Ohio Machine defenseman Dana Wilber was named the Warrior Defensive Player of the Week after his sparking showing in Saturday’s 14-10 victory over the Florida Launch, it was announced by Major League Lacrosse.
Wilber, anchoring the Machine’s defense in what proved to be a playoff-clinching contest, held the league’s leading scorer, Casey Powell, to just a single goal. The lone tally was Powell’s second-lowest output of the season.
“It was a great team effort this week,” Wilber said. “It was important to close out the regular season with a solid defensive performance. The job isn’t done yet. We still have two more wins that we’d like to get and our defense knows this is the time to step up.”
Wilber joins teammates Brian Farrell and Chad Wiedmaier as the third Machine player to nab Warrior Defensive Player of the Week recognition. Farrell earned the distinction following the team’s July 4 win over the Bayhawks while Wiedmaier won the award after Ohio’s season-opening win over the Hounds.
Rob Pannell of the New York Lizards was awarded the Warrior Offensive Player of the Week. Pannell scored two goals and added three assists in New York’s 12-11 overtime victory against Denver. Rochester Rattlers attackman Miles Thompson was named the Cascade Rookie of the week after posting five goals and an assist in the Rattlers 18-8 win over the Boston Cannons.
The Machine returns to action when the team travels to Rochester to face the Rattlers in the semifinals of the 2014 Major League Lacrosse playoffs. The game will mark the team’s first playoff appearance. Faceoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Saturday at Aquinas Institute’s Wegmans Stadium. The game can be seen live on CBS Sports Network.
The ohiomachine.com contributed to this report.