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North American Lacrosse League is no more


The North American Lacrosse League has announced that it will no longer be operating. Word comes from a post on the Facebook page of the Kentucky Stickhorses, one of four teams that operated in the 2013 season and the only one that was prepared to go forward. The Stickhorses played a series of exhibition games in 2012 when they were the only franchise able to field a team for the full season. They were joined by the Boston Rockhoppers, Rhode Island Kingfish and Baltimore Bombers in 2013 for the first full season. Boston took the league championship, downing the Stickhorses in the title game.

Below is the full text of the message posted by the Stickhorses this morning: READ MORE »


Boston Rockhoppers win NALL title

The Rockhoppers are the 2013 NALL champions. (Photo: DJSportsphotos.com)
The Rockhoppers are the 2013 NALL champions. (Photo: DJSportsphotos.com)

The Boston Rockhoppers topped the Kentucky Stickhorses 25-13 last Saturday to capture the North American Lacrosse League Championship and the Chase Championship Cup. Boston’s Mike Stone scored three goals in the first quarter and was named the Championship MVP. “I want to congratulate the Rockhoppers on winning the championship and never relinquishing their first-place position the entire season,” said Anthony R. Caruso, Esq., League Counsel and Acting Commissioner. “I am very proud of the effort put forth by all of our teams and the high level of indoor lacrosse they brought to lacrosse fans throughout the winter.” Boston finishes the season with a 7-1 record, while Kentucky wraps up its season with a 2-5 mark.


Rockhoppers down Kingfish in much different game than their last meeting


Just over a month ago the Boston Rockhoppers beat up on the Rhode Island Kingfish 20-7. It was a much different story Saturday night as the teams battled to the end in a hard fought game with the Rockhoppers coming out on top, 15-14 before well over 1,500 fans at the New England Sports Center in North American Lacrosse League action.

The Rockhoppers got off to a hot start scoring the first three goals of the game and ultimately leading 4-1 after the first quarter. Rhode Island fought back, scoring the first two goals of the second quarter, and then the last two of the quarter to only trail 8-6 at halftime. READ MORE »


Rockhoppers continue mastery of NALL with 16-13 win over Kentucky


The Kentucky Stickhorses hosted the North American Lacrosse League leaders, the Boston Rockhoppers, at Freedom Hall on Saturday night.  Boston entered with the best record in the league and strong momentum after their recent win in Baltimore, and Kentucky looked to restore momentum after a loss to Baltimore last week. After trading goals to start the game, Boston pulled away to a 4-1 lead by the end of the first.

The Stickhorses offense roared to life in the second quarter, posting 6 goals including a spurt of 3 goals in a span of 1 minute, 22 seconds.  But Boston managed to answer, never letting the lead slip, and going into halftime up 8 to 7.
The score remained tight throughout the remainder of the game, but with Kentucky never managing to claim the lead. READ MORE »


Video: Boston takes control of NALL standings with Sunday’s win at Baltimore

Since a Jan. 12 loss by 1 goal, the Boston Rockhoppers have not only won 4 straight North American Lacrosse League games, they’ve dominated them. The latest evidence of this trail of destruction is Sunday’s 18-9 win over the Baltimore Bombers. The win gives the Rockhoppers (5-1) a commanding lead in the NALL standings as Baltimore falls to 3-3. The Rockhoppers have outscored opponents 74-34 in their 4 straight wins.


Baltimore and Boston meet in NALL matinee


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The air raid sirens will be calling people out of their homes and into DuBurns Arena in Canton for a North American Lacrosse League tilt with first place on the line this afternoon. The 4-1 Boston Rockhoppers face the 3-2 Baltimore Bombers for the third time this season. Baltimore (3-2) eked out a 17-16 win when the teams first faced off January 12 in the first game in Bombers franchise history. Boston turned things around in a big way in the rematch, running away with the January 26 game 20-9. This afternoon’s game starts are 3 pm. A couple hours after that, either the Bombers will hold the tie-breaker advantage on head-to-head record and thus first place or Boston will have cemented themselves as the class of the NALL field in 2013.


Boston Rockhoppers are Kings of New England; dump Rhode Island 20-7

The Boston Rockhoppers won the first New England Bowl, downing Rhode Island 20-7.
The Boston Rockhoppers won the first New England Bowl, downing Rhode Island 20-7.

It was an all New England matchup Saturday night at the New England Sports Center where the Boston Rockhoppers hosted the Rhode Island Kingfish. Led by a 10-goal run from the end of the first quarter to the end of the third quarter, the Rockhoppers defeated the Kingfish 20-7 before around 1,500 fans who came from all over New England to support both teams.The win improves Boston to 4-1 on the season, while Rhode Island falls to 0-3. It was a slow first quarter as the teams only scored a combined three goals, with Boston leading 2-1. In the second quarter they quickly picked up the pace, outscoring the Kingfish 4-0 in the quarter to take a 6-1 lead going into halftime. READ MORE »


NALL: Video highlights from Baltimore

Check out the North American Lacrosse League action from Sunday’s game between the Boston Rockhoppers and the Baltimore Bombers. Boston won, 20-9, and as for the NALL being a no-fight league, that does not mean tempers don’t get hot. Check it, and you can also see Mike Stone lose his lid on a drive to the cage for Boston, but he still scores.


Ryan Hotaling and the Boston Rockhoppers face the Baltimore Bombers for first in NALL


“We kind of just feed off each other’s energy, nobody’s going to push us around. We’re part of a family and we’re going to act like it,” Ryan Hotaling told WMCTTV after the Boston Rockhoppers win last week over the Kentucky Stickhorses. Now that Rockhopper family will travel to the Baltimore Bombers turf in a battle for first place in the North American Lacrosse League Sunday at 3 pm. The Hoppers are 2-1 while the Bombers are a perfect 2-0 heading into this afternoon’s matchup.


NALL: Boston Rockhoppers down Kentucky Stickhorses 16-9

The Boston Rockhoppers are now 3-0 against the Kentucky Stickhorses.
The Boston Rockhoppers are now 3-0 against the Kentucky Stickhorses.

The Kentucky Stickhorses were not able to claim victory in their first North American Lacrosse League road game on Saturday night. The Boston Rockhoppers led a tight contest until pulling away late in the 3rd quarter to claim their second win of the season over Kentucky.

Face-offs, ground balls and penalties all made a major difference for Boston in the game with Kentucky allowing extra power play chances to Boston and not being able to capitalize effectively during their own opportunities.  Goaltending play was notable for both teams, with Vincent Talbot securing the win for Boston. Spencer Lyons started for Kentucky with solid play and a number of remarkable saves, but faced too many to keep Kentucky in contention. Patrick Crosby came into the game for Kentucky in the 4th quarter with similarly solid play on numerous scoring chances for Boston. Scoring was led by Ryan Hotaling for Boston with 5 goals, followed by Tommy Palasek and Mike Stone with three goals each. Joel Derechinsky led Kentucky scoring with 3 goals. READ MORE »