We’re at the halfway point of the first round of our National Lacrosse League Girl of the Week contest and now it’s time for a good old fashioned West Division showdown. The first 2 weeks of this contest pitted an East vs. West matchup followed by a pair of East Division dancers going head-to-head. And in that one, it was Kelsey of Buffalo defeating Jorina of Philadelphia by a count of 9,929 to 6,950. So now we head West for a matchup between Brooklyn of the Vancouver Bombshells and Alyssa of the Colorado Wild Bunch. So update your personal brackets with the Week 2 result, then do your part to get Week 3 started by voting. READ MORE »
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When Robert Church missed the Edmonton Rush’s National Lacrosse League opener due to sickness, not much thought was given. Church, the No. 5 overall draft pick, was coming into the NLL with stellar offensive credentials. The adjustment rate for rookies varies from team to team and body to body and when Church finally did play, he debuted with 5 assists, but no goals. Fast forward to today and following his biggest goal-scoring output to date, with 3 goals in Saturday’s win over Vancouver, it’s clear that Church has found his groove and is starting to produce as expected. And that’s where we stand after 11 weeks of NLL action. How do the other rooks look? Here’s our weekly look. READ MORE »
When a 4-game losing streak come to an end, it’s disheartening. Especially when it happens in overtime. On the road. That’s what happened to the Calgary Roughnecks on Saturday night when they dropped a 10-9 National Lacrosse League decision to the Colorado Mammoth. And while coach Curt Malawsky made known well his point about the disparity in penalties during that game, there is one aspect that’s become a point of pride: His team’s composure. “There was no bickering, no yelling or screaming at the referee,” Malawsky told the Calgary Herald. “We weren’t getting calls and we stayed the course. It’s a tribute to our leadership group. This time last year, that game could have turned into a 17-8 rout, but it didn’t. This team is never out of it.” READ MORE »
It was late in a tight game, so we were a little surprised to see Minnesota’s Andrew Suitor and Buffalo’s Steve Priolo dance. But really, who are we to complain? It was as solid a tilt as we’ve seen lately in the National Lacrosse League and if you’ve got an opinion as to who won this fight, cast your vote after the jump. READ MORE »
Many National Lacrosse League fans don’t need reminders of why we love this game but for those who do, it’s nice to have the occasional weekend like this past one. No blowouts, no game-winning goals in the 2nd quarter, no 8-goal leads. In fact in the four games combined, there were two 5-goal leads lasting a total of less than three minutes. All four games were tied at the half, three of the four were tied in the 4th quarter, and all four losing teams held leads at some point during the game. It’s hard to imagine a weekend that better demonstrates the level of parity in the league. READ MORE »
We’ve heard of the shot heard around the world. Sean Pollock may have launched the shot felt around the world. On “Lacrosse Out Cancer” night in Colorado, Pollock’s overtime goal sent the Mammoth to a 10-9 National Lacrosse League win over the Calgary Roughnecks and at the same time, gave the Pollock family a game and moment to remember. The Mammoth players on Saturday wore jerseys with names of cancer victims on the back. Pollock just happened to be wearing the name of Jenna Pollock, his wife, who was diagnosed with — and beat — breast cancer 2 years ago. “If you want to write a script, that’d be a good one to have,” Sean Pollock told ColoradoMammoth.com. The stage was set well before the game was played, when Pollock tweeted: “Honor to play for the toughest, most courageous and beautiful person I know @jennapollock17.” READ MORE »
Sean Pollock made the dawn of the Stroup/Gill/Coyle era a successful one in Denver. Pollock took a pass from Joel Dalgarno and bounced home a simple hard overhand bomb to give the Colorado Mammoth a 10-9 overtime win over the Calgary Roughnecks in the first game under new coaches Dan Stroup, Chris Gill and Pat Coyle. There was plenty of drama to go around. Pollock was playing for his wife, a survivor of breast cancer, on Lacrosse Out Cancer night in the Mile High City. His winner saved the Mammoth from an almost collapse after a tremendous comeback.
Calgary dominated early and took a 5-0 lead 34 seconds into the second quarter. Then Dillon Ward shut the door in the Colorado net, not allowing a goal for over 39 minutes while the Mammoth methodically cut into the lead and then established one of their own. The run reached its apex when Pollock and John Grant Jr. connected 14 seconds apart to make the score 9-5 for Colorado at the 9:21 mark of the fourth quarter. READ MORE »
It’s one thing if your 2-7 record is littered with lopsided losses. But that’s not the case with the Minnesota Swarm this season, and although they’re far from the expectations they had for this National Lacrosse League season, not all is lost. The Swarm’s 7 losses are by an average of just 3.2 goals per game, 4 of them by 2 goals. And as they head to Buffalo for Saturday’s game against the Bandits, the do so knowing they’re just 1.5 games behind third-place Toronto in the East Division. “We have to create a sense of urgency, but in doing that we have to stay poised,” coach Joe Sullivan told the team’s website. “We can’t have everyone in panic mode, but every shift is that important — every loose ball, every shot on net — we can’t accept second best from anybody, but the players are up to the task.” Tonight’s game also marks the first time the Swarm are facing former teammate Ryan Benesch, who was traded to the Bandits in July for draft picks.
Dirty Dozen: Abandon hope, all ye who enter the Alberta Double, No. 1 draft pick reunion in Colorado, and DDD is durable
What a difference a year makes. The Alberta Double, as ILIndoor’s Teddy Jenner has so eloquently dubbed it, has been a lost cause for any National Lacrosse League team who dares. At least for this 2014 season. Watching the Toronto Rock take it on the chin this weekend, with losses in Alberta to the Edmonton Rush and Calgary Roughnecks, sparked a thought. How have NLL teams performed when taking on this daunting task of playing the Rush and the Riggers in the same weekend, or at least in consecutive weekends? Last year? Not so bad. This year? Different story. READ MORE »
There are 4 NLL games on Saturday, all of which are divisional games which could see some of the bottom feeders close the gap against their potential playoff opponents.
First up, the Buffalo Bandits (6-2) attempt to remain at the top of the East when they host the Minnesota Swarm (2-7); both the Bandits and Swarm defeated the Philadelphia Wings in their last games played. The second game of East Division play pits the undefeated at home Rochester Knighthawks (6-3) against the Philadelphia Wings (3-7), who are looking to snap a four game losing streak.
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