive Player of the Week and Boston Cannons goalie Kip Turner was named the Defensive Player of the Week.
Martin helped the Outlaws to their third consecutive victory in a come-from behind 15-11 win over the
Chicago Machine on July 24. Making his MLL debut, Martin helped ignite the Outlaws, as he finished the night with a hat trick and one assist. Martin made his debut as a fill in while top scorers
Drew Westervelt and
Brendan Mundorf were both over in England playing for Team USA.
"Martin is a great sport, a great kid. I just wanted to give him a shot," said Denver Head Coach and General Manager
Brian Reese. "I thought he's a pretty talented guy. He's a great guy to have on the team, he pushes everyone else. I think he can play in this league."
Martin took the road less traveled to MLL as he never played at a top Division I school like most players; instead he played at the club level for
Chapman University in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). He was extremely successful at Chapman, one of the top club teams in the nation, as he helped lead the team to back to back national championship appearances. Perhaps better known as his YouTube sensation, Con Bro Chill, Martin was drafted in the seventh round by the Outlaws.
Connor Martin and the rest of the Outlaws return to INVESCO Field at Mile High this Saturday, July 31 to take on the Boston Cannons, who are currently tied with the Outlaws for first place.