Three of the four games in week three of the National Lacrosse League ended in dramatic fashion. On Saturday, the Philadelphia Wings silenced Toronto Rock fans by scoring five 4th quarter goals, tipping in the game winner with only 14 seconds remaining. In Rochester’s home opener, a game that was tied 10 different times over the course of the night, the Buffalo Bandits came from behind, winning their second of the season with 10 seconds left. If that wasn’t enough edge of your seat action, the Colorado Mammoth, who were also trailing going into the 4th, scored 4 goals forcing the season’s first overtime game, ultimately winning over the Calgary Roughnecks. Although Sunday’s game wasn’t won by one goal, the Edmonton Rush outscored the Washington Stealth; giving wins to all four away teams last weekend.
Reigning NLL MVP John Grant Jr. was awarded Offensive Player of the Week after recording eight points (6G, 2A) and 1 loose ball in Colorado’s 13-12 overtime win in Calgary last Saturday. Six goals is the most by any NLL player to date the season.
For the second week in a row, Philadelphia Wings Captain Brodie Merrill not only led his team to a win, but captured Transition Player of the Week. In Saturday’s 8-7 win in Toronto, Merrill recorded 1 goal and 10 loose balls.
In a low-scoring, defensive battle in Toronto on Saturday, Wings tender Brandon Miller made 53 saves on 60 shots (7.00 GAA, .883 SV%) making him this Defensive Player of the Week.
Edmonton Rush forward and Team 22 Sponsored Athlete Mark Matthews, 1st overall selection in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft, was named Rookie Player of the Week with 9 points (4G, 5A) and 1 loose ball in Edmonton’s Sunday afternoon win over the Stealth.
Interestingly, Grant Jr., Merrill, and Miller all took home Player of the Week honours in Week 3 of the 2012 NLL season.
The NLL Player Awards are determined by a weekly vote of the league’s general managers and head coaches.
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