CLax Players of the Week: DeFrancesco, Dineley, Hill and St. John earn honours

Angus Dineley is once again the CLax Defensive Player of the Week. (Photo: Tim Prothero, VintageLax)
Angus Dineley is once again the CLax Defensive Player of the Week. (Photo: Tim Prothero, VintageLax)

Scott DeFrancesco posted the second 7-goal game in the brief history of CLax (Brad Favero had the first in March of last year) to earn the Offensive Player of the Week award in the Canadian Lacrosse League. DeFrancesco put up a hat trick in each of the third and fourth quarters but they were by no means garbage time goals: they helped the Durham Turfdogs take a 14-13 come-from-behind win over the Iroquois Ironmen. Iroquois’ leading goal scorer in the game was named the top transition player. Kedoh Hill scored 4 goals and could easily have had as many more in his first CLax game. Angus Dineley successfully held on to his Defensive Player of the Week award and John St. John made his CLax debut a memorable one, earning Rookie of the Week honours.

Offensive Player of the Week
Scott Defrancesco (Durham TurfDogs) – 7 goals, 1 assist in the TurfDogs 14-13 victory over the Iroquois Ironmen.

Honourable Mention:
Nic Grasby (Durham TurfDogs) – 3 goals, 7 assists in the 14-13 victory over Iroquois
Delby Powless (Ohsweken Demons) – 5 goals, 7 assists in two Demons games over the weekend.
Aaron Grayson (Toronto Shooting Stars) – 3 goals, 7 assists in two big Toronto Shooting Stars wins.

Defensive Player of the Week
Angus Dineley (Toronto Shooting Stars) – Continues to shine winning back-to-back Defensive Player of the week nods backstopping the Shooting Stars to two huge wins including Monday’s victory over the first place Ohsweken Demons. Dineley stopped 75 of 96 shots in the victories while contributing three assists as well.

Honourable Mention:
Travis Hill (Iroquois Ironmen) – Solid all around defensive game, many loose balls and one on one D.

Transition Player of the Week
Kedoh Hill (Iroquois Ironmen) – 4 goals – led many transition runs and created lots of transition opportunities for his Ironmen teammates in Sunday’s game against the TurfDogs.

Honourable Mention:
Mack O’Brien (Toronto Shooting Stars) – Another great weekend for the transition specialist scoring many of his 5 goals and 4 assists on the run.

Rookie of the Week:
John St. John (Durham TurfDogs) – 2 goals, 1 assists – the 18 year old made his pro debut a memorable one showing lots of hustle playing a key role on the TurfDogs draw team and powerplay. He scored his points during the TurfDogs 3rd quarter comeback sparking the TurfDogs in a run that eventually turned into a 14-13 win over the Iroquois Ironmen.

Honourable Mention:
Mike Teeter (Barrie Blizzard) – Teeter was a lone bright spot for the Blizzard scoring 3 goals, 2 assists in the team’s 18-10 loss to the Toronto Shooting Stars.
Joel Wasson Quigge (Toronto Shooting Stars) – 2 goals, 5 assists in the two Toronto wins on the weekend playing solid lacrosse at both ends of the floor.

Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at stamplax@hotmail.com.

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