Flash Players of Week 18
1) Keegan Bal
Many players on this list can manage to put up over 10 points during a back-to-back weekend. However, Bal just decided to do it in a single game.
The Warriors hosted the Philadelphia Wings on Sunday afternoon and Bal helped Vancouver to a 19-12 victory by posting five goals and 14 points on the game. Yes, that’s right, he had more points than the Wings had goals.
Vancouver’s offence ran through four individuals on Sunday, and they’ll all be recognized for their efforts. Bal was the best of them on the day, setting the season high for points in a single game. The Warriors will need him to be solid down the stretch as they push for the final playoff spot in the West.
2) Ben McIntosh
McIntosh has been cementing himself as one of the most dangerous scorers in the NLL for a few years.
He had 46 goals for the Rush last season and came into last weekend with 30. He looks to be on a mission to at least match his career high, as he posted a ridiculous 11 goals over two games against the San Diego Seals and Philadelphia Wings. He also added a pair of assists and four loose balls.
The 27-year-old is now third in the league in goals behind only Dan Dobbie and Lyle Thompson.
3) Matt Rambo
Philadelphia failed to grab a win in their pair of games over the weekend, but Rambo was fantastic offensively.
He had a five-goal, eight-point performance against the Rush in the first game and followed that up with a pair of goals and four assists against the Warriors.
The 2017 Tewaarton winner has looked more and more comfortable in the box with each passing game. He sits fifth in team scoring with 51 points in 16 games - with 25 of those being goals.
With a solid finish to the campaign, Rambo could have a slight chance to rival Austin Staats for the NLL Rookie of the Year award.
Matthews misses out on the podium this week, but his contributions, as always, didn’t go unnoticed in the Rush’s pair of wins over the weekend. Seven goals and 14 points helped him into fourth place in league scoring.
Baptiste is just flat out dominant on draws. The rookie went 47-for-66 (71 percent) at the dot last weekend and scooped up 23 loose balls across the two contests. He’s in prime position to snap the single-season record for loosies before the campaign is finished.
Six goals, seven assists, and eight loose balls over two games. It was another solid weekend for the Big Cat. After sitting out the first few games of the year, Crowley is tied for the team lead in points with 77 in 14 games. He also leads the team in goals with 33 on the campaign.
Bold not only got the win to help keep the Warriors’ playoff hopes alive; he also managed to do it while getting peppered by the Wings. He made 61 saves on 73 shots and also added an assist during the game. Well done, Boldy. Well done.
The Black Wolves fell just short of a win over the Toronto Rock, but Leblanc decided to have a night against his former team. He finished with eight points, including a pair of nice goals.
The Warriors’ top scorer struck again on Sunday, and while it wasn’t the biggest performance on the team, I think he’ll be content with four goals and 10 points along with six loose balls in a victory over the Wings.
Schuss netted a hat trick and nine points in the win. He’s now third on the team in scoring and is creeping up on the second 50-plus assist campaign of his career.
With his eight-point outing against the Wings, McBride reached the 50-point plateau for the first time in his career. The 32-year-old is second on the team in goals in his first full season in the NLL since 2013.