This past weekend saw just two games in the MLL as the Atlanta Blaze defeated the Dallas Rattlers 13-11 on Friday and the Boston Cannons beat the New York Lizards by a score of 18-11 on Saturday.
Eve with just two games, one common thread this past weekend did seem to be the transition play as a lot of guys were getting up and down the field a lot more than in the previous few weeks.
While there were just two games this past weekend there were some great personal and team performances in each game. Here are some of those guys that really did impress during week four of the MLL season.
OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
It’s Bryan Cole’s world and we are all just living in it. The attackman went off on Friday night, helping Atlanta secure the 13-10 home win against Dallas to move to 2-1 on the season.
Cole was unstoppable in the win, tallying 5 points (4G,1A). He was the go to man for the Blaze and seemed to be able to get it done almost everywhere on the field. Cole was especially dangerous in transition and unsettled situations, taking advantage of a jumble Rattlers defense.
While he wowed fans with his scoring ability, Cole put on an impressive display of passing as well. Only credited with one assist, Cole had multiple “hockey assist” and made smart passes that initiated scoring opportunities.
DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
While there were some great defensive performance this past week, Boston Cannons’s defenseman James Fahey put on one of the best performances. The defenseman’s efforts may not pop out on the stat sheet, but he was crucial for the Cannons.
Fahey helped lead a stellar defensive performance for the entire Cannons defense. He was allover the field, locking down his man, making timely slides, and even getting involved in the transition game as well.
GOALIE OF THE WEEK
Despite the loss, Dallas Rattlers goalie Christian Carson-Banister put on a very impressive display in cage on Friday night against Atlanta. Carson-Banister absolutely stood on his head and made some huge saves that helped keep the game closer than it could have been.
Carson-Banister ended the game with 11 saves off of 24 shots on goal. Many of those saves came in the second half when he really got hot. He was able to shut the door on Atlanta in transition, outside shots, and even shots that came right on the inside from some of the biggest threats on the field. Carson-Banister was simply a brick wall on Friday night.
Rookie Of The Week
One of the best rookie performances of the week came from Boston LSM/D Ryland Rees. The rookie out of Stony Brook was phenomenal in the Cannons 18-11 win over the New York Lizards.
Rees was all over the field, causing havoc on both ends like usual. The rookie ended the game with 4 caused turnovers, 6 ground balls, and added one goal as well. Rees was simply a difference maker out there on the field for Boston in the win.
Staying On Top
It may not come as a surprise to many that both Atlanta and Boston got wins this weekend. They are both currently sitting among the top three teams in the standings.
Atlanta had high expectations coming in to the season regarding the offensive prowess and youthful team they possess. They have put that on display and it has seemed to work very well in their favor as they sit at 2-1 and are currently in third place.
Now they will nee to keep this energy moving forwards, but if Friday’s win taught us anything it’s that Atlanta has the ability to stay in games and keep other teams out, even when the going gets tough.
Boston hasn’t been very successful for quite sometime now, but this year looks like they can turn that dynamic around. The Cannons are really leaning on this impressive defense they have as well as some great talent on the offensive end.
With a great mix of talent at both end it seems this Cannons team has found their stride early. If they keep it up is yet to be seen, but they have been able to break away at really any point in the game and that should surely help them down the stretch.