Dan Dawson pulls his team to the NLL final
The crowning touch for this year’s National Lacrosse League season is one 6’5” forward by the name of Dan Dawson.
The six-year pro says, “
That may be true, but you could say the Lumberjax have made their way to the Champions Cup final solely on the back of its superstar. The team’s scoring leader set a franchise and career-high seven goals and five assists in Portland’s first ever playoff game May 4 against the heavily favored San Jose.
After mowing over the Stealth 18-16,
The Lumberjax won many of the battles along the board and Powell out-muscled the
Calgary Roughnecks’ captain Tracey Kelusky summed up his team’s efforts. “We didn’t take the flow to them, and as a result, they dictated. I don’t know if we had that sense of urgency.”
In the second quarter, Matt Disher came to the bench after facing 10 shots, allowing four goals against, and six saves in lieu of Dallas Eliuk.
At the other end, Pat Campbell came in to replace Steve “Chugger” Dietrick in goal after two Ryan Powell goals in the fourth. Dietrick had faced 47 shots by then, made 33 saves, and allowed 14 goals against, but it was the last four goals that haunted him.
“Those last four goals were brutal and cost us the game.”
The stage is now set for