Week 8 of the National Lacrosse League featured five blowout games in what was possibly the least exciting weekend that we’ve seen thus far in the 2014 season.
The usual suspects were at it again including Colorado Mammoth John Grant Jr. (3 goals, 5 assists), Calgary Roughnecks Shawn Evans (4 G, 7 A) and Rochester Knighthawks Cody Jamieson (5 G, 5 A) but its three other standouts that have found their way onto this week’s list.
Here are the Three Stars for Week 8 of the NLL:
Third Star–Anthony Cosmo of the Buffalo Bandits
Cosmo backstopped the Bandits to their East Division leading sixth win of the season in a 13-7 victory at home Friday night against the Philadelphia Wings. He had 45 saves in the win and held the Wings to just two goals in the opening half. Cosmo made some great saves in the first quarter which seemed to give Buffalo the extra boost they needed to take the lead and never look back.
Second Star–Stephen Keogh of the Rochester Knighthawks
Rochester scored 11 unanswered goals in a 17-9 comeback win in Toronto on Saturday against the Rock with Keogh scoring four goals during that run. He also chipped in with three assists while playing a major role in the Knighthawks crushing of the Rock. Those seven points were a season high for Keogh, giving him 22 points in six games with 13 of those points coming in his last three games, all on the road.
First Star–Brett Bucktooth of the Vancouver Stealth
Bucktooth was on fire this weekend, accumulating 16 points in two games for the Stealth. On Saturday he had a solid performace with three goals and one assist but unfortunately his Stealth were absolutely pounded by the Calgary Roughnecks 20-9. A night earlier Vancouver defeated the Colorado Mammoth 19-9 in what was arguably the best game of Bucktooth’s career as he chipped in six goals on eight shots to go along with six helpers and four loose balls. Bucktooth missed the first half of the season with an injury but he’s certainly making up for it now, averaging six points in the three games he’s played in.