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Video: Johnny Powless up close

Johnny Powless, all alone on the crease.
Johnny Powless, all alone on the crease.

Not many goalies want to find themselves on the wrong end of a breakaway, or find a forward all alone on the crease in front of them with the ball in their stick. It’s tough enough to stop anyone in that situation, but when it’s a stick like that of Johnny Powless, it’s a bit different. That’s because there’s a lot of skill in that stick and more often than not, he’s gonna win a matchup like that. And just in case you missed it on Saturday night, that’s exactly the scenario that unfolded. Vancouver goalie Matt Roik is a solid keeper by all accounts, but with Powless on the crease late in the first quarter, check out what happened and there’s a pretty good chance you’ll want to watch this one again.


Money Ballers: Mammoth’s John Grant Jr. finds himself in a familiar spot at top

John Grant Jr., right, is returns to the No. 1 Money Ballers spot with 2 weeks left in the regular season. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)
John Grant Jr., right, is returns to the No. 1 Money Ballers spot with 2 weeks left in the regular season. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)

The streak is over. By now you’ve heard that the Edmonton Rush’s perfect season is not to be, but the team that was able to do it may not have been who you expected. The playoff picture in the East became a little more solidified this weekend, and the first-place East team tried to play spoiler for a team in the West. For the second time this season, the Swarm and Bandits pulled off a feat that hadn’t been accomplished in the National Lacrosse League in twenty-four years, and we kind of have a new leader on the Money Ballers leader board. All that and more on this week’s edition of the Money Ballers. READ MORE »


As Rush winning streak comes to an end, so does pressure to maintain it, plus the links

Defenseman Creighton Reid picked a fine time to score his first goal of the season for the Mammoth. (Photo: Jack Dempsey)
Defenseman Creighton Reid picked a fine time to score his first goal of the season for the Mammoth. (Photo: Jack Dempsey)

Here’s how weird it gets in the National Lacrosse League. The Edmonton Rush, who came into the weekend with a 14-0 record, played Friday against a Colorado Mammoth team that was 5-10, then played Saturday against at Calgary Roughnecks team that was 10-5. The Rush split the weekend, so guess which team they beat and which team beat them? Exactly. The Mammoth surprised the Rush 10-8 on Friday before the Rush rebounded with a 15-11 win on Saturday. Either way, dreams of perfection are finished for Edmonton. “It’s hard to go 18-0,” Edmonton GM/coach Derek Keenan told the Edmonton Sun. “It would have been nice but it’s not the worst thing that could happen to us, that’s for sure.” READ MORE »


AILA announces summer camp schedule

The AILA's summer camp integrates box lacrosse skills with the field game. (Provided photo)
The AILA's summer camp integrates box lacrosse skills with the field game. (Provided photo)

The American Indoor Lacrosse Association today announced it schedule for their Integrated Academies for Summer of 2014. The ALIA’s Integrated Academies will get off to a fast start in late June with day and overnight opportunities continuing through July and August that feature AILA’s In|Crosse System, developed by AILA President and Philadelphia Wings GM Johnny Mouradian. In|Crosse education and training, AILA’s proprietary system leverages the integration and convergence of the indoor version of lacrosse with the field game. The cutting edge program teaches bio-mechanics, principles, strategies and tactics of indoor lacrosse taking advantage of the several features like small goals (4’x 4’9), 30 second shot clock, five on five lacrosse, players learn to play offense and defense, to name a few skills. READ MORE »


Church, Mydske, Ratcliff to bring Monarch box clinics to Edmonton, Seattle and Austin

Monarch Lacrosse announced today the dates and locations for three box lacrosse camps to take place this summer. The camps, which are the first three scheduled since Monarch’s launch in early February, will be held in Edmonton, Alberta, Seattle, Wash., and Austin, Texas. Online registration for the camps is now open at MonarchLax.com. Canada’s national summer sport is lacrosse and in Edmonton people are as excited about the sport as ever as the local professional squad, the Edmonton Rush are making headlines with one of the best starts in National Lacrosse League (NLL) history at 15-1. READ MORE »


Toronto Rock clinch playoff spot with 10-9 win over Philadelphia Wings

Brandon Miller was sensational for the Toronto Rock in their playoff-clinching win. (Photo: Graig Abel)
Brandon Miller was sensational for the Toronto Rock in their playoff-clinching win. (Photo: Graig Abel)

The Toronto Rock (7-9) clarified the playoff picture and muddied it a bit at the same time, pulling out a 10-9 win over the Philadelphia Wings (5-11) to clinch the third and final playoff spot in the National Lacrosse League’s East Division. With the Buffalo Bandits (8-7) losing by the same 10-9 score to the Minnesota Swarm (4-12), Toronto creeps closer to the Bandits in the battle for second place and the chance to host a first-round playoff game. In last night’s other games, the Rochester Knighthawks (12-4) downed the Vancouver Stealth (4-11) 10-7 and the Edmonton Rush (15-1) got right back on the winning track after losing Friday for the first time this year. Edmonton took a 15-11 win over the Calgary Roughnecks (10-6). READ MORE »


Roughnecks Foundation presents $60,000 donation to Calgary District Lacrosse

From the left, Geoff Snider, Ekke Loo, Mike Board and Mike Carnegie announce donation to CDLA. (Photo: Janette Ahrens)
From the left, Geoff Snider, Ekke Loo, Mike Board and Mike Carnegie announce donation to CDLA. (Photo: Janette Ahrens)

The Roughnecks Foundation is thrilled to announce a $60,000 commitment to minor lacrosse this season. The Calgary District Lacrosse Association (CDLA) enrollment is approximately 3,000 players, boys and girls, from the ages of four to 16 playing on over 190 teams. The CDLA is comprised of eight clubs: one from each quadrant in Calgary (Axemen-SE, Hornets-NW, Knights-NE and Sabrecats-SW) and four from areas surrounding the city (Rockyview Rage-Cochrane and Airdrie, High River Heat, Strathmore, and the Okotoks Mustangs). Each of the eight districts will receive $6,000 this season for a total donation of $48,000. By providing minor clubs with this funding, it will enable members to keep registration fees stable and offset the costs associated with running the season, including the high cost of floor time, team uniforms and equipment purchases. READ MORE »


Video: Your Philadelphia Wings, humbled

As the Philadelphia Wings prepare for tonight’s big game at Toronto, check out some recollections from Kevin Crowley, Tracey Kelusky, Evan Kirk and Kyle Sweeney as they talk about some of their most embarrassing moments in sports.


Syracuse Stingers Invitational with Blazers and Voyageurs set for Sunday in Syracuse

The Syracuse Stingers Pro Lacrosse Invitational will be held on April 13 at the OnCenter War Memorial Arena in downtown Syracuse. The all-day event will feature games between the Syracuse Stingers, Boston Blazers, and the Vermont Voyageurs with doors opening at 10 a.m. “Pro Lacrosse has been around Syracuse since the 1930s. The Syracuse Devils, the original Stingers, competed within the area in the 1970s and the Smash in the 1990s. I am excited to be a part of bringing pro lacrosse back to the roots of the game and undoubtedly in one of the premier lacrosse markets. We have some of the best player’s right here in Syracuse and I hope sport’s fans can come out and support this local product” says the Owner of the Stingers Neal Powless. Tickets are available at The Solvay Bank Box Office at the OnCenter (315) 435-8000, Onondaga Nation Arena (315) 498-6813, and online at Ticketmaster. Ticket prices are $12 pre-order, $15 game day, 5 and under free. Ticketmaster fees added when ordered online.


Mammoth improve playoff chances, end Rush’s perfect season with 10-8 win

Athan Iannucci helped the Colorado Mammoth stop the Edmonton Rush in their tracks Saturday night. (Photo: Jack Dempsey)
Athan Iannucci helped the Colorado Mammoth stop the Edmonton Rush in their tracks Saturday night. (Photo: Jack Dempsey)

The streak is over. The Colorado Mammoth (6-10), behind 4 goals from John Grant Jr. and a standout performance by goalie Dillon Ward, ended the chances of a perfect season for the Edmonton Rush (14-1) with a 10-8 victory in Denver Friday night. The Mammoth started quickly, controlling the play and popping four shots behind Rush goalie Brodie MacDonald in the first quarter to lead 4-1. After Robert Church got one back for the Rush, Grant ripped home a pair of outside power play goals to extend the lead to 6-2.

The momentum swung Edmonton’s way through the second quarter and they capitalized on it with three straight goals to end the half and pull within one goal at the intermission, 6-5. Edmonton really took control of the play and created way more scoring chances than Colorado in the second half, but Ward was calm in the face of the storm. The Rush outshot Colorado by almost a 2-1 ratio in the final 30 minutes, forcing Ward to make save after save. READ MORE »