Archive for February, 2010


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Lacrosse Links: Full Saturday slate sees all but one team in action

A rare five-game Saturday saw some OT thrillers, some big performances and plenty of action across the NLL, with only one team (Calgary) sitting out the evening. READ MORE »


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Mike Grimes, Matt Beers and Callum Crawford all available this weekend, hearing not scheduled, no Week 7 suspensions

Mike Grimes will be available for a second straight week after being handed a 2-game suspension. (Photo: Matt J. Wiater)
Mike Grimes will be available for a second straight week after being handed a 2-game suspension. (Photo: Matt J. Wiater)

Insider has confirmed with the National Lacrosse League that the trio of players facing suspensions stemming from Week 6’s brawl between the Washington Stealth and Minnesota Swarm, those players the Stealth’s Mike Grimes and Matt Beers, and the Swarm’s Callum Crawford, will be available for NLL action this weekend again, their hearings unable to be scheduled this week after all three appealed the ruling through the PLPA late last week. READ MORE »


O’Toole, Vinc tracking down National Lacrosse League records for goalies

Knighthawks goalie Pat O'Toole is closing in on the NLL saves record. (Photo: Rochester Knighthawks)
Knighthawks goalie Pat O'Toole is closing in on the NLL saves record. (Photo: Rochester Knighthawks)

There are so many ways to measure the success, or shortcomings, of a National Lacrosse League goalie. Goals-against average. Save percentage. Outright saves. Legit, all, and some are gonna argue that save percentage is the truest gauge. But today, we’re not here to argue method. We’re here to check out the madness that is goaltending by examing straight-up saves, pure and simple. Why? Well, there’s Pat O’Toole over in Rochester who’s bearing down on the career saves mark of Dallas Eliuk and besides that, the NLL’s got some serious brick walls this season. So now’s a good a time as any to see how the seasons of some of this year’s top tenders stacks up against the best season of all. READ MORE »


National Lacrosse League Week 8 Picks

After a week in which there was a general consensus among the pickers, we now have a week in which there is some variety – I mean, there are a lot of different logos in the table this week! After getting routed in Minnesota last week, there’s a small contingent of pickers that think the Mammoth will come out on top in a home game in which they’re expecting to reach their one-millionth fan. Boston has won four of their last six but dropped a double OT game to Orlando last week. The visiting Washington Stealth look to get back on track after losing to Calgary last weekend. Check out the rest of the picks after the jump.
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Mark Steenhuis Featured in Reebok’s “ReeImagine” Spot

Hardcore NLL fans have long recognized Mark Steenhuis and his increasingly nuanced game as a special talent. But even NLL fans with a more passing interest have for years known Steenhuis as the exciting player with the crazy hair. Well, here’s some video evidence to show how right everyone’s been about one of the best transition guys in the indoor game.


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Mammoth sign Derek Malawsky, drop Peter Veltman, Wings release Jason Crosbie, “Changes begin today.” – Russ Cline

The Colorado Mammoth have picked up 11-year vet Derek Malawsky (Photo: Matt J. Wiater)
The Colorado Mammoth have picked up 11-year vet Derek Malawsky (Photo: Matt J. Wiater)

Scoring just five-goals in both their recent back-to-back losses and averaging under ten goals per outing so far during the 2010 National Lacrosse League season, the Colorado Mammoth have signed vet free agent forward Derek Malawsky, dropping off-season pickup Peter Veltman, in place of Malawsky’s past pro proven leadership and goal scoring skills.

“Derek is a solid veteran player that has the ability to direct the offense on the floor,” Mammoth President, Head Coach and GM Steve Govett said in a statement issued yesterday. “He is a great ball-handler and a tremendous goal scorer, but we are especially interested in his leadership skills with such a young group of offensive players.” READ MORE »


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Numero Uno…

Did the Wings basically trade Cody Jamieson for Max Seibald? (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Did the Wings basically trade Cody Jamieson for Max Seibald? (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

Last time I put pen to paper, or should I say index fingers to keyboard, I talked about Shanny’s cellar dwellers.  Since then Buffalo won their game, Minnesota won a couple, Colorado got crushed and Philadelphia took a couple more steps toward Boston landing the first overall draft pick

Most, if not all GM’s will tell you that Cody Jamieson will be selected first at next year’s entry draft.  No argument here.  The kid can score everyway possible.  There is even quite the debate going on the Wings fan forum about the perceived trade of Jamieson for Max Seibald if in fact Philadelphia finishes last and there is no expansion.  READ MORE »


At the dot with the Washington Stealth’s Jamison Koesterer, Who is the National Lacrosse League’s best draw-man?

An NLL rookie in Portland last year, the Washington Stealth's Jamison Koesterer has owned the circle in 2010. (Photo: Matt J. Wiater)
An NLL rookie in Portland last year, the Washington Stealth's Jamison Koesterer has owned the circle in 2010. (Photo: Matt J. Wiater)

Currently sitting at the top of the face-off charts, the Washington Stealth’s Jamison Koesterer has had a big impact on the Stealth’s early success during the 2010 National Lacrosse League season, most of his work coming in his spherical office found smack in the middle of every NLL court, the league’s current draw leader.

Koesterer’s 142 face-off wins this winter easily leads the NLL, his 63% draw win percentage just a shade under the usually pretty unbeatable, Geoff Snider, when looking at the guys that battle for the ball at the dot full-time.

After the jump, check out the Stealth’s vid of Koesterer talking about the basics of taking a draw in the NLL, and the numbers on all 52 players that have stepped into the cirlce this winter in the NLL. READ MORE »


Three Star Leaderboard: Jeff Zywicki opens lead, Brodie Merrill cracks Top 10

Toronto rookie Garrett Billings still sits near the top of the leaderboard. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Toronto rookie Garrett Billings still sits near the top of the leaderboard. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

The Washington Stealth’s Jeff Zywicki and Toronto Rock rookie Garrett Billings were the only two ball players at the top of Insider’s National Lacrosse League Three Star Leaderboard last week that garnered any 3-star points during the NLL’s Week 7, a weekend that was more about comeback performances than high profile impact game breakers.

Our top five first star studs this week were of course Callum Crawford, Steve Toll, Kaleb Toth, Ryan Powell and Daryl Veltman, whose Boston Blazers will be hosting the recently slumping Washington Stealth, who’ll find out later this week if they’ll be without disciplined defenders Mike Grimes and Matt Beers. After the jump, check out who fills out our leaderboard past chart topper Jeff Zywicki, our first three week leader in 2010. READ MORE »


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National Lacrosse League Week 8 Team Reports: “We’re looking forward, not backward.” – Colorado’s Steve Govett

Can the Bandits win their second straight since the return of John Tavares? (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Can the Bandits win their second straight since the return of John Tavares? (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

The gap has been narrowed in the East and West divisions of the National Lacrosse League, thanks to 2-game losing streaks by the Toronto Rock in the East and the Washington Stealth in the West. Both squads still sit in first place, but their grip on their respective divisions isn’t as tight as it once was, breathing new life into the playoff races. “We just have to improve our work ethic,” says Toronto GM Terry Sanderson. Out West, Stealth coach Chris Hall says “our defense has not been playing well and we’re working hard to improve that.”  Both division leaders are in action this weekend, both on the road, so turn the page to find out who’s thinking what as Week 8 kicks off. READ MORE »