Each week of the NLL season Lacrosse Bucket will release a Team of The Week. This week’s team is made up of six players, as usual, and includes two forwards, two transition players, one defenseman, and one goalie.
So, without further adieu, here is the Lacrosse Bucket NLL Team of the Week for week six of the 2019-20 NLL season.
Tyson Gibson, F, New York Riptide
Despite the Riptide falling short once again, the No. 1 overall pick had himself another fantastic performance on Saturday, showing once again why he is was taken so high in the draft this past fall.
Gibson ended the game with five points (3G/2A) and also scooped up two loose balls, as well. The rookie recorded his first career hat trick and his second five-point game of his very young NLL career.
Logan Schuss, F, Vancouver Warriors
Vancouver may have taken the loss on the road this past weekend, but Logan Schuss’s performance was a bright spot for them. The eight-year veteran was a catalyst for the Warriors’ offense, especially in the first half when they were rocking and rolling.
Schuss ended the game with five points (3G/2A). He also scooped up five loose balls and caused one turnover.
Trevor Baptiste, T, Philadelphia Wings
The second-year transition player continued his hot start to the season on Saturday night, contributing on both ends of the floor for the Wings in their road win over New York. He surpassed 400 career faceoff wins, as well.
In Saturday’s game, Baptiste went 17-29 at the faceoff dot, scored two goals, and scooped up 10 loose balls.
Joey Cupido, T, Colorado Mammoth
Cupido was on fire in Colorado’s home win over Vancouver on Saturday night. The transition player showed everyone what he is made of, providing some much-needed energy to really help get the Mammoth rolling, and igniting the crowd with his scoring ability.
The nine-year veteran ended the game with five points (3G/2A). Cupido also scooped up one loose ball and caused two turnovers. League-wide, he is currently tied for fourth in points and second in goals amongst transition players.
Dan MacRae, D, New York Riptide
The captain certainly made an impact on the back end for the Riptide, despite the loss on Saturday. As he has been all season, MacRae was a leader and a prime contributor on the defensive end for New York, really giving them a boost in an area they need it most.
MacRae ended the game with two caused turnovers and also scooped up six loose balls. He is currently tied for first place in caused turnovers amongst defensemen in the NLL.
Dillon Ward, G, Colorado Mammoth
While Ward and the Mammoth defense didn’t start so hot, he picked up the pace later in the game just as the rest of the team did. Once again, Ward was stellar down the stretch and helped lead Colorado in the win.
Ward ended the game with 38 saves off of 47 shots on goal for, roughly, an 80% save percentage.