National Lacrosse League hands down multiple suspensions after Week 10 fights

The scene at the benches after Colorado's win over Buffalo on Saturday was intense. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
The scene at the benches after Colorado's win over Buffalo on Saturday was intense. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

As expected, the National Lacrosse League handed down a bit of punishment for the extra-curricular activities that took place last weekend. The line brawl in Buffalo between the Bandits and Mammoth resulted in 1-game suspensions for 4 players from each team who received match penalties. The biggest punishment was levied on Colorado’s Chet Koneczny, who received a gross misconduct penalty for an obscene gesture, and further review by the NLL added a game misconduct. Add to that a second match penalty of the season, and a mandatory 2-game suspension is handed down, so Koneczny has been suspended for a total of 4 games. In Philadelphia, 2 Wings and 2 Stealth players are among the players to receive 1-game suspensions for fights that occurred late in that game. We did our best to break down the 13 total suspensions, after the jump, but you can also click on the NLL link to get the official explanation.

Buffalo Bandits
David Brock, Nick Cotter, Jimmy Purves (traded to Rochester) and Billy Dee Smith all receive 1-game suspensions.

In addition, coach Darris Kilgour was issued a game misconduct and fined an undisclosed amount for confronting the Colorado coaches on the bench after the game. Kilgour received a gross misconduct on the field, and the NLL upheld the ruling after a review of the incident.

Colorado Mammoth
Ilija Gajic, Chet Koneczny, Rich Morgan and Jon Sullivan (traded to Rochester) all receive 1-game suspensions.

In addition, Koneczny was issued a 1-game suspension for an obscene gesture incident. He received a Gross Misconduct penalty on the field, and the NLL issued a Game Misconduct penalty for violation of Obscene Gestures by Players after reviewing the incident. Koneczny, who was assessed a match penalty against Washington on Jan. 12, was given an additional suspension of 2 games — for a total of 4 games — for violation of the Repeat Offender Rule.

Philadelphia Wings
Michael Manley and Brandon Miller receive 1-game suspensions. Manley violated the Second fight After the Original Fight rule, while Miller was found in violation of Intervention of a Fight Already in Progress.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia coach Johnny Mouradian has been fined an undisclosed amount for an obscene gesture during the fourth quarter against Washington.

Washington Stealth
Jeff Moleski, Mitch McMichael and Justin Pychel receives 1-game suspensions. Matt Beers is issued a game misconduct.

Moleski is suspended for violation of Second Fight After The Original Fight.

McMichael got his suspension for an illegal cross check that was called during the game at 8:14 of the fourth quarter, but a league review resulted in a match penalty being issued. Same for Pychel, who was called for his illegal cross check at 13:33 of the third quarter.

Beers was issued his game misconduct for violation of Two Majors in One Game after receiving an Illegal Cross Checking Major penalty at the 5:13 mark of the first quarter and Fighting Major penalty at the 13:48 mark of the fourth quarter.

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 bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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