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NLL 3 Stars: Week 16

Curtis Knight had the first 8-point night of his career for Edmonton Saturday. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)
Curtis Knight had the first 8-point night of his career for Edmonton Saturday. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)

It’s getting close to playoff time in the National Lacrosse League. That means a little extra pressure in some of the games where playoff spots are on the line. A couple of the IL Indoor NLL 3 Stars this week will be guys who stepped up when their team really needed them and helped to get their club either into or closer to the postseason. The importance of games is always magnified at this time of year, and the spotlight shines on the players who play the best at the most important times. Of course, there are players who always play well, and you’ll find some of them among the Honourable Mentions as well after an exciting Week 16 of the NLL season. READ MORE »


NLL 3 Stars: Week 15

Stephen Keogh had a big goal game and a big assist game for Rochester over the weekend. (Photo: Rochester Knighthawks)
Stephen Keogh had a big goal game and a big assist game for Rochester over the weekend. (Photo: Rochester Knighthawks)

What a weekend for the offensive guys. Seven players scored 10 or more points in Week 15, including three of them hitting double digits in a single game. That’s the kind of weekend that makes it challenging to select the IL Indoor NLL 3 Stars; not that it isn’t always challenging trying to pick the top three performances from among the array of stars that call the National Lacrosse League home. For you fans of the defensive side of the game, though, don’t worry. We’ve still got some love for the guys who specialize in stopping the ball from going into the net rather than helping it to do so. Make the jump to see this week’s top performers. READ MORE »


NLL 3 Stars: Week 14

Captain Chris Corbeil is leading in many ways for the Edmonton Rush.
Captain Chris Corbeil is leading in many ways for the Edmonton Rush.

Watching the Edmonton Rush play is like watching a clinic in how to play the game of lacrosse as a team. It’s a pleasure to see a team play such a complete, unselfish brand of the game. One thing the Rush don’t do, however, is pile up a lot of individual accomplishments. The scoring tends to be spread around; the defence appears to flow to where it needs to be like water, with no individual necessarily standing out; and goalie Aaron Bold is very good but seldom faces enough shots that it makes you say he was the difference in a game. That’s how you can explain only three Rush players being selected among the IL Indoor NLL 3 Stars in the first 13 weeks of the season (Curtis Knight, Kyle Rubisch and Bold once each). Surely they have to have someone in the mix after another pair of wins to push them to 13 in a row, the most in a single season in NLL history. Make the jump to find out. READ MORE »


NLL 3 Stars: Week 13

Kevin Crowley had a monster game for Philadelphia vs Toronto. (Photo: Todd Bauders)
Kevin Crowley had a monster game for Philadelphia vs Toronto. (Photo: Todd Bauders)

Big wins for the Philadelphia Wings and Minnesota Swarm this weekend. Both teams pulled out tight victories over East Division rivals to keep themselves relevant in the playoff chase. Minnesota still faces an uphill battle because they sit a game and a half back of the Toronto Rock and have lost the season series to Toronto. But all they could do on Sunday was beat the Bandits and they did that, so they still have hope. For Philadelphia to retain realistic hope, they needed to down the Rock Saturday and they also got the job done. Now a whole lot rides on the Wings’ return trip to Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on April 12. Philly will certainly be hoping their big stud, Kevin Crowley, can continue the kind of play he showed in a breakout game Saturday. Make the jump to see where his performance landed him in the IL Indoor NLL 3 Stars, plus the rest of the honorees. READ MORE »


NLL 3 Stars: Week 12

Angus Goodleaf had a great relief outing for the Knighthawks Saturday. (Photo: Ward LaForme, Jr)
Angus Goodleaf had a great relief outing for the Knighthawks Saturday. (Photo: Ward LaForme, Jr)

Backup goalies needed to be ready for action this past weekend in the National Lacrosse League. Five teams switched goalies at least once in the five games played. Sometimes a goalie is pulled because he’s not playing well, sometimes a coach will make a switch to try to change up the momentum of a game. And sometimes it works. Tyler Carlson almost managed to help the Swarm to a comeback win as Minnesota managed to tie things up at home, but they ultimately fell just short in overtime. Evan Kirk only gave up three goals even though he’s credited with having faced 20 shots in just 12:41 of playing time going back and forth with Brandon Miller. But the piece de resistance of backup appearances was turned in by Angus Goodleaf, who came in for the Knighthawks when Matt Vinc had one of his rare bad days in the Rochester net. See if the big man’s stellar stint was enough to crack the IL Indoor NLL 3 Stars after the jump. READ MORE »


NLL 3 Stars: Week 11

Mark Steenhuis was on his game for the Bandits Saturday. (Photo: Bill Wippert)
Mark Steenhuis was on his game for the Bandits Saturday. (Photo: Bill Wippert)

It wasn’t a particularly high-scoring weekend in the National Lacrosse League. Six of the eight teams in action scored 10 goals or fewer and, as the math dictates it would have to be, a pair of those pulled out wins. So there aren’t a lot of gaudy points totals to dominate the IL Indoor NLL 3 Stars. That doesn’t mean there weren’t some great performances, though. We saw strong goaltending, in-your-face defence, enough scoring to keep things lively and a heart-warming surge of inspiration. To see how it all shakes down, who winds up wearing the laurels and who earns honourable mentions, make the jump. READ MORE »


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. READ MORE »


NLL 3 Stars: Week 9

Kevin Crowley's #21 was called out after 10 Flyers, er, Wings, goals Sunday. (Photo: Philadelphia Wings)
Kevin Crowley's #21 was called out after 10 Flyers, er, Wings, goals Sunday. (Photo: Philadelphia Wings)

The Minnesota Swarm have had a tough season and it was getting significantly tougher Saturday night after a 6-0 third quarter put them down 13-4 to the Toronto Rock. But then something happened. Mostly what happened was Jordan MacIntosh put the Swarm on his back and willed them back into contention in the game. There were other key players, as well, but MacIntosh was the man driving the bus and he almost got them all the way back; if it wasn’t for a Toronto empty-net goal, Minnesota’s last-second shot may have been for a chance to go to overtime. Moral victories are hard to swallow when you’re 1-7, but the Swarm can take a lot from that comeback, and they did so the following day, when they overcame another deficit to pull out their second win of the season over the Philadelphia Wings. So you can bet that JMac will show up in the IL Indoor NLL 3 Stars. Make the jump to see who joins him. READ MORE »


National Lacrosse League 3 Stars: Week 8

Brett Bucktooth is back in a big way for the Vancouver Stealth. (Photo: Brad Watson)
Brett Bucktooth is back in a big way for the Vancouver Stealth. (Photo: Brad Watson)

Three teams scoring 17 or more goals this weekend means there were lots of players with big point totals around the National Lacrosse League, and the big point totals are impressive. Even more impressive is when there’s something other than just the points that catches the observer’s eye. This week’s IL Indoor NLL 3 Stars each brought something more than scoring to the table, although they had plenty of points, too. But when the offensive talent is exploding around the league like it did over the weekend, good defence looks even more impressive, too, so we won’t forget to give some love to guys at the other end of the floor in the honourable mentions. Make the jump to check out the top performers from the weekend. READ MORE »


NLL 3 Stars

Garrett Billings was a man on a mission for the Rock Friday. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Garrett Billings was a man on a mission for the Rock Friday. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

The Toronto Rock were a little concerned a couple of weeks ago about their offence. It’s safe to say they’re not any more. The Rock blew up on Saturday, scoring 20 goals in a win over the Philadelphia Wings, 18 of which came from offensive players. Five players scored 6 or more points. If you’re thinking that all this leads into a lot of Rock players appearing among the IL Indoor National Lacrosse League 3 Stars and Honourable Mentions, you’re spot on. There were some solid defensive performances, too, though, with low-scoring games in Philadelphia (yes, the Wings clamped down the night after getting hammered by Toronto) and Rochester. Much of the world is focused on the Olympics on in Sochi, where we get to see the best stars of winter sports. But as with every weekend during the winter, the world can watch the best lacrosse players in the world in the NLL, and after the jump you’ll find out who shone the very brightest of them all in Week 7. READ MORE »