Week eight of the MLL season saw three games take place, and it all started on Saturday night as the Atlanta Blaze beat the Boston Cannons 15-2 and the New York Lizards defeated the Chesapeake Bayhawks 14-10.
The week wrapped up on Sunday afternoon as the Dallas Rattlers secured their first win of the season, beating the Denver Outlaws 11-8 on the road.
Here are some players that really stood out during week eight of the MLL season.
OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
Yet again, the Atlanta Blaze put on an absolute show with their fiery offense this past weekend. Randy Staats really ran the show as he was able to be the leader on offense and make plays all over the field.
In addition to his scoring ability, Staats really put his passing game on display to help lead his team to victory. Staats was the quarterback of the Atlanta offense on Saturday night, and his play was one of the biggest factors that contributed to the them pulling out the win.
Staats put up eight points (2G/6A) in the 15-12 win over Boston. Those six assists set a new Atlanta Blaze franchise record for assists in a game.
DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
While it wasn’t the greatest team performance from the Chesapeake Bayhawks on Saturday against New York, Jesse Bernhardt did not disappoint as he made plays all night long, really aiding the struggling Bayhawks defense.
Bernhardt was a bright spot for the Bayhawks all game as he was able to cause havoc for the New York offense, even during times when it seemed all hope was lost for Chesapeake. Bernhardt was even able to get up and down the field a few times, jumpstarting the Bayhawks offense in transition.
Statistically, Bernhardt caused three turnovers while also scooping up four ground balls in the loss. He also had one shot on goal as well, but did not convert.
GOALIE OF THE WEEK
The Dallas Rattlers finally put it all together and secured their first win of the season, and they did so taking down the defending champs as well. A big part of the Rattlers win was the play of rookie goalie Sean Sconone who stood on his head all game long.
Sconone hasn’t been the starter for Dallas all season, but has certainly made his presence known the last few weeks. The rookie has been shining bright, making impressive save after impressive save, and this weekend the win finally came to highlight his performance even more.
The rookie made 20 saves off of 28 shots on goal to help lead Dallas to victor over Denver.
Rookie OF THE WEEK
Cannons rookie defensive midfielder Zach Goodrich has been putting on a show all season, and even showed up once again this weekend.
Goodrich was making plays at both ends of the field just as usual. While the rookie gave the Cannons an edge on the defensive end, he was also able to help jump start their offense and make things happen in transition. Goodrich made his presence well known as a scoring, passing, and defensive threat.
The rookie out of Towson scored one goal while also scooping up three ground balls in the loss against Atlanta.