NLL Team of The Week: Week Three

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 Three of the 2019-20 NLL season.

Mitch Jones, F, Vancouver Warriors

An eight-year veteran, Jones has had a tremendous start to his season, which included a big game in Vancouver’s 14-10 victory over New York on Saturday night. Jones was in on nine of those 14 goals for Vancouver, tallying nine points (4G/5A) in the victory.

Jones now holds the 2019-20 season record for most points in a single game, surpassing Robert Church’s eight-point performance in week one. Additionally, Jones joins Jordan McBride, Lyle Thompson, Mark Matthews and Wes Berg as the only players to score four goals in a single game through the first three weeks of the season. 

Andrew Kew, F, New England Black Wolves

Drafted third overall in the 2019 NLL Draft, rookie Andrew Kew played a big role in helping New England to a 12-8 victory at Saskatchewan on Saturday night, spoiling Saskatchewan’s home opener. Kew put his talent and skill on display, contributing as both a scorer and a feeder in Saturday’s victory. 

Kew ended the game with a total of six points (2G/4A), tying teammate Callum Crawford for highest scorer in the game. Kew, who many pegged as the most pro ready player in the 2019 NLL Draft, now leads the league in rookie scoring through the first three weeks. 

Bryan Cole, T, Georgia Swarm

Georgia has a pretty thin left side on offense, but luck for them, they have Cole Bryan who has stepped up and taken more of an offensive role with the squad earlier on this season. Bryan has been a key figure in their first two dominate offensive outings, helping Georgia to a very hot 2-0 start. 

In Georgia’s 12-6 home opener victory against Philadelphia Cole had one goal and one assist. He also chased down two loose balls in the win, as well. 

Kyle Rubisch, D, Saskatchewan Rush

Despite the loss, Saskatchewan defenseman Kyle Rubisch was one of multiple bright spots for the Rush on Saturday night. The ten-year veteran showed his prowess on not only the defensive end, but on the offensive end and in transition as he helped to spark Saskatchewan’s second half comeback that ultimately fell short. 

Rubisch scored two goals in transition, gobbled up 12 loose balls, and also caused two turnovers in the loss on Saturday night. 

Matt Beers, D, Vancouver Warriors

The seven-year veteran and captain was huge for Vancouver in their win against New York on Saturday night. The defenseman put on an absolute clinic, making plays all over the floor. Beers brought the energy to Rogers Arena on Saturday night and his teammates fed off that all game long. 

Beers ended the game with four points (1G/3A), seven loose balls, and three caused turnovers. Through two games, Beers ranks first among defenseman in scoring and is tied for first in caused turnovers. 

Nick Rose, G, Toronto Rock

Big performances from Nick Rose are not uncommon. And he showed up big time, once again, on Saturday night as he helped lead the way in Toronto’s 13-6 road win over the San Diego Seals. Rose got in the groove early and stayed hot all game long, making it tough for the Seals’ offense to get anything to go all game long. 

Rose made a total of 52 saves off of 58 shots on goal in the win for the Rock. 

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