Vancouver Stealth star Rhys Duch was named Stephen Stamp's First Star of NLL Week 14 on IL Indoor. (Photo: Derek Stevens)
After five National Lacrosse League games in NLL Week 14 this past weekend, IL Indoor's Stephen Stamp selects his Three Stars of the Week. Not surprisingly, or maybe so actually, two members of the undefeated Edmonton Rush were tabbed as top performers. But the first spot belongs to Vancouver Stealth star Rhys Duch who helped keep his team in the playoff hunt by contributing to a big home win.
"Watching the Edmonton Rush play is like watching a clinic in how to play the game of lacrosse as a team," Stamp writes. "It’s a pleasure to see a team play such a complete, unselfish brand of the game. One thing the Rush don’t do, however, is pile up a lot of individual accomplishments. The scoring tends to be spread around; the defence appears to flow to where it needs to be like water, with no individual necessarily standing out; and goalie Aaron Bold is very good but seldom faces enough shots that it makes you say he was the difference in a game.
"That’s how you can explain only three Rush players being selected among the IL Indoor NLL 3 Stars in the first 13 weeks of the season (Curtis Knight, Kyle Rubisch and Bold once each). Surely they have to have someone in the mix after another pair of wins to push them to 13 in a row, the most in a single season in NLL history."
Rhys Duch, Vancouver Stealth
4 goals, 5 assists
Duch has been the man for the Stealth all season, so it’s hardly surprising that he was front and centre when they turned things around with a big win over Buffalo after losing eight of their last nine games. He’s got 12 more goals and 20 more points than rookie Tyler Digby, who is second on the team in both categories. Duch is also third on team in penalty minutes, so he’s not just playing the skill game.
Chris Corbeil, Edmonton Rush
3 goals, 1 assist, 14 loose balls, 3 forced turnovers
Corbeil is a defence-first guy. You just wouldn’t know it from his numbers. He leads all defenders in goals with a robust 12 and has played such a two-way game that he really should be considered a transition player instead. But that doesn’t take away from his play in his own zone, where he’s a loose ball machine and plays a tough, smart, physical game. In other words, he plays typical Edmonton Rush defence. He’s also proving to be a tremendous leader in his first season as captain. Ask not what your team can do for you, but rather what you can do for your team: and whatever it is, Corbeil is probably doing it for the Rush
Zack Greer, Edmonton Rush
5 goals, 5 assists
The Rush move the ball quickly and consistently. You never know who’s going to shoot. This past weekend nobody shot the ball more than Zack Greer, and nobody shot it more effectively. Greer scored on hard outside shots, he scored on precise inside shots and he scored through traffic using defenders as screens and placing the ball perfectly.
Note: The Three Stars of the Week on IL Indoor is not affiliated with the official NLL awards system, which consists of the Three Stars of the Game along with monthly and yearly player awards.