ILIndoor top 50: Tyler Hass #43

Tyler Hass plays a vital role, but it's a role that doesn't come with a lot of glory. (Photo: Adam Borgstahl)
Tyler Hass plays a vital role, but it's a role that doesn't come with a lot of glory. (Photo: Adam Borgstahl)

Some fellas score goals, others stop them. And some do both. But the guys who do the work at either end will tell you that it’s the guys doing the work in between that can have a huge impact on games. Tyler Hass is one of those guys. It’s easy to spot him in team huddles with that 6-foot-6 frame. It’s even easier to spot him during the game — whether it’s for the National Lacrosse League’s Minnesota Swarm or the Western Lacrosse Assocation’s Victoria Shamrocks — because he’s never far from the ball. Helping the defense shut it down and put the ball in the floor, or getting the momentum shifted to spark an offensive break, Hass is quickly emerging as one of the game’s best transition men and it’s why he’s on ILIndoor’s list of the Top 50 for 2013.

He’s not going to score a ton of points. The 12 (8-4) he scored for the Swarm last winter were a career high. And for Victoria this summer, he finished the regular season with 14 points (11-3). But even though he doesn’t score a ton, that doesn’t mean he’s not involved in the process.

Hass is the guy who creates the chances before we see the chances unfold. He’s the guy plugging lanes, making life miserable for offensive guys, and being an all-around pest. It’s the sort of work that doesn’t show up on the score sheet and maybe that’s why teammates appreciate the value of the work he does. They know there’s not a lot of glory, but the know that without someone doing that sort of work, not much else is going to happen.

Maybe that’s why it’s no coincidence that the teams Hass is a part of have been doing so well lately. The Swarm have been to the division final the past 2 seasons and Victoria was a Mann Cup finalist. For sure, Hass is just part of the system. But it’s a vital part and he executes his role with supreme professionalism.

ILIndoor’s take

“Possibly the most dangerous defensive tranny man in the biz, Hass has become a force in Minnesota and Victoria. It doesn’t end there. Tyler has developed a mean streak and has started to police the issues for his respective teams. Tyler still has room to improve and that is good news for the man-down unit in Minnesota that is extremely dangerous coming out of its own end already. Hass is able to stay up and play shifts of offense as well as finish his chances when he gets them. Hass can really make a name for himself in the next 5 years.” – Marty O’Neill

“Hass is the kind of player where you don’t ask how he gets it done because he probably can’t tell you. He just gets it done. If there’s a dirty work to-do list, just hand it to him and he’ll not only do it, he’ll do it at a level that makes the difference. He’s an invaluable asset to any team of which he’s a member.” – Bob Chavez

“Hass had a breakout year with Minnesota in 2013. Scoring some huge goals, including an overtime winner, drew some attention to him and helped spotlight his improving defensive and transition game. He’s a stud in the making and has kept on growing through the summer season.” – Stephen Stamp

Top 50

No. 50: Aaron Bold
No. 49: Brad Self
No. 48: Jesse Gamble
No. 47: Rory Smith
No. 46: Kiel Matisz
No. 45: Lewis Ratcliff
No. 44: Johnny Powless

Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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