Geoff Snider on track to reclaim faceoffs mark, and other Records Pursuit updates

Bob Snider (right) set the faceoff wins mark but his brother Geoff is hot on the record's heels. (Photo: Brad Watson)
Bob Snider (right) set the faceoff wins mark but his brother Geoff is hot on the record's heels. (Photo: Brad Watson)

This records watch kicked off largely to track the pursuit of two of the more high-profile marks, points and assists, both of which seemed likely to be broken when we started paying close attention a few weeks ago. Well, neither of those records are looking much like they’ll fall now. The categories that have been added to the watch have been falling like dominoes, though. Three records have been broken and another is in serious danger of falling. Interestingly, two of the three that have been eclipsed were broken within the first 16 games of the season and for the third, the player has played only 16 games, so the extra games added to the schedule were not really a big factor. Last week, we saw Anthony Cosmo closing in on the saves record. Now it’s Geoff Snider going after the faceoff wins mark. Make the jump to see all the details. (Read More…)

Wings take fans behind the action at the Wells Fargo Center

The Philadelphia Wings are holding their Fan Appreciation Night this Saturday when they play host to the Colorado Mammoth. In anticipation of the event, the team has put together a video providing an all-encompassing look at the game day experience in Philly. From behind the scenes looks to game action, the video shows Chopper and the Wings getting at it. (Read More…)

WLA: New Westminster Salmonbellies acquire former Whitby keeper Alexis Buque

Alexis Buque won a Minto Cup with Whitby on the New Westminster floor, now his new home. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Alexis Buque won a Minto Cup with Whitby on the New Westminster floor, now his new home. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

It was early December when the New Westminster Salmonbellies traded goalie Tyler Richards to the Burnaby Lakers, leaving a lot of us wondering what was in store for the goaltending situation was for the ‘Bellies in 2014. Today, that answer was announced and has a name: Alexis Buque. It all started during the Minto Cup, when GM Dan Richardson was watching the Whitby Warriors win their second Minto Cup in 3 seasons, and he was thinking Buque, the Whitby goalie, should have been tournament MVP. He wasn’t, but today he is the newest keeper in New West, and he’ll team with Neil Tyacke to form a strong 1-2 punch. “The week after the Minto we contacted Alexis and started the process,” said Richardson. “He is a fierce competitor and he said from the first time we spoke how much he wanted to come back to New Westminster and the wooden floor.” New West is coming off a disappointing 7-10-1 record that didn’t include a trip to the playoffs. But with the addition of Buque, along with new players in Reid Reinholdt, Sean Lundstrom and Brendan Ranford through the draft, optimism is sky high in New West as it approaches its May 22 season opener.

Top 10 plays, NLL Week 17

Buffalo's Shawn Williams isn't the only Bandit in the Top 10 Plays of the Week this week.
Buffalo's Shawn Williams isn't the only Bandit in the Top 10 Plays of the Week this week.

‘Tis that time again, time for the Top 10 Plays of the Week for the National Lacrosse League. And lest we think it’s all about scoring goals, Frankie Scigliano of the Calgary Roughnecks will change your mind about that. His fantastic save from the seat of his pants is on the reel this week, but the shooters are not forsaken. John Grant Jr. and Curtis Dickson continue to be among the regulars, while Drew Westervelt, Kevin Ross, Jarrett Davis, Aaron Wilson and Shawn Williams also get in on the party. Minnesota Swarm rookie Logan Schuss is here too because of a nifty goal he scored that should, in our humble opinion, be in the top slot this week. But no matter the order of the Top 10 this week, it’s here and you can see it by clicking on the link.

Pilson: Adversity now may do favors later for Edmonton Rush, when it counts most

Two losses in the last 3 games may end up paying off for Jeremy Thompson and the Rush. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)
Two losses in the last 3 games may end up paying off for Jeremy Thompson and the Rush. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)

Adversity breeds character. Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Or, as the famous American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson said: fractures well-cured make us more strong. C’mon, that just sounds cool. However you want to phrase it, experiencing difficulty can be a good thing. Especially for a sports team with championship aspirations. For every team that dominates the regular season and wins a title (Hey, I’m a Bulls fan and lived the glory years of the ’90s), there are many more than put up wins all year until the post-season rolls around when it really matters and then they start losing. Skating through the regular-season, if you’ll pardon the hockey metaphor, doesn’t usually bode well for winning it all at the end. Just look at the Rochester Knighthawks the last two years. They saved their best for last. (Read More…)

NLL Week 17 photo gallery

Calgary's Karsen Leung, left, and Edmonton's Jeremy Thompson battle for a loosie. (Photo: Cristian Anderson)
Calgary's Karsen Leung, left, and Edmonton's Jeremy Thompson battle for a loosie. (Photo: Cristian Anderson)

Week 17 of the National Lacrosse League was an intense week with rivalries between Calgary and Edmonton, and Buffalo and Rochester. And with 1 weekend remaining in the regular season, we’re not done with the lacrosse, or the rivalries. Rochester and Buffalo close the regular season with a matchup in Buffalo and considering what went down for Buffalo last weekend, the intensity won’t be taking a break anytime soon, either. But before we get there, let’s look back at the week that was, using photographs from around the league’s games. (Read More…)

O’Neill: As NLL wraps up regular season, let’s hope intensity shows up for playoffs

Backup goalie Brodie MacDonald, right, and the Edmonton Rush are head and shoulders above the rest of the National Lacrosse League. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Backup goalie Brodie MacDonald, right, and the Edmonton Rush are head and shoulders above the rest of the National Lacrosse League. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

So far, the 2014 National Lacrosse League season has been the year of the Edmonton Rush, and for good reason. The Rush are excelling in every part of the game and blowing away the opposition almost at will. The last two weeks I guarantee they geared down to give themselves a better look at all their systems before they kick it into high tempo again this week to wrap up the regular grind and ready themselves for the postseason. The Rush is all of what anyone could hope to be; young, athletic, confident, poised and resilient. It has been a pleasure to watch them in action. A rocky start in Vancouver caused a monumental comeback victory and lay to waste any doubt that backup Brodie MacDonald could carry the mail at the NLL level. (Read More…)

Lacrosse demonstration by Wings halts traffic in downtown Philadelphia

The Wings took part in a lacrosse demonstration in Philadelphia on Tuesday. (Photo: Philadelphia Wings)
The Wings took part in a lacrosse demonstration in Philadelphia on Tuesday. (Photo: Philadelphia Wings)

Usually, it’s the Philadelphia Angels, the dance team of the Wings, that stops traffic. On Tuesday, the Wings took their turn. Several Wings players took part in Laxin’ In The Streets, a fan fest of sorts in advance of the Wings’ National Lacrosse League season finale this weekend that also is Fan Appreciation Night. Tuesday’s event was held at lunchtime and shut down traffic on 18th Street near Rittenhouse Square and Center City. Players showed fans ins and outs of the game during a demonstration and gave fans a chance to win tickets to Saturday’s game against the Colorado Mammoth. Taking part in the event was Bill McGlone, Brett Manney, Chris Collins, Kyle Buchanan, Kevin Crowley and General Manager Johnny Mouradian.

Kahnawkae Tomahawks left at the airport, out of Ales Hrebesky tournament


The annual Ales Hrebesky Memorial lacrosse tournament gets under way today in Prague, Czech Republic, but it will be doing so without the Kahnawake Tomahawks, who gathered Monday for their flight only to find that there were no tickets for them and their manager was missing. The team is an amalgam of players from Quebec Senior Lacrosse League Sr B teams and players from the Kahnawake reserve across the river from Montreal. A version of the team was also announced earlier this year as an expansion team in the QSLL.

Tomahawks’ goaltender Derek Collins says he went to the house of team manager Kevin Biggs as arranged for 9:30 Monday morning but Biggs was not there. Collins says some players met in Kahnawake and others went straight to the airport. When they gathered at the airport they could not find Biggs and were informed that there were no tickets for them. “We got hold of the travel agent and apparently [Biggs] made arrangements to buy the tickets but never showed up to pay for them,” Collins told IL Indoor. (Read More…)

Thul living the dream with NLL’s Wings

How well as American Garrett Thul adapted to box lacrosse? He cut the palms from his gloves. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
How well as American Garrett Thul adapted to box lacrosse? He cut the palms from his gloves. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

Some people call them choices. Garrett Thul calls them options. Either way, he’s living in a dream world as a professional lacrosse player for the National Lacrosse League’s Philadelphia Wings while working his way toward another goal of being an infantry officer in the United States military. Without much experience as an American, the West Point graduate has caught on nicely and has plans to continue playing, unless his other option overtakes the game. He still has military duty to fulfill for the U.S. Army but has been granted an extension as he prepares to play for Team USA this summer in Denver. After that, it’s off to Fort Benning in Georgia for a leader course in hopes of that leading to the 82nd Airborne in North Carolina. “I love playing lacrosse,” Thul told Philly.com. “The thing is, I can’t keep doing it if it impacts how well I do my job. Ultimately, especially in the infantry branch, not being good at my job could potentially lead to casualties or fatalities, and that is not acceptable to me. If there is a point where I can’t do my job, then I am going to stop playing lacrosse.”