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Rubisch of Rush collects NLL defensive player of year

The Canadian Press

5/14/2012 5:25:08 PM

NEW YORK -- Kyle Rubisch has earned the National Lacrosse League's defensive player of the year honours after anchoring the Edmonton Rush's stingy defence.

Rubisch had 43 forced turnovers to lead the league in just his second season, and was a key part of an Edmonton defence that held opponents to 175 goals -- the second lowest in the NLL.

He played in all 16 regular-season games for the Rush, and was named the NLL's defensive player of the week twice.

"Kyle is the ultimate team player and makes the sacrifices necessary to lead a defence," Rush GM and head coach Derek Keenan said in a release. "At just 23 years old, it's scary to think how much better he will be as he continues to develop. The sky is the limit."

Rubisch was first on the Rush and sixth in the league with 151 loose balls and set career highs with four goals and six assists for 10 points.

Jeff Gilbert of the Minnesota Swarm and Mike Carnegie of the Calgary Roughnecks finished in a tie for second.

Gilbert finished with 26 forced turnovers and Carnegie averaged one forced turnover while each played all 16 games for their respective teams.