BALTIMORE — Lacrosse Magazine, the flagship publication of US Lacrosse, today named professional lacrosse player Paul Rabil its 2015 Person of the Year.

A cover feature on Rabil and summaries of finalists appear in the magazine’s December issue, which mails this week to US Lacrosse’s nearly 450,000 members.

“I didn’t expect this,” Rabil said. “On so many levels, there are folks constantly contributing to our sport’s bottom-line growth. It’s an all-encompassing effort. I’m humbled by this moment, and I want to thank US Lacrosse and all of the nominees for continuing to drive our game’s participation and success.”

“Paul Rabil might just be the most transcendent figure in the sport’s history — bringing a ton of mainstream exposure to lacrosse, inspiring the next generation of players and elevating the professional game to a level the sport had previously not seen,” said Matt DaSilva, editor in chief of Lacrosse Magazine. “His on-field accomplishments and off-the-field efforts to raise lacrosse’s profile in 2015 made him a worthy recipient of our award.”

Rabil cemented his status as one of the best players in the world this year, playing through a fractured foot to lead the New York Lizards, who acquired him in a trade with the Boston Cannons, to their first Major League Lacrosse championship since 2003. He scored three goals and assisted three others in the 15-12 win over the Rochester Rattlers in the final, earning game MVP honors.

Rabil, already the sport’s most recognizable figure thanks to a distinguished playing career and a variety of endorsement packages, moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., for the season after the trade, in part to raise mainstream attention to lacrosse to a new level in 2015.

National publications Rolling Stone and The New York Times published extensive feature stories on Rabil, and he put the power of social media to work by starring in YouTube sensation Dude Perfect’s lacrosse trick-shot video, drawing an audience of nearly 7.9 million page views. By publishing a wide-array of content, from instructional videos to subscriber newsletters, Rabil grew his online presence to include approximately 150,000 Instagram followers, 75,000 Facebook likes, 63,000 Twitter followers and 40,000 YouTube subscribers.

Rabil authored two contributions to The Players’ Tribune, a first-person athlete story website founded by future Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Derek Jeter, and he continues to raise funds to build lacrosse programs and scholarships for students with learning differences through his foundation.

Rabil had previously won the MLL championship with the Cannons in 2011, a world championship with Team USA in 2010 and NCAA championships with Johns Hopkins in 2005 and 2007. He has garnered numerous individual honors throughout his career, including MLL MVP, Federation of International Lacrosse Best and Fairest Player, and collegiate All-American.

US Lacrosse initiated Lacrosse Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2007, and it is an honor reserved for the person who has had a tremendous positive influence on the sport and transcended all levels of the game. Previous winners include Duke University men’s coach John Danowski (2007), Northwestern University women’s coach Kelly Amonte Hiller (2008), University of Denver men’s coach Bill Tierney (2009), Long Island Lizards player Tim Goettelmann (2010), University of Michigan men’s coach John Paul (2011), Federation of International Lacrosse director of development and National Hall of Famer Tom Hayes (2012), University of Southern California women’s coach Lindsey Munday (2013), and Iroquois Nationals All-World Team attackman Lyle Thompson (2014).