Major League Lacrosse is filled with players that are highly skilled and effective on the field, but a handful have risen to the top of the heap over the course of this season. Here are the top five players in the popular and fast-paced league as of the midway point in the 2012 campaign:
The great Paul Rabil belongs at the top of any list involving lacrosse, and the 27-year-old is having another stellar season in 2012. Through only eight games the Boston Cannons star has racked up 46 points, which is enough to lead the league by a whopping 13 points. Defenders are generally unable to stay in front of Rabil, who uses his large 6’3″ frame muscle through traffic and his breakaway speed to find wide open spaces to operate. It is very likely that Rabil will stay on the top of this list for many years to come.
Sieverts is an all-round player with a knack for coming through in the clutch. Also lanky and athletic, Sieverts fills up stat sheets on a regular basis and continually puts the Denver Outlaws in a position to win. After only two full years in MLL, Sieverts has already cemented his place in the list of the nation’s best players. His passion and positive attitude have made him a favorite of coaches, fans and teammates alike. Combine that with a knack for scoring and winning lacrosse matches and you have a legitimate superstar.
The only goalkeeper to make this list has worked very hard to do so, dominating the competition through the first half of the 2012. Burke’s cat-like reflexes and innate ability to predict which corner of the net shots are going to be fired toward before they are released have made him the single best goalie in all of MLL. His league-leading goals allowed per game average is the only one in the entire league under 10. As long as Burke is between the posts, the Boston Cannons will have an excellent chance at the title.
Steven Brooks is a gritty and tenacious player that goes hard until the final whistle. Brooks caught everyone’s attention with a monster rookie campaign in 2008, but injuries sidelined the young player for the better part of three seasons in the following years. After a solid season in 2011, Brooks has fully regained the form and swagger that gets him onto lists such as this, and he is well on his way to setting career-best marks in several statistical categories.
Brendan Mundorf has been putting in solid work for the Denver Outlaws for the better part of a decade, and the highly-skilled scorer is finally getting his just due. The 5’11″ 190-pound Maryland product has been dominating every league he has played in since he was a child, and now, as a 26-year-old, Mundorf is dominating at the world’s highest level of play. He has averaged over 40 points per season in his impressive 6-year-career, and he has already reached 33 points only halfway through the 2012 season.
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