At 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, Adam Jones is not the biggest player on the lacrosse floor. So how in the world does he do so much damage? The left-handed forward out of Owen Sound, Ont., has an understanding that many players do not. He sees things and anticipates situations and seems to have a sense of where to be and when. Some people call that lacrosse IQ, others call it awareness. Call it what you like, but it’s definitely a vision thing and it’s a knowledge thing because this Team 22 player just seems to always be in the right time at the right place. You don’t score 62 goals in 2 National Lacrosse League seasons by luck alone, and so it is that Jones combines his slick stick skills with an uncanny sense of anticipation to land at No. 16 in ILIndoor’s list of the Top 50 players. READ MORE »
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A new National Lacrosse League season for the Buffalo Bandits is the dawn of a new era as new coach Troy Cordingley takes the reigns. Check in with the new coach as he talks about his exit from Toronto, his expectations with the Bandits and some of the new faces that will try to help Bandit Land in its return to NLL glory.
IL Indoor has confirmed through multiple sources that the Philadelphia Wings have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent Ryan Ward. It had been speculated over the past few weeks that the Edmonton Rush were not going to sign the 10th-year forward out of Victoria, B.C., leading him to test the free agent waters. Spending the past four years in Edmonton, many felt that with the retirement of Jimmy Quinlan, Ward would be the easy choice to replace Quinlan as captain. However, Ward didn’t attend Rush camp this past week and with Chris Corbeil being named captain, the writing was on the wall. Rush GM Derek Keenan confirmed with IL that Ward had been offered a contract but the sides couldn’t reach an agreement. Wings GM Johnny Mouradian told IL Indoor about the acquisition exclusively today and it was then confirmed by Ward’s agent Rich Furlong, who said Tuesday night that once it was made clear a deal wasn’t going to be reached with the Rush “a number of other teams stepped up.” Terms were not announced at the time but Furlong adds that they are very good terms for Ward. READ MORE »
The Minnesota Swarm got off to a sluggish start to the 2013 National Lacrosse League season, losing three of their first four games and eventually sitting at 3-7. They rebounded to sneak into the playoffs at 7-9 and pulled off a huge first-round win over the Toronto Rock before being edged by the eventual champion Rochester Knighthawks in the East final. The way their season played out, and the fact that only six teams will now make the NLL playoffs, have had a profound impact on how the Swarm are approaching the 2014 season, beginning with their training camp. Minnesota has pared things down substantially, inviting only 26 players to compete for the 24 active and practice roster spots. READ MORE »
It’s been 4 long National Lacrosse League seasons since the Calgary Roughnecks were champions, but like the other 8 teams preparing for the 2014 season, the Riggers are optimistic. Second-year coach Curt Malawsky said there’s plenty for players and coaches alike to learn from last season, which ended with a loss in the Western Division final for the second time in 3 seasons. And considering the veteran leadership the Riggers are loaded with, there’s a sense of urgency to clear the hurdle this winter. “We’ve had the nucleus of this team together for the last four or five years and we’re on the cusp here,” Malawsky told The Calgary Herald. “We’ve been up there in the standings, we’ve battled hard, we’ve gotten to a couple of Western finals but we haven’t quite gotten it done. We want to give it a good hard go this year before things could possibly change.”
The Toronto Rock are not unlike any other team in the National Lacrosse League in that they are facing some really, really tough roster decisions in the coming days. Smaller rosters dictate that logic, and new Rock coach John Lovell talked about that quandary, along with other issues, over the weekend.
The Edmonton Rush are not a National Lacrosse League secret. They’re a good team, a team capable of winning a championship but one of the bigger issues is slow starts to the season that has them continually digging when it comes to stretch play. This season, the Rush say it’s going to be different. “The playoff format has changed,” new Rush captain Chris Corbeil told The Edmonton Journal heading into last weekend’s training camp. “Only the top three on each side are making the playoffs, so not the top four, and we need to be going right out of the gate. That’s important, definitely.” The smaller playoff field, along with smaller rosters, will create a sense of urgency not seen before in the NLL and that, said Corbeil, could help the Rush achieve that goal of a good start to the season. “The change in structure, the roster sizes, it’s definitely increased the competitiveness tenfold at camp, for sure,” he said.
Start a conversation about Jordan MacIntosh and the talk will eventually point to his versatility. Not only does the 6-foot-1, 210-pound right-hander out of Oakville, Ont., do so much, he does it everywhere he can. With the Minnesota Swarm of the National Lacrosse League, the Peterborough Lakers of Major Series Lacrosse and the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse, MacIntosh is everywhere he can be. He’s scoring goals, setting them up, winning faceoffs and sparking transition. And not only does he do all this, he does it all so very well and that’s why we find him inching toward the top of ILIndoor’s list of the Top 50 players today. READ MORE »
The talk in every Canadian work place break room last week was either on the four federal by-elections or, seemingly more important, the TSN/NHL TV fallout. The $5.2 billion 12-year deal sees TSN, arguably Canada’s largest sports network, without the rights to broadcast NHL games starting in 2014. This will leave a huge hole in TSN’s broadcasting schedule that now needs to be filled. TSN still retains the rights to NBA, IIHF World Juniors and a variety of curling events, but it will have some difficulty maintaining a full-time sports card without broadcasting the World Series of Backgammon (look it up, it is a real thing). For the National Lacrosse League, this is what opportunity smells like. READ MORE »
Elite lacrosse programs across the country are shifting their training programs to include indoor lacrosse (box style) as part of their coaching and player development. The American Indoor Lacrosse Association is proud to announce their first group of AILA Integrated Programs. AILA President Johnny Mouradian and his certified integrated coaching staff will be sharing their knowledge and programs and services with owners of the Shamrock Lacrosse Club (NJ), Leading Edge Lacrosse (NJ), Black Bear Lacrosse (PA), Baggataway Lacrosse Club (PA), Heads Up Lacrosse (NJ), New England Storm Lacrosse (CT), Tampa Bay Fire (FL) and Rochester Fire (NY) programs. “We welcome the owners, their coaches, players and the families of these high level field organizations,” said Mouradian. READ MORE »