Archive for March, 2008


San Jose Stealth sniper Luke Wiles out six weeks

NLL Insider has learned that San Jose Stealth forward Luke Wiles broke his foot during the Stealth’s embarrassing 12-5 to the last place Edmonton Rush and will be on the shelf for at least six weeks.

Wiles apparently caught his foot on the turf at Rexall Place and limped off the floor in pain. After checking in with doctors after the game, it was determined that Wiles did in fact break his foot.

It is unclear how the team will replaces Wiles, but after the team’s dismal showing against Edmonton, many already feel the team will go with healthy vet scratches, Gary Rosyski or Peter Veltman. Neither player has seen much game time with San Jose lately and are both uninjured.

With Wiles’ projected six week layoff, the Stealth could only hope for a return partway into a potential playoff run in early May, if at all.


Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down: Week 14


Is this sh** scripted or somethin’? Seriously!!

I mean like, how the hell are Edmonton and Chicago beating (and by beating I mean putting them over their knees and spakin’ their cheeks to a shade darker than Steenhuis’ kicks) the likes of San Jose and Minnesota?

Everything that could go wrong for the teams that are favored is definitely goin’ a$$ backwards wrong for ‘em, while Cody Jacobs is shootin’ the friggin’ lights out and givin’ the bottom feeders hope?!?!? Weird, but then such is life in the NLL.

Anyways, onto the thumbs… READ MORE »

NLL Girls: Caelee vs. Erin


Stand up and give yourselves a hand. All you voters should be proud of yourselves, including the computer geeks who cleared their cookies so they could cast more than one vote in NLL Girl of the Week Matchup 5 that put Anne up against Elizabeth.

How dare we toss out such an accusation? Well, when we see that 1,423 votes were cast, it makes us wonder. And after we crunch a few numbers, we see that the 1,423 votes were not only five times more than the previous best turnout, it’s more votes than the previous four weeks combined! You’re a bunch of sickos! Either way, the efforts of the dorks sent Philadelphia’s Elizabeth past Calgary’s Anne by a vote count of 766-657. Very well, done, dorks. Very well done.

It gives us all plenty of voting momentum as we head into Matchup 6 that puts Caelee of Edmonton up against Erin of Buffalo.

Who is the best American-born player to play in the NLL?

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But before you read on and decide who gets your vote this week, we’re gonna do you a solid and provide you a quick way to refresh your memories. Just so you get an idea of who is left in this incredibly righteous tournament we’ve created, go back to Matchup No. 1 to see how Chicago’s Nikki beat Rochester’s Alanna; or Matchup No. 2 to see how Crystal edged Leisel; or Matchup No. 3 to recap Megan’s win over Angela; or Matchup No. 4 to see how Chantal topped Natalie.



Goalies are gold in the NLL


The last two weeks of National Lacrosse League action have produced some stunning upsets. Just when you think the playoff picture has taken shape, some results occur that tosses reasonable logic aside and casts a whole new light on what may happen in the race to the postseason.  The trades that took place over the past couple of weeks seemed to have a significant impact on recent results but more than anything, it comes down to goaltending.

Given the number of variables that can possibly affect the outcome of any NLL game, it may be hard to believe that goaltending alone can be such a major determining factor in wins and losses. After the past two weeks of critical action however, I continue to be convinced that goaltending is the number one component of a successful team.



NLL emotions run high in Rochester

When National Lacrosse League scores start to get a bit wacky, you gotta figure the emotions do, too. So as I sat there Saturday night in Rochester, watching the Knighthawks feed their lead over the Wings in the fourth quarter, I kinda figured they were feeding the tension, too.


A scrap or two is fine, even cool to see, but you never like to see the game put to shame. And here it is two days after the Knighthawks’ 20-12 win and I’ve still got a bad taste in my mouth. I’ve always been big on winning with class and losing with class and unfortunately, there wasn’t much of it at the end of the game. But the fortunate thing for us is that someone over at was quick to provide a YouTube video that lets us be the judge of the sequence that started with someone getting all up in the grill of a goalie. Read on, and you’ll see it.


Shanny’s Power Rankings: Week 14


Wow. Again, another surprising weekend. Chicago beats Minnesota – not a huge surprise – but you have to like Chicago’s 10 goal run after a slow start. Rochester defeats Philly — not a surprise at all. The Rochester Knighthawks are a bundle of dynamite, it’s just that they often forget the matches to light the fuse. Edmonton stifles San Jose 12-5. Now that’s a shocker, especially after Edmonton’s lackluster game in Toronto last week. Who would have thought the Rush could shut down an offense with Colin Doyle, Jeff Zywicki and Luke Wiles.

It doesn’t look like the Power Rankings have changed much but try to use your imagination to picture this. A month ago the distance between number 1 and 12 was huge – you would have to scroll down your computer a long way to go from Philadelphia to Chicago. Today the distance between 1 and 12 is much smaller. If we could we would squish them on your computer screen today. It seems that all 12 teams are jockeying to finish the season at 8 and 8. That’s parity. READ MORE »


Edmonton Rush shut down San Jose Stealth 12-5


Despite their record, the Edmonton Rush have spent most of the ‘08 season keeping a pretty tight lid on opposition scoring and on Saturday night they brought the San Jose Stealth to a new low with a 12-5 win.

Chris McKay came to play in his first game this season, contributing one goal and three assists while scooping 12 loose balls. Jimmy Quinlan had three goals and one assist, and Dan Stroup had one and three. Curtis Palidwor turned away 35 shots.

For the Stealth, Jeff Zywicki had three goals and Colin Doyle three assists.


Rochester Knighthawks break out against Philadelphia Wings 20-12


Seven minutes into the first quarter at the Blue Cross Arena last night the Philadelphia Wings scored two goals in nine seconds to take a 3-2 lead over the Rochester Knighthawks. That would be the first and only lead for the Wings, as the Knighthawks powered their way to a 20-12 win.

After dropping two consecutive games to the teams with the worst records in the league, the Knighthawks bounced back against the first-place Wings to keep their playoff hopes alive. John Grant had four goals and four assists, Ken Millin added three and four, and Scott Evans had two and five. Geoff Snider and Jake Bergey each had five points for the Wings.

The Wings — who have lost three of their last four and have given up at least 20 goals in each loss — will stay the sole occupants of first-place thanks to a Swarm loss in Chicago.


Chicago Shamrox down Minnesota Swarm 15-10


On the strength of a six-goal game from Cody Jacobs and a 45-save game from Matt Roik, the Chicago Shamrox cruised to their second win in a row Saturday night, this time defeating the Minnesota Swarm 15-10.

Minnesota jumped out to an early 5-1 lead in the first quarter, but Chicago quickly bounced back to hold the Swarm scoreless in the third and fourth while racking up nine goals of their own — including five from Jacobs and two from Callum Crawford — to take a 10-5 lead heading into the fourth. Each team scored five goals in the final quarter.

Jacobs led the Shamrox with seven points while Mat Giles added six on three goals and three assists and Bobby McBride contributed one goal and four helpers. For the Swarm, Andy Secore had two goals and five assists.

  • Rookie Ross winging it as latest Shamrox addition: Daily Herald


NLL: Shanny’s Look at Week 14


 Is this the calm before the storm? There are only 3 games this weekend (all of them on Saturday night) as half the NLL teams have the weekend off. Next week however is a much different story as there are 9 games from Thursday to Sunday. But despite the fact that there are only very few games being played, each of tonight’s games will have a bearing on first place battles. And in the case of Rochester and Edmonton, losses will almost kill playoff hopes. READ MORE »