EVERETT, Wash. – Washington forward Rhys Duch was named NLL Offensive Player of the Week for his performance during the Stealth’s 16-14 home win over West Division rival Calgary on Saturday, which moved the team into a share of first place in the West Division.
In the win, Duch earned Game MVP honors after scoring three goals and seven assists for a season-high 10 points. Against Calgary, his go-ahead score helped Washington to even their February record and move back into positive territory on the season at 5-4.
His Player of the Week performance on Saturday capped a 24 point (11g, 13 a), 16 ground ball effort where the Victoria native averaged six points per game during the month of February.
Duch’s award is the seventh NLL Player of the Week honor for the Stealth this season. In Week 1 of the season, Cliff Smith (offensive), Mitch McMichael (transition) and Kyle Buchanan (rookie) won Player of the Week honors. In Week 2, Smith (offensive) was honored for the second consecutive week. And in Week 6 McMichael (transition) was tapped for the second time this season along with Stealth goaltender Tyler Richards (defensive).
Other NLL Player of the Week recipients for Week 8 include Minnesota’s Jordan MacIntosh and Kiel Matisz who were named Transition Player and Rookie of the Week respectively, and Philadelphia’s Brandon Miller who was named Defensive Player of the Week.
The NLL Player Awards are determined by a weekly vote of the league’s general managers and head coaches.
The Stealth (5-4) are tied for first in the NLL West Division and are home for a 2:45 p.m. matinee start this Sunday, March 3 against West Division rival Minnesota Swarm. Tickets are available at www.StealthLAX.com.