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As we sit at the midway point of the week-long 2020 MLL season, the talk around who is in contention for this year’s MVP Award has started to heat up. And while the MVP race is much different this year due to the shortened season, a few names have asserted themselves to the forefront of the discussion through the first four days of the season.
Here is a look at some potential MVP candidates through the midway point of the season…
Andrew Kew, A, Chesapeake Bayhawks
The Oakville, Ontario native and Tampa grad has taken the league by storm in his second season. Kew was thrust into a bigger role within the Chesapeake offense from day one, and has thrived in his new role. Through three games, Kew has tallied 14 points (11G/3A), which includes a six-goal performance in the season-opener. He is also shooting an impressive 68% on the year, going 11-for-16 in the shooting department.
Lyle Thompson, A, Chesapeake Bayhawks
Chesapeake’s offense features another MVP candidate in reigning MVP and, arguably, the best player on the planet, Lyle Thompson. The six-year veteran continues to play out of his mind, being a threat anytime the ball is in his stick and riding harder than any attackman in the league. Thompson has tallied 14 points (10G/4A) through three games.
Dan Bucaro, A, Denver Outlaws
No player has jumped onto the scene as fast as former Georgetown Hoya Dan Bucaro has. After missing the 2019 season due to injury, Bucaro’s MLL debut season has been nothing short of spectacular, as he has fit into the Denver offense perfectly and thrived from day one. Bucaro has tallied 11 points (10G/1A) through three games, netting at least a hat trick in all three games.
Brian Phipps, G, Chesapeake Bayhawks
In a season that hasn’t seen the most consistent defensive play across the board, Phipps has been one of the most polished goalies, thus far. Through three games, the veteran has recorded 40 saves with a .526 save percentage.
Shayne Jackson, A, Philadelphia Barrage
Philadelphia has had a bumpy start with a front-loaded schedule and their offense has not lived up to expectations at times. However, Shayne Jackson has been one of their most consistent weapons, tallying 11 points (9G/2A) through four games. He has also posted a 45% shooting percentage.
Nick Marrocco, G, Boston Cannons
Nate Soloman, A Chesapeake Bayhawks
Ryan Lee, A, Denver Outlaws