Flash Players of Week 20
1) Callum Crawford
Crawford has been in the headlines for the wrong reasons at points this season, but against the Knighthawks over the weekend, he filled the net in the Black Wolves’ victory.
His seven-goal, nine-point performance pushed him into first place in the league in goals and second in points. Crawford finished the season with 48 goals - a career-high - and 109 points in 16 games. It’s the second time in the 34-year-old’s career that he’s eclipsed 100 points.
If not for his suspension, he would’ve had a chance to be the leader in points and win the league MVP.
2) Ryan Benesch
Benny makes his way onto the podium for the first time this season with a standout performance in the final game of his season.
The lefty managed to put up four goals and seven points along with 10 loose balls in the Knighthawks’ 14-12 loss to New England.
It was the final game that this current iteration of the Hawks will play in Rochester, as they’ll be moving out to Halifax next season.
3) Doug Jamieson
We don’t get to see a performance like Jamieson’s all that often. On top of him being a brick wall for the Black Wolves on Saturday, he also contributed on the scoreboard.
The 22-year-old backstop turned away 55 shots from Rochester and also scored the first goalie goal since Nick Rose scored a pair in 2017.
Jamieson finished with the fourth-best save percentage (.784) in the NLL this season. 208-19 was by far his best campaign as a pro, and he’ll be looking to carry his postseason success into the playoffs.
Captain America tied a bow on another dominant campaign with a nine-point outing against the Vancouver Warriors. With that effort, he matched his career high in points with 94.
Evans finished with two goals, six points, and three loose balls in a win over the Seals. He hit 94 points, making it the sixth time in his career that he’s had 90-plus points in a career. He and Dhane Smith have given the Bandits one of the most formidable right sides in the entire league.
In his first full season of action in the NLL, Fraser posted career highs in both goals (29) and points (44). He finished his strong year off with a hat trick and six points against San Diego. The 23-year-old had some incredibly strong performances this year, including scoring a pair of overtime winners for the Bandits.
Smith’s six-point game against the Seals this past weekend pushed him over the 100-point plateau for the fourth time in his career. This year also served as the first time that the Great Dhane reached 70 assists in a season.
Dinsdale put up four goals and six point in the Rush’s victory over Colorado. He posted a new career high in points this season with 47 in 18 games.
As if Rubisch wasn’t already a slam-dunk pick for Defensive Player of the Year ahead of this game, he decided to grab three loose balls and cause six turnovers against the Mammoth. He finished with 144 loosies and 45 CTOs on the campaign. Those aren’t even his career highs in either category - he had 156 loose balls and 61 CTOs in 2014. Video game numbers may be an understatement when it comes to him.