*Note: Before Y’all go crazy, the images of Andrew Suitor and Warren Hill in the above graphic are from last season. There aren’t yet any great pictures of them from this season to use in that specific graphic.*
Each week of the NLL season, Lacrosse Bucket will release a Team of The Week. This team will include two forwards, one transition player, two defensemen, and one goalie.
So, without further adieu, here is the Lacrosse Bucket NLL Team of the Week for week Two of the 2019-20 NLL season.
Callum Crawford, F, New England Black Wolves
In New England’s season-opening win against Toronto, Crawford simply dominated. The forward was a huge part of the Black Wolves’ victory, scoring two goals late in the game to help them secure the win. Additionally, Crawford was all over the place all game, using his shooting and passing ability to help lead New England on the offensive end.
Crawford ended the game with seven points (3G/4A) in the 12-8 road victory. Additionally, Crawford chased down three loose balls and took an impressive 16 shots in the game, as well.
Wes Berg, F, San Diego Seals
After holding out all of last season due to a contract disagreement with Calgary, Wes Berg was traded to the San Diego Seals over the summer. And Berg’s debut with the club was nothing short of spectacular as the forward appears to fit, seamlessly, into San Diego’s offense. The Coquitlam native made a huge impact in their season-opening loss against Buffalo.
Berg ended the game with a total of six points (2G/4A), three loose balls, and one caused turnover in the 13-10 loss on the road. He also fired off 13 shots on goal, as well.
Ian MacKay, T/D, Buffalo Bandits
Maybe one of the most underrated players in the game, MacKay put on a show on Saturday night while helping to lead the Buffalo Bandits to a 13-10 victory at home over the San Diego Seals. MacKay, like usual, was somewhat of a “Swiss Army Knife” for the Bandits, making an impact in a multitude of ways.
The Ontario native tallied two points (1G/1A) and scooped up three loose balls in the win. Additionally, MacKay went 6-for-15 at the faceoff dot as Buffalo’s main faceoff man.
Brad Kri, D, Toronto Rock
While Toronto’s defense was outstanding in their 12-8 home loss against New England on Saturday, especially when they let New England go on some big runs, defenseman Brad Kri was a bight spot on the back end for the Rock. With his aggressive play, Kri was able to limit his matchup from getting quality looks inside and helped the Toronto defensive corp force New England’s to take lower percentage shots in general, especially early in the game.
The defenseman ended the game with a total of 10 loose balls and one caused turnover. Kri also served as Toronto’s main faceoff man, going 12-18 in the loss.
Andrew Suitor, D, New York Riptide
Not much went right for the New York Riptide in their franchise debut against Halifax on the road, but defenseman Andrew Suitor was one of the bright spots in a rather dark performance. Suitor, a 10-year veteran, was a leader on the back end for New York, covering a lot of ground and helping to, at least, try and spark some early offense, as well.
Suitor gobbled up 15 loose balls and cause one turnover in the 12-4 defeat on the road. He also attempted one faceoff in the game, as well.
Warren Hill, G, Halifax Thunderbirds
The Halifax Thunderbirds debut in Halifax went according to plan, and a lot of credit has to go to Warren Hill for his impressive play in between the pipes. Hill was able to anchor the Halifax defense and turn away almost every shot that came at his way all game long. The Six Nations, Ontario native was simply marvelous on Saturday night.
Hill made 40 saves off of 44 shots on goal in Halifax’s dominating 12-4 victory over New York to start their run in Halifax on a very positive note.