The Vancouver Stealth knew they were getting a great athlete when they drafted Tyler Digby in the third round of the National Lacrosse League’s 2013 entry draft. The expansion Ottawa RedBlacks of the Canadian Football League thought the same when they drafted Digby in the fourth round. So what’s the 6-foot-3, 240-pound right-hander going to do? “Could I walk away from football? I could, but I don’t know if I’m quite ready to give it up,” Digby, who just finished his senior NCAA football season at Robert Morris University, told The Province at a Stealth camp session over the weekend. “I think it’s almost time to pick a sport here. I’m just trying to delay it a little bit more, live the best of both worlds as long as aI can.” Can ya blame the guy? He’s got a problem a lot of us would love to have. As for the Stealth, they say they’re OK with Digby playing both but there’s no word on what the RedBlacks think.
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Yeah, it’s the Christmas season. But is there ever really a season for this? We say that tongue-in-cheek, of course, because the video of some Rochester Knighthawks at Santa’s Twerk Shop was designed for laughs, and nothing else. So check it out and you’ll see some familiar faces with some moves that we pray we never see on the lacrosse floor.
Saturday night’s game in Rochester had about 10,000 fans and as thrilling a battle as you could hope to give them in a playoff tilt, let alone the preseason game that it was. Check out the highlights of one of the first of what promise to be many exciting contests in this National Lacrosse League season.
Hard to believe a new National Lacrosse League season is nearly upon us, but it is. Your first clue? Six exhibition games over the weekend saw 8 of the league’s 9 teams in action. Yes, it’s exhibition and yes, a lot of the players we saw on the floor won’t be included on final rosters, but still, this was our chance to see NLL teams in action for the first time in months. So the obvious question is, how did your team look? You amped? Scared? Still not sure? There’s still some time for teams to iron out their wrinkles before the regular season kicks off later this month but we’ll go ahead and ask the big question right now so you can check back in May to see if your gut feeling has any merit. READ MORE »
Three National Lacrosse League championship games in the last 4 seasons. Sure, only 1 of those games brought Tyler Richards a ring with the Stealth, but the very fact that he was there speaks volumes of what this 6-foot-1, 190-pound goalkeeper out of Vancouver can do between the pipes. In the (almost formerly) one-and-done world of the NLL playoffs, teams need their players to be as clutch as ever. And in just about every postseason since 2010, Richards has answered the bell. Yes, he does have a superb defense running in front of him, but that doesn’t change the fact that he remains the last stop for the Stealth and when it comes to making saves, few if any are better in the NLL than Mr. Richards. And that’s why you aren’t surprised to see him ranked so high on ILIndoor’s Top 50 list. READ MORE »
Buffalo Bandits goalie Anthony Cosmo shares some of his thoughts following a pair of weekend scrimmages against the Philadelphia Wings. Check it out as Cosmo talks about the goalie competition in camp, the transition to a new coaching staff in Buffalo and how much he liked seeing the Buffalo defense throwing the lumber in both weekend exhibitions.
1.3 seconds left in the game, forward Scott Jones stole the show in front of a full house in Rochester, as the rookie sniped in the game-winning goal to give the Swarm a 16-15 preseason victory against the Knighthawks Saturday evening. Jones finished the game with a hat trick, while T Jordan MacIntosh and rookie F Logan Schuss both tallied four goals to lead the team. Over 10,000 fans made the trip to The Blue Cross Arena to witness a rematch of last year’s East Division Finals. READ MORE »
Buffalo Bandits defenseman Steve Priolo, who was facing a 1-game suspension to start the 2014 National Lacrosse League season, will now be eligible for Buffalo’s opener after his suspension was overturned. Priolo was assessed a match penalty for high sticking in Buffalo’s loss to Minnesota on April 6. NLL rules state that a match penalty comes with a 1-game suspension, but the Professional Lacrosse Players Association appealed the suspension and Priolo played in Buffalo’s final 2 regular season games. At a recent hearing, it was ruled that Priolo is not guilty of a match penalty in the April 6 game, so the overturn of the suspension means Priolo will be eligible to play for the Bandits in their Dec. 28 opener at home against the Philadelphia Wings.
Through the support of their loyal fans, the Toronto Rock players and staff raised $6,566 during Movember to awareness and funds for men’s health issues. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces. With their “Mo’s,” these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer. Rock goaltender Nick Rose led the way with $2,256 in donations followed by Jesse Gamble ($1,235), Damon Edwards ($1,060), Scott Johnston ($515) and Mike Lum-Walker ($505). A few of the players got creative with pushing incentives out to fans through social media including the offering of Rock tickets and game-used jerseys and sticks for the highest donations. Rose auctioned off his 2013 game used goalie stick, which garnered $350. There was also some friendly competition amongst the players during Movember, challenging each other to raise more funds. “Needless to say, I’ll be eating well on the road this season,” joked Rose. “A big thank you to all our fans,” said Rose. “We have a really loyal group of fans and they are always willing to step up when called upon to support a cause.”
The Toronto Rock pulled out a 13-12 win over the Colorado Mammoth in preseason action at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre in Oakville Saturday night. Stephan Leblanc led all goal scorers with a hat trick for Toronto. A trio of other Rock players each scored a pair of goals: Scott Johnston, Garrett Billings and Rob Hellyer. Jackson Decker, Jordan McBride and Cameron Mann scored twice each for the Mammoth, who dropped their second straight preseason game after falling 14-10 to Minnesota on Friday. READ MORE »