News | 5/11/2011 3:55:27 PM | Bandits.com
| John Tavares (Photo: Bill Wippert)|
BANDITS FORWARD EARNS 18TH CAREER ALL-PRO SELECTION
The National Lacrosse League today announced that Buffalo Bandits forward John Tavares has been named NLL Second Team All-Pro for the 2011 season.
Tavares led all Bandits in goals (32), assists (46), points (78) and game-winning goals (3) in 2011. He has now led the Bandits in scoring in 16 of the team’s 20 seasons of existence, never finishing a campaign worse than second among Buffalo runners in total points.
This season, Tavares extended his league-record career scoring totals, becoming the first player in league history to reach 700 goals, 800 assists and 1,500 points and the second to reach 2,000 loose balls. His 1,547 career points are over 400 more than the next highest active player.
Tavares has been named All-Pro in all but two of his 20 seasons in professional lacrosse. He made either First or Second Team All-Pro every year from 1993-2009 before missing the cut following an injury-shortened 2010 season. He has been named First Team All-Pro 14 times (1993-2001, 2003-2005, 2007-2008) and Second Team All-Pro four times (2002, 2006, 2009, 2011).
The NLL recognized Tavares for his play several times during the 2011 season. He was named Overall Player of the Week for Week 6 and Offensive Player of the Week for Week 10 of the regular season. He was also selected to captain the East squad at the 2011 NLL All-Star Game, where he appeared in his NLL-record ninth All-Star Game