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Major League Ultimate announced Thursday the 2016 All-League First and Second Team Offenses. League insiders, which include writers, analysts and statisticians chose their top players to determine the first and second all-league teams for offense and defense. The all-league team defenses are expected to announced tomorrow.
2016 MLU All-League First Team Offense:
Bjorklund, the 2016 Western Conference MVP, lead the league in scoring with 57 points in 2016, bolstered by his 41 assists (also a league high). Bjorklund became the first player in MLU history to record consecutive 50-point seasons, tallying 51 during the 2015 campaign, making it no surprise that ended 2016 as the MLU career leader in both points (189) and assists (114).
Sickles followed up his impressive 2015 Rookie of the Year campaign with the Spinners with the 2016 Eastern Conference MVP award on his way to the franchise’s first MLU Championship. With 41 points on the season, Sickles lead the East in scoring for a team that went 9-1 in the regular season, leading the conference in goals scored by a significant margin.
Johnson made the shift from dominant defensive standout to primary offensive threat for the D.C. Current in an impressive fashion, winning the Eastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year award, leading his team in scoring (34) and goals (22). Johnson continued to be a playmaker on both sides of the disc however, becoming the only player to win all four of MLU’s Play of the Week honors in 2016 – Offensive Play of the Week, Defensive Play of the Week, Catch of the Week and Throw of the Week.
Houser followed up a solid rookie campaign in 2015 (23 points on 15 goals and 8 assists) with a breakout year in 2016. His 45 points (29 goals, 14 assists) were second in the league behind only Portland’s Bjorklund, as he became one of his team’s favorite targets in the endzone. Houser’s offensive outpouring helped pushed the Rainmakers to the playoffs for the third time in four seasons.
Saunkeah is another second year player who has became a leader on his team’s offense, leading the Dogfish in scoring for the second straight season. After putting up 35 points on 19 goals and 16 assists in 2015, Saunkeah continued to be a playmaker for the San Francisco O-Line in 2016, leading to 15 goals and 23 assists (second most in the league) for 38 points on the year.
Glazer has been a fixture of the Philadelphia offense since the team’s founding, but like a fine wine, he’s only gotten better with age. Ranking in the Top 5 league wide for goals (25) and scoring (38), Glazer emerged as one of the Spinners top deep threats in 2016, helping to lead the conference’s top scoring offense. Glazer was also named Eastern Conference Player of the Week 8.
One of the most discussed players of the 2016 season, Hayes emerged on a team full of superstars as the 2016 MLU Breakout Player of the Year. While Hayes, in his 4th season with the Stags, has always been an integral part of the team, he truly elevated his play in 2016, finishing the season tied for 3rd in the league in scoring (41). His contributions were not contained to one side of the disc however, as he finished in the Top 5 in blocks league wide as well with 14 on the year.
2016 MLU All-League Second Team Offense:
26 points – 5 goals – 21 assists – 4 blocks
32 points – 9 goals – 23 assists – 7 blocks
31 points – 13 goals – 18 assists – 4 blocks
35 points – 29 goals – 6 assists – 7 blocks
31 points – 10 goals – 21 assists – 5 blocks
34 points – 19 goals – 15 assists – 7 blocks
34 points – 13 goals – 21 assists – 5 blocks