Archive for March, 2010


National Lacrosse League (NLL) to introduce Video Game, NLL Lacrosse 2010 presented by Reebok

The National Lacrosse League (NLL) today announced that a new NLL video game will be available for download on Xbox 360’s Indie Game Channel near the end of April. The game will include every NLL franchise and full player rosters.

Titled ‘NLL Lacrosse 2010 presented by Reebok’, this new video game will be available for just $5 per download. It is being created in partnership with Carlo Sunseri of Crosse Studio and Triple B Games.

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“The ball was going where I wanted it to go” – Lewis Ratcliff, plus the links

Check out post-game thoughts from the Washington Stealth’s Lewis Ratcliff above, the Stealth sniper talking about how his 11-goal weekend went, why Washington’s offense has excelled this year, what clinching a post-season spot means to the team and his expectations for the rest of the year. Plus… click here to check out Eric Martin’s post-game thoughts too. READ MORE »


Three Star Leaderboard: Orlando’s Casey Powell and Matt Vinc at the top of the charts, Stealth’s Lewis Ratcliff moving up

Ratcliff's huge Week 12 moves him into the upper deck of the 3 Star leaderboard. (Larry Palumbo)
Ratcliff's huge Week 12 moves him into the upper deck of the 3 Star leaderboard. (Larry Palumbo)

The Orlando Titans opposite floor leaders Casey Powell and Matt Vinc take the biggest lead we’ve seen on the Three Star Challenge this year, the two sitting one and two respectively on the charts, the Titans obviously tops in the East standings too.

The biggest jump saw the Washington Stealth’s Lewis Ratcliff, who was so big for the already playoff bound boys from Everett, move into the Top 10 this week, teammate Jeff Zywicki still right up there too. Check out how the rest of the charts play out after 12 weeks of handing out our weekly nods. READ MORE »


Knighthawks announce Hall of Fame class

The Rochester Knighthawks today announced their newest members of the team’s Hall of Fame, which welcomes the additions of Paul Gait, Jody Gage and Randy Mearns. Gait, the current coach of the Knighthawks, is in his second season in that position. He played 3 seasons for the Knighthawks, 1995 to 1997, and helped the team reach the 1995 Champion’s Cup game, where it lost to the Philadelphia Wings. Gage was general manager of the Knighthawks from their inception in 1995 until 2008, helping build a perennial power that won NLL titles in 1997 and 2007. Mearns, currently the men’s lacrosse coach at Canisius College and radio commentator for the Buffalo Bandits, played 7 seasons for the Knighthawks (1995 to 2001) and was captain for the 1997 championship team. The inductees will be honored at the April 10 home game against the Philadelphia Wings.


National Lacrosse League Rookie Rankings: Huge games for Alex Gajic and Zack Greer

Garrett Billings added to his points total, but the Toronto Rock lost again. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Garrett Billings added to his points total, but the Toronto Rock lost again. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

Just about all the National Lacrosse League rookies were back in action last weekend and the way things are unfolding, it’s a challenge to figure out what’s going on. Garrett Billings and Stephan Leblanc aren’t exactly enduring classic slumps, but their Toronto Rock have lost 5 straight games. In Colorado, Ilija Gajic was out again with sickness but his brother Alex Gajic scored 6 goals Friday night then 0 on Saturday as the Mammoth dropped both weekend games. Some struggle, some excel but we’re not here to look at teams. We’re here to break down the games of the rookies and that’s exactly what awaits you after the jump. READ MORE »


Shootin’ from the Hip- Stealth not under the radar anymore

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Generally this time of week, I’d take a trip around the league to give some perspective on the water cooler topics circulating. But this week, I’m going focus on Saturday night down in Everett where the Washington Stealth became the first team in the league to clinch a play-off spot. After being away from home for a month, the boys were coming off a hard fought win the night before in Colorado and it was unclear whether or the not the extended road trip would have an effect on attendance. READ MORE »


Three Star Challenge: Lewis Ratcliff and Alex Gajic go toe-to-toe, Geoff Snider goes Gordie, Matt Vinc on MVP run in Orlando

Brandon Miller aces in Philly. (Matt J. Wiater)
Brandon Miller aces in Philly. (Matt J. Wiater)

We woulda needed another 15 spots on this week’s Three Star Challenge to fit everyone deserving of a nod coming out of the National Lacrosse League’s Week 12. Great weekend of lacrosse with more big performances than maybe the previous month of March combined. So no hurt feelings or tears if the guy you awkwardly stared at for an hour at the post-game shindig isn’t included. There’s always next week. Get those big boy pants on and be strong.

So after the jump check out the boys that landed first, second and third stars this week, check for our updated leaderboard tomorrow, as well as our revamped look at our favourites for end-of-year hardware with only about a month of lacrosse to go (next week). Who’s your 2010 MVP? READ MORE »


Who ya Got? National Lacrosse League Week 13 Picks

Washington and Edmonton face off Friday night in a battle between the top two teams in the West and Orlando and Boston, the top two teams in the East square off Saturday night. Fans are currently holding a 27-31 record in the standings, which is last among the pickers. With seven games on the slate this weekend, it could be a big weekend to make up some ground in the standings. Who ya got?
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Video: Fight Night in Philadelphia, “We’ve got a royal rumble!” Geoff Snider and Paul Dawson in epic war

Geoff Snider dropped the gloves against one of his greatest threats last week, Boston's Paul Dawson. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Geoff Snider dropped the gloves against one of his greatest threats last week, Boston's Paul Dawson. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

It’s here. The best video you’re gonna find of the brawl that broke out in Philadelphia on Saturday night, the Wings and Boston Blazers going toe-to-toe in a series of scraps highlighted by an epic tilly between Geoff Snider and Paul Dawson, a dance many this week are saying could potentially be the best fight the sport has ever seen.

Dawson has gone with both Snider and Rory Smith this year, proving that he no doubt belongs amongst the game’s best warriors, but was his effort on Saturday night enough to take Snider’s strap? After the jump check out all the spills from Saturday night, kicked off by Kyle Ross and Bill McGlone tearing at one another, and then let us know who won the big one, Snider or Dawson? READ MORE »


Edmonton GM Derek Keenan On The Hot Seat: “We just have to continue to get better … and avoid those stinker nights.”

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Keenan

It’s the same black uniforms and same team name for that National Lacrosse League franchise in Edmonton, but it is NOT the same team. A 7-4 record after 11 games is the best start in the five years of existence for the Edmonton Rush and if coach/general manager Derek Keenan has any say, they’re far from finished. “We’re heading in the right direction and we’re very happy at 7-4, but we’re not satisfied,” he said. Sounds like Keenan and the Rush have more in store for the loyal fans in Edmonton. READ MORE »