Budweiser Man of the Match


The Budweiser Man of the Match for the Feb. 10th goes to Ryan McDonald

The Budweiser Man of the Match is a weekly award given out to the Lightning player that performs at an exceptional level and is the most valuable team member for the game. 

This week’s Budweiser Man of the Match goes to the Nashville, Tennessee native, Ryan McDonald. Ryan McDonald, otherwise known as, "Mac," is not only a third year player for the Louisville Lightning, but he is also the Lightning’s skipper. With this role, it is important to lead the team by example, both on and off the field. 

Mac is known as not only one of the hardest workers on and off the pitch, but he also has one of the best attitudes. That could be why Coaches Scott Budnick and Ted Nichols named him as the captain. There are very few times that you will see Mac not smiling, whether it be on the field stone-walling offensive players or on the bench cheering on his teammates. 

The fact that Mac is such a happy guy could be the reason he plays so well. It is always easier to thrive when you are having a good time on the pitch. This past Friday’s game was no different for the captain. Mac had two goals on the night to accompany his good night on defense with only five goals against (one on powerplay).  

Mac and the Lightning have one game remaining in their 2011-2012 PASL season, against the Detroit Waza. The Lightning have already clinched a spot in the playoffs, but would like to take the Eastern Division title if at all possible. To do this, they will need to beat the Waza at MVSC and the Waza will have to lose both to the Lightning and to the Cincinnati Kings on the 25th. There is still a glimmer of hope, so good luck out there Mac, and go Lightning!