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Who Ya Got? NLL Week 17 Fan Poll

They'll meet Saturday and again in the playoffs, but will that be in Buffalo or Toronto? A Bandits W this weekend secures a home playoff berth. (Photo: Bill Wippert)
They'll meet Saturday and again in the playoffs, but will that be in Buffalo or Toronto? A Bandits W this weekend secures a home playoff berth. (Photo: Bill Wippert)

Will it be the Stealth or Mammoth? Only one spot remains in the NLL playoffs.

Competing in a close game two weeks ago, the Colorado Mammoth did the (seemingly) unimaginable last Friday by handing the Edmonton Rush their first loss of the season. Trading goals for most of the game, the Toronto Rock netted the game winner early in the fourth quarter against Philadelphia on Saturday to secure the third and final East Division playoff berth and eliminate the Wings from contention. It wasn’t an OT winner like in week 13, but it was the second 10-9 W for the Minnesota Swarm over the Buffalo Bandits this season.
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Rock and Bandits are two teams heading in opposite directions, but with the same goal

Brandon Miller (centre) and the Rock will try to keep their roll going against Buffalo this Friday. (Photo: Graig Abel)
Brandon Miller (centre) and the Rock will try to keep their roll going against Buffalo this Friday. (Photo: Graig Abel)

Once again this weekend, the Toronto Rock are playing in the National Lacrosse League game most fraught with playoff implications. Last week, they beat the Philadelphia Wings to earn a berth in the postseason. Now, second place and a home playoff date are at stake as the Rock play host to the Buffalo Bandits. It would take more than just a win Friday night to secure second for the Rock, but a loss ensures that they’ll be travelling to Buffalo to open the playoffs rather than making the short trip to the friendly confines of the Air Canada Centre. READ MORE »


Toronto Rock clinch playoff spot with 10-9 win over Philadelphia Wings

Brandon Miller was sensational for the Toronto Rock in their playoff-clinching win. (Photo: Graig Abel)
Brandon Miller was sensational for the Toronto Rock in their playoff-clinching win. (Photo: Graig Abel)

The Toronto Rock (7-9) clarified the playoff picture and muddied it a bit at the same time, pulling out a 10-9 win over the Philadelphia Wings (5-11) to clinch the third and final playoff spot in the National Lacrosse League’s East Division. With the Buffalo Bandits (8-7) losing by the same 10-9 score to the Minnesota Swarm (4-12), Toronto creeps closer to the Bandits in the battle for second place and the chance to host a first-round playoff game. In last night’s other games, the Rochester Knighthawks (12-4) downed the Vancouver Stealth (4-11) 10-7 and the Edmonton Rush (15-1) got right back on the winning track after losing Friday for the first time this year. Edmonton took a 15-11 win over the Calgary Roughnecks (10-6). READ MORE »


NLL Week 16 Staff Picks

The third Battle of Alberta goes down Saturday as the undefeated Rush face the Roughnecks in Calgary. (Photo: Brad Watson)
The third Battle of Alberta goes down Saturday as the undefeated Rush face the Roughnecks in Calgary. (Photo: Brad Watson)

Five games in week 16 of the NLL. Four playoff berths secured. Three more weeks in the regular season. Two more playoff spots up for grabs. One thrilling weekend.

Already clinching the West Division title and 2014 top overall seed, the Edmonton Rush (14-0) start their two game road trip against the Mammoth (5-10) in Colorado on Friday night before returning north of the border to face the Calgary Roughnecks (10-5) on Saturday for the third Battle of Alberta this season. In the first two games, the Rush outscored the Roughnecks 30-15.
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Who Ya Got? NLL Week 16 Fan Poll

The Wings touch down in Toronto Saturday for a game with huge playoff implications. (Photo: Graig Abel)
The Wings touch down in Toronto Saturday for a game with huge playoff implications. (Photo: Graig Abel)

The playoff race continues to intensify; Edmonton and Rochester are already in, Buffalo and Calgary punched their ticket last weekend, and now we’re down to five teams fighting for two berths.

Tied after the first, third, and fourth quarters, the Rochester Knighthawks started their home-and-home series against the Swarm with an overtime win in Minnesota on Friday. Back in Rochester on Saturday, the Knighthawks led the Swarm for the entire game, sweeping the series and putting more room between them and East Division second place Buffalo Bandits.
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Billings feature on CNN covers lacrosse connections, plus his marriage proposal

Garrett Billings has played lacrosse in front of thousands, but he's never been as nervous as he was before he proposed to his fiancee on Christmas Eve. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Garrett Billings has played lacrosse in front of thousands, but he's never been as nervous as he was before he proposed to his fiancee on Christmas Eve. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

It’s always cool when the National Lacrosse League finds its way into the big media and the latest to do so is Toronto Rock forward Garrett Billings, who is the topic of a feature at CNN.com. The angle on the story is about how the lacrosse culture provides a path for many to work on Wall Street, and Billings talks about how connections in the world of lacrosse can help in the world of business. But that’s not really news to fans of the game. The interesting part of this story on Billings is his proposal to his fiancee, Alicia Paglia, and how it all unfolded on Christmas Eve. “She really wanted me to get her the box set of The Sopranos but then with my last gift, I gave her the ring and asked her to marry me,” Billings told CNN. “I was pretty confident she’d say yes but that’s the most nervous I’ve ever been. She had no idea whatsoever it was coming.”


Video: Toronto Rock and #AskGamble

Toronto Rock transition man Jesse Gamble takes Twitter questions from fans and talks about the highlights of being a transition player, his dedication to fitness and what he does outside of lacrosse.


Rock dump Stealth but lose Billings, plus the rest of the NLL story

Angus Goodleaf made 42 saves to lead Rochester to a 12-9 win over Minnesota. (Photo: Ward LaForme Jr.)
Angus Goodleaf made 42 saves to lead Rochester to a 12-9 win over Minnesota. (Photo: Ward LaForme Jr.)

The Toronto Rock (6-9) won the game but may have lost a lot more in the process. Garrett Billings had 7 assists in the first half to become the first player in National Lacrosse League history to score 100+ points in three straight seasons as Toronto pummelled the Vancouver Stealth (4-10) 17-9. Late in the half, though, Billings fell to the floor as he drove to the net. IL Indoor’s Teddy Jenner tweeted after the game that Billings confirmed he has a torn ACL in his right knee. Billings will get an MRI on the knee but Jenner’s tweet suggests that it could be a long recovery with Billings out for the rest of this season and for the summer.

Billings was just one of several Rock players to have huge nights in the win. Stephan Leblanc and Colin Doyle each scored 5 goals, with Leblanc adding 5 assists and Doyle 1. Rob Hellyer had a career night with 3 goals and 8 assists and Kasey Beirnes added a hat trick and an assist. Rhys Duch led the Stealth with 4 goals and Brett Bucktooth chipped in 5 assists. READ MORE »


NLL Week 15 Staff Picks

Can the Rush remain undefeated? Tune in Saturday when they host the Mammoth. (Photo: Jack Dempsey)
Can the Rush remain undefeated? Tune in Saturday when they host the Mammoth. (Photo: Jack Dempsey)

Four more weeks. Four spots up for grabs. Six games in the National Lacrosse League this weekend. As of last weekend, the Rochester Knighthawks join the Edmonton Rush with a berth in the playoffs while all remaining seven teams are mathematically still in the running.

Last weekend Edmonton swept their East Division road trip; this weekend their provincial rivals will attempt to do the same. The Calgary Roughnecks (8-5) stop into Philadelphia to take on the Wings (5-9), with both teams on a two-game win streak. On Saturday, the Bandits (8-5) return to Buffalo after losing three on the road to host the Roughnecks.
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Video: Getting to know Rob Marshall

Rob Marshall is one of those guys we don’t hear much about because he’s a defenseman, but he’s one of those guys who are essential, because he’s a defenseman. Game in and game out, Marshall grabs the gear and goes. Here’s your chance to hear Marshall talk about what the game means to him, who inspired his development and what it would mean to win a Champion’s Cup with the Toronto Rock.