Rochester Knighthawks goaltender Angus Goodleaf was IL Indoor's Third Star of the Week in NLL Week 12. (Photo: Graig Abel)
It's hard enough to pick the Three Stars of the Game, much less an entire weekend of National Lacrosse League action. But IL Indoor's Stephen Stamp is up to the task with his NLL Three Stars for Week 12.
"Backup goalies needed to be ready for action this past weekend in the National Lacrosse League," Stamp writes. "Five teams switched goalies at least once in the five games played. Sometimes a goalie is pulled because he’s not playing well, sometimes a coach will make a switch to try to change up the momentum of a game.
"And sometimes it works. Tyler Carlson almost managed to help the Swarm to a comeback win as Minnesota managed to tie things up at home, but they ultimately fell just short in overtime. Evan Kirk only gave up three goals even though he’s credited with having faced 20 shots in just 12:41 of playing time going back and forth with Brandon Miller. But the piece de resistance of backup appearances was turned in by Angus Goodleaf, who came in for the Knighthawks when Matt Vinc had one of his rare bad days in the Rochester net."
Cody Jamieson, Rochester Knighthawks
5 goals, 12 assists
Saturday night, Jamieson put on an absolute tour de force performance. Sunday, about half a dozen lacrosse people told me some variation of the statement that he is the best player in the game. Jammer is unstoppable one on one and if you leave someone open to help on him he’ll find that player. He can just take over a game, as he did when he scored 4 goals in five minutes to open the second half against Toronto and led the Knighthawks to a thorough domination of the final 30 minutes. Jamieson now sits second in the league in points, with 71.
Colin Doyle, Toronto Rock
6 goals, 4 assists
Doyle put up another first-half hat trick Saturday, but on Sunday he saved his best for last and in the process saved the Rock’s bacon. The captain’s overtime winner makes a huge difference to Toronto’s situation, as the Swarm would have been sitting just a game back with a rematch coming to wrap up the season and the season series. Now they have a more solid grip on the third playoff spot in the East and they retain much more control of their own post-season fate.
Angus Goodleaf, Rochester Knighthawks
27 saves, .871 save percentage
It’s hard to believe this was only Goodleaf’s second career win in the NLL, but he was full value for it. Vinc loves to play a lot, so Goodleaf doesn’t get many chances to shine. He took advantage of this one, stepping in and immediately looking composed and confident. He gave up only one goal each in the second and third quarters as the Knighthawks completely turned around the game.