National Lacrosse League: Top 5 Highlights from Week 2

Jim Flannery@@calgaryjimboAnalyst IJanuary 14, 2013

National Lacrosse League: Top 5 Highlights from Week 2

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    Every week in the National Lacrosse League, something special happens that reminds fans that box lacrosse is without question the best spectator sport ever devised. 

    Whether it's an amazing goal, an amazing save, a big hit or a bunch of big hits in an epic fight, there is always something in every game worth the price of admission.

    And now that the NLL is broadcasting the season on You Tube, in addition to some TV coverage on CBS Sports Network, ESPN 3 and TSN in Canada, people all over the world can catch the speed, the finesse and the raw power.

    Let's take a look at the top five plays from Week 2.

Honorable Mention, Rookie Mark Matthews Does Well

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    To the surprise of no one, the Edmonton Rush selected Mark Matthews with the first overall pick in this year's NLL entry draft.

    Matthews has all the tools to be a star, and the Rush are looking to him to be a big part of their offense.

    In his NLL debut, Matthews didn't disappoint, scoring a hat trick in a losing cause that included this dandy goal against Toronto Rock goalie Nick Rose while diving across the crease.

5. Kevin Buchanan Unloads a Monster Blast

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    The Philadelphia Wings beat the Buffalo Bandits 13-8 on Friday night. Former Bandits forward Kevin Buchanan showed the team who let him go what it was missing by dropping six points on Buffalo in his first game with the Wings.

    Among his three goals for the game was a booming power-play marker from outside, announcing his presence with authority.

4. Shayne Jackson Triple Pump

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    Shayne Jackson was one of four first-round picks for the Minnesota Swarm in this year's draft.

    Although the Swarm fell to the Bandits 13-12 on Saturday night, he contributed a hat trick and an assist to the losing cause, establishing himself as a legitimate threat in his NLL debut.

    Jackson completed the hat trick with an excellent bit of stickwork on the Bandit's doorstep, taking a pass from fellow rookie Kiel Matisz and throwing several fakes at Bandits goalie Kurtis Wagar before burying the ball.

3. Jamie Lincoln with the Flying Wrap-Around

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    The Colorado Mammoth were bested at home on Saturday night, dropping a 17-12 decision to the resurgent Washington Stealth.

    Early on, however, Colorado sophomore Jamie Lincoln received an across-the-floor pass from Gavin Prout, then took the ball around the back of the net before making a terrific diving wrap-around to beat the Stealth's Nick Patterson. 

2. Mark Steenhuis with the Wicked No-Look Diving Goal

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    This is just filthy.

    Again in the Minnesota-Buffalo tilt from Saturday, after recovering a long rebound at midcourt in the fourth quarter, Mark Steenhuis accelerates past the defenders and beats Swarm goalie Evan Kirk on the crazy athletic diving behind-the-back shot.

1. John Tavares Adds to His All-Time Scoring Lead

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    At 44 years of age, John Tavares is the all-time scoring leader in the NLL and showing no signs of slowing down.

    Tavares has been around long enough that he's seen it all and knows how to take full advantage of every edge. So when he and Luke Wiles busted out a trick play on Friday night, naturally he executed it to perfection, leaving the Philadelphia Wings looking stunned.

    Nicely played, Mr. Tavares, nicely played.

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