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.
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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 »
Anthony Chase bought into the premise of the oft-misquoted line from the movie Field of Dreams: “If you build it they will come.” It doesn’t matter that Ray Kinsella actually heard a disembodied voice say “he” will come, not “they”; the line has become the mantra for many a dreamer who thinks that if people have a chance to see something wonderful, they will. In Chase’s case, it was box lacrosse. After the bulk of the teams originally set to comprise the North American Lacrosse League bolted to start a fall loop called the Professional Lacrosse League, Chase was left holding the banner of the NALL. His Kentucky Stickhorses were the only team in the league for the first season in 2012, playing half a dozen exhibition games against a variety of competition.
Now, the Stickhorses are one of four bona fide members of NALL and they have a fan following that is embracing the sport enthusiastically, judging from a story on regional online news source Wave3.com. Half the battle for building a fan base is getting the kids into the game, and seventh grader Ben Shugart sounds like he’s sold, saying “I enjoy football and basketball but this is like a whole new adrenaline rush, running up and down the field hitting people, scoring, hearing the guy go gooooooaaaaallllll……”
The Kentucky Stickhorses played host to the Baltimore Bombers on Friday night in the first game of a weekend double-header with potentially big implications for the North American Lacrosse League standings. The game was the first-ever meeting between the two teams an featured a matchup between Kentucky’s two goaltenders from their 2012 inaugural season.
Kentucky came out composed and eager for the win that would put them back at .500 for the season and even the league standings with Baltimore. The Stickhorses controlled the game early, going up 3-0 in the first quarter before Baltimore’s Hickman scored 2 of his eventual 7 goals late in the first quarter, keying a major momentum swing for the Bombers. Baltimore scored 6 unanswered goals as Kentucky struggled with penalties in the second quarter. Baltimore maintained its edge going into halftime 7-5. READ MORE »
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 »
Lacrosse fans in Boston get another chance to get back to the game at 7 pm tonight when the North American Lacrosse League’s Rockhoppers play their first home game against the Kentucky Stickhorses. The game is a rematch of the league’s season opener, in which Boston downed the Stickhorses in Kentucky. The Rockhoppers are led by the likes of former Boston Blazer Ryan Hotaling, Greg Rogowski, Andrew Kirkaldy and goalie Vincent Talbot.
Kentucky boasts a couple of Canadian stars–Travis Bland and Mike McLellan–to augment home-grown talent such as Brandon Dube, Anthony Kelly and Josh Kacprzack. Both teams are 1-1 early in the season. Boston dropped an overtime decision to the Baltimore Bombers in their first-ever home game. Kentucky edged the Rhode Island Kingfish in their second game of the year.
The North American Lacrosse League’s 2013 season got underway with a tight contest in Kentucky, where the Boston Rockhoppers came in and knocked off the Stickhorses 10-9 behind Andrew Kirkaldy’s five goals. Note to CLax: both of the other winter pro leagues have opened with one-goal games. The bar has been set.
The Boston Rockhoppers got their 2013 North American Lacrosse League season started with a 10-9 win over the host Kentucky Stickhorses on Saturday night. The Stickhorses carried a 6-4 lead into halftime of the game at Freedom Hall, but the Rockhoppers rallied by outscoring Kentucky 6-3 in the second half. Andrew Kirkaldy scored 5 of Boston’s 10 goals and keeper Nic Schroeder made 40 saves. Spencer Lyons made 37 saves for Kentucky. Week 2 of the season is next Saturday with all 4 teams in action: The Rhode Island Kingfish are at Kentucky at 7 p.m. and the Baltimore Bombers are at Boston at 7 p.m. Check out the NALL’s official website for more information, along with how to get your tickets.
The Kentucky Stickhorses of the North American Lacrosse League have signed former Brown University star Chazz Woodson to their roster. The Stickhorses open their NALL season tomorrow at the Boston Rockhoppers. “We are delighted to have Chazz join our team,” Stickhorses owner Anthony Chase said in a news release. “As the reigning champion of the NALL, the Kentucky Stickhorses will certainly be in great position to repeat with Chazz.” Woodson was a four-year letterman, two-time All-Ivy League selection and two-time All-New England pick at Brown. He’s played with various MLL teams over the years but is ready to give the indoor game a go. “Having Chazz join the NALL is proof positive that we are providing a new opportunity for top players to play indoor pro lacrosse without hindering their plans to play in the MLL”, says Anthony R. Caruso, Esq., the NALL’s Acting Commissioner. “Our ultimate objective is to deliver high quality competitive lacrosse throughout the USA for pro players who are serious about indoor lacrosse.”
There aren’t many rivalries when a league is entering just its second season and one team played all six of the games in the first one. But the North American Lacrosse League has one on its hands and opens the season with it playing out Saturday night. The Boston Rockhoppers jumped into the fray a year earlier than planned when most of the NALL’s teams went walkabout in 2012 and they did what no one else could do: they beat the Kentucky Stickhorses. The 2013 season kicks off with a rematch of that tilt and, judging by this video promo, the ‘Horses are none too pleased about it. Should be a great start to the season.