Following an interesting four game weekend, it’s time to look in on the National Lacrosse League stock market.
I enlisted the assistance of Brian Shanahan to examine which team and player are on the rise compared to a pair trending in the wrong direction. Listen below:
This was a close call as Shanny and I debated who was more worthy of a stock up mention between Rochester and Buffalo. Both squads pulled out important wins and currently share first place in the East. Listen to the embedded audio and tweet me your thoughts @AndyMc81
New England’s reign atop the East Division seems like a lifetime ago as the club has fallen from first to worst and lost four straight. The most recent defeat came to Buffalo where the Bandits swept the season series.
Only Vancouver’s allowed more goals against and the Black Wolves have scored the fewest at 149. It’s amazing that with those numbers the team’s been able to remain so competitive. The pack isn’t out it yet though as they are still only one game behind a playoff berth.
Delivering a ridiculous stat line over Colorado’s back-to-back weekend, Keogh’s nine goals, three assists and 24-shots gives him the green up arrow honors in my book. The Mammoth may have split their pair of matchups, but the veteran scoring seven times in the Rochester loss reminds us how dangerous a weapon he can be come the playoffs.
The 31-year old is also just four goals away from tying his career best of 33 from 2014 with three opponents left on the schedule.
The blame for Vancouver’s 2-13 campaign can be spread around and obviously doesn’t fall on one individual. However, on a night where a victory was needed to avoid elimination you’re best players need to show up and Rhys Duch just didn’t deliver.
He certainly wasn’t the only one and Calgary’s goaltender Christian Del Bianco returning to his all-star form didn’t help either. Duch got off double digit shots while only producing one goal and an assist. The season was on the line and the 10-year pro simply didn’t rise to the occasion.
Andy McNamara has been a play-by-play commentator for the NLL on TSN, NLLTV.com, and world lacrosse tournaments since 2011. He’s also a sport talk host and anchor on TSN 1050 sports radio. Follow Andy on twitter @AndyMc81.