NLL 3 Stars: Week 10

Curtis Dickson had a 10-point night while hardly leaving the ground. (Photo: Brad Watson)
Curtis Dickson had a 10-point night while hardly leaving the ground. (Photo: Brad Watson)

Curtis Dickson is known as Superman for the fantastic flights he takes to score so many of his spectacular National Lacrosse League goals. He’s got much more than the dive in his arsenal, though, as he showed emphatically Saturday night when he scored six times as his Calgary Roughnecks got off to a fast start and held on to beat the Toronto Rock 19-13. Dickson got the half dozen without once going horizontal. He did, however, use a variety of shots that displayed his tremendous shooting touch, including a behind the back sub shot and a long bounce shot that hit the turf well outside the crease. Dickson did go in the air once, jumping up rather than across to tuck the ball over the goalie’s shoulder and in. He prefaced that with a hard swim move to elude two defenders and break in all alone. Quite an evening for Superman.

First Star

Curtis Dickson, Calgary Roughnecks
6 goals, 4 assists
Dickson didn’t accumulate his points in garbage time, when the Roughnecks were already well ahead. He had 4 goals and 2 assists in Calgary’s 7-0 first-quarter run as they established the lead they wouldn’t come close to relinquishing.

Second Star

Stephan Leblanc, Toronto Rock
7 goals, 4 assists
Leblanc moved to within a goal of league leader Dane Dobbie, upping his total to 29 for the season. He’s also fourth in the league in points. Leblanc is taking advantage of his size and strength to create scoring situations as well as interacting smartly with his talented cohort on the Rock to find open spaces.

Third Star

Stephen Keogh, Rochester Knighthawks
5 goals
Keogh is on a roll. He’s got 12 goals in his last three games and scored almost half of his team’s markers as the Knighthawks downed the Mammoth to solidify their hold on second place in the East Division.

Honourable Mentions

Riley Loewen (Edmonton): 2g, 2a. Loewen is tied for third among rookie goals scorers with 11…John Lintz and Kyle Rubisch (Edmonton): 5FT, 4FT respectively. Edmonton’s defence is always a big part of the story and this pair were the top forced turnover guys in the league over the weekend…Dane Dobbie (Calgary): 4g, 2a. Held on to top spot in goals scored…Garrett Billings (Toronto): 4g, 8a. Leads the league in assists (50) and points (70)…Jeff Shattler and Shawn Evans (Calgary): 1g, 7a each. Quietly made big contributions to the Roughnecks scoring outburst…Drew Westervelt (Colorado): 3g, 1a. His fifth hat trick in 10 games. Westy is fifth in the league in goals but only third on his team…Sid Smith (Rochester): 8LB, 2FT. The Knighthawks’ captain doesn’t worry about style points, but he’s consistently effective for the defending champs…Kasey Beirnes (Toronto): 5g, 5a. Watch Beirnes work without the ball and you’ll see a clinic in how to contribute without needing a lot of touches.

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 stamplax@hotmail.com.

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