Friday, January 5

[TOP 10] BEST INDOOR & OUTDOOR PLAYERS OF 2017

Words by @bernasconirich

LYLE THOMPSON

Georgia Swarm / Chesapeake Bayhawks 


A no brainer for the YumYumLax top pro player of 2017. Lyle lit up the NLL this past year finishing 1st in scoring on 45g & 71a for 116 points. When it was all said and done he was regular season and post season MVP, as his Georgia Swarm took home the Champions Cup.

Lyle suited up for the Chesapeake Bayhawks in MLL in the summer of 2017. His Bayhwaks didn't qualify for the 2017 post season. He put 20(1)g 8a for 29 points in only six games. MLL availability will always be an issue for Lyle. Realistically he will only be playing half a season with his NLL commitment.

Look for Lyle to be a mainstay for the Iroquois Team this summer at the World Games. Once again Lyle showed he is a player that is capable of dominating a field or a box lacrosse game.

 

TOM SCHREIBER 

Toronto Rock / Ohio Machine


Lit it up during both the NLL and MLL 2017 campaigns. NLL Rookie of the Year for 2017, his first season playing competitive box lacrosse. Schreiber finished with 33g & 61a for 94 points good for 7th in the NLL.

He joined the Ohio Machine midway through the season, which led to his second consecutive MLL MVP. The Machine took home the Championship as well.
Schreiber is also a member of Team USA field and box teams. 

SHAWN EVANS 

New England Blackwolves / Chesapeake Bayhawks / Peterbourgh Lakers

Most casual field lacrosse fans may not know too much about Shawn Evans. His 2017 highlight has to be walking away with his 5th Mann Cup title, in addition he was named MVP of the series which his Peterbourgh squad won 4 games to 2.

For the Blackwolves he remains one of the top right handed forwards in the league. Finished 5th in league scoring w 38/65 for 103 points. That was his 5th consecutive season going over the century mark.

He surfaced in MLL as well in 2017 for Chesapeake. He appeared in 4 games scoring 9g's and adding 5a. Also, a member of the Team Canada box set up. He is also on Team Canada field roster that has yet to be cut down to the final 23 man squad.

PETER BAUM

Ohio Machine 
 
To me, Baum broke out and showed his full potential in 2017 as his Machine captured the MLL title. Teammate Schreiber captured the MVP, but my vote would have went to Baum. He tied for 1st in scoring with 31 (2)g & 19a for 52 points, tops for midfielders. Also suited up for all 14 games.

He didn't try out for Team USA however and doesn't play in the NLL.
 

PAUL RABIL

New York Lizards

May not be the devastating downhill dodger he was a few years back, but has added many more facets to his game. To me his step down shooting, passing and off ball play has improved greatly. 

His 2017 Lizard stat line was 26 (3)g & 19a for 46points good for 5th best in MLL.
Although he hasn't played in the NLL in a number of seasons he suited up for Team USA box for the Heritage Cup. Look for him to lead Team USA field squad this upcoming summer in Israel.
 

JOEL WHITE

Georgia Swarm / Rochester Rattlers
 
Has established himself as one of the top longsticks in the game. Also was integral in the Swarm's run to the NLL title. Plays for Team USA in field and box. White is the only long pole to crack the list.
 

ROB PANNELL

New York Lizards

Was slowed by injuries in 2017, but may be the best field lacrosse attackman out there. He still managed 23g & 26a for 49 points good for a 3rd place tie despite missing 3 games. Found it interesting he played competitive box for the first time at the Heritage Cup. Look for him on Team USA this summer at the World Games.
 

MARCUS HOLMAN

Ohio Machine 
 
Scored 34g & 15a for the Champion Machine. Earned Championship Game MVP going off for 4g & 2a, including a 4th quarter hat trick. Member of Team USA. Doesn't play in NLL.
 

MARK MATTHEWS

Saskatchewan Rush / Atlanta Blaze
 
The best lefty on the planet now that John Grant Jr has retired. His Sask team came up a little short falling to the Swarm in the NLL finals, but still had a tremendous season finishing second to Lyle Thompson in points with 113 (40g/73a). 

Played little for Atlanta this summer only appearing in six games going for 13g & 7a in MLL action. Look for him to be a mainstay on Team Canada as they look to hold on to their World Title this summer.
 

CURTIS DICKSON

Calgary Roughnecks / New York Lizards / Peterborough Lakers

Member of the Mann Cup winning Peterbourgh Lakers this summer. He had 14g & 13a in the six game Mann finals.

Dickson continued his busy summer playing in six MLL games for the Lizards. He had 13g & 6a.

For Calgary he led the NLL with 54g, finished 4th in points with 107.

Look for Dickson on the Team Canada roster this summer.

There are six Americans, three Canadians and one Iroquois. Also, three members of the MLL Champion Ohio Machine, two members of the NLL Champion Georgia Swarm and two members of the Mann Cup winning Peterbourgh Lakers.

 

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