The National Lacrosse League has announced Player of the Week awards for Week 5 of the 2013 NLL regular season which featured four Saturday night games on the schedule.
Last weekend, defending NLL champions, the Rochester Knighthawks finally rebounded to get their first win of the season in a defensive week 1 rematch, defeating the Washington Stealth 7-6. The Calgary Roughnecks continued their road win streak (while the Rush continued their home loss streak), outscoring the Edmonton Rush 18-15 in the first of four Battles of Alberta this season. The Colorado Mammoth, who have flip-flopped between wins and losses this season, picked up their first home win, defeating the Minnesota Swarm 15-9. In a battle for first place in the east division, red hot Toronto Rock got their fifth win beating the Buffalo Bandits 14-12 on their home turf.
For the second time in three weeks, Colorado Mammoth’s John Grant Jr. has been named Offensive Player of the Week. Setting a new NLL record with 116 points in the 2012 season, Grant Jr. is currently leading the league in goals scored this season. In last weekend’s win, he recorded 11 points (5G, 6A) and 2 loose balls.
Mirroring the Calgary Roughnecks’ momentum, Geoff Snider has been named Transition Player of the Week for the second week in a row. On Saturday’s win over rival Edmonton Rush, Snider had 3 goals, 22 loose balls, and went 27-for-36 (75%) on faceoffs.
No stranger to weekly nods, Rochester Knighthawks goalie Matt Vinc was named Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season; both of which came from games against the Washington Stealth. On Saturday, Vinc made 42 saves on 46 shots (6 GAA, .975 SV%) in the Knighthawks’ first win of the season.
Not to be outdone by repeat award winners, a Minnesota Swarm rookie has nabbed the Rookie of the Week award for a second straight week. Shayne Jackson, selected in the first round (4th overall) in the 2012 NLL Draft recorded five points (1G, 4A) and 3 loose balls in Minnesota’s loss to the Mammoth.
The NLL Player Awards are determined by a weekly vote of the league’s general managers and head coaches.
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