In the past, the Philadelphia Wings have been labeled by some as “Team America” with their heavy rotation of U.S.-born players week in and week out. However this year may be a bit different with the 2014 FIL World Field Lacrosse Championships set to take place this summer in Denver. It’s been widely speculated that a few top end American players for the Wings will take the 2014 NLL season off in order to ensure they’re at their best to represent their country. So how does that sit with Wings GM Johnny Mouradian, who has been a key architect for the club over the past few seasons? “We are sticking with our U.S. player base procurement plan and feel there are a number of great U.S. players who are very capable of making the transition to indoor like Brett Manney, Joel White, Mike Manley, Kyle Sweeney and Chad Wiedmaier.” READ MORE »
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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 »
One word the National Lacrosse League hasn’t quite been able to use lately is stability. However, it seems the league may have turned the corner, is pushing through some inconsistencies on and off the floor and the future continues to get brighter.
While constantly stable off the floor since moving from Washington, the Colorado Mammoth are now looking for some stability in a few areas on the floor in hopes of winning their first championship since 2006. Mammoth GM Steve Govett knows that just having talent doesn’t win you trophies as his team prepares for its second week of camp next week. With only thirty players in camp, Govett hopes the focus won’t be so much on skill but on chemistry and work ethic. READ MORE »
Head Coach Randy Mearns and his staff gathered together 52 players over the weekend for a camp that will go a long way towards determining who will comprise Team Canada for the 2014 FIL World Field Lacrosse Championships in Denver next summer. Among those players, 39 are National Lacrosse Leaguers and several more will be high picks in upcoming entry drafts. The players were split into two teams, Canada Red and Canada White, to take on a trio of American college clubs. On Saturday they faced off against the University of Denver and Sunday they played Robert Morris University and Canisius College. I was on hand to watch the Denver and RMU scrimmages and report on them for our sister site, Inside Lacrosse. Read more about Curtis Dickson’s big day and how it felt for Jeremy Noble to face his current teammates on the Denver Pioneers. And find out how Jesse King stood out on Sunday against the Colonials, both playing with John Grant, Jr. and when he took over as the focal point of the attack.
The 2013 Laxies are here. The sport’s premier fan-driven awards have landed, giving the readers a chance to vote for the best of the best in the game — and win prizes. Vote Now.
We’ll be breaking down the case for each player nominated for the prestigious Laxie for IL Player of the Year. Ultimately, the readers decide the fate of the award. Check our case for each nominee, then decide for yourself who should take home the hardware.
Whether its indoor or outdoor, Jamieson just keeps winning. This year is arguably the best year the Six Nations product has put together thus far in his already-historic career. READ MORE »
With the first round of games in the books, the BC Jr A loop’s semifinals are already underway and the battles for the final two and the only two spots that will represent BC at the 2013 Minto Cup is heating up. Both Victoria and Langley swept through their best of three series with Delta and Port Coquitlam with ease but will face much stiffer competition in the second round. Victoria will take on the first-place Coquitlam Adanacs while Langley already trails New Westminster 1-0 in the best-of-five series with Game 2 tonight (Thursday). The Adanacs and Shamrocks won’t get underway until this weekend, where they’ll play Saturday and Sunday but then will have to wait till the following Saturday for Game 3. READ MORE »
BREAKING: Bandits acquire Ryan Benesch and Andrew Watt in exchange for firsts in 2015/2016 and a third in 2017
IL Indoor has learned that the Buffalo Bandits have completed a National Lacrosse League trade with the Minnesota Swarm that sees Buffalo get some much needed left-handed youth on offence as well as adding one of the top transition players in the game. Buffalo picks up Ryan Benesch and Andrew Watt in exchange for first round picks in 2015 and 2016 as well a third round pick in 2017.
Benesch has long been tagged as one of the best young players in lacrosse with plenty of years ahead of him. He will instantly add a fresh look to an offence that was starting to get long in the tooth. This will be the fourth team in the first seven years of Benesch’s career. It’s rare to see a player of his calibre move so frequently. Drafted first overall by San Jose in 2006, Benesch was then shipped to Toronto in a blockbuster deal that saw him traded for Colin Doyle. READ MORE »
All seven teams in the Western Lacrosse Association are still alive as we round the final quarter pole of this sprint to the finish. Langley and Victoria still stand atop the mountain, however the two teams are painting different landscapes as everyone battles for the right to host the 2013 Mann Cup. Langley has won three straight and is looking much like the team that has won the past two WLA titles. Conversely, the Shamrocks seem to be struggling with the newest additions and play a perfect Jekyll and Hyde. They will play smash mouth lacrosse Friday night in Victoria, which could be a WLA finals preview and will be a great measuring stick for both teams. READ MORE »
Round 2: FIGHT! The second season is upon us and we’re now down to six teams battling it out for two spots with a Minto Cup berth awaiting them. The Adanacs and Bellies finished 1-2 in the standings and will enjoy a little rest before beginning the post-season race while four teams–Langley, Victoria, Delta and Poco–will battle in out in the opening round best of threes.
The 2013 season will be the tale of the four groups. The “nots”- Burnaby and Nanaimo; the “not bad”- Poco; the “almost there” – Langley , Victoria and Delta; and the “cream of the crop”- Coquitlam and New West. It was that defined during the end of the regular sseason. But that can all be thrown out as we start the playoffs.
If you make it to the league finals, you’re off to the Minto. If not…well, enjoy the cheeseburgers at Queens Park. Let the fun begin, it’s playoff time! READ MORE »
Well that wasn’t exactly what we expected at the trade deadline was it?!! The Langley Thunder load up even more as they add six players (three transfers from back east and three via deadline deals) and the Adanacs start the rebuild. Rosters are now set and some look completely different than they did this time last week. However, change isn’t always a good thing as the Shamrocks added a top level D guy but then fell to the streaking Lakers. The wild and crazy WLA just got insane and unreal in the blink of an eye and it’s anyone’s guess as to who is going to come out on top. The Thunder look to be the favourites now with the additions they’ve made but can the Burrards, Shamrocks and even the Lakers keep pace? How will the new-look, scaled-down Adanacs fare, can the T-Men make a late push and will the Bellies make any noise down the homestretch? Good luck trying to figure anything out this year. READ MORE »