Calgary Roughnecks forward Shawn Evans, the 2013 NLL MVP, was among the NLL Three Stars for Week 8. (Photo: Brad Watson)
Although a team sport, the National Lacrosse League always has some inspiring individual performances by the world's best lacrosse players. Whether it be scoring goals, dishing assists, setting picks, recovering loose balls, forcing turnovers, winning faceoffs, killing penalties, manning up on defense, or just playing smart, there are many ways for pros to make an impact.
It's hard enough to pick the Three Stars for each game, but IL Indoor takes it one step further by selecting the top three player performances from around the league each week. After five games this past weekend, check out Stephen Stamp's NLL Three Stars for Week 8 below.
Brett Bucktooth, Vancouver Stealth
9 goals, 7 assists, 2 forced turnovers
The last, and only other, time that Bucktooth had back to back hat tricks in his NLL career was back in his rookie season of 2007. Since then, he’d posted four hat tricks, never more than one in a season. So while he’s a talented and effective player, seeing him go off for 6 goals (along with 6 assists) in Vancouver’s big win over Colorado had to come as a bit of a surprise. Especially since the sock trick came in only his second game of the year after coming back from injury. That he added another 3 goals and chipped in with a couple of forced turnovers the next night was a bright light in an otherwise dim evening for the Stealth.
Shawn Evans, Calgary Roughnecks
4 goals, 7 assists, 6 loose balls, 2 forced turnovers
Evans is known for many things on a lacrosse floor, but one we shouldn’t forget is his ability to fill up a box score with stats that directly help his team win. Sure, the 4 goals were nice when he hasn’t been finding the back of the net as much as usual lately. And yes, the 7 assists helped him keep leading the league in that category and reinforce his rep as one of the best setup men in the game. The loose balls and forced turnovers, though, serve to remind us that his role in the offensive zone isn’t over once a shot is taken. Evans keeps working to try to create second-chance possessions and he’s one of the best around at doing so.
Cody Jamieson, Rochester Knighthawks
5 goals, 5 assists
Jamieson has the rare and special ability to simply impose himself on a lacrosse game. He did it again Saturday night, leading the Knighthawks as they turned around a strong start by the Rock into a stunning domination the rest of the way by Rochester. There are plenty of good players on his team, but make no mistake about it: the Knighthawks are Jamieson’s team. And they’re just a pair of one-goal losses away from being a perfect 7-0 on the season.