DENVER – Faceoff specialist Stephen Robarge was named the MLL Cascade Rookie Player of the Week for Week 3 of the 2012 MLL Season, the league announced on Monday.
Robarge won 17-of-30 faceoffs (.567 pct.) and picked up four groundballsin his MLL debut, helping Denver improve to 3-0 with a 19-11 win over Long Island.
“MLL is a big step from college and we are thrilled to see what he can do here,” General Manager Tony Seaman said. “He’s come in and contributed right away and we’re looking forward to watching him continue to improve.”
Robarge, who was drafted by Denver in the sixth round (44
th) overall of the 2012 MLL Collegiate Draft out of VMI, won 8-of-13 faceoffs in the first half, helping Denver overcome an early deficit to close the half on a 9-1 run.
Through three weeks of play, Robarge’s 17-of-30 (.567) faceoff performance ranks fourth in the league among players with five-or-more faceoff attempts.
Robarge earned the Outlaws an advantage on faceoffs against Long Island faceoff specialist Greg Gurenlian, who entered the game with an MLL-best .760 faceoff winning percentage. Gurenlian also lead the league in faceoffs last year prior to his season-ending injury.
As a senior at VMI, Robarge won 67 percent of faceoffs, which lead the nation. His 10.15 ground balls per game were the most since Geoff Snider in 2006 and rank eighth in NCAA history for a single season. Robarge was the first player in VMI history to be drafted into the MLL and was the only Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference player to be selected in this year’s draft.
The award is the fourth Rookie of the Week that an Outlaws player has earned in the team’s history and is the 25
th overall player of the week award garnered by an Outlaw (12 Offensive Players of the Week / 9 Defensive Players of the Week / 4 Rookies of the Week). Robarge is the first Outlaw to earn Rookie of the Week since Billy Bitter won the award in Week 3 of the 2011 season.
Outlaws players have now earned MLL Player of the Week honors in four consecutive weeks dating back to Week 12 of the 2011 season, which represents a club record. The previous record streak had been three consecutive awards that was set during Weeks 1-3 of the 2011 season when Brendan Mundorf won Offensive Player of the Week in Week 1, Jesse Schwartzman won back-to-back Defensive Player of the Week Awards in Weeks 2 and 3 and Billy Bitter taking home Rookie of the Week honors in Week 3.