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The Premier Lacrosse League wrapped up week six of the regular season in Minneapolis, Minn., this past weekend. The league now descends upon San Jose, Calif., for All-Star Weekend this Sunday.
Following this weekend’s All-Star action, the league has only two more weeks of the regular season left before the playoffs begin in late August. Here is a look at which rookies have stood out the most as we head into the All-Star break.
Jeff Teat, A, Atlas LC
The No. 1 pick in this year’s college draft, Teat made his PLL debut at Homewood Field during week three and has been hot ever since. Following his nine-point (7G/2A) outing against the Cannons, Teat put up two goals and an assist against Chrome in week four before going off for eight points (4G/4A) in their win over Chaos last weekend. The Cornell grad has proved to everyone why he was the No. 1 overall pick and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. He leads Atlas in points with 22 points off 13 goals and nine assists.
Jake Carraway, A, Atlas LC
Ben Rubeor has another standout rookie on his Atlas LC squad: Georgetown grad Jake Carraway. After going scoreless in his PLL debut in week one, Carraway tucked in his jersey and has soared ever since. The attackman put up five-point performances in back-to-back weeks before putting up five points over the last three weeks alone, giving him a season total of 15 as Atlas’ second-leading scorer.
Stephen Rehfuss, A, Cannons LC
Maybe one of the best surprises this season, the former Syracuse Orangeman has put the PLL defense on high alert. Rehfuss leads all rookies in scoring with 18 points (9G/9A) and is tied with Ryan Drenner as the Cannons’ second-leading scorer. The rookie has his best performance this past weekend, tallying five points off three goals and two assists in Cannons’ 13-12 win over Archers.
Jack Kielty, D, Cannons LC
The only rookie defenseman who has really gotten a chance to shine, Kielty has stepped up to each and every challenge and proven that he can be an impact player on the back end at the pro level. Kielty has recorded 14 ground balls and caused six turnovers through seven games.
Jackson Morrill, A, Chrome LC
Despite going scoreless against Waterdogs on Sunday, Morrill has put together one of the most consistent rookie campaigns to date. The attackman has been able to assert himself into the Chrome offense with ease and currently leads the team in scoring with 15 points off 10 goals and five assists.
Ryan Terefenko, M, Chrome LC
Just as he was during his college days at Ohio State, Terefenko has served as a Swiss Army Knife of sorts for Tim Soudan’s club and has especially made a difference in between the arches. Through five games, the two-way midfielder has put up five points (2G/3A), scooped up nine ground balls, and caused four turnovers.
TD Ierlan, FO, Redwoods LC
The best faceoff man in college lacrosse has made his way onto the pro stage, and in just six games as a pro has cemented himself among the league’s elite faceoff men. Ierlan went 78% (21-for-27) in his PLL debut and has looked back since, going 103-for-157 (66%) through six contests to lead the league in faceoff percentage.