Rochester Knighthawks' Stephen Keogh was selected as one of IL Indoor's Three Stars of NLL Week 15. (Photo: Scott Pierson)
After six National Lacrosse League games this past weekend, Stephen Stamp from IL Indoor has narrowed down the top individual performances with the Three Stars of NLL Week 15. There were plenty of players who stepped up with big goals, saves and defensive stops, but there can only be three in the spotlight.
"What a weekend for the offensive guys," Stamp writes. "Seven players scored 10 or more points in Week 15, including three of them hitting double digits in a single game. That’s the kind of weekend that makes it challenging to select the IL Indoor NLL 3 Stars; not that it isn’t always challenging trying to pick the top three performances from among the array of stars that call the National Lacrosse League home. For you fans of the defensive side of the game, though, don’t worry. We’ve still got some love for the guys who specialize in stopping the ball from going into the net rather than helping it to do so."
Stephen Keogh, Rochester Knighthawks
8 goals, 6 assists, 14 loose balls, 4 forced turnovers
Keogh had a career weekend in Minnesota and Rochester, putting up remarkably balanced numbers in the Knighthawks’ sweep of the Swarm. He scored 6 goals in one game and had 6 assists in the other. He also did his best Shawn Evans impression, scooping up loose balls and forcing turnovers to produce second-chance offensive possessions.
Rob Hellyer, Toronto Rock
3 goals, 9 assists
There couldn’t be a better sign for the Rock, in the face of the devastating injury to Garrett Billings, than Hellyer stepping up and having a huge game for Toronto. The young player (he will just be entering his first year in senior lacrosse this summer) has been emerged all year as a force for the Rock, but he’ll need to play an even bigger role with Billings gone for the season. That’s not to say he can replace Billings—that would be a tall order for anyone—but if Hellyer can keep playing with the confidence and poise he showed Saturday that will go a long way towards helping the Rock get by in Billings’ absence.
Kyle Rubisch, Edmonton Rush
12 loose balls, 8 forced turnovers
For the second time this season, Rubisch forced eight turnovers in a game. This weekend he broke his own record for FTs in a season; he now has 46, breaking his old mark of 44 set last year, which of course broke the record of 43 he’d set the year before that. Rubisch is in a class by himself when it comes to separating opponents from the ball. This may help put it in perspective: those two 8-turnover games alone would put him in the top 25 in the league in the stat. Two games!
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.