Hard to believe a National Lacrosse League season has come and gone. But if you’re a Rochester Knighthawks fan, you have few complaints. And just in case you’ve already got the shakes of withdrawal, here’s a video highlight package of Rochester’s 11-10 win over Washington in the 2013 Champion’s Cup game.
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It all gets started tonight for the Western Lacrosse Association. And like any new season, there are plenty of questions. Some answers will take longer to realize than others, but that’s half the fun of being a fan, right? Can the Langley Thunder win their third straight regular-season title and a third straight trip to the Mann Cup? Can the re-tooled Victoria Shamrocks climb back to the top? Can the New Westminster Salmonbellies rebound from their lowest win total (11) in a regular season since 2005, when they had 10? Can Nick Rose repeat the phenomenal season he had in goal for Coquitlam? Can the Maple Ridge Burrards climb out of the WLA cellar? Optimism reigns supreme today, when everyone is 0-0. But 4 teams get some of their answers starting tonight as the 2013 season kicks off with the Nanaimo Timbermen visit the Burnaby Lakers and the Coquitlam Adanacs are away to Victoria. Let’s take a quick look at all 7 teams. READ MORE »
The Green Gaels are 5-0, but barely. Last night’s 8-7 win over Mimico kept the Gaels unbeaten, but it did not keep them from learning a valuable lesson about being ready. “We came out flat and they took it to us,” said Brandan Staal. “They were prepared and ready to go and we weren’t.” The Green Gaels are back on the floor tonight in Oakville.
Coming into 2013, Shawn Evans had been a very good player in the National Lacrosse League for 7 seasons. This year, there is no question he stepped up to be a great one. Evans matched his career high in goals (from 2007 and 2012) with 32. The most visible difference, in terms of numbers, was that he also produced the second-most prolific assist season in NLL history. His 80 helpers gave him a staggering total of 112 points. The fact that the difference in his scoring total came in the form of assists is no surprise to anyone who watched Evans play this year. He was the catalyst for a dynamic Calgary Roughnecks offence that led the league in goals for. And what’s scary is, even though he’s now an 8-year veteran, Evans is only 27 years old; he may just be getting started. READ MORE »
What’s this? A late-week appearance for our National Lacrosse League Girl of the Year series? You betcha. And no, the voting isn’t over early. We’re checking in today to remind you that the poll remains open for the final matchup, but also to bring you some new images that might help make your mind. You can click here to cast your vote on Tuesday’s page, or you can click on the ‘read more’ tag at the end of this paragraph to take a gander at what you’re voting for. Jacq and Allie were kind enough to pass along some additional images for you browsing pleasure so after you take a moment to do just that, click on the other link and cast your vote. The poll closes Monday night and we’ll be back on Tuesday to announce the winner. READ MORE »
There were plenty of firsts last night for the Orangeville Northmen, and that’s to be expected in a season opener. Jordan Dance scored his and the game’s first goal. Ian Mackay also scored his first and the Northmen got their first win by a 12-9 count in overtime against the Kitchener-Waterloo at Kinsmen Arena. But there was another “first” of note in last night’s game, and it belonged to Mackay. And just to be clear, this is not an indictment on Mackay, but it’s interesting to see in the box score of last night’s game an “Obscene Language” minor next to his name. It’s part of the OLA’s crackdown on language during games and Mackay just happened to be the first called for it, at least in last night’s game. K-W’s Jake McLay was whistled for the same violation at the same time and if the referees are to continue enforcing this rule, we’re sure this won’t be the only case. READ MORE »
As we all know, the Canadian Lacrosse Association has implemented new rules for fighting this year for all levels of lacrosse:
Rule 45 – Fighting
(a) A major penalty and game misconduct penalty shall be assessed to any player/goalkeeper who fights. A goalkeeper penalty shall be served by a player who was on the floor at the time of the infraction. The major penalty must be served in its duration.
(b) If there is an instigator or clear aggressor in a fight, a major penalty and a game misconduct plus any other penalties shall be assessed to the offending player(s). Where an instigator or clear aggressor penalty is assessed the non-offending player shall not receive a game misconduct under 45 (a).
Well, it appears the Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) Board of Governors has voted that its interpretation of the rules will allow fighting for the 2013 season. WLA commissioner Casey Cook told IL Indoor today in an exclusive interview that they feel as a league they are “being compliant with the CLA Rule 45.” READ MORE »
The Ontario Lacrosse Association’s Jr A league intends to make attending their games a more family-friendly experience by cracking down on enforcement of the language that players and coaches use in games. Observant fans noted that there were four minor penalties handed out for obscene language in the first game of the OLA Jr A season, a 9-7 win by the Peterborough Lakers over the Kitchener-Waterloo Braves.
Jr A league Commissioner Dean McLeod says language was addressed as a point of emphasis with referees before the season in Jr A. “It’s a directive from the league to the teams and the referees, but the request comes from the general managers,” McLeod told IL Indoor. He said that the teams want to clean up the language used by players and coaches that can be offensive to fans. READ MORE »
The 2013 National Lacrosse League season is in the books and it’s only about four months till the league’s teams will gather for the annual distribution of talent known as the NLL Entry Draft. Nothing is set in stone at this point, but it’s always a fun exercise to start figuring how the draft will play out. Today, IL Indoor presents our first mock of the first round of the 2013 draft. It will feature the top candidates to go early this September as well as some dark horses who could be in consideration for high picks. Will a big scoring lefty will go first overall again? Could this be the year that a goalie goes in the first round for the first time in a while? And just how many athletic transition players’ names will be called among the first nine picks? Get the answers to those questions and more after the jump. READ MORE »
In the course of voting for postseason awards, there are some National Lacrosse League decisions that are difficult and some that are not difficult. This year, the vote for Goalie of the Year was one of those decisions that was not difficult. Not at all. On the surface, there were maybe 3 or 4 very deserving candidates for this award, voted on by 10 of our ILIndoor staffers. But when it got right down to it, there really were just 1 or 2. And considering the voting was done before the playoffs, the emergence of Matt Vinc in the top spot justified the votes for 8 of us, who gave Vinc a first-place vote. But it’s hardly an indictment of the 2 who didn’t, because those 2 votes went to Washington’s Tyler Richards and since both of those goalies helped guide their team into this year’s Champion’s Cup, it was tough to argue anyone was wrong with their first ballot. READ MORE »