National Lacrosse League's Top 10 Plays of Week 4

Jim FlanneryAnalyst IJanuary 22, 2014

Colorado's John Grant Jr. figured prominently in the Top 10 Plays this week.
Colorado's John Grant Jr. figured prominently in the Top 10 Plays this week.Photo: Jack Dempsey, via

The National Lacrosse League has now completed a month of competition in its 2014 season. The two-time defending champion Rochester Knighthawks are still undefeated, at 3-0, as are the Edmonton Rush. On the other side of the ledger, the Colorado Mammoth are reeling after falling to 1-5.

With seven games played in Week 4, there was plenty of action to take in and lots of highlight-worthy plays. As they do every week, The Lacrosse Network revealed its Top 10 Plays of the Week today and, as usual, there were some doozies.

Zach Higgins, the backup goalie for the Minnesota Swarm, made the grade this week with the No. 7 play. His stop against Pat Saunders of the Philadelphia Wings was the kind of save expected of goaltenders with years of experience, not rookies.

At the No. 5 spot, Colorado Mammoth forward Athan Iannucci unloaded a howitzer shot from outside to beat Buffalo Bandits' goalie Anthony Cosmo. The shot was so hard that Cosmo didn't react to it until it was already by him.

After being released by the Vancouver Stealth prior to the season, Iannucci is now looking to prove that he still belongs in the NLL. If he keeps taking shots like that, the Mammoth will be pretty happy with their new acquisition.

But the top play of the week—which has been seen in several highlight packages around the sports media world, including on ESPN and Fox Sports—was a filthy shot by the one and only John Grant Jr. of the Colorado Mammoth. With Stealth defender Chris O'Dougherty draped all over him, Junior managed a one-handed, behind-the-back bounce shot that Vancouver goalie Tyler Richards had no answer for.

And that's just one of the many reason's John Grant Jr. remains one of the best lacrosse players on Earth.


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