April 29, 2019
By Evan Lepler
Throughout the 2019 season, the AUDL’s weekly honor roll will be revealed each Monday, honoring seven players whose individual exploits merit recognition. The players are listed alphabetically by last name.
- Travis Dunn, San Diego Growlers - Had he scored one more goal on Friday night against Seattle, Travis Dunn would have led or shared the team lead in goals, assists, and blocks. With three goals, five assists, and two blocks along with a pair of throwaways—also, incidentally, tied for the most on the team—Dunn again had his fingerprints all over the San Diego Growlers’ result, doing much more good than harm as San Diego became the first team in the league to reach four wins on the 2019 season.
- Henry Fisher, Raleigh Flyers - The league’s leading goal scorer through four weeks, Henry Fisher registered three in the opener quarter on Saturday in Atlanta before sprinkling in two more goals and a pair of assists in another stellar, turnover-free performance against the Hustle. Along with his former college teammates Eric Taylor and Sol Yanuck, the Flyers offense mostly sizzled even without O-line stalwarts Noah Saul, Allan Laviolette, and Mischa Freystaetter, not to mention Jonathan Nethercutt and Bobby Ley, a pair of veteran O-line superstar throwers who still have not yet seen the field in 2019 for 3-1 Raleigh.
- Ben Jagt, New York Empire - Ben Jagt was a dominant force in both of the New York Empire’s victories this past weekend. On Saturday in Philly, Jagt collected five goals, two assists and one block, then arguably bettered his numbers a day later vs. Montreal, with four goals, four assists, and two blocks. He completed 44 of his 45 passes over the two games helping the Empire look like the juggernaut that most expected them to be.
- Ben Katz, New York Empire - Frankly, it would tough to choose New York’s MVB from the weekend, as Ben Katz could also make the case as the Empire’s most valuable Ben. The versatile handler collected five goals, six assists, and four blocks in the pair of Empire wins, playing more points than anyone on the team except Jagt.
- Sean McDougall, Los Angeles Aviators - Remember a couple weeks back when McDougall’s Aviators teammate Tim Beatty said, “Sean McDougall learned how to throw!”? Well, McDougall matched his career-high with five assists, also scoring once and recording two blocks, as the Los Angeles Aviators cruised to a 25-19 triumph over the Seattle Cascades. His plus/minus through four weeks is +20, tied with Jagt for third-best in the league behind Dunn (+27) and Fisher (+24).
- Keenan Plew, Indianapolis AlleyCats - A couple weeks away from his 33rd birthday, Keenan Plew was undeterred by the outdoor conditions in Detroit and enjoyed easily his best performance of the season, completing all 52 of his throws, six of which went for scores, in Indy’s 19-16 win over the Mechanix. For his career, Plew now has 344 assists, 55 more than the next highest total in AUDL history.
- Will Turner, San Diego Growlers - Quite simply, the Growlers might not have snuck past the Cascades on Friday night without Will Turner coming up with a pair of huge second-half blocks. In particular, his layout D against Seattle’s Brad Houser denied the Cascades the game-tying score in the fourth quarter, and the Growlers marched down the field to increase their lead to two on the ensuing possession. The steady Turner also completed all 17 of his throws, improving his season completion rate to 98.7 percent (74-for-75).