National Lacrosse League Power Rankings: Week 4

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Week 4 of the NLL was the busiest weekend so far with seven games on the schedule and every team playing at least once. It was also a weekend for movement in the standings and more importantly in the Power rankings. Lets get right into it this weekend.

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Toronto Rock
4-1
It was a perfect weekend for the Toronto Rock as they won both their games with strong fourth quarters. On Friday the Rock overcame a 12-8 deficit to defeat the Minnesota Swarm 13-8 and on Saturday Toronto outscored the Rochester Knighthawks 5-1 in the second half to finish with an 11-7 victory. Toronto got clutch scoring from their offensive stars but it was their defense that made the difference in both these games. Toronto’s next game will be in Buffalo against the Bandits.

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Buffalo Bandits
3-1
The Bandits picked up their third win in a row and avenged their only loss of the early season by defeating the Philadelphia Wings 14-13 in Buffalo. Ironman Shawn Williams was the big set up man with six assists and Buffalo’s goals came from 9 different Bandits.

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Calgary Roughnecks
2-2
A road trip was just what the Calgary Roughnecks needed. Calgary shook off their two game losing streak by scoring 35 goals in their two victories (19-12 over Colorado and 16-8 over Philadelphia). When you score 35 goals you are getting production from a lot of players but Shawn Evans was the biggest producer as he set a new franchise record for Calgary when he picked up 13 points against the Mammoth. Calgary’s next game is in Edmonton on Saturday.
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Washington Stealth
3-2
Washington split their games this weekend. On Friday they avenged last weekend’s 18-10 loss against Edmonton by defeating the Rush 12-10 in Edmonton. On Saturday Washington came up on the short end of a 15-14 score in Minnesota. The best news for Washington is that Tyler Richards was back between the pipes after missing their previous two starts with a lower body injury. Washington’s next game is in Rochester on Saturday.

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Philadelphia Wings
2-2
It was a tough weekend for the Philadelphia Wings as they lost both games. On Saturday the Wings were involved an exciting battle in Buffalo but ended up on the wrong end of a 14-13 score. On Sunday they got a taste of how explosive the Calgary Roughnecks can be. Philly starter Kevin Croswell was chased from the net 4 minutes into the second quarter as Calgary built up a 7-1 lead. Philly made it as close as 10-8 early in the fourth quarter but the Roughnexks scored the last 6 goals of the game to finish with 16-8 victory. The Wings have next week off but will host the Rochester Knighthawks the following week.

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Minnesota Swarm
1-2
Minnesota split their games this weekend losing 13-12 in Toronto and then getting a 15-14 victory in their home opener against the Washington Stealth. At times in their game against the Toronto Rock, it looked like the Swarm were going to leave Toronto in their dust, but like their loss in Buffalo the Swarm could not close the deal. On Saturday the Swarm got some inspiration from the return of their captain Andrew Suitor and even though they were outscored 4-1 in the fourth quarter it was that one goal (scored by Suitor) that allowed them to hang on for the victory. Next week the Swarm travel to Colorado to meet the Mammoth.

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Edmonton Rush
1-2
Edmonton lost a close game (12-10) against the Washington Stealth. After building 6-2 second quarter lead the Rush allowed Washington to score 8 out of the next 9 goals. Edmonton is now winless in their two home games and would like to change that when they host the Calgary Roughnecks next week.

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Colorado Mammoth
1-2
The Mammoth were run out of their own building as the Calgary Roughneck spanked them 19-12on Friday. Colorado now has a league worst goals against average of 16 and they’ll have to improve on that if they want to beat the Minnesota Swarm next Saturday.

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Rochester Knighthawks
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After losing by 1 goal in each of their first two games the Knighthawks regular season futility against the Toronto Rock continued as the Rock defeated Rochester by four goals. Rochester’s offence went stagnant in the second half when a 6-6 halftime score turned into a 11-7 loss. Only 4 players scored goals for the Knighthawks and Dan Dawson didn’t get a point. Rochester will host Washington next Saturday.
A longtime TV analyst for lacrosse, Shanny calls games for TSN. Shanny won five Mann Cups as a player and is the voice of boxla in Canada. Email him at brian.shanahan@nllinsider.com or follow him at @sbdshanny.

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