Archive for January, 2013


Shawn Evans and Mark Matthews earn NLL player of the month awards

Shawn Evans is the NLL's player of the month for January after a roaring start to the season. (Photo: Brad Watson)
Shawn Evans is the NLL's player of the month for January after a roaring start to the season. (Photo: Brad Watson)

The National Lacrosse League has announced Player and Rookie of the Month award winners for January of the 2013 NLL regular season.

Calgary Roughnecks forward Shawn Evans, the NLL’s current scoring leader (31 points) who ranks second in goals (13) and third in the league in assists (18), won the Player of the Month award. Edmonton Rush forward Mark Matthews, the first overall pick in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft who currently leads all rookies and is tied for seventh in league scoring (19 points), won the Rookie of the Month award.

Player of the Month
Shawn Evans, Calgary Roughnecks (4 GP, 13G, 18A, 22 LB): Evans recorded 31 points (13+18) and 22 loose balls, with a single-game high of 13 points (4+9) on Jan. 25 at Colorado, as Calgary posted a 2-2 record in the month of January.

Rookie of the Month
Mark Matthews, Edmonton Rush (4 GP, 8G, 11A, 4 LB): Matthews recorded 19 points (8+11) and four loose balls, with a single-game high of nine points (4+5) on Jan. 20 at Washington, as Edmonton posted a 1-2 record in the month of January.

The NLL Player Awards are determined by a vote of the league’s general managers and head coaches.


ILIndoor Roundtable: Do 2-0, 0-2 weekends say more about a team or the NLL overall?

Nick Rose and the Rock made it through the weekend at 2-0, not an easy feat in the NLL.
Nick Rose and the Rock made it through the weekend at 2-0, not an easy feat in the NLL.

NLL teams can find themselves in a
much different spot in the standings from one week to the next. That was proven this past weekend, which saw Toronto and Calgary go 2-0, while Philly went 0-2, in back-to-back or quick-turnaround games. But how much does that speak about each team, or the league overall?

The high skill of the NLL is forcing teams to be on their best game more than ever before and is also requiring coaching staffs to make quicker decisions when things might not be going so great in the cage. It also requires more athleticism and mental toughness, but how much can that help you if you’re in a precarious position in the standings? ILIndoor staffers Bob Chavez, Marty O’Neill, Teddy Jenner and Casey Vock dissect these issues here. READ MORE »


CLax: Players from four different teams share Player of the Week awards

Caleb Wiles was rookie of the week and nabbed an honourable mention for top offensive player as well. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Caleb Wiles was rookie of the week and nabbed an honourable mention for top offensive player as well. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

The Canadian Lacrosse League Surge Apparel Players of the Week for the week ending January 27th are Ryan Campbell (Brampton) Offensive, Angus Dineley (Toronto) Defensive, Jon Arnold (Niagara) Transition, and Caleb Wiles (Barrie) who takes home Rookie of the Week honours. Wiles also earned an honourable mention for top offensive player with his big game. Both Dineley and defensive honourable mention Zack Higgins shone in the tight and low-scoring Shooting Stars win over Durham last Sunday. READ MORE »


Off the Crossebar Podcast with Kevin Alexander, aka ‘Alexander the Great’

Kevin Alexander knows lacrosse as a player and as a coach. (Photo: Matt J. Wiater)
Kevin Alexander knows lacrosse as a player and as a coach. (Photo: Matt J. Wiater)

When you ask people for the names of their top five athletes of all time, many will give you a laundry list of the who’s who in sports, the creme-de-la-creme and for the most part, while it’s fairly predictable, it’s still pretty subjective to their own personal memories and ideals. Well when NBA All-Star and 2-time MVP Steve Nash was asked during half time of an NBA game who his top five  faves were, he threw almost everyone for a loop.

This week on the Off the Crossebar Podcast, we go one-on-one with one of the greatest players you may never have heard of and that’s not a slap in the face to Kevin Alexander, it’s just that in the two years he played in Buffalo during the old MILL days, he was on a team full of Eastern all-stars, hall of famers in their own right and one guy who’s actually still playing, if you can believe it. But for Alexander, who’s already in the Canadian Lacrosse and Victoria Sports Hall of Fames, his most recent induction could be one of the most memorable. READ MORE »


National Lacrosse League: Roughnecks nab 3 of 4 Player of the Week Awards

Geoff Snider dominated at the dot and won transition player of the week. (Photo: Todd Bauders, ContrastPhotography)
Geoff Snider dominated at the dot and won transition player of the week. (Photo: Todd Bauders, ContrastPhotography)

The busiest weekend of the 2013 National Lacrosse League season saw seven games, involving all nine teams, five of those playing two games over three days. On Friday, the Toronto Rock held the Minnesota Swarm scoreless in the 4th quarter to win 13-12. In the first of two road wins, in a rematch of their week 3 game, the Calgary Roughnecks bested the Colorado Mammoth 19-12. The 3rd game on Friday, also a rematch of their week 3 showdown, the Washington Stealth defeated the Edmonton Rush 12-10. On Saturday, the Rochester Knighthawks remained winless as the Toronto Rock won their second of the weekend 11-7. In the 3rd rematch of the weekend, the Buffalo Bandits avenged their week 2 loss to the Philadelphia Wings, winning 14-13. Also on Saturday, the Minnesota Swarm won their home opener 15-14 against the Washington Stealth. In the final game of the weekend, the Calgary Roughnecks picked up their second road win beating the Philadelphia Wings 16-8.

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Toronto Rock and Durham Police partner on ProAction Cops & Kids Program

DRPS Constable & Rock Athletic Therapist Terry Rayner, Sherwood Public School VP Tami Rayner, Rock Captain Colin Doyle. (Photo: Mary Lou Naccarato, Pulse Imaging)
DRPS Constable & Rock Athletic Therapist Terry Rayner, Sherwood Public School VP Tami Rayner, Rock Captain Colin Doyle. (Photo: Mary Lou Naccarato, Pulse Imaging)

Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officers, through the ProAction Cops & Kids program, the Toronto Rock Lacrosse Club, the Durham District School Board and Tim Hortons have teamed up to build relationships between officers and youth in a fun, active and constructive way.

Officers and members from the Toronto Rock are attending various schools across Durham Region with a two-hour, interactive presentation aiming to promote a healthy lifestyle, teamwork and character development. By interacting with youths in a positive setting, it will build trust and open the lines of communication. READ MORE »


Who Ya Got? NLL Week 5 Picks

The Rock and Bandits renew their rivalry with first place in the East on the line. (Photo: TorontoRock.com)
The Rock and Bandits renew their rivalry with first place in the East on the line. (Photo: TorontoRock.com)

The busiest weekend of the 2013 National Lacrosse League saw three rematches of games played in weeks two and three. The Calgary Roughnecks climbed their way back to .500 winning on Friday and Sunday, the Toronto Rock also picked up wins against the Minnesota Swarm and Rochester Knighthawks, and the previously undefeated Philadelphia Wings dropped both their games.

While the east division teams have started to put some space between them, the west division, however, has three teams at 1-2, only one game back from division leaders, Washington Stealth.

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Video: Sweet goal by Cory Vitarelli

It’s not anything that hasn’t been done before, but do we ever get tired of seeing goals like this? Check it out as Rochester’s Cory Vitarelli pulls in a loose ball off the side boards, then takes his man in before surprising Toronto goalie Nick Rose with this sweet behind-the-head-shot during Saturday’s game in Rochester.


ILIndoor.com: A preview of the Bandits/Rock game, injured Tavares to sit

The Buffalo Bandits (3-1) will square off with the Toronto Rock (4-1) this Saturday at the First Niagara Center. Here are a few of the storylines heading into the game.

The Bandits’ captain John Tavares will miss the game with a calf injury. He has had an issue with his calf in years prior, and Coach Darris Kilgour said he is definitely out. They’ll re-evaluate him after this weekend.

Former Bandits’ captain Chris White makes his return to Banditland, this time for the visiting Toronto Rock. He called his departure from Buffalo “one of the toughest decisions he’s ever made” but said he “couldn’t resist Toronto’s offer and the chance to be closer to home.” White signed with the Rock as a free agent in the offseason despite the Bandits matching their offer. READ MORE »


Burnaby Lakers making coaching change: Bob Johnston is out and Rory McDade is in

Johnston (left), and McDade.
Johnston (left), and McDade.

It’s not so much a coaching change as it is a transition, say the Burnaby Lakers. No matter how you phrase it, though, Bob Johnston is out as coach and Rory McDade is in. Johnston told the Royal City Record that he would have liked another season to coach the team he led to a 9-7-2 record last summer and a first-round playoff exit. But general manager Paul Rowbotham said the new direction of the game called for a new coach. “I think (Johnston) was ready to move upstairs. Twice we made the playoffs. I thought it was just time,” Rowbotham told the Royal City Record. “We looked at it. Rory was ready to coach. It is more of a transition.” McDade has been a player/assistant coach for the Lakers and has spent his entire playing career with the Lakers. “The game is changing,” said Rowbotham. “I think of it as a change, and after three years, I think (Johnston) pushed them as far as he could push them.” The WLA draft is Feb. 4 and the Lakers open their WLA season at home on May 17.