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Top stories for 2013: No. 23 through 11

The NLL is without Darris Kilgour as a player or a coach for the first time in a long time. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
The NLL is without Darris Kilgour as a player or a coach for the first time in a long time. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

Hard to believe an entire year has passed but we’re at this point again, looking back at the year that was. From the National Lacrosse League to all the Canadian summer leagues, it surely was an eventful 2013 in the world of lacrosse. How busy? Normally, we bring you the Top 20 stories of the year for review but we just couldn’t seem to make the cut at 20, so we’re bringing you 23 for a stroll down memory lane. So check out today’s first installment of this 2-part review, which runs down the bottom half (or so) of what ILIndoor thinks are the top stories of the year. And we’ll be back tomorrow with the Top 10. READ MORE »

Reading Rockets thank fans for hanging in through tough inaugural PLL season

The Reading Rockets are pleased to announce that Saturday’s contest against the rival Charlotte Copperheads will be Fan Appreciation Night, and the team will be running several promotions throughout the game.

In addition to the Buy One Get One offer, courtesy of WFMZ, the Rockets will be holding an autograph session on the field after the game. During the session, the Rockets will hold a drawing where fans can win the Shirts Off Our Back! Each lucky fan will be given their jersey by the player himself and will include an autograph and photo opportunity. Make sure to stop by the Fan Assistance Center to enter!

The Rockets are honoring The Opportunity House in Reading and collecting toys for Toys for Tots. Any fan bringing a new, unwrapped toy will receive $2 off their ticket. The First Annual Teddy Bear Toss will take place when the Rockets score their first goal. Fans are encouraged to bring stuffed animals to toss onto the field after the Rockets score! The stuffed animals will be donated to local agencies who deal with kids, such as police and fire departments, Opportunity House and Toys for Tots. READ MORE »

CLax, MILA and PLL clash, sort of, this weekend in Upstate Bears Invitational

How teams from different leagues would fare against each other is a favourite topic of discussion amongst lacrosse fans. This Saturday, December 1, fans will get a chance to witness first-hand teams from disparate venues going head to head in a series of games at the Cattaraugus Community Centre in the Upstate Bears Lacrosse Invitational.

The host team is a strong collection of players from, as the name suggests, the Upstate region of New York, focused around Irving (about 25 miles southwest of Buffalo). They have signed on to play in the Midwest Indoor Lacrosse Association in 2013. They’ll be joined by the Canadian Lacrosse League’s Niagara Lock Monsters and the Syracuse Stingers, who are not a PLL team but have played some games against Professional Lacrosse League clubs and are considered to be a candidate for future PLL expansion.

Lock Monsters coach and GM Jeff Dowling says there will actually be two Lock Monsters teams; he’ll split his training camp roster into two squads with 18 runners and two goalies each. Both Niagara teams will play each of the American squads, then the Bears and Stingers will square off. READ MORE »

PLL players are attending camps, trying to catch on with NLL teams

Greg Rogowski
Greg Rogowski

When the Professional Lacrosse League was created, a major component of its declared mandate was to help American players evolve in the box game and blaze a trail to the National Lacrosse League. With NLL teams starting to get their pre-season schedule under way, a number of PLL players are taking he first step on what they hope will be a successful journey by attending camps.

The majority will be among the contenders when the Philadelphia Wings open their camp next weekend. Seven players currently on PLL rosters are scheduled to hit the floor for Wings tryouts. Greg Rogowski, Ethan Farrell and Erik Holt of the Charlotte Copperheads will be in camp. They’ll be joined by five Reading Rockets. Dana Wilber and Bret Moyer will be on hand along with Andrew and Chris Collins. Scotty Komer is also at Wings camp looking to grab the backup goalie spot. He was a Rocket but played just two minutes before a collision drove his head into the crossbar. The resulting concussion has prevented him from playing any further with the Rockets, although he is on track to be healthy and ready to go with Philadelphia. READ MORE »

PLL: Reading Rockets move final home game to Saturday December 1

In an effort to continue their efforts to create a affordable, family-friendly entertainment value, the Reading Rockets have decided to take advantage of a Saturday night opening in the Sovereign Center schedule and move their November 29th game to December 1st.
The Rockets will be hosting the rival Charlotte Copperheads to close out their home schedule, before heading to Syracuse to close out the season on December 8th. Tickets and vouchers for the 29th game will be honored at the Sovereign Center Box Office.

“We felt that moving the game to the Saturday was a better way to accommodate families who might not be able to have their kids come out to a Thursday game,” said Rockets Vice President and General Manager Andy Makal. “We appreciate the help of the Sovereign Center and SMG staff who have been working with us to find ways to enhance our product and helping us generate fan support.” READ MORE »

PLL: Copperheads down Rockets again; Hickman, Guerin have sock tricks

Rockets forward Jesse Guerin scored six of Reading’s twelve goals on Friday night against the Charlotte Copperheads, but Matt Hickman scored six of his own as the Snakes continued their mastery of the Rockets, winning 16-12.

Guerin, who finished with eight points, began the second quarter with a diving behind-the-back goal on Tory Stevens. Fellow Canadian and Rockets leading scorer Travis Bland chipped in eight points of his own, with a goal and seven assists. Dan Deckelbaum added a pair of goals and a pair of assists, while Brendan Muise was credited with five assists. Colton Vosburgh, and Linden Stevens had the other Rockets goals. READ MORE »

Stanley Cup champion Bill Clement climbs on board with the Reading Rockets

The Reading Rockets will have a face familiar to many Pennsylvania sports fans on board tonight when they play host to the Charlotte Copperheads in a Professional Lacrosse League game. Two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Philadelphia Flyers Bill Clement has established a partner relationship with the Rockets. Clement cited the team’s approach to community service as a major reason for wanting to be involved with the team. For their part, Rockets VP and GM Andy Makal says the current NHL broadcaster is exactly the kind of person they want associated with the team. “Bill’s not only a recognizable name in the southeastern PA sports scene, he’s also a genuine guy who’s dealt with adversity throughout his life and still became a success,” Makal says on the PLL web site. “His commitment to doing well by doing good and ability to teach through his own life lessons make him an ideal partner for our community outreach programs.”

Breaking News: Jacksonville Bullies will not play the rest of the 2012 PLL season

The Professional Lacrosse League has lost another team, at least temporarily. Jacksonville Bullies owner Chris Milo has confirmed that his team will not be playing any more games this season. Milo said he is confident his team and the league will be back and will be stronger in 2013. “We’re not necessarily suspending operations. We’re going to keep moving on,” Milo told IL Indoor. “It’s just that we’ve cut our season short because of all the turmoil we went through before the season and some stuff during the season. I’m moving forward with my organization, reorganizing and looking for new sponsors, new season ticket holders and everything. So we’re still moving forward, we’re still going. We’re not shutting down.” READ MORE »

Video: Tom Ryan talks about Copperheads win over Syracuse and facing Reading tonight

Charlotte coach Tom Ryan makes his regular appearance on Copperheads Television to discuss the Snakes’ win over potential expansion franchise Syracuse Stingers and what they need to do against Reading when the Rockets come to the Bojangles Coliseum tonight.

This Weekend: Reading Rockets searching for first win in Professional Lacrosse League

Hard to believe we’re in Week 5 of the Professional Lacrosse League, but we are, and the Charlotte Copperheads (1-1) look to win their second straight game in a matchup with the Reading Rockets, who are 0-2. Charlotte will have its hands full with a Rockets team whose 0-2 record is a bit deceiving because the Rockets have lost both games in overtime to league-leading Jacksonville. Making the challenge even bigger for Charlotte is that fact that it’ll be without Ryan Hotaling, the former Boston Blazer who will be in Rochester, N.Y., on Saturday to play for the U.S. in the Bowhunter Cup. READ MORE »