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Top 50 NLL players: #10-19

12/28/2013, 1:17pm EST
By NLL.com

IL Indoor counting down world's best players as 2014 season begins


The Colorado Mammoth's Adam Jones and Brodie Merrill from the Philadelphia Wings rank among the top 20 players in the NLL. (Photo: Jack Dempsey)

With the start of the 2014 NLL regular season on Saturday, Dec. 28 just days away, IL Indoor continues their countdown of the top 50 active players in the National Lacrosse League. Find the list of the world's best lacrosse players ranked #10-19 below along with links to their articles and commentary from the IL Indoor staff who compiled the rankings.

19) Dan Dawson (Forward- Rochester Knighthawks)

“Has long been one of the premier set-up men in the game. Dawson is a natural leader both with his quiet but strong presence and with the way he plays the game the right way. He’s virtually unstoppable when he senses an opening and drives to the net, but he’s extremely unselfish. Dawson possesses a tremendous combination of strength and touch.” – Stephen Stamp

18) Andrew Suitor (Transition player- Minnesota Swarm)

“The only way you’re not a fan of Suitor is if you have to play against him, but even then, you have to respect him. More than the stats he puts up, his energy and passion are the type of assets coaches and teammates love, because that’s the stuff that’s not coached. It’s from the heart. He’s a natural leader and he wears that badge with pride and humility, the true mark of a captain.” – Bob Chavez

17) Jordan MacIntosh (Transition player- Minnesota Swarm)

“What do you need done in a lacrosse game? Need someone to win faceoffs? MacIntosh will do that for you. Need some goals? He’s a talented shooter and a productive piece of a team offensive approach. Need someone to play defense? He’s not a great defender, but MacIntosh is more than willing to D up and provides capable checking as part of a team concept. He could be the poster boy for the up tempo, small-roster game the NLL is more and more becoming — someone who can do whatever you need to ask of him.” – Stephen Stamp

16) Adam Jones (Forward- Colorado Mammoth)

“Jones is very talented, both as a shooter and a passer. Perhaps his greatest asset is a knack for being in the right place at the right time. It’s a hallmark of his high lacrosse IQ that Jones is consistently able to find the soft spots in opponents’ defences and arrive there at just the right time to receive a pass. It’s a skill that looks deceptively simple but reveals a tremendous understanding of the game.” – Stephen Stamp

15) Callum Crawford (Forward- Minnesota Swarm)

“Crawford moves through his areas with so much ease and seems to slide right off of defenders to get to his spaces. And the way he rose to lead the Swarm when they needed a leader the most shows that Crawford has two assets highly valued in any player: production and leadership.” – Bob Chavez

14) Tyler Richards (Goaltender- Vancouver Stealth)

“Tyler Richards has made more impact in the last 4 years than any player in the NLL. Pretty bold statement right? When it comes to playoffs, this guy can kick it up a notch or five (8-3 W/L) and his regular seasons since 2009 have been as solid as you can ask for on a run-and-gun squad. Why do I like Richards so much? His confidence is second to none and it’s based in results that he has worked hard to earn. Under pressure he has the stuff legends are made from and that makes him a difference in some big games.” – Marty O’Neill

13) Ryan Benesch (Forward- Buffalo Bandits)

“He scores goals, and like all top goal getters, he puts his personal brand of spin on it. Benesch has that knack to come out of a crowd with the ball in his stick where he creates many chances. Screen shot goal, no problem. PP points, lots of ‘em. Ryan had 4 lights out years in Minnesota, which says he has matured into a consistent 40-goal guy and that is why the Bandits spent to acquire him. Benesch alone makes the Bandits the most improved NLL team for 2014.” – Marty O’Neill

12) Dane Dobbie (Forward- Calgary Roughnecks)

“Dobbie’s one of those players where it’s easy to see how he’s loved and disliked all at the same time. If you’re on his team, you love the way he leads by example. And if you’re playing against him, you can’t stand the way he beats you for goals while also not being afraid to get in your dome by trading conversation. Much like Benesch in this list earlier in the week, Dobbie’s got a style all his own and say what you want about it, but it gets the job done.” – Bob Chavez

11) Brodie Merrill (Transition player- Philadelphia Wings)

“Merrill continues to be one of the truly game-changing transition men in lacrosse. He’s a defensive leader, a loose ball machine, still fast enough to lead the transition charge and with the stick skills to score or set up others for goals when he gets opportunities. Just look at his career numbers: 105 goals and 210 assists for 315 points in 125 games, along with 1,494 loose balls. Simply, one of the all-time greats.” – Stephen Stamp

10) Colin Doyle (Forward- Toronto Rock)

“Doyle is a tremendous leader and a great locker room guy, and he can still play. Doyle has outstanding floor vision and lacrosse IQ, seeming to always be aware of where people will be and when to get them the ball. His playmaking tends to make people forget just how good of a shooter he is, too. And, of course, he’s the master of the seemingly impossible shot — somehow finding a way to put the ball in the net when he’s falling to the floor with his back to the goal or some other equally unpromising situation.” – Stephen Stamp

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