National Lacrosse League: Top 5 Highlights from Week 4
Week four of the NLL schedule featured seven games and 176 goals.
Needless to say, a few of those goals made for some highlight-worthy moments.
As a bonus, the NLL's YouTube feed has provided us with highlight clips from five of the seven games, a big step up from the two of four they gave us for Week four.
Tough luck for you, Toronto Rock fans—the two games that have no highlights are the two Rock games. I'm assuming this is a conflict between the NLL's YouTube feed and Toronto's TV agreement with Canada's TSN sports network.
But at least I can lead with a photo from the Rock-Swarm game on Friday, care of NLL.com so you don't feel completely left out.
For the rest of you, get comfy and enjoy some sweet, sweet box lacrosse action.
5. Dobbie and Evans Score 11 Seconds Apart to Tie the Game
Friday night in Colorado, the Mammoth were hosting the Calgary Roughnecks in a rematch of the previous week's contest in Calgary. That previous game was won by the Mammoth in overtime.
The Mammoth staked themselves to an early lead in the rematch, but Calgary was not going to be denied on this night. After a slow start, the Roughnecks, led by Sean Evans, staged a major comeback, eventually winning 19-12.
Evans would go on to set a Roughnecks record by contributing 13 points to the cause, including scoring or assisting on the first 11 Calgary goals, all in the first half.
In this series, Evans feeds Dane Dobbie for a power play marker and then, just 11 seconds later, it's Evans putting the ball home to tie the game at 4-4.
4. Rhys Duch Does It Himself
Friday night, the Washington Stealth had a rematch with the Edmonton Rush.
The previous week, the Rush put the boots to the Stealth in Washington, winning 18-10; on Friday the Stealth got a little payback, beating Edmonton 12-10 in their own house.
Along the way, Washington's Rhys Duch showed why he's a perennial All-Star, blowing past two defenders for a nice goal past Edmonton's Aaron Bold.
3. Bandits' Williams to Hominuck Tip Goal
The Buffalo Bandits-Philadelphia Wings game on Saturday night was a big night for Shawn Williams of the Bandits. The game marked Williams' 200th consecutive game played, extending his all-time ironman streak.
You might think playing in that many games in a row might slow a guy down. And you would be wrong.
Williams is leading the Bandits in scoring after four games with 21 points, seven more than the next best players on the team (Dhane Smith and John Tavares are tied with 14 points each).
In the first quarter of Saturday's game, Williams made a touch pass to a streaking Mike Hominuck and, although Hominuck wasn't quite able to catch the pass, the results speak for themselves.
2. Jordan Hall Goes Behind-the-Back
The Buffalo Bandits pulled off a late-game victory over the Philadelphia Wings on Saturday night, winning 14-13.
In the second quarter Jordan Hall of the Wings took a pass on the power play and finished with a behind-the-back shot that Buffalo goalie Anthony Cosmo had no answer for.
The goal put Philly up 5-3, although the Bandits would battle back to tie the game at the half and go on to the win.
1. Mitch MicMichael Goes Between the Legs for the Score
In Washington's contest versus Edmonton, the hometown Rush had built up an early four-goal lead.
The Stealth mounted a steady comeback, however, to earn the win. The tide began to turn with this improbable goal by Mitch McMichael.
With his back to the net and two defenders collapsing to him, McMichael took the only shot he could get off and the only shot nobody expected.
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