June 17, 2019
By Evan Lepler
- Jay Boychuk, Seattle Cascades—The Toronto transplant Jay Boychuk was gigantic for the Seattle Cascades on Saturday night in San Jose, registering a game-high +8 in the Cascades’ dramatic double overtime victory. Boychuk led the shorthanded Seattle roster by dishing a season-high five assists, catching two scores, and recording one block in his turnover-free performance, helping to lift the Cascades to their second victory of the season.
- Max Cassell, DC Breeze—Entering the weekend with 12 goals in DC’s first eight games, Max Cassell erupted for 13 scores in the DC Breeze’s two-win weekend. On Saturday against, Toronto, Cassell snagged six goals after halftime and nine on the night in DC’s narrow 23-22 triumph over the Rush. A day later in Philadelphia, Cassell collected a more balanced ledger with four goals and three assists, as the Breeze pulled away late to upend the Phoenix 21-16.
- Dylan DeClerck, Minnesota Wind Chill—Playing in his first game since breaking his collar bone on April 20, Dylan DeClerck delivered a pair of first quarter blocks to help the Minnesota Wind Chill set the tone against the Radicals. For the entire game, DeClerck tallied a team-high +6, finishing with three goals and three blocks in Minnesota’s critical 21-19 win over Madison, improving the Wind Chill to 5-4 which keeps them right in the thick of the contentious Midwest playoff chase.
- Mischa Freystaetter, Raleigh Flyers—The Dallas Roughnecks simply had no answer for the 6’7” Mischa Freystaetter on Saturday evening in Raleigh. Freystaetter scored two of the Flyers’ opening three goals as Raleigh jumped out to a 3-0 lead, and the 28-year-old UCF alum racked up a game-high +10 by the conclusion of his team’s 27-18 rout of the Roughnecks. Freystaetter completed all 20 of his throws while catching six goals, dishing three assists, and recording one block, as the Raleigh Flyers improved to 7-1 on the season—good for first in the South Division—heading into their highly-anticipated clash against the 8-0 New York Empire this upcoming weekend.
- Cam Harris, Toronto Rush—Though his team ultimately fell short on Saturday night in DC, Cam Harris dazzled with his versatile abilities throughout the evening, tossing several gorgeous scoring throws and making his fair share of tough grabs downfield as well. Overall, the Toronto Rush’s all-star authored a season-high +9, his top plus-minus since a +13 against Ottawa in the 2015 season. His final line against the Breeze this weekend included four goals, five assists, one block, and 21 completions in 22 throws.
- Jeremy Hill, Ottawa Outlaws—After trailing early by scores of 5-1 and 7-2, the Ottawa Outlaws rallied to a thrilling 22-21 win over Montreal in large part due to Jeremy Hill’s heroics. The veteran Outlaw recorded six goals, four assists, and three blocks, completing all but one of his 17 throws in the wild come-from-behind triumph. Previously, Hill had twice registered a +8 for the Outlaws, who he has played with since the team’s 2015 inception, but his +12 against the Royal on Saturday was easily a new career-best.
- Rowan McDonnell, DC Breeze—With an honorable mention nod to DC’s O-line quarterback Nate Prior, who completed 107-of-108 throws on the weekend, Rowan McDonnell’s all-around brilliance makes him impossible to omit from this edition of the weekly sensational seven. In DC’s two triumphs—both difficult games in which the Breeze trailed in the second halves— McDonnell piled up eight goals, 10 assists, and one block, completing 69 of his 71 throws on the 2-0 weekend. In both games, McDonnell also came through in the clutch, oozing confidence as his teammates rallied around his steady excellence, moving the Breeze to within one win of securing a playoff spot for the fourth straight season.