After weekend split, the Minnesota Swarm had two players selected by IL Indoor for Three Stars of NLL Week 9. (Photo: Graig Abel)
New for this season, the National Lacrosse League has implemented a Three Stars of the Game system to recognize players who made a difference for their teams on the field. IL Indoor takes it one step further by selecting the top three performers from the entire weekend of NLL action. Check out Stephen Stamp's picks below after three games in Week 9.
Jordan MacIntosh, Minnesota Swarm
5 goals, 5 assists, 23 loose balls, 37-24 faceoffs
MacIntosh was a force Saturday night. He scored three dunk goals in almost the exact same spot of the net, although he approached them from different angles. He had 5 goals in total and was instrumental to the almost-successful comeback, both with his scoring and by winning faceoff after faceoff. He was also good on Sunday as the Swarm finally got back into the win column.
Logan Schuss, Minnesota Swarm
6 goals, 7 assists
A first overall draft pick always faces a lot of pressure. Logan Schuss has been pretty good so far this year, but hasn’t really lived up to the first overall hype. Until Sunday, when his shot found its range and he banged home 5 goals. He’s a sharpshooter, make no mistake about it, and his accuracy and power were on display in the tight victory. Schuss also put up a goal and 5 assists Saturday night to make for a big scoring weekend for the rookie.
Kevin Crowley, Philadelphia Wings
2 goals, 8 assists
Crowley is another young player who has been struggling somewhat this year, at least by the high standards he set for himself in his first two seasons. But he’s been coming around, getting used to having to perform with the focus of every opponent’s defence squarely on him. And Sunday he potted a couple of goals and had a hand in eight others. His assists were pretty evenly split between firsts and seconds, and he wasn’t dominating, but he did exactly what his team needed to help it score 14 goals, which on most days should be enough to win.