Right off the bat I’m giving a star to the Ohio Machine. Even though they lost, they showed a lot of heart and played hard all game. Brian Phipps held the Bayhawks to 11 goals, compared to the 21 they scored in the first meeting. The Machine showed that there is a lot of promise in the future for the club in Ohio. Their rookies are adapting to the MLL game very quickly and are playing well with their veterans. Give these guys another year, work out their transition game, and Ohio will be one of the most dangerous teams in the MLL.
My next star goes to Matt Striebel. The guy has been in the league since 2001 and is still one of the best midfielders in the game today. He has changed the way he plays and has adapted to the changes of lacrosse with ease. This weekend he became the all-time leader in MLL games played, passing The Monster, Tim Goettelmann. In the game versus Charlotte, Matt recorded two goals and two assists. To still be an amazing lacrosse player today and be in the MLL since the beginning is not easy, but Striebel sure makes it look like it.
The final star goes to the Denver offense. Every time the Cannons scored, they answered right back. Drew Snider had a breakout game, scoring 3 goals and adding an assist, while fellow rookie Mark Matthews tallied two goals. Jeremy Sieverts scored 2G, 1 2-pt G and had an assist. Brendan Mundorf had been quiet the past few games but destroyed Boston by himself. He rode hard to get the ball back and put up seven points on the night. Denver has a bright future, not just this season, but in years to come with their rookies.