On offense, McIntosh is NPSL's Mr. December

January 03, 1996|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,SUN STAFF

The Spirit's Franklin McIntosh put his stamp on December, just as he did on October.

For the second time this season, McIntosh was named the National Professional Soccer League's Offensive Player of the Month, this time for December after scoring more points (53) than anyone in the league and leading the Spirit to a 6-3 record.

During the month, the 32-year-old playmaker became the first NPSL player to reach the 900-point plateau, scored seven or more points in six straight games and collected two game-winning goals, three game-winning assists and two hat tricks. He has been held without a point only once all season, in Saturday's loss to the Harrisburg Heat.

McIntosh, who leads the NPSL in assists with 39, was named October Player of the Month after scoring 13 points as the Spirit swept its first two games.

Others considered for the December award were the Milwaukee Wave's Michael King, the Cleveland Crunch's Zoran Karic and Doug Miller and the Wichita Wings' Ted Eck.

Free-agent goalie Brett Phillips, signed in early December by the Kansas City Attack, is the Defensive Player of the Month.

He has compiled a 7-0 record and a 6.32 points-against average, allowing a total of four points in two of the victories. Spirit defender Mike Stankovic also was considered for the award.

Wichita's Paul Dailly was named Player of the Week after scoring two game-winning goals in four games.

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