The Washington Stealth went
2-0 last week with a 13-11 win at home against the Buffalo Bandits and a 16-15
road victory over the Calgary Roughnecks.
Both wins were due in large part to the play of Lewis Ratcliff and Paul
Rabil. As a result, they were
named in the National Lacrosse League’s player of the week awards.
Ratcliff recorded 12 points (8g, 4a) and six loose balls in two games to earn
the NLL Offensive Player of the Week award. Against Buffalo, he scored two goals and assisted on another,
while collecting a season-high six loose balls. The following night in Calgary, where he spent the first six
years of his NLL career, Ratcliff torched his former team with six goals and
three assists. He tallied a
second-quarter shorthanded goal and also scored the game-winner with just 3:22
left in the game to lead the Stealth to a 4-0 start.
The big weekend propelled Ratcliff to the league lead in goals scored (12) this
season. He is also third in points
(23) and 14th in assists (11).
Rabil was named the NLL Transition Player of the Week for the second time in
the young 2010 season. He recorded
nine points (1g, 8a) and seven loose balls in two games. Against Buffalo, Rabil assisted on four
Stealth goals, including the game-winner.
He also picked up four loose balls in the game. In the big win over Calgary, he
finished with a goal, four assists and three loose balls. Once again, Rabil recorded an assist on
the game-winning goal.
Rabil, in his second NLL season, already has 16 points (3g, 13a) on the
season. In his All-Rookie Team
campaign a year ago, Rabil recorded 34 points (16g, 18a) in 16 games
played. He is ranked seventh among
the 2010 NLL assists leaders.
Ratcliff, Rabil and the Stealth look to improve to 5-0 this weekend when they
take on the Colorado Mammoth at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo. The game is scheduled to begin on
January 30 at 6:00pm PST and can be seen live on Altitude or on the NLL Network