Shawn Evans was the biggest star of the National Lacrosse League season, and so far in Major Series Lacrosse this summer it’s been more of the same. Evans leads MSL with 55 points through 9 games. His 41 assists are more than anyone else has points. He’s putting up the kind of season that Shawn Williams (who is currently second with 12/26/38 in 7 games) did last summer, when he led the league in scoring by 21 points and was a single assist short of having as many helpers as anyone else had points. Evans was the first star in Week 1 and the second star in Week 2. Now, after having missed out on honours last week, he’s back on top.
Shawn Evans, Peterborough
Evans put up back to back games with 3 goals and 6 assists, then followed that up with a 1/2/3 line as the Lakers won all three of their games last week to move into first place in the league with 12 points (1 ahead of Six Nations and Brooklin, who each have 11 points and 2 games in hand). Evans continues to prove every time he hits the floor that he’s among the best set-up men lacrosse, if not the best. His total line for the week was 7 goals, 14 assists and 21 points.
Shawn Williams, Brooklin
The Redmen over the last few years have built a team that has scads of offensive talent and depth. Bringing in Gavin Prout this summer may be the crowning touch that pushes them over the top and back to the Mann Cup. The likes of Kiel Matisz, Derek Hopcroft and Kevin Brownell give them an enviable right side. Jake Hayes and Mike Melnychenko have proven to be effective additions on the left this summer. But everything still flows through the veteran leader Williams, who scored twice and added 6 assists as Brooklin dumped Brampton then had 3 goals and 1 assist to help them pull out a tie with Six Nations that kept both teams atop the standings in winning percentage.
Evan Kirk, Six Nations
Why would any team trade away Mike Poulin, you may well ask. In the case of the Six Nations Chiefs it was to acquire Kirk, who is emerging as one of the best young goaltenders in the game. Kirk was solid again this week for the Chiefs. He stopped 40 of the 48 shots he faced to allow Six Nations to escape with a one-goal win in Kitchener-Waterloo, then turned aside 30 of 39 in the tie with the Redmen. Kirk has yet to lose this season. Incidentally, he also has the best-looking pads in the league: his Minnesota Swarm stoppers that are white with the blue and yellow Swarm honeycomb at the knees.
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