It’s a great time to be a Dane in the National Lacrosse League and no, we don’t mean a native of the fine nation of Denmark. Dhane Smith and Dane Dobbie are ripping up the NLL these days. Smith is tied for the league lead in points per game with 23 through just four contests, a sterling 5.75 average. And all that while spending most of his time coming out the back door. He has to be the leading early-season candidate for transition player of the year, thanks not just to his prolific scoring but also to his improving defensive play. In fact, as is so often the case, the two are inextricably linked. The Buffalo Bandits’ Smith is forcing turnovers, picking off passes and taking advantage of sound positioning and awareness to lead to chances to use his speed to race up the floor and score. Dobbie is the leading goals-per-game guy in the league, sniping 14 times in four games. He’s doing a lot of his damage in transition, too, although in his case it’s as the first guy off the bench, taking breakout passes from a corps of Calgary Roughnecks defenders that know where he’ll be if they get a chance to snag a loosie and look up the floor for an outlet. One other thing they have in common: both D(h)anes are guests, and excellent ones, on this week’s edition of Boxla Beat on NLL Radio.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 email@example.com.
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