When it comes to lacrosse passing, some of the best to ever play the game will be in action this Saturday when the Toronto Rock face off against the Rochester Knighthawks at the Air Canada Centre in a game that can be seen on ESPN3 and TSN at 7pm ET. And that’s not based on mere opinion—the players holding 10 of the 11 top single-season National Lacrosse League assist totals will be taking part in the game. Josh Sanderson holds four of the top seasons and his Toronto teammates Colin Doyle and Garrett Billings hold a pair each, including Billings’ record 82 assists from 2012. Dan Dawson represents the Knighthawks with a pair of seasons in the top 11, although he had the third- and fourth-highest season totals with Philadelphia and Boston, respectively. READ MORE »
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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 »
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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Week 10 of the NLL was a good weekend for fans in Alberta! The Toronto Rock headed west last weekend, first stopping into Edmonton to take on the Rush before ending their double header in Calgary to face the Roughnecks.
The Rush held the lead for a short three minutes in the first, then traded goals with the Rock for most of the game, before regaining their lead early in the fourth quarter and going on to win their eight straight last Friday night. It went from bad to worse on Saturday as the Rock were down 7-0 at the end of the first quarter in Calgary. Ultimately dropping both games in Alberta last weekend, the Rock have yet to win on the road in 2014.
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Stephen Keogh has been on a roll lately, and he only got hotter last night. Keogh had 7 goals in his previous two games and last night he went off for 5 more as the Rochester Knighthawks downed the Colorado Mammoth 11-9 to move into a first-place tie with Buffalo in the National Lacrosse League’s East Division. Keogh opened the scoring just 22 seconds into the game, had a hat trick in the first period and scored all 5 of his goals by halftime as Rochester took a 7-2 lead into the break that was just too much for the Mammoth to overcome, though Colorado gave it a game effort in the second half. READ MORE »
Dan Dawson will join some elite company in the lacrosse world when he steps on to the Pepsi Center turf in Denver later tonight. The Rochester Knighthawks forward will play in his 188th straight National Lacrosse League regular season game. Dawson will move into a tie for second place all-time with Colin Doyle and Steve Toll for the longest consecutive games-played streak in NLL history. He will trail only Buffalo’s Shawn Williams, who has played in excess of 200 games. In typical Dawson fashion, the former NLL MVP deferred the credit for his amazing Ironman streak. READ MORE »
Friday. Toronto Rock at Edmonton Rush. Do the Rush make it eight in a row? Or do the Rock get their first road win of the 2014 NLL season?
The Rock (4-4) start their tour of Alberta on Friday evening in Edmonton before facing the Roughnecks (5-3) in Calgary on Saturday night. This is the Rush and Rock’s first meeting of the season while the Rock dominated the Roughnecks in week two in Toronto. Is it time for payback? Also on Saturday, the Rochester Knighthawks (5-3) finish off their three week road trip in Colorado against the Mammoth (4-6) for the pair’s only meeting of the season.
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Even with only three games on the schedule last weekend there was no lack of edge-of-your-seat entertainment. All three games saw the losing team draw first blood. All three games featured a flurry of goals in the fourth quarter.
On Saturday I had pretty much written off the Minnesota Swarm (just in Saturday’s game, I stand by my multiple twitter ramblings that they are far better than their record); I sat back and started chatting pre-season baseball. That is till the Swarm rebounded from 13-4 going into the fourth to 13-11 with 90 seconds left in the game. The Swarm ultimately lost 14-12, but y’all got my heart racing.
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The Toronto Rock survived a furious Jordan MacIntosh-fuelled fourth-quarter comeback by the Minnesota Swarm to hold on for a 14-12 National Lacrosse League win at the Air Canada Centre Saturday night. MacIntosh scored three dunk goals from behind the net–one shorthanded, one on the power play and one with the goalie pulled for an extra attacker–to lead an 8-1 Swarm domination of the fourth quarter. The only Rock goal of the frame was scored by Jesse Gamble when the Rock defender picked off a pass just in front of the Toronto net and raced the length of the floor to deposit the ball into the empty net with 28 seconds left to play. READ MORE »
Rochester Knighthawks forward Stephen Keogh is looking to have a personal best season in 2014 and by the looks of it, he might do just that. Keogh, a product of Syracuse University, is in his third season in the National Lacrosse League and third with the Knighthawks. Prior to being drafted by the Knighthawks. He and Knighthawks Assistant Captain Cody Jamieson were no strangers before becoming teammates in the NLL. The duo led Syracuse to an NCAA in 2009. “He is just a tough guy, which makes him tough to play against. He likes to get down and dirty,” said Jamieson. “When his confidence is up, he is a pretty hard guy to stop.” READ MORE »