Week seven of the MLL season saw four game take place, but it was a little different with two of those games being played on Thursday afternoon. In those Thursday afternoon games, the New York Lizards beat the Boston Cannons 15-2 and the Denver Outlaws beat the Atlanta Blaze 18-17.
In addition to those two games, the Boston Cannons beat the Atlanta Blaze 17-16 on Saturday and the Chesapeake Bayhawks defeated the Dallas Rattlers 13-11 on Sunday.
Here are some players that really stood out during week seven of the MLL season.
OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
Rookie midfielder Brendan Sunday continues to put on a show, adding more fuel to fire that is the Atlanta Blaze offense. Sunday has been stepping up and improving each week, but this past weekend may have just been the best he has looked in an Atlanta Blaze uniform.
The Atlanta Blaze offense has been one of the most electric this season, and Sunday has been at the forefront of it all. The midfielder has been able to really be that catalyst from the midfield that they have needed. He thrives as both a passing and scoring threat, and no one seemed to be able to slow him down.
Sunday’s great weekend started on Thursday when he tallied five points (4G/1A) in Atlanta’s loss at Denver. He then upped that performance on Saturday, tallying seven points (4G/3A) in Atlanta’s loss against Boston.
DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
Boston Cannons Veteran defenseman PT Ricci has continued to impress throughout his career, and did so once again this past week. While Boston went 1-1 over the weekend, Ricci was on his game in both games as a leader on defense.
Just as usual, Ricci was giving every opposing player a very tough time getting anything going at all. He was all over the defensive end and really showed why he has been successful in this league for such a long time. The veteran continues to prove why he has been in the league for as long as he has.
On Thursday, Ricci just had one ground ball as Boston lost to New York. Ricci really made an impact on Saturday, helping Boston hold off Atlanta’s comeback. The veteran had three ground balls and one caused turnover in Saturday’s game.
GOALIE OF THE WEEK
New York Lizards goalie Austin Kaut has been putting on a show each game this season. He really aided the New York defense in a much needed win over Boston on Thursday.
While New York hasn’t been the best team this season, their defense has been a bright spot. On Thursday, Kaut was one of the brightest stars on that end of the field for New York. Kaut was able to make save after save, especially in the second half, to help New York complete the comeback and secure the win.
Kaut made 18 saves off of 30 shots in New York’s comeback win against Boston on Thursday.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Denver Outlaws attackman Chris Aslanian has been one of the most impressive rookies this season. Aslanian was up to his shenanigans again this past week, making the opposing defense look silly while making a difference in every way possible.
The rookie continues to be one of the Outlaws’ main offensive threats, making an impact as a goal scorer and a feeder. Aslanian really aided Denver this weekend as he tore it up against the Atlanta defense, leading Denver in the 18-17 victory.
Aslanian led the way for Denver with five points (4G/5A) in their win over Atlanta on Thursday.