The Road to the Mann Cup in 2014 ends in Ontario, and Major Series Lacrosse has just released the schedule that will lead to crowning the provincial champion who will defend the Canadian senior men’s box lacrosse title, won last year in Victoria by the Six Nations Chiefs. The regular season will open and close with a pair of bookend matchups between the Brampton Excelsiors and Peterborough Lakers. Things kick off Thursday May 29 in Peterborough, where the Lakers will look to get back to the MSL finals after missing them last year for the first time in a decade. The Lakers travel to take on the Chiefs two days later. All six teams will hit the floor by Wednesday, June 4, when the Brooklin Redmen open their season at home to the Excelsiors. The regular season wraps up Thursday, July 31 with the Excels playing host to the Lakers. The top four teams will make the playoffs. Make the jump to see the full schedule. READ MORE »
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NLL Week 11 Team Reports: ‘The bottom line is, we hate Calgary and they hate us,’ says Colorado Mammoth GM Steve Govett
Heading into Week 11 of the National Lacrosse League season, we’ve got a fair indicator of who is doing what and where a lot of things are headed. And right now, we’re looking at 3 NLL goalies who are having top-notch seasons. Looking at save percentage alone, Rochester’s Matt Vinc (.810), Buffalo’s Anthony Cosmo (.810) and Edmonton’s Aaron Bold (.808) are leading the way and not surprisingly, their teams are a combined 20-5. Buffalo and Edmonton are in first place in their respective divisions, and Rochester is just half a game behind Buffalo. Bold (8.25)and Vinc (8.67), once the stopper tandem in Rochester, have goals-against averages at the top of the NLL and what this all means is we’ve got quite a race shaping up to find out who the NLL’s top stopper is. It’s just one of the many games within the games as we head into a new weekend of lacrosse action. Check out our Team Reports to get you ready for said action. READ MORE »
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 »
We never get tired of these, do we? The top plays of the week are back and you’ll see a lot of Stephen Keogh and Curtis Dickson, and rightly so. Casey Powell and Dane Dobbie make the cut as well, along with Drew Westervelt and Mike Poulin. Enjoy.
One day after relieving three coaches from its staff, the Colorado Mammoth has named their replacements. Former Mammoth players Pat Coyle, Chris Gill and Dan Stroup will man the bench as interim coaches, and will work collectively as a team. “They are some of the best to ever play the game, and they’re champions!” said Mammoth president & general manager Steve Govett. “I have the utmost confidence in the abilities of Pat, Chris and Dan, and I know that they all bleed burgundy.” The three have combined to win 12 NLL titles as players and one as a coach. All of them played for the Mammoth in 2006 when the team won the Champion’s Cup. READ MORE »
Three games were played in Week 10 of the National Lacrosse League, which increases your odds as a player to make the cut in the weekly gallery of photographs. That’s not the goal of NLL players, obviously. At least it better not be. But for those of us who are not on the floor and are in the stands, it’s pretty cool to take a look back at the week that was in photos, see the images and remember watching as that particular play unfolded. Check it out as ILIndoor gleaned the images taken from last weekend’s NLL games and offer them for your enjoyment. READ MORE »
Facing the Calgary Roughnecks these days is a plenty big challenge on its own. Calgary has won four straight games in which they’ve scored an average of 16.25 goals. But the Colorado Mammoth face an even bigger challenge when they take on the Roughnecks this Saturday in a game that can be seen live on ESPN3 and TSN2 at 9pm ET. That’s because the Mammoth will have a brand new coaching staff, having fired the group of Bob Hamley, Ed Comeau and Sean Ferris on Tuesday. The new staff hasn’t officially been announced, although IL Indoor has learned from several sources that it will consist of Dan Stroup, Chris Gill and Pat Coyle.
The new group won’t have a lot of time to implement systems or make radical changes for this weekend, so it’s a good thing they have veteran players like superstar Casey Powell on the roster to help them through the transition to the new regime. Powell missed the early part of the season but he’s been back for four games and, with 21 points (6g, 15a) in those contests, he’s actually scoring slightly ahead of his 4.9 points per game career average (277g, 393a for 670 points in 136 games). READ MORE »
Earlier today, Colorado Mammoth General Manager Steve Govett announced that the organization was relieving the entire coaching staff of its duties after the team ‘didn’t meet expectations.’ Bob Hamley had been behind the Mammoth bench for the past five season with Eddie Comeau and Sean Ferris along for four of those years. But in all sports and in this case as noted by Govett, “change was necessary.”
What that change would be, why the change was made now and who would be taking over have been a source of speculation all day long. Well, the latter part of that equation could be announced as early as tomorrow. READ MORE »
Ready or not, it’s time for Week 2 of our National Lacrosse League Girl of the Week contest, and this matchup pits a pair of old East Division rivals. Of course, Jorina of the Philadelphia Angels and Kelsey of the Buffalo Bandettes don’t play lacrosse on the NLL rug so they may not have that particular vantage point, but it doesn’t matter where you are in the building when these teams meet because the energy is palpable. But before we get to the voting for these 2 dancers, it’s important to know that Chantelle of the Edmonton Crush opened this year’s tournament with a solid win over Emilie of the Rochester Knightingales with a 700-48 victory. That said, it’s onward to the second matchup. READ MORE »
It’s been a couple of weeks since Wings fan has seen his team in action, but this Top 10 countdown for best goals of the month of February should whet the appetite for Saturday’s return to action. The Wings are at Rochester for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff.