May 13, 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.
- Alec Arsenault, Ottawa Outlaws - After being held to just three goals in Ottawa Outaws’ first matchup with Toronto, Alec Arsenault erupted for 10 goals on Saturday, frequently looking like the most dynamic athlete on the field. Aside from catching double-digit scores, Arsenault also went 30-for-31 distributing the disc, touching the disc more than anyone on his team except for Nick Boucher. It’s tough to make the Honor Roll without a win, but Arsenault’s superb all-around effort on the road against the Rush earns him a spot.
- Jesse Cohen, San Diego Growlers - After mustering just one goal and no assists in his 2019 season debut last week in Seattle, Jesse Cohen looked to be in midseason form with six goals, three assists, and only one throwaway in 18 attempts against Los Angeles, the team he suited up for a season ago. In fact, his top three goal-scoring games throughout his five-year AUDL career have all come against the Aviators; he scored six against LA on July 11, 2015, July 8, 2017, and again on Saturday as the San Diego Growlers took over sole possession of first place in the West Division.
- Cameron Harris, Toronto Rush - Cam Harris’ versatile and efficient skills were on display throughout Saturday’s contest against Ottawa, though his walkoff game-winning grab as time expired deservedly stole all the headlines in the Toronto Rush’s dramatic one-goal win. Aside from his tremendously clutch deep cut, read, and catch with no time left, Harris finished with five assists, three goals, and no turnovers, going 22-for-22 on throws in a game where one more giveaway might have changed the outcome entirely.
- Ben Jagt, New York Empire - It is stunning how routine these outrageous stat-lines are becoming for Ben Jagt, who was involved in 17 of New York Empire’s 26 goals on Saturday. Jagt finished with eight goals and nine assists, while no other member of the Empire recorded more than four in either category. Harper Garvey dished the game-winner to Jack Williams as the Empire escaped with a double overtime victory against the Breeze, but Jagt’s remarkable production remained one of the lasting takeaways from the game, and from the 2019 season thus far. After recording just three goals and two assists in the Empire’s season opener, Jagt has registered 17 goals and 15 assists in the last three contests. Through six weeks of the season, his +35 has been outdone by only one: San Diego’s Travis Dunn.
- Rowan McDonnell, DC Breeze - Rowan McDonnell also led the DC Breeze in both goals and assists on Saturday, finishing with seven and five as DC gave New York quite a scare. The 2018 AUDL MVP also led his team in points played for the fourth consecutive game; through four games, McDonnell has 113 points, 25 more than the second-most anyone has played for the Breeze. Much like Ottawa’s Arsenault in Toronto, McDonnell was unable to get his team into the winner’s circle against the undefeated Empire, but a dramatic one-goal setback against a top tier opponent easily settles him among Week 6’s sensational seven.
- Christian Olsen, Atlanta Hustle - It’s tough to choose just one individual from the Atlanta Hustle, who put forth a true team effort for the road win in Indianapolis, but Christian Olsen’s flawless performance indeed stands out. As the only member of the Hustle’s primary O-line to play completely turnover-free in Saturday’s indoor battle with the AlleyCats, Olsen went 29-for-29 with a career-high seven assists and one goal in Atlanta’s 27-22 triumph. After an 0-4 start, the Hustle have now won two straight, with Olsen going 44-for-45 with four goals and nine assists in those pair of victories.
- Josh Poterack, Minnesota Wind Chil - In just his second AUDL game, the Iowa State product registered two clutch fourth-quarter blocks to help the Minnesota Wind Chill win in Madison for the first time. Josh Poterack’s first D was breathtaking, skying over Radicals deep threat Tarik Akyuz and smacking the disc away while somehow also avoiding any contact with his opponent. Later in the final quarter, Poterack layout blocked an Avery Johnson under-cut that enabled the Wind Chill to take more time off the clock, a crucial factor in Minnesota sneaking away with an improbable 20-19 victory.