COQUITLAM - Everything's come up Rose.
That was the predominant result of Monday's announcement of the Western Lacrosse Association's 2012 award winners, with Coquitlam Adanacs netminder Nick Rose the recipient of a handful of hardware.
The 24-year-old goalie was named the league's Most Valuable Player, after backstopping Coquitlam to a 10-8 record, as well as the league's top goaltender award.
Erasing memories of last year's 7-11 record, which placed the club at the bottom of the seven-team league, was accomplished behind Rose's beefy six-foot, 290-pound frame.
The Orangeville, Ont. native played 17 of the squad's 18 games, facing 607 shots en route to a .825 save percentage and a league-best 7.53 goals against average.
It also garnered him the Leo Nicholson Trophy as the league's outstanding goaltender, and a spot on the first all-star team.
"It's Nick," general manager Randy Delmonico said matter-of-factly on the awards. "He was all of these things."
The first-year GM recalls the difficult process that began last winter and extended into the spring to secure Rose's return to Coquitlam from Brooklin of the Ontario Major League.
He had debuted with the team in 2010, joining midseason and posting a 3-2 record for a downward sliding Coquitlam team. The franchise had been searching for a No. 1 netminder to take over for Chris Levis, who stepped away from the summer league a year earlier to tend to his fledgling lacrosse store in Langley.
In 2011, Rose returned and posted the second-best goals against average in the WLA despite the club's last place finish.
In the offseason, the netminder had let it be known that he wanted to return to play in Coquitlam, but his playing rights remained tied up by his Ontario club.
Although the negotiations dragged on and ended up costing a considerable transfer fee, Delmonico said it was worth it.
"Definitely it was difficult. We had to do it. The league was so tight this year, every game was like a playoff game," he noted. "No team in any sport wins the big one without stellar netminding. That's what Nick gives us."
Joining Rose on the first all-star squad are teammates Bruce Murray and Dane Dobbie, Langley's Brett Mydske, Nanaimo's Scott Ranger and Victoria's Corey Small.
On the second all-star team, Adanac defender Brad Richardson was joined by Nanaimo goalie Zac Boychuk, New Westminster's Ian Hawksbee and Iilja Gajic, Langley's Athan Iannucci and Victoria's Jeff Shattler.
Nanaimo's Cody Bremner was chosen the Ed Bailey Rookie of the Year recipient, while former Adanac bench boss Bob Johnson was named as the Dorothy Robertson Coach of the Year winner for piloting Burnaby into a playoff berth.