Baptiste wins first career MVP at 2022 PLL Awards

By Austin Owens | Sep 10, 2022

Trevor Baptiste made history at the 2022 PLL Awards at the Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC on Friday night. 

The Atlas face-off specialist became the first at the position in PLL history to earn the award, and the second in history after Greg Gurenlian took home the honor in 2015 with the New York Lizards. 

It was also a big night for Chrome, who saw multiple award winners after seeing themselves go from last in the league in 2021 to the second seed this season.

Let’s jump in and take a look at all of the award winners from Friday Night:

Jim Brown Most Valuable Player: Trevor Baptiste, Atlas

Baptiste was a force for the Atlas the entire season, building on his strong offensive play off draws last year and turning it up to 11. 

He won a league-best 153 face-offs while setting a new career high with a 70% win percentage at the stripe in 2022. 

The Denver product finished second in the league in ground balls with 83, but it was his contributions on the offensive end that set him apart when it came to this award. 

Baptiste set a new career high with 10 points in 2022, scoring four goals and adding a 2-pointer and four assists. 

Eamon McEneaney Attackman of the Year: Lyle Thompson, Cannons

Lyle Thompson was dominant once again for the Cannons, posting big performances on a weekly basis. 

In his second PLL season, the 30-year-old led the league with 26 goals along with a PLL-best 44 points while playing in one fewer game than any other player in the top five.

This is the first time Thompson has taken home the Attackman of the Year award. 

Dave Pietramala Defender of the Year: JT Giles-Harris, Chrome

JT Giles-Harris debuted in the PLL this year after missing last summer due to injury, and he hit the ground running, cementing himself as Chrome’s top close defender in the early goings. 

Giles-Harris finished his year with 11 caused turnovers and 24 ground balls, appearing in all 10 of the Chrome’s regular-season contests. 

Watching the defender was a treat this season. His physicality and athleticism made him a player that teams had to gameplan around offensively. He was dominant on-ball and worked alongside Mike Manley and Jesse Bernhardt to revamp their team’s defense in 2022. 

George Boiardi Hart Hat Award: Danny Logan, Atlas

The second-year pro Danny Logan takes home his second Hard Hat Award as the league’s top short-stick defensive midfielder. 

Logan was a threat not only to opposing midfielders, but also in the offensive end, pushing transition up the field to give his team opportunities on the other end. 

He had nine points this season, highlighted by three 2-pointers and a pair of helpers. But Logan’s bread and butter is his shutdown ability in his own end, and he excelled in that regard as well, with six caused turnovers and 19 ground balls for the summer. 

Brodie Merrill Long Stick Midfielder of the Year: Michael Ehrhardt, Whipsnakes

Michael Ehrhardt captures this award for the fourth consecutive season. 

Once again, the 6-foot-5, 220-pounder was a dominant force in the two-way game for the Whipsnakes. With 33 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers, Ehrhardt made his presence felt on the defensive end. 

When he got out on the run in transition, he stuck three 2-point goals while adding a pair of assists for eight points. 

Ehrhardt has also been a key cog in the Whips’ rope unit, scooping up 21 wing ground balls, which is third-best league-wide on the year. 

There’s a reason that Ehrhardt has had a monopoly on this award since entering the PLL. This was likely the most competitive the race has been, but at the end of the day, he was just so dominant.

Paul Cantabene Face-Off Athlete of the Year: Trevor Baptiste, Atlas

Before Baptiste took home MVP honors, he was named the league’s top draw man following a dominant campaign at the stripe. 

He was simply untouchable from the stripe during the regular season, as he posted 15-plus face-off wins in all but one game, going 60 percent or above in every contest over that span. 

The offensive numbers are where he excelled and garnered the most attention this year, but he took his play on draws to another level in 2022, earning him some much-deserved hardware in the process. 

Gait Brothers Midfielder of the Year: Tom Schreiber, Archers

Tom Schreiber is named the Midfielder of the Year following a summer where he led the high-powered offense of the Archers in scoring with 35 points in 10 games. 

With the absence of Grant Ament early in the season, Schreiber took charge of the offensive unit as a whole, operating from up top and finding production in a multitude of ways. 

His 17 goals was tied for first on the Archers with Marcus Holman, he had a pair of 2-pointers – tying his career best from 2019 – and was second on the team in assists (14) behind only Will Manny

Schreiber has the chance to help Archers to their first PLL championship game with a win in Sunday’s semifinal. 

Oren Lyons Goalie of the Year: Kyle Bernlohr, Whipsnakes

For the first time in PLL history, someone not named Blaze Riorden has captured the Oren Lyons Goalie of the Year Award. 

Questions were asked of Kyle Bernlohr following a down season in 2021, and the Whipsnakes’ primary ball-stopper quieted all the critiques by being a rock for the two-time champions this season. 

Bernlohr was in the cage for all 10 of the Whips’ regular-season contests, posting PLL bests in both scores-against average (9.70) and save percentage (.580), adding 125 saves in the process – that was the third-most in the league this summer behind only Blaze and Jack Concannon.

Bernlohr will be working to help his team make it to the championship game for the fourth consecutive year on Sunday. 

Rookie of the Year: Brendan Nichtern, Chrome

One of the two Chrome rookies up for this award, Brendan Nichtern takes home the honor after taking over as Chrome’s X attackman in their new-look offense. 

Paired alongside first overall pick Logan Wisnauskas, this year’s first overall selection in the College Draft, the Army graduate made a massive splash, leading his team in scoring with 38 points – 22 of which were assists. 

Nichtern gained confidence as the season went on, becoming more of a leader with every passing game. 

Dave Huntley Sportsmanship Award: Eric Law, Atlas

Eric Law takes home this award for the second consecutive year. 

The veteran attackman was amazing again this season, scoring 18 goals and adding 11 assists. But he’s gained respect from his peers with his professionalism and sportsmanship on the field along with his high level of play.

Welles Crowther Humanitarian Award: Lyle Thompson, Cannons

Jimmy Reagan Teammate Award: Brodie Merrill, Cannons

Brodie Merrill takes home hardware in what could be his final PLL season.

He set records in 2022, becoming No. 1 all-time in career ground balls while also playing in his 200th career game at the tail end of the season. 

Sean Quirk brought Merrill back to the Cannons to bring leadership and a mentor to the expansion squad, and he’s done just that over the past two years. 

Brendan Looney Leadership Award: Jordan MacIntosh, Chrome

With some major veteran departures during the off-season, Chrome was looking for a member of their remaining core to take over in the wake of John Galloway and Joel White. 

Jordan MacIntosh was able to be that voice, both on and off the field. The veteran midfielder has always been a steady and dependable player, putting up points and playing both ways when asked. But this year, he was able to be a bigger voice within the room. 

Posting 13 goals and 16 points this year, MacIntosh was very productive again offensively. But he shined the brightest in the locker room, helping to lead the turnaround of a young Chrome team in 2022.

Dick Edell Coach of the Year: Tim Soudan, Chrome

If there was a layup when it came to the awards, this looked to be the one. Soudan helped to lead a Chrome team from dead last in the league in 2021 to a 7-3 record this season and the second seed in the Premier Lacrosse League playoffs.

Soudan and his staff were able to pull off a masterful re-tool on the fly during the off-season, revamping their attack with the additions of Brendan Nichtern and Logan Wisnauskas, who were both nominated for Rookie of the Year for their efforts this season.