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Top Of The New Nll Crop Announced

04/19/2001, 12:39pm EDT
By National Lacrosse League

The National Lacrosse League announces its 2000-2001 All-Rookie Team. The Team Is:

Tracey Kelusky Columbus Landsharks Forward
Kris Bryde Ottawa Rebel Forward
Jeff Ratcliffe Philadelphia Wings Forward
Marshall Abrams Columbus Landsharks Defense
Mike Regan Albany Attack Forward
Phil Wetherup Buffalo Bandits Goaltender

A Two-Time Rookie of the Month (January and March 2001), Columbus Landsharks forward Tracey Kelusky leads a list of the best new talent in the NLL for this past regular season.

Kelusky, the 5-8, 170-pound forward from Peterborough, Ontario led all NLL rookies in total scoring this season with 51 points on 24 goals and 27 assists (24 27=51). Kelusky, the 'Sharks captain, was a catalyst for the Columbus special teams this season, providing a strong presence at both ends of the floor.

The Ottawa Rebel's Kris Bride, the NLL Rookie Goal Scoring leader collected 26 goals to lead the crop. Overall, the 6-1, 190-pound forward from Richmond, British Columbia collected 44 points in his first campaign for the Rebel (26 18=44). Bryde's strong stick skills and ability to create scoring opportunities, helped lead the way for the start of a successful future for the Rebel.

The Wings added even more fire-power to their already high-octane offense, as Jeff Ratcliffe made a strong impact in his first season in the "black and gray". Ratcliffe, the 6-1,200-pound forward from Coquitlam, British Columbia played a key role in the Wings march to the Champion's Cup Playoffs.

One of the most consistent players in the defensive end of the floor in the NLL was Landsharks defenseman Marshall Abrams. Abrams, the 6-0, 200-pound rookie from Syracuse, NY constantly matched up with proven veterans and NLL Superstars, night in and night out, and played with poise and positive results. Abrams collected five points on one goal and four assists (1 4=5). Abrams led the Landsharks with 115 loose balls.

Hometown hero Mike Regan had a strong campaign for the Albany Attack this season. Regan, the 5-10, 190-pound Albany native was not only a bright spot for his Attack, but for the entire NLL. Regan used his physical style and scoring ability to collect 25 points on 18 goals and seven assists. (18 7=25) in 13 games.

The Bandits had a welcome surprise in goal this season. Phil Wetherup compiled a 6-4 record, making 318 saves. Wetherup, the 6-1, 190-pound netminder is ranked 10th among NLL Goaltenders with a 15.75 goals-against average.

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