Washington Stealth forward Luke Wiles was named the National Lacrosse League Offensive Player of the Week for his ten-point performance against the Calgary Roughnecks on January 22. Wiles scored a game-high five goals and added five assists to lead the Stealth to a 19-14 victory at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
It was this season’s breakout performance for Wiles, who had three goals and three assists in the three games prior to that ten-point outburst. His ten points equaled a career-high for the Orillia, Ontario native; he previously achieved the feat with a four-goal, six-assist performance against Colorado in 2007. His five goals set a new career high.
Wiles is in his second stint with the Stealth, rejoining the team prior to last season after spending the 2009 season with the Toronto Rock. He was a member of the San Jose Stealth from 2006-2008. In 79 career NLL games, Wiles has accumulated 319 points on 138 goals and 181 assists.
Wiles was instrumental in the Stealth’s championship run a year ago, tallying 49 points (24g, 25a) in 15 regular season games. In three postseason games, he scored four goals and added three assists, including a hat trick in the West Division Final.
Last weekend’s win over Calgary improved the Stealth’s record to 2-2 on the season. This weekend the team travels to Minnesota for another West Division clash against the Swarm. The two teams met two weeks ago, the Swarm handing the Stealth its worst loss since 2009 with a 16-8 drubbing at the Comcast Arena. The rematch takes place at the Xcel Energy Center at 5:30pm PST and can be seen live on the NLL Network at NLL.com.