Your team is the toast of the National Lacrosse League. A perfect 8-0. The club is finally racking up home wins (something that hasn’t happened in the past), scoring goals (also something that hasn’t happened a lot in the past) and playing a stifling defence backed by great goaltending. So, Chris Corbeil, first question: How fun is it to be a member of the Edmonton Rush right now? “It’s a blast,” answered the first-year club captain. “It’s always fun when you’re with a great group of guys but when you’re winning it’s icing on the cake. It’s extra sweet.” READ MORE »
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In the National Lacrosse League, the mid-season mark brings many things to light. Squads who are competitive and winning most of their first-half matches are seeing some of the rewards from a good draft or trades and free agent signings. Teams suffering from more losses than wins continue to search for answers and look for something to make a difference or a way to salvage what seems to be lost. I have been in both situations countless times over an NLL career of playing and managing. Things get tricky on either side of the fence in the pro league where you are only as hot as your last game. The teams that have been losing are usually due for a win and it’s not easy to go against a desperate team either. READ MORE »
Dirty Dozen: Hottest sticks of the last 5 NLL seasons, Tavares is raising standards yet again, and where in the world is Philly fan?
We know who the legends are when it comes to scoring. Guys like John Tavares, Josh Sanderson, John Grant Jr. and Colin Doyle have been blowing up goalies for years in the National Lacrosse League. So it stands to reason we’ll find their names at or near the top of the NLL’s all-time scoring charts, which we do. But what about more recent history? Who’s had the hot stick over the last, say, 5 seasons? Answering this does not necessarily define anything, but it does give us a nice mixture of forwards who have a couple of seasons left in their legs, along with some younger gunners who are staking their claims to be included in conversations about the all-time greats a few more years down the road. READ MORE »
ILIndoor Roundtable: Who is emerging as MVP at halfway point, and what’s with the long layoff for Buffalo and Vancouver?
So what good is a midway point of a season without MVP chatter? That’s where we are with the National Lacrosse League heading into Week 10 and although it’s not precisely the halfway point, we’ve got our MVP talk going anyway. So who is emerging as the league’s top player so far? It all depends on who you ask. And when you ask, truth be told. So it turns out to be an interesting discussion on MVP candidates before we shift to a topic that’s got to be unpopular with the Bandits and the Stealth right about now: Their 3-week break. Is it good, is it bad? There’s pretty much a consensus on that topic. But in order to find out what it is, you’ll have to make the jump with staffers Bob Chavez, Ty Pilson, Marty O’Neill, Stephen Stamp and Teddy Jenner for this week’s installment of the ILIndoor Roundtable. READ MORE »
Winners and Losers: Buzz includes jerseys of Philadelphia Wings along with play of Schuss, MacIntosh and Calgary Roughnecks
The Philadelphia Wings sported some cool jerseys for their National Lacrosse League game against the Minnesota Swarm last weekend, and the reviews have been generally positive, with a catch or two. Jordan MacIntosh is getting some love for his play as of late, and the Calgary Roughnecks are getting all sorts of props for Saturday’s big home win over the Rochester Knighthawks. And lest we forget, rookie and No. 1 overall draft pick Logan Schuss had a weekend for the Swarm that finally made him look like a top pick, and he’s a topic of conversation as well. And just where is this conversation? It’s not far from right here, as ILIndoor staffers weigh in with their Winners and Losers after Week 9 of the NLL. READ MORE »
Here we are at the midpoint (kind of) of the National Lacrosse League season. As is usually the case, things haven’t gone exactly how folks expected. There are always surprises, both good and bad. There’s tons of storylines and things of note so far during the 2014 NLL campaign, but here’s five things that have stood out to me so far. First off, the Buffalo Bandits. READ MORE »
Dirty Dozen: Edmonton Rush defense on a historic pace, 3-week byes in the NLL and Cosmo reflects on Buffalo’s rebound
The Edmonton Rush are playing fantastic defense, this we know. But how fantastic, in terms of National Lacrosse League history? They’ve played just 7 games, so there’s still a lot of lacrosse to be played and we don’t want to, ahem, rush to judgment here. Still, since allowing 10 goals in their opener against Colorado, the Rush have not allowed more than 9 goals in a single game and twice they’ve held opponents to 6 goals. Considering the wealth of talent in the game today, along with the smaller rosters that’s culled the offensive talent to an elite level, it’s a pretty impressive run for the Rush to have allowed just 54 goals so far in 2014. It’s also shaping up to be a historic run. READ MORE »
In the world of National Lacrosse League lacrosse, most players starting out have ideas of grandeur on a pro lacrosse career. Depending on their path to the bigs, along with that comes the mindset that they are bound for glory or an apprenticeship for a job as a plumber service man type. I have come to love the types of guys who do the heavy lifting in the corners and the alleys. They bring a work ethic and a mindset that is easily manageable in the framework of a team. Their very existence says they come with little baggage and are ready for work: Every NLL GM’s favorite words, LOW MAINTENANCE. READ MORE »
It’s not a lot of fun being with the Minnesota Swarm these days. So much promise coming into the 2014 National Lacrosse League season, but a 1-6 record is nowhere near that promise. Is the season lost? Can it be turned around? The Swarm have 11 games left if they want to be a playoff team this year and the unfortunate thing for them is that they have a few wrinkles to iron out. It’s one of those situations where the answer depends on who you ask, so ILIndoor went ahead and did that. Check it out as staffers Bob Chavez, Teddy Jenner, Ty Pilson, Stephen Stamp and Marty O’Neill tackle the issue of the Swarm and what may be the cure to the ills of this team. READ MORE »
Week 8 of the National Lacrosse League has come and gone but ILIndoor is not quite ready to let it go. Check it out as we look back at the week that was and get it off our chest in the form of Winners and Losers. There were a couple of offensive units that appear to have gotten back on track, while a couple of other units pretty much lost the momentum it appeared to have. There’s still plenty of lacrosse left to play in this 2014 season, however, which means there’s plenty of time to turn things around or have it turned around. But for now, we’re sticking with the week that was and next week, we’ll be back with more. READ MORE »