ILIndoor Top 50: Brad Self #49

Brad Self, left, is a reliable defender in Rochester who can push the ball in transition. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)
Brad Self, left, is a reliable defender in Rochester who can push the ball in transition. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)

The 9 goals that Brad Self scored last winter for the Rochester Knighthawks were by no means most on the team. But the argument could be made that they were among the most timely. Giving the Knighthawks’ transition game a burst of offense that hasn’t been since since the days of Steve Toll, Self’s knack for getting the ball out of the Knighthawks’ back end and into the opposition’s goal was the spark for many a rally during Rochester’s 2013 National Lacrosse League season. He finished with 9 goals and 13 assists for 22 points and had 13 forced turnovers, which ranked second-best on the team. And as entertaining as his game can be, it’s not a one-season show.

Once he’s done with the Knighthawks season, he takes that transition game home to Peterborough for the Lakers of Major Series Lacrosse. The summer of 2013, although it didn’t end well for Peterborough as a team, was one of his best statistically. He dropped 36 points (10-26) for the Lake Show, showing the lacrosse world that he’s hardly weary from all that running.

You’ve seen Self do his thing. And if you’re a Rochester or Peterborough fan, you love it. If you’re not a fan of those teams, that means he’s doing damage to your side. And it bugs you, to put it lightly. Either way, it’s a game that’s respected and it’s a game that landed him on ILIndoor’s Top 50.

ILIndoor’s take

“Since his entrance into the NLL as a part time player, Brad Self has shown flashes of brilliance. Self is a mobile transition defenseman with a nose for the net. His only weakness may be his lack of attention to 5-5 defense when looking to get up the floor, but Self has added an element to 2 Champion’s Cups and a Mann Cup in the last 2 seasons of lacrosse. His full time dedication to lacrosse in summer and now winter will only complete his game.” — Marty O’Neill

“Self is a speedster and is very dangerous in transition. If you want to see how the transition game should work, watch him and Mark Steenhuis run a 2-man breakout for the Peterborough Lakers in the summer. It’s a thing of beauty. Self has also worked hard to transform himself into a strong D-first player who can be relied on in the penalty kill or against opponents’ top offensive threats.” — Stephen Stamp

“Love watching his game unfold during games. He’s not the pass interceptor like Steve Toll was, but he always finds a way to get the ball in his stick and out of the zone. It’s the type of game that deflates opponents, and that’s an invaluable asset for any team.” — Bob Chavez

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