Two out West and one each in Alberta and Ontario in ‘A’ ball, while Ontario Jr. B lacrosse will get busy with seven games starting at 4:00 PM. READ MORE »
Archive for May, 2009
With five games on the docket this evening here’s a quick look at who’s visiting who and some of the marquee National Lacrosse League players that will be suiting up for summer ball battle.
For those of you out there who are new to this year-round lacrosse fandom, be sure to take a peek back at Steve Kojima’s excellent explanation of how the different levels of the CLA work.
The Toronto Nationals will put their prefect 2-0 record on the line against the 1-1 Long Island Lizards tonight at BMO field. The Nationals will look to continue their string of strong individual performances highlighted by week 1’s Bud Light Offensive Player of the Week Merrick Thomson, who dropped 7 goals against Baltimore, and last week’s Defensive Player of the Week Brodie Merrill who managed to hold Matt Striebel pointless.
The Lizards should be a worthy adversary for Toronto with their only blemish coming from a heartbreaking loss to Baltimore, the same team Toronto narrowly defeated by a single goal in their inaugural game, in overtime last week.
Matt Danowski, who leads the team with 6 points (2g, 4a) and the Lizards’ offense which also includes Stephen Berger (4g, 1a) and Chris Fiore (3g, 1a), should pose some problems for Toronto’s defense who may add recent defensive draftees, Ontario native Sid Smith (Syracuse) and LSM Mike Timms (Virginia), to tonight’s game.
Whitby, Ontario native Zack Greer will make his MLL debut in front of his home crowd where he will reunite with former Duke teammate Matt Danowski. The Lizards organization must hope the duo will be able to re-ignite the explosive offensive force they used to dominate Division 1 lacrosse for four seasons.
Sid Smith is also confirmed to be playing today. He will be wearing number 59.
Hey Roughnecks fans! Stoked about your team winning the National Lacrosse League championship? Kinda figured you were, and now the team’s inviting season ticket holders to the team office to have your picture taken with the Champion’s Cup. The hardware will be available for poses on Wednesdays through the summer, so check out the info here on how you can set it up to get your grill in the same frame as the esteemed Cup. And if that’s not enough for ya, check the schedule here to follow the Champion’s Cup as it makes its way throughout Canada this summer.
Zack Greer was a finalist for the second time for the Tewaaraton Trophy but the Bryant fifth-year senior attackman lost out Thursday night to Cornell middie Max Seibald for lacrosse’s Heisman. Greer holds the DI career points (353) and goals (248) records, including a 68-point season for Bryant this spring. He was drafted third by the Long Island Lizards in Tuesday’s MLL Draft.
The BC Junior loop is in full swing and it seems to be turning into a bit of a two horse race but as we saw in the NLL this season, though a team may not get off to a great start they can still end up near the top. The action has been as fast and intense as we have come to expect from the next generation of ballers. READ MORE »
For all those Brampton Excelsiors fans wondering where a few of the key players from last year’s Mann Cup championship have gone, they’ll have to look way out West where defender Ian Llord and transition player Jeff Shattler are now suiting up for the re-stocked Victoria Shamrocks.
As Travis Paterson of the Victoria News notes, aside from their obvious playing skills, Llord and Shattler bring some important experience to the team: they beat the 2008 Salmonbellies.
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We all know Steve Toll is the National Lacrosse League’s Ironman and we all know he rolled in at No. 47 on our Top 50 Players list last summer. But in case you didn’t know, dude can talk. And talk. On the floor, the Rochester Knighthawks’ transition man is known as one of the game’s best yappers and now fans can get an idea of just what’s on his mind this summer as he’s all set up for a bi-weekly blog over at Knighthawks.net. The musings are set for a June 4 launch and will continue through September. READ MORE »
Jason Donville, a coach with the Edge Ontario program and one of the folks responsible for bringing an MLL franchise to Toronto for 2009, has been keeping track of the Canadian presence in the field game so far this season, and will be filing regular dispatches on how our friends from up north are doing in ‘09. READ MORE »
Anyone hoping for another opus on the boys of Ontario Jr. B lacrosse is in luck today.
Will Clarington keep steamrolling?
Will Halton Hills be back to the Ontario Jr. B finals?
And do fans of the 1-10 Mississauga Tomahawks now have a reason to believe?
A look at where they’ve been and where they’re going after the jump.
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