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Rookie Report: Leung, Schuss, Ward showing off their shine down the stretch

Calgary's Karsen Leung (21) has been as consistent as they come among NLL rooks this season. (Photo: Brad Watson)
Calgary's Karsen Leung (21) has been as consistent as they come among NLL rooks this season. (Photo: Brad Watson)

By this point of a season, roles are pretty well defined and set. But this is the National Lacrosse League, where surprises are the norm. And that’s where we find ourselves today with the Rookie Report because it’s been a tough season. Tough in the sense that there really hasn’t been a clear-cut frontrunner with so much talent running the floor. But this week, we’re seeing a bit of a shakeup among our Top 5. The top spot has been a comfortable perch for most of this season, but that spot has had plenty of contenders who have turned up the heat over the last few weeks and finally, moves had to be made. Find out who is where after Week 17. READ MORE »


Rookie Report: As regular season winds down, race for top rookie is hardly clear

Mitch Banister, right, was a 2012 draft pick for the Edmonton Rush and finally made his NLL debut. (Photo: Brad Watson)
Mitch Banister, right, was a 2012 draft pick for the Edmonton Rush and finally made his NLL debut. (Photo: Brad Watson)

We’re getting to the point in this National Lacrosse League season where we start to ask: Who is the frontrunner for the 2014 Rookie of the Year? The last few seasons have been fairly cut and dried, especially last winter when the award really was Mark Matthews’ to lose. But this year, it’s a different story. Do you take the scoring of Tyler Digby and/or Logan Schuss? Karsen Leung has an all-around game that’s as solid as anyone else in the league, and Dillon Ward has performed above expectations as a goalie in Colorado. It’ll be interesting in these final 2 weeks of the season to see if anyone separates himself but until then, we’ll continue with a look back at the rookies for Week 16. READ MORE »


Rookie Report: With scorers and muckers, race for top spot among rookies is crowded

Minnesota's Logan Schuss notched 9 points on 5 goals and 4 assists in 2 weekend games. (Photo: Scott Pierson)
Minnesota's Logan Schuss notched 9 points on 5 goals and 4 assists in 2 weekend games. (Photo: Scott Pierson)

One of the races within the race for National Lacrosse League rookies is scoring. And for much of this 2014 season, that race was all about Tyler Digby of the Vancouver Stealth. And while he hasn’t exactly faded in his production, it’s another rookie who has picked up his pace that’s become the story. No. 1 overall draft pick Logan Schuss has been quite productive as of late and even though the Swarm were swept in last weekend’s double-header with Rochester, Schuss poured in 5 goals. So now he’s where many expected him to be when he got his NLL career started: At the top of the scoring chart. Let’s where other NLL rookies are in our weekly Rookie Report. READ MORE »


Rookie Report: Minnesota’s Logan Schuss moves into lead for rookie scoring race

Philadelphia's Garrett Thul, right, proved his mettle in this tilt with Colorado's Chet Koneczny. (Photo: Bartley Young)
Philadelphia's Garrett Thul, right, proved his mettle in this tilt with Colorado's Chet Koneczny. (Photo: Bartley Young)

All in all, it was a pretty impressive weekend for this year’s crop of National Lacrosse League rookies, in wins and losses. Colorado’s Dillon Ward faced made a career-best 48 saves, and lost. Philadelphia’s Garrett Thul had a hand in that loss with a career-best 3 goals and an impressive fight. Minnesota’s Logan Schuss went without a goal for the first time since Jan. 11, but took the lead in the rookie scoring race over Vancouver’s Tyler Digby, who also was without a goal for the first time since Jan. 25. Hard to believe we’re barreling toward Week 15 of the season, but it is crunch time and rookies will be counted on just as heavily as veterans as the playoff push picks up in intensity. READ MORE »


Rookie Report: Edmonton’s Sorichetti breaks into NLL scoring column with style

Edmonton's Adrian Sorichetti scored his first NLL goal on Friday and didn't stop at just 1. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)
Edmonton's Adrian Sorichetti scored his first NLL goal on Friday and didn't stop at just 1. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)

Here we are, heading into Week 14 of the National Lacrosse League and we still have guys making their NLL debuts and scoring their first goals. For Vancouver, free agent defenseman Bradley Kri, played the first game of his pro career. For Edmonton, Adrian Sorichetti, played his second NLL game but first since Feb. 1. And what a game it was. He scored 3 goals and helped the Rush pull away from Buffalo to maintain their perfect start to this season. But, as usual, there were more than 2 rookies in action for Week 13 and if you’ll kindly oblige us by turning the page, you can see how the rest of the rooks did last weekend. READ MORE »


Rookie Report: Swarm’s Logan Schuss extends goal-scoring streak to 9 games

Logan Schuss, right, has scored at least 1 goal in 10 of 11 games this season for the Swarm. (Photo: Scott Pierson)
Logan Schuss, right, has scored at least 1 goal in 10 of 11 games this season for the Swarm. (Photo: Scott Pierson)

It was an eerily quiet weekend for our top rookies in the National Lacrosse League, with just 1 goal to be counted among our Top 10. Of course, Vancouver had a bye so Tyler Digby and Cody Bremner had the weekend off, and Edmonton’s Riley Loewen was scratched due to an injury the week before, while Philadelphia’s Garrett Thul also was not in lacrosse uniform for Sunday’s game against Rochester. That leaves Logan Schuss as the lone rook to card a goal among our top-ranked rookies so far this season. That doesn’t mean the weekend lacked for action, as you’ll see once you so kindly peruse our Rookie Report for Week 12. READ MORE »


Rookie Report: Church finding his groove in helping Edmonton to its ninth straight win

Robert Church, left, scored his first career hat trick in Edmonton's win over Vancouver on Saturday. (Photo: NLL)
Robert Church, left, scored his first career hat trick in Edmonton's win over Vancouver on Saturday. (Photo: NLL)

When Robert Church missed the Edmonton Rush’s National Lacrosse League opener due to sickness, not much thought was given. Church, the No. 5 overall draft pick, was coming into the NLL with stellar offensive credentials. The adjustment rate for rookies varies from team to team and body to body and when Church finally did play, he debuted with 5 assists, but no goals. Fast forward to today and following his biggest goal-scoring output to date, with 3 goals in Saturday’s win over Vancouver, it’s clear that Church has found his groove and is starting to produce as expected. And that’s where we stand after 11 weeks of NLL action. How do the other rooks look? Here’s our weekly look. READ MORE »


Rookie Report: Calgary’s Leung, Edmonton’s Loewen steadily climbing with confidence

Robert Church, right, has scored at least 1 goal in 3 straight games for the Edmonton Rush. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)
Robert Church, right, has scored at least 1 goal in 3 straight games for the Edmonton Rush. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)

Much like last weekend, 3 National Lacrosse League games don’t give us a lot of rookies to watch, so it’s more about quality than quantity these days. And in some cases, quality certainly is applicable. Calgary’s Karsen Leung has been tearing it up for the Roughnecks, and Riley Loewen’s been a steady presence in Edmonton. And then there’s Eric Law in Toronto, where he isn’t exactly tearing it up. But we did notice that he’s the first U.S. player to suit for the Rock since Bill McGlone played 11 games for the Rock in 2009, and we thought that was pretty cool. There are more, of course, but that would sort of defeat the purpose of a Rookie Report, were we to sum all the rooks in a single sentence. Besides that, these fellas deserve more ink than that so that’s what we offer in our weekly report on the freshman, which follows just after the jump. READ MORE »


Rookie Report: No. 1 pick Logan Schuss discovers shooting touch with 5-goal game

Ethan O'Connor, right, scooped 6 LBs in Toronto's win to give him 54, tops among all rookies. (Photo: Graig Abel)
Ethan O'Connor, right, scooped 6 LBs in Toronto's win to give him 54, tops among all rookies. (Photo: Graig Abel)

It was a light weekend for the National Lacrosse League with just 5 of ILIndoor’s Top 10 rookies in action. But what action it was. Calgary’s Karsen Leung is getting better and better each week, and the confidence that’s fueling his play of late is clear. And speaking of clear, it was pretty evident that Minnesota’s Logan Schuss, the top pick in last fall’s entry draft, was playing with confidence on Sunday in Philadelphia. He carded his most productive game of the season as far as goals go, dropping a personal-best 5 on the Wings in leading the Swarm to their second win of the season. We’ve got another light weekend ahead of us but before we get there, let’s look back at the rooks and work they did in Week 9. READ MORE »


Rookie Report: Karsen Leung puts in solid showing as a man in the middle for Calgary

Karsen Leung, left, has covered a lot of ground this season for the Calgary Roughnecks. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)
Karsen Leung, left, has covered a lot of ground this season for the Calgary Roughnecks. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)

It’s easy to track players in the National Lacrosse League who score goals and players who stop them. It’s the guys in between that can be trickier because they don’t have the stats over which to drool. But that doesn’t mean they’re not having a solid impact. For instance, Karsen Leung. Calgary’s first pick of the second round has been praised in recent weeks by the coaching staff for his work in the transition game and this past weekend may have been his most productive of the season, at least stats-wise. So as we check out all the rest of the 2014 rookies, let’s not forget about the men in the middle and the work they do, with little fanfare. READ MORE »