The Major League Lacrosse 3up and 3down for week 12 of 2013.
This week was a week where we saw players that are not the usual suspects that you expect stepping up. Lets see who made the up and down.
Garrett Thul: Hamilton has been a team of players who have stepped up in crunch time all year. They have one close games, they have one overtime games and this past weekend they put the stamp on the season and punched their ticket for Championship Weekend. Leading the way was rookie Garrett Thul with 5 goals and a 2 pointer. That will get you into the Up section every week, welcome to the spotlight Garrett.
David Lawson: Lawson took this game over and carried his team to victory with 5 goals. Someone had to step up to keep the Rattlers in the hunt and Lawson was up to the challenge.
Will Mangan: Much like Lawson, Denver needed someone to step up in a game where Chesapeake pushed them to the limit. In the stacked lineup of the Outlaws Mangan gets overlooked as a scoring option but he came through with two huge goals in the second half of that game that sparked momentium for his squad and was a big part of their comeback.
Chesapeake Defense: Despite a great game on paper from this unit. Great play from Barney Ehrmann, Brian Spallina, Nicky Polanco and Michael Evans was marred by two fluke plays. A ball that Evans attempted to kick back to Kip Turner that found the back of the net and a loose ball that was goosed up by Polanco right in to the stick of Terry Kimener who found a wide open Drew Snider on the crease for the goal. Those two goals, the difference in the game.
The Boston Cannons: I have talked about this teams slow starts all season long. This week it bit them in a game that they had to have. They did not show up ready to play at the opening whistle and gave up a 6-1 first quarter that they could never recover from. Now instead of being in the drivers seat and in control of your destiny, you need to win out and hope Charlotte loses. All because you left the door wide open for two weeks in a row.
Ohio's Defense: This was a game Ohio had a shot to win. Kyle Hartzell was called twice for slashes down the stretch, Ray Megill got called for a push and even Brian Phipps the goaltender was called for a slashing penalty in this game. The Machine got too emotional in this game and made some key errors on defense that resulted in two man up goals for Charlotte and some big momentium swings.