It’s one thing if your 2-7 record is littered with lopsided losses. But that’s not the case with the Minnesota Swarm this season, and although they’re far from the expectations they had for this National Lacrosse League season, not all is lost. The Swarm’s 7 losses are by an average of just 3.2 goals per game, 4 of them by 2 goals. And as they head to Buffalo for Saturday’s game against the Bandits, the do so knowing they’re just 1.5 games behind third-place Toronto in the East Division. “We have to create a sense of urgency, but in doing that we have to stay poised,” coach Joe Sullivan told the team’s website. “We can’t have everyone in panic mode, but every shift is that important — every loose ball, every shot on net — we can’t accept second best from anybody, but the players are up to the task.” Tonight’s game also marks the first time the Swarm are facing former teammate Ryan Benesch, who was traded to the Bandits in July for draft picks.
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Dirty Dozen: Abandon hope, all ye who enter the Alberta Double, No. 1 draft pick reunion in Colorado, and DDD is durable
What a difference a year makes. The Alberta Double, as ILIndoor’s Teddy Jenner has so eloquently dubbed it, has been a lost cause for any National Lacrosse League team who dares. At least for this 2014 season. Watching the Toronto Rock take it on the chin this weekend, with losses in Alberta to the Edmonton Rush and Calgary Roughnecks, sparked a thought. How have NLL teams performed when taking on this daunting task of playing the Rush and the Riggers in the same weekend, or at least in consecutive weekends? Last year? Not so bad. This year? Different story. READ MORE »
There are 4 NLL games on Saturday, all of which are divisional games which could see some of the bottom feeders close the gap against their potential playoff opponents.
First up, the Buffalo Bandits (6-2) attempt to remain at the top of the East when they host the Minnesota Swarm (2-7); both the Bandits and Swarm defeated the Philadelphia Wings in their last games played. The second game of East Division play pits the undefeated at home Rochester Knighthawks (6-3) against the Philadelphia Wings (3-7), who are looking to snap a four game losing streak.
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The Thunder Lacrosse Club (a not for profit society run by President Ken Buchan and Vice President Rob Buchan) have received league approval to assume management of the Langley Intermediate and Junior Thunder (Thunder Sports Entertainment). The B.C. Junior Lacrosse League’s Board of Directors approved the transfer at their meeting on Tuesday, March 4. The move was made to try to create a strong synergy through the different levels of local lacrosse as well as the Langley Events Centre. Having managed the Langley Thunder of the Western Lacrosse Association since 1999, the Buchan family has become entrenched in the sport both locally and throughout the Lower Mainland. The team was the first franchise to play in the LEC after its opening in 2009 and has a strong relationship with the facility which will now benefit all three teams. READ MORE »
It’s a question that’s made its way around the sporting world recently so we decided to give it a go here at ILIndoor. Who would you put on your Mount Rushmore of lacrosse? And since our sport is so unique, we went at this in 2 different ways. In the first round, we limited ourselves to National Lacrosse League players only. So check it out as staffers Bob Chavez, Stephen Stamp, Ty Pilson, Teddy Jenner and Marty O’Neill give it a go and let us know what you think, or who you’d have on your Mount Rushmore of lacrosse over at the ILIndoor message board. READ MORE »
When you really get down to it, the fact that the National Lacrosse League can even exist and operate the way it does is a minor miracle.
The amount of moving parts that are geared together to pull off weekly games across over the USA and Canada are vast. Think about it, the volume of flights, baggage, transportation details and weather issues to put two teams on the floor can be monumental. Pile on the forgotten passports, lost wallets, missed wakeup calls and any other nuance that could go wrong and oftentimes do and you get a better picture of the whole ball of wax. While teams in the horseshoe or GTA like the Rock, Bandits and Knighthawks have it a bit easier with players all driving to home games, other cities like Colorado, Minnesota and Philadelphia rely on a stable of fly-in guys even for home games. READ MORE »
The National Lacrosse League has announced Garrett Billings as Player of the Month and Logan Schuss as Rookie of the Month award winners for February of the 2014 NLL regular season.
The Toronto Rock forward, who was also named February Player of the Month in the 2013 season, is the league’s current points (70) and assists (50) leader. Drafted by the Rock in 2009, Billings is coming off two consecutive 100+ point seasons. One of only four Rock players who don’t hail from Ontario, Billings recorded 38 points (11G, 27A), 31 loose balls, and two forced turnovers last month; his single game high 12 points (6G, 6A) came in Toronto’s 20-10 win against the Philadelphia Wings on February 7th. In addition to the NLL February honours, Billings was named ILIndoor’s first star in both weeks six and seven. READ MORE »
Fans of the Rochester Knighthawks have seen their share of foreign fans for home National Lacrosse League games. It’s not uncommon for a good portion of the crowd to sport the orange and black when the Bandits are in town. Saturday night, though, there will be plenty of voices rooting for the Philadelphia Wings as about 275 fans are preparing to fill 5 buses for the trip north. About 25 others will make the drive on their own with the trip being part of a benefit for those who took part in the early-bird renewal process for season tickets. It’s the second trip to Rochester this season for the Wings, which will see Jordan Hall and Joel White taking on their former team, and defenseman Mike Manley playing in what is practically his backyard. READ MORE »
Week 10 of the NLL was a good weekend for fans in Alberta! The Toronto Rock headed west last weekend, first stopping into Edmonton to take on the Rush before ending their double header in Calgary to face the Roughnecks.
The Rush held the lead for a short three minutes in the first, then traded goals with the Rock for most of the game, before regaining their lead early in the fourth quarter and going on to win their eight straight last Friday night. It went from bad to worse on Saturday as the Rock were down 7-0 at the end of the first quarter in Calgary. Ultimately dropping both games in Alberta last weekend, the Rock have yet to win on the road in 2014.
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Winners and Losers: Rush and Roughnecks getting plenty of praise; plus everybody loves a wooden stick, don’t they?
It’s a good time for professional lacrosse in Alberta. The Rush are unbeaten and the Roughnecks are rolling, ESPN3 and TSN2 viewers got to see both teams beat the Rock on the weekend, and Curtis Dickson is on fire. There’s lots of love for both teams, the big redhead, and the TV coverage in this week’s Winners and Losers. On the other side of the ledger: stay classy, Willy B.; don’t hate on the wooden sticks (Casey Vock’s way of sneaking in two winners); the banged-up Toronto defence; and Buffalo sitting idly by while the rest of the league plays. Check them all out after the jump, as the IL Indoor staffers take on the best and worst of the lacrosse world. READ MORE »