Archive for January, 2010


National Lacrosse League Power Rankings: Week 4

You know it’s too bad the Washington Stealth don’t play the Philadelphia Wings this season. Even though he led all scorers in the 2006 World Field Championships,Washington’s Jeff Zywicky was cut from Team Canada’s 2010 squad. Canada’s head coach Dave Huntley is also the head coach of the Philadephia Wings. READ MORE »


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NLL Links: Saturday games see Washington remain unbeaten, Toronto fall

A busy Saturday night in NLL action saw Washington edge Colorado to remain unbeaten and Toronto fall out of the unbeaten ranks with a loss to Rochester. Edmonton also had a big night, earning their first ever three-game win streak as a franchise to improve to 3-1. READ MORE »


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Kaleb Toth back in Calgary lineup tonight vs. Edmonton, wants to make a difference

Kaleb Toth will be back on the floor tonight when Calgary and Edmonton clash at Rexall Place. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Kaleb Toth will be back on the floor tonight when Calgary and Edmonton clash at Rexall Place. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

The Calgary Sun is reporting that Kaleb Toth, who’d been sidelined since the start of the season with a mild hamstring injury sustained during a January 2nd practice, is expected to make his return to the Calgary Roughnecks lineup tonight when the Necks make the short trip to Rexall Place in Edmonton to clash with their provincial rival Rush.

“I will try to help on the floor as much as possible, whether it’s offensively, defensive or the powerplay,” Toth told The Sun. “I will do whatever my body allows me to. I don’t know how much difference one player can make. I’m hoping it can be a lot.”

Tonight’s game marks the 14th time the two clubs have met in the National Lacrosse League’s edition of The Battle of Alberta. Check this link for a complete breakdown of the war between these two provincial rivals.


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“When we get down by a couple, it just keeps going and going and we can’t stop it.” – Steve Toll, Rochester Knighthawks

After starting the year with two impressive wins against the Buffalo Bandits, the Rochester Knighthawks have dropped their last two games by a combined score of 30-11, which of course includes last night’s loss to the Orlando Titans. Check out Steve Toll’s post-game thoughts on the Hawks’ second straight loss in the vid above, Rochester hosting the Toronto Rock tonight in an attempt to steal a W back after last weekend’s epic loss. The Knighthawks also signed two-way prospect Cody Johnson yesterday. Cody was initially drafted by the Minnesota Swarm in the ‘09 entry draft. The Rochester Knighthawks are 17-1 agaisnt the Rock when hosting Toronto at Blue Cross Arena, the Rock’s only win a classic 8-6 Champion’s Cup final in ‘03.


NLL Network, Feeds Corrected

National Lacrosse League (NLL) fans unfortunately experienced difficulties catching Jordan Hall and the Orlando Titans victory last night, receiving intermittent and dropped video feeds from the online NLL Network. It is an issue that has been rectified according to the league.

“We have had some significant issues in a few games but we believe we have corrected the problems and don’t anticipate any further issues,” stated Doug Fritts, NLL VP of Communications. “Last night’s issue was due to an unforeseen failure of the internet connection in the arena. The problem was not related to Livestream or the league’s equipment.” READ MORE »


The Battle of Alberta: Calgary Roughnecks vs. Edmonton Rush Round 14

Hanna, Alberta native Lanny McDonald saw his fair share of wars in the NHL's Battle of Alberta.
Hanna, Alberta native Lanny McDonald saw his fair share of wars in the NHL's Battle of Alberta.

The NHL has the Flames and Oilers. The CFL the Stamps and Eskies. There are even the lesser mainstream hyped Hitmen and Oil Kings, and U battles between the Dinos and Golden Bears.

But whatever way you slice it, The Battle of Alberta is one of the most heated and wildly contested rivalries in sports, Canada and beyond. And the National Lacrosse League has given birth to an Alberta battle royale of their own, the defending champion Calgary Roughnecks and the rebuilt, renewed and re-energized Edmonton Rush. Who leads the lacrosse series? What four players have played in every single Alberta war leading into tonight’s 14th meeting between the two Canadian rivals? Of the 99 ball players that have bucked horns in this series, how many have worn both the Roughneck red and Rush black? Find out, after the jump. READ MORE »


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NLL Game Links: Orlando hands Rochester second straight loss

The New York Titans handed the Rochester Knighthawks their second straight loss last night, topping the visitors 13-8 in front of 7,300 fans at Amway Arena.

Orlando (2-1) got four goals and an assist from Jordan Hall, with Ryan Boyle (2, 5), Pat Maddalena (1, 5) and Casey Powell (3, 2) also having big nights, helping jump out to a 7-2 halftime lead and cruising to the win. READ MORE »


Casey Powell & Orlando Titans pound on Drunky the Bear before opener

Drunky the Bear gets his first taste of box lacrosse courtesy of Casey Powell and the Orlando Titans.
Drunky the Bear gets his first taste of box lacrosse courtesy of Casey Powell and the Orlando Titans.

Prior to the Orlando Titans home opener a couple weeks back, before the Titans won their first at Amway, before Geoff Snider and Rory Smith crossed paths but pulled in a different dance partners, and before Florida lacrosse fans tried sharing their beverages with Snider while he was sitting in his “office”, Titans captain Casey Powell gave a special guest a very special tour of the team’s pre-game warm-ups at Amway Arena. After the jump, check out Powell and some other Titans as they introduce Drunky the Bear of The Monsters of the Morning talk radio show in Orlando to what the National Lacrosse League is all about. READ MORE »


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“We don’t really have to rely on one or two guys, and it shows.” – Jamie Shewchuk, Colorado Mammoth

One of the season’s early feel good stories has definitely been the play of Colorado Mammoth forward Jamie Shewchuk, who currently sits third in National Lacrosse League scoring, and has been a big impact player for Colorado, win or lose, so far this winter. Last week of course his play was showcased in two big OT wins for the Mammoth, who as Shewchuk says in the video above, are going into games with a different approach and mentality this year, especially with Steve Govett now running Colorado’s bench. Colorado hosts the Washington Stealth at the Pepsi Center tomorrow night.


Team USA exhibition games keep Paul Rabil and others out of National Lacrosse League Week 4 action

The Washington Stealth will be without Paul Rabil this weekend. (Photo: Inside Lacrosse)
The Washington Stealth will be without Paul Rabil this weekend. (Photo: Inside Lacrosse)

The 4-0 Washington Stealth will be without two-way player Paul Rabil and defender Eric Martin when they look to stretch their undefeated streak to start the 2010 National Lacrosse League season in Denver tomorrow night.

While the Stealth travel to the Pepsi Center tomorrow to play the surging Colorado Mammoth, the US National Field Lacrosse Team will also be playing a weekend’s worth of pre-World Championship action, when the US men face both Duke University and Army during the US Lacrosse hosted Champion Challenge held at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. READ MORE »