It’s not that often an NLL shooter will face off against two goalies he’s never seen before. In the small fraternity that is professional lacrosse, you’ve usually faced off the goalie in junior, college, summer or any of the other lacrosse circuits.
But that’s what Geoff Snider and some of the other Roughnecks will be going up against this weekend.
Since the last time the Roughnecks took on the Mammoth, Colorado has released both goaltenders – Chris Levis and Matt Roik – and brought in goalies Tye Belanger and Dan Lewis.
They sent out over 20 years and 10,000 minutes of experience for two young guys with a combined 30 minutes of action before this year.
It doesn’t matter who starts in net for the Mammoth, Snider has not played against them before. It’s not a detriment, Snider says, as Roughnecks head coach Curt Malawsky has video on every goalie they might face, and will have the team prepared.
“Curt knows every goaltender who has ever played this game,” Snider said. “He’ll have us ready. He’ll have lots of looks, lots of video tape and he’ll have it broken down and we’ll be ready to shoot on these guys.
“Goaltenders are goaltenders, they are just like shooters. We all have tendencies and they are creature of habits just like all of us.
“One thing Curt does better than everyone else is he dissects the game and he thinks the game on another level that not a lot of people can do.”
The other addition since came in the form of Casey Powell, the former NLL MVP traded by the Rochester Knighthawks at the deadline.
“Anytime you can get Casey Powell, you’re going to get better,” Snider added. “He’s one of the best players to every play the game.”
Powell has taken a few steps back from his MVP-form, but is still a very-strong contributer on the right side.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
1. John Grant Jr. – I think it’s time for John Grant Jr to officially change his name to “Best Lacrosse Player In The World.” Everyone refers to him by that anyways. Fourth in the league in scoring, the lefty makes it look easy out on the floor.
2. Casey Powell – After sitting out last season with a knee injury, the former NLL MVP has been a consistent force on the right side. Through nine games, he has 28 points on the season.
3. Adam Jones – The reigning NLL Rookie of the Year has scored at least four points in every game this year, except for one. His 49 points is good for second on the squad.