Washington Stealth’s Cliff Smith wins back-to-back Player of the Week Award

Nick Rose
Nick Rose

There was no shortage of excitement in week two of the National Lacrosse League. On Friday night, the Philadelphia Wings thrilled their fans by beating Buffalo 13-8. On Saturday, a clearly confident Washington Stealth outscored the Colorado Mammoth 17-13; in their second game of the weekend, Buffalo tallied six 4th quarter goals to best Minnesota 13-12. The Toronto Rock, who also played 2 games last weekend, picked up a pair of road wins against the Calgary Roughnecks and Edmonton Rush. For the second week in a row, Washington Stealth’s Cliff Smith has been named Offensive Player of the Week. Smith followed up his week one honours with 7 points (4G, 3A) against Colorado on Saturday.

In his second year as the Philadelphia Wings Captain, Brodie Merrill has been named Transition Player of the Week, recording 3 points (1G, 2A) and 16 loose balls in the Wings’ 13-8 Friday night stunner against Buffalo.

With back-to-back weekend wins, Toronto Rock goaltender Nick Rose (2GP, 2W, 10.00GAA, .917SV%) has been named Defensive Player of the Week, stopping 45 of 56 shots in Saturday’s 13-11 win over the Roughnecks and stopping 44 of the 53 shots in Sunday’s 10-9 win against the Rush.

Forward Curtis Knight, selected by the Edmonton Rush in the 1st round (8th overall) of the 2012 NLL Entry Draft, was named Rookie Player of the Week with 5 points (3G, 2A) in Edmonton’s Sunday afternoon loss to the Toronto Rock.

The NLL Player Awards are determined by a weekly vote of the league’s general managers and head coaches.

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