(Notre Dame, Ind.) Holy Cross College junior goalkeeper Jeff Byers earned his second straight Great Lakes Lacrosse League (GLLL) MVP award for the 2010 season.
A native of New York, Byers helped lead the Saints to a perfect 15 - 0 record, a South division title, and their first league championship in school history. "Jeff stepped up for us in big situations all year," said Head Coach Mike Hodge. "He is a leader on and off the field for this team and school."
Jeff was instrumental in protecting leads for the Saints all year. He managed to hold opponents to 2 goals or less in eight games this year. He also held opponents to just under 3 goals a game for the season. "Jeff has the ability to control games and shut down even the most explosive offense," said Coach Hodge. "Jeff has all the great qualities that we look for in an individual for Holy Cross and the lacrosse program."
"Without such aggressive defensemen, and the support of everyone on the team, it would not have been possible for me to achieve the success I did this season," said Byers. "Their ability to cut off a shooters angle and make it difficult to take shots made it that much easier for me to make saves."
Fresh off of the team and school's first league championship, the Saints lacrosse program is looking strong to continue their success in the future. "I am truly flattered to receive this honor," stated Byers. "But many people helped me throughout the season to earn this award, and if I could have it my way, I would say that with the team chemistry and devotion to our program, it felt more like I was a member of what I would call the most valuable team."