After two exhilarating National Lacrosse League overtime games in Week 6, which saw the Minnesota Swarm edge the Rochester Knighthawks 7-6 and the Buffalo Bandits top the Calgary Roughnecks by a score of 15-14, IL Indoor’s Bob Chavez has posted his NLL Rookie Report headed into a busy weekend with seven games on the Week 7 schedule.
“Week 6 of the National Lacrosse League was a quiet one for rookies with just 2 games played,” Chavez writes. “And while our current top-ranked rook, Miles Thompson, put up 3 points that doesn’t look all that dominant on the sheet, that doesn’t mean those points were not valuable. The Swarm needed every goal they could get against a tough Rochester defense and as it turned out, they were all needed in an overtime win. Let’s see what’s up with the rest of the rookies who played last weekend.”
1) Miles Thompson (Minnesota Swarm): The right-handed forward out of Onondaga Nation 1 goal and 2 assists in Friday’s home overtime win over Rochester. All 3 points came in the first half to help the Swarm take a 5-1 halftime lead in what turned out to be a defensive battle and Thompson will take his 20 points (11-9) into a weekend double-header for the Swarm, who host Toronto on Friday and are at Toronto on Saturday.
2) Ben McIntosh (Edmonton Rush): The right-handed forward out of Port Coquitlam had the weekend off but still maintains his pace as the top scoring rookie in the NLL. He’s got 21 points on 11 goals and 10 assists as the Rush head to Colorado on Friday.
4) Jerome Thompson (Buffalo Bandits): The left-handed forward out of Nedrow, N.Y., scored just 1 goal, but it was a big one as it came in OT to lift the visiting Bandits over Calgary on Saturday. He also had 2 assists and scooped 2 loose balls against the Riggers.
6) Brandon Goodwin (Buffalo Bandits): The left-handed transition man out of New Westminster, B.C., had 1 assist in Friday’s road win over Calgary, but it was a key one in the fourth quarter to help the Bandits maintain the scoring pace in a frantic fourth. Goodwin’s speed and IQ with the ball continues to be a big asset for Buffalo and it’s new-look transition game.