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 Four of the 2019-20 NLL season.
Clarke Petterson, F, Halifax Thunderbirds
The rookie could not have had a better coming-out party, as he put on an absolute show in his NLL debut to help lead Halifax to a 14-12 home victory against the Rochester Knighthawks.
Petterson ended the game tied with Stephen Keogh as the Thunderbirds’ second-leading scorer for the game, tallying five points (3G/2A) in the victory. The fifth overall selection in the 2019 NLL Draft now sits fourth on the leaderboard in rookie scoring after just one game.
Ryan Benesch, F, Halifax Thunderbirds
Another big piece of Halifax’s 14-12 victory over Rochester, Benesch made his presence known on Saturday night and has moved up in the league record books because of it.
Benesch tallied six points (2G/4A) in the win. Those six points moved Benesch passed Mark Steenhuis and into 9th place on the NLL’s All-Time scoring list with 1,014 career points.
Eli Salama, T, Calgary Roughnecks
Despite the overtime loss at home, Salama was a bright sport for Calgary as he made an impact on both ends of the floor, as usual. The Hamilton, Ont. native scored one goal, chased down nine loose balls, and caused one turnover in the loss.
The second-year transition player’s performance on Saturday was just another indication of how big an asset he can be to the Roughnecks, especially with his ability to generate early offense in transition.
Jay Thorimbert, D, Rochester Knighthawks
Rochester did have much to cheer about on the back end against Halifax on Saturday, especially in the second half. But 13-year veteran defenseman Jay Thorimbert was a bright spot for sure, making a significant impact on defense for the Knightahwks.
Thorimbert ended the game with two caused turnovers, four loose balls, and also went 11-29 at the faceoff dot.
Graeme Hossack, D, Halifax Thunderbirds
Possibly the most underrated player in the league, Graeme Hossack showed everyone, once again, why he is an elite level player in this league. Hossack brought the energy in Halifax’s win on Saturday and was able to make an impact in multiple ways.
Hossack tallied three points (2G/1A), chased down 11 loose balls, and caused two turnovers in the win.
Dillon Ward, G, Colorado Mammoth
Per usual, Dillon Ward was on top of his game on Saturday night, not letting much get past him as he helped lead Colorado to a huge 8-7 overtime victory on the road against the defending champions Calgary Roughnecks.
Ward made 46 saves off of 53 shots on goal, 22 of which came in the second half alone.
Past NLL Team of The Week’s