ATLANTA – South Carolina rolled to a pair of key road wins helped by the creative play of senior attackman Jacob Ellis, who earned the MCLA Division I Commanding Performance of the Week powered by Under Armour for the period ending Feb. 19.
The Gamecocks brought a 4-0 record into Saturday’s contest with Florida and, thanks to a pair of goals from Ellis, South Carolina rolled to a 15-4 victory.
On Sunday, the Gamecocks faced No. 11 Florida State and Ellis really showed his stuff. The Annapolis product scored six goals and dished out three assists as USC buried the Seminoles, 19-5.
Ellis scored in all manner of ways, as the video below attests.
BTB...between the legs... between the legs again. Jake Ellis notched 11 total points this weekend with 2 goals against UF and a whopping 6 goals/ 3 assists against FSU. Don’t let the leggings fool you, kid can ball. pic.twitter.com/uy0A3x2dvt
— Gamecocks Lacrosse (@CocksLacrosse) February 19, 2018
“Jake did a great job of creating opportunities for himself and others, and by burying his shots when we needed goals,” said South Carolina coach James Harkey. “His effort in the second quarter against FSU propelled our team to play their game and come out with a victory.
“All of our players have done a tremendous job of being team-first guys and Jake Ellis is a great example of that. He has the talent to explode for nine points in one game, but only had six points entering the game due to his unselfish play.”
For his efforts in earning the Commanding Performance of the Week powered by Under Armour, Ellis will receive a new Under Armour Command Head – a $100 value. Under Armour is the proud sponsor of the MCLA.
Under Armour Honor Roll
Brett Braun, Sr. – Michigan State
The Spartans rolled to a pair of victories over No. 25 Boston College and Pitt, aided by 11 goals and two assists combined from Braun.
Connor Graves, Soph. – Missouri
The Tigers picked up the first win of the season thanks to their goalie, who turned away 12 of the 13 shots that came his way against Vandy.
Tyler Kirkby, Gr. – Simon Fraser
The Burnaby native set the bar for the MCLA with 10 goals against Santa Clara and followed that up with five goals and two dimes in a win against No. 21 Noma.
Josh Stout, Soph. – Utah
With a 10-point afternoon (6g, 4a), Stout helped the Utes torch No. 3 Cal. He added four goals against Arizona and two points versus Cal Poly.