As it turns out, Matt Roik’s gloves were illegal. But he should have been allowed to finish Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Swarm. The National Lacrosse League issued a statement about the situation, in which Swarm coach Joe Sullivan called for an equipment check on the Colorado goalie. While Sullivan was within the rules with his request, the NLL rules state that the equipment check should have taken place at the conclusion of the quarter. And since Sullivan made his request in the fourth quarter, that inspection would have come at game’s end. “Matt Roik will be wearing approved equipment for this coming weekend,” Colorado GM Steve Govett said in a statement on the team’s website. “We need to look forward. We’re going to make sure that all of our players have NLL-approved equipment moving forward.”
Roik was assessed a 10-minute game misconduct for illegal equipment and a 2-minute minor for illegal equipment. In-home player Mat McLeod served the minor and Roik left the game since there were less than 10 minutes remaining.
The Mammoth explained that Roik was wearing modified gloves that were approved by the NLL in 2010, when Roik was with the Washington Stealth. But the NLL said such exemptions do not carry forward, essentially stating that Roik should have re-applied for another exemption.
Check out the league’s statement in its entirety here.
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Not all news coming out of Colorado was good news as the team placed defender Mac Allen on injured reserve. ILIndoor has learned that Allen tore his repaired ACL and is out for the season … The Rochester Knighthawks released Kedoh Hill and signed and activated Cody McLeod … The Minnesota Swarm have built quite the rep for getting the most out of their rookies, and Kiel Matisz and Shayne Jackson are no exceptions this season. “As a rookie you try not to have too many expectations, just contribute to the team in a positive way and work hard one game at a time. The goal is to definitely be hoisting that cup at the end of the year though,” said Matisz. (MNSwarm.com) … The Swarm scored a season-low 9 goals in last weekend’s loss to Colorado, and they’re hoping veteran forward Callum Crawford can return after missing the game with a hamstring injury. Crawford’s optimistic he can return, too. “I’m going to give it a go this weekend and see how it feels in practice. Obviously the team doctors will decide whether I can play or not, but I’m feeling much better and hopefully I can get back out there with the guys.” (NLL.com) … John Gurtler doesn’t play the game, but he does call it for the Buffalo Bandits on the radio, so it’s easy to see how gamedays are the best days for Gurtler. (Bandits.com).Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to RochesterSports.com.
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