by MASL News Release

ONTARIO, California (April 17, 2020) – The Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) today announced Florida Tropics Defender Drew Ruggles as the recipient of the MASL Defender of the Year for the 2019-2020 season.

Ruggles, who played in 20 games this season for the Tropics, posted career high numbers in goals (14), points (21), penalty minutes (33) and blocks (22), leading the team to an Eastern Conference best 18-3 record.

Each active MASL player, head coach, and one member of each team front office were invited to submit one ballot. Voting was based on the regular season performances.

Calculating the 1st, 2nd and 3rd All-MASL Teams are based on a point system. Players receive three points for a 1st team vote, two points for the 2nd team, and one point for a 3rd team vote. The highest number of points is then calculated to determine three Forward/Midfielders in each team, then two Defenders, and one GK. In case of a tie in points, it is determined by who had more 1st team votes, then 2nd team. The All-Rookie Team is selected by the highest total votes by position (F, M/F, D, GK). Individual Major Awards are based on the highest number of total votes. Tiebreakers go to the player with the most all league points or it can be determined a tie.

2019-2020 Voting Ballots Submitted:

Head Coaches6.67% 
Team Staff6.19% 

The MVP Nominees will be announced later today at noon PT / 3 pm ET.

Remaining 2019-2020 MASL Awards Schedule of Announcements:

Saturday, April 18 - MVP Award, Clutch Player of the Year Award and Top Star Award