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Fan poll: Best American to play in the NLL? It’s Tim Soudan vs. Chris O’Dougherty

Old school vs. new school. Offense vs. defense. Tim Soudan vs. Chris O’Dougherty. This is a juicy matchup that’d be worth the price of a ticket, no matter which era we’re talking about. Soudan is the former Rochester Knighthawks forward to didn’t just rely on his hometown connections to win over fans in Rochester. His hard work and feisty approach put him over the top in the hearts of Knighthawks faithful. O’Dougherty doesn’t have the lengthy NLL resume of Soudan, but he can’t help the chronological order of events, like birth. But given the way this young defenseman works himself so he can work over opponents, it’s no stretch to include him in the discussion of best Americans to ever play in the NLL. And that’s why he’s here today in this poll, leaving it up to you to help decide as ILIndoor continues its pursuit of the best American-born NLL player. READ MORE »


Fan Poll: Best American to play in the NLL? It’s Brendan Mundorf vs. Vinnie Sombrotto

Admittedly, it’s tough to compare the careers of guys who played so far apart from each other, but it’s not impossible. Especially when it comes to heart, which both Brendan Mundorf and Vinnie Sombrotto put on display for every game they played. Heart is a part of the game that applies to all eras, even if the uniforms did not. So yeah, if Mundorf strapped on the old-school spandex shorts for his next NLL game, Sombrotto is one of the few guys who could laugh and say, been there, done that. Sombrotto is old-school, no doubt about that, so we’ll see how that matches up to the new school in today’s installment of our search for the best American-born National Lacrosse League player. READ MORE »


Fan poll: Best American to play in the NLL? It’s Jay Jalbert going up against Tom Ryan

We’ve plowed through the first half of the bracket, so here we are to kick off the second half of the first round. And today, we’ve got a couple of doozies. When we look back on the career of Jay Jalbert, we’re tempted to think he could have done more and had better numbers. But for the few seasons we were treated to his exploits on the rug, we were impressed, no doubt. Jalbert is going up against a guy in Tom Ryan who was known for more than lacrosse. For some, the long dreadlocks flowing from the lid overshadowed what Ryan accomplished as a player and that’s a shame, because Ryan brought an element that’s tough for anyone to match, American or not. Either way, you get to decided today who was the better of the 2, so let’s get your vote on. READ MORE »


Fan poll: Best American to play in the NLL? It’s Mike Regan vs. Brian Langtry

Onward we march in our search for the best American-born player to strap on gear in the National Lacrosse League. Like we mentioned on Tuesday, one of the cooler things about exercises like this is seeing a name and having it spark great memories from years gone by. And today, we’ve got a feeling that’ll happen for fans of the Colorado Mammoth. That’s because longtime fan favorite Brian Langtry is going up against Mike Regan. Langtry defined the theme of wearing your heart on your sleeve, and his approach found a place in the hearts of many Mammoth fans, along with fans of other teams throughout the league. Regan did the same, of course, living a dream by playing for his hometown team. Two great players, tons of great memories but just 1 choice in the poll. So who advances today? Langtry or Regan? It’s up to you, and the only way you can let your voice be heard is by voting in the poll. READ MORE »


Fan poll: Best American to play in the NLL? It’s Joe Walters vs. Brad Kotz

As we weave our way through this bi-weekly fan poll in search of the best American-born player to play in the National Lacrosse League, there have been plenty of memories stirred. While polls like this are hardly scientific, one of the things we like most about installments like these is the chance to remember players whose career wrapped up long ago. It’s easy to replay the great plays of current players, of course, so any time we can tip a cap to the American pioneers of the NLL, it’s wicked cool. It’s a way of letting them know their game may be gone, but it will never be forgotten. With that in mind, let’s roll into the next matchup, which features Joe Walters going up against one of the aforementioned old-timers, Brad Kotz. READ MORE »


Fan poll: Best American to play in the NLL? Shawn Nadelen takes on Kyle Hartzell

Our last matchup included one of the greatest American offensive sticks to grace the National Lacrosse League, but today’s matchup is strictly defensive. Of course, when you see Shawn Nadelen’s name in a lacrosse article here, you know what the topic’s gonna be. Throw in Kyle Hartzell’s name and yeah, you see the theme here. So help us move on this “tournament” in which ILIndoor is counting on you to help find the best American-born player to play in the National Lacrosse League. But before you vote today, make sure you’ve got all your arm pads and helmets locked on tightly, because you’re entering a world of world-class defense. READ MORE »


Fan poll: Best American to play in the NLL? It’s Pat McCabe up against Ryan Boyle

What we’ve got here is an old-fashioned showdown between offense and defense. In one corner, Pat McCabe. In the other, Ryan Boyle. Both come from a past era of the National Lacrosse League, although Boyle’s NLL days really aren’t that far behind him. Nevertheless, we’ve got one of the league’s best American defenders going up against one of the league’s best offensive visionaries when it came to finding open teammates. So your vote in this poll may come down to which end the floor you like best. Or maybe McCabe or Boyle played for your favorite team. Whatever the motivation for your vote, the time to cast is now as we continue our search for the best American-born player to have played in the NLL. READ MORE »


Fan poll: Best American to play in the NLL? It’s Kevin Finneran vs. Jamie Hanford

Today’s matchup puts us one-fourth of the way through our first round of the ILIndoor poll to determine who you think is the best American-born player to suit up in the National Lacrosse League. So far, we’ve got names like Casey Powell and Eric Martin on through to the second round, so today we’ll get started on whether the next name will be Kevin Finneran or Jamie Hanford. One was a slick-scoring forward, the other a bruising defender who made quite a name for himself with faceoff domination. Who would win this matchup in real lacrosse showdown? Hard to say, of course, so we’ll leave it to you and the internet to decide because after you catch up on their respective accomplishments, you can vote for the one you like best. READ MORE »


Fan poll: Best American to play in the NLL? It’s Chris Panos vs. Sal LoCascio

We’ve given you our first 2 matchups of the ILIndoor poll to determine who is the best American-born player to play in the National Lacrosse League. And with Casey Powell and Eric Martin advancing, it’s time to keep this thing on the move by making the decision in this poll your toughest yet. Then again, if you were a fan of the teams Chris Panos and Sal LoCascio played on, then maybe it’s not so tough after all. Either way, this is the decision facing you today as you decide between Panos, the gifted scorer, and LoCascio, the goalie who was one of the few to make the transition successfully from field to box lacrosse. READ MORE »


Who Ya Got? Champion’s Cup Game 1

The race for the Cup is on! Roughnecks host game one against Knighthawks in Calgary on Saturday. (Photo: Brad Watson)
The race for the Cup is on! Roughnecks host game one against Knighthawks in Calgary on Saturday. (Photo: Brad Watson)

Will home field advantage be the deciding factor in the NLL race for the Champions Cup? It would sure seem so after the hometown Rush and Knighthawks evened the score against the Roughnecks and Bandits forcing both series to mini-games to determine Division winners.

Coming out strong last Friday night, the Rush scored eight goals in 15 minutes and another seven through the remaining 45 minutes to take the W in game two. The record-breaking Rush’s season would end shortly after as the Calgary Roughnecks outscored them 2-1 in the mini-game, advancing to their third Champion’s Cup in franchise history.

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