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Three Stealth Players Earn NLL Weekly Honors

04/08/2009, 4:08pm PDT
By Washington Stealth
The San Jose Stealth had three players earn National Lacrosse League Player of the Week honors following their performances against the Minnesota Swarm last weekend.  Colin Doyle, Rhys Duch and Tyler Richards were all instrumental in the Stealth’s 18-8 win that moved them into a tie for third in the West Division Standings.

Doyle was named the NLL Offensive Player of the Week.  It’s been a record-breaking year for the Stealth Captain.  He finished with three goals and ten assists against the Swarm.  He broke the Stealth’s single-season points record last weekend with 99 points on the year.  Teammate Jeff Zywicki set the previous record last season with 90 points.  Doyle is just four points behind Josh Sanderson’s franchise record of 103 points set in 2002 with the Albany Attack.  Doyle currently leads the league in points and assists (67).  He needs only four more assists to tie the league’s single-season assist mark of 71, also owned by Sanderson.  He is just 16 points away from the NLL single-season point record of 115 set by the Buffalo Bandits’ John Tavares.  His 32 goals are also good for seventh in the NLL.   

For the second week in a row, Duch was named Rookie of the Week.  He was also the Rookie of the Month in March.  He tallied five goals and three assists in the win over the Swarm.  The Stealth rookie is on pace to set a record of his own, currently sitting just four points behind the NLL rookie points record with 78 points.  Gavin Prout set the record with 82 points in 2002.  He is tied for fifth in the league in points (78) and assists (49), and eleventh in goals (29).  He is also second on the Stealth with 85 loose balls.

Tyler Richards earned Defensive Player of the Week after the first start of his NLL career.  He stymied the Minnesota offense with 46 saves and just eight goals allowed.  He held the Swarm to just one first half goal while the Stealth jumped out to a 14-1 advantage.

Buffalo’s John Tavares and Portland’s Brodie Merrill were named the NLL Overall and Transition Players of the Week, respectively.

The Stealth have a chance to clinch a playoff spot this weekend with a win on the road against the Colorado Mammoth.  Face-off is scheduled for 6:00pm PST from the Pepsi Center as the West Division rivals wrap up their season series.  The Stealth took game one 14-9 on February 21, but the Mammoth came back with a 14-11 win on March 14, both games played at the HP Pavilion.  The April 11 clash can be seen live on the NLL Network at NLL.com.

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