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2013 Washington Stealth: What went right, what went wrong

Rhys Duch was the main man for the Stealth's offence in 2013. (Photo: Richard Olson)
Rhys Duch was the main man for the Stealth's offence in 2013. (Photo: Richard Olson)

Coming off a year in which they were the only team to miss the playoffs, the main goal for the Stealth last year was to ensure they got back to being in the mix for the Champions Cup come playoff time. They managed to stay competitive throughout the year and won a couple of postseason games to earn the right to play host to the title match. Mission accomplished. The next step would be to try to win the championship, but first, they had to figure out where they could play it. Word eventually came out that the Stealth would not be able to play the Champions Cup final in Everett because of prior bookings at the arena. Enter the Langley Events Centre. The final didn’t go the way they’d hoped, with the Stealth dropping a thrilling one-goal decision to Rochester. Long-term, though, the game must be considered a success. It went well enough to convince the team’s ownership that Langley would work as the new home for the team, and the Vancouver Stealth were born. For more about what went right and what went wrong for the team that was Washington, make the jump. READ MORE »


National Lacrosse League officially announces Stealth move to Langley

The Langley Events Centre will be the new home of professional lacrosse in British Columbia, as the National Lacrosse League (NLL) Board of Governors unanimously approved the relocation of the Stealth franchise from its previous home in Everett, Washington to the Metro Vancouver area effective immediately.  The Vancouver Stealth will begin play at the LEC in the 2014 NLL season.

“It’s a historic day for the NLL to be returning to British Columbia,” said NLL Commissioner George Daniel. “We are proud to bring the world’s best lacrosse players back to the Vancouver market.” READ MORE »


Breaking news: Washington Stealth moving to Langley, B.C.

IL Indoor has learned from a source with knowledge of the situation that the Washington Stealth are moving to the Langley Events Centre, beginning with the 2014 National Lacrosse League season. The move was just finalized at the league’s Board of Governors meetings. Full details are not available at this time, but we will bring them to you when they are.


NLL announces All-Green Team ambassadors for green initiatives


The National Lacrosse League has announced the first-ever NLL All-Green Team. The players were selected by their respective teams to serve as ambassadors for green initiatives for their leadership qualities both on and off the field along with their commitment to making a difference in their team’s local community while promoting environmental awareness.

“It’s important that we do our part to raise awareness for greening efforts in order to protect our natural resources,” said NLL Commissioner George Daniel. “We’re pleased to announce a select group of players that will help us raise awareness in their home team markets and beyond.”

The All-Green Team is part of the league’s partnership with the Green Sports Alliance, a non-profit organization with a mission to help sports teams, venues and leagues enhance their environmental performance. The league’s partnership with Green Sports Alliance began in 2011. READ MORE »


NLL Champion’s Cup: What they’re saying

NLL boss George Daniel, left, presented Rochester's Cody Jamieson with his second straight Champion's Cup MVP award after Saturday night's game. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)
NLL boss George Daniel, left, presented Rochester's Cody Jamieson with his second straight Champion's Cup MVP award after Saturday night's game. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)

The ILIndoor message board is humming with activity, not unlike Saturday’s National Lacrosse League championship. OK, so maybe it’s not THAT intense in the world of cyber, but the Rochester Knighthawks’ 11-10 win over the Washington Stealth on Saturday night delivered plenty to talk about. And while fans are trading thoughts on the game, players from both sides had plenty to say afterward, both celebratory and remorseful. Let’s take a look at some of the memorable quotes from players and coaches. READ MORE »


Rochester Knighthawks win back to back National Lacrosse League championships

The Rochester Knighthawks enjoy the fruits of their labour, the 2013 NLL Champions Cup title. (Photo: Ward LaForme, Jr.)
The Rochester Knighthawks enjoy the fruits of their labour, the 2013 NLL Champions Cup title. (Photo: Ward LaForme, Jr.)

It was the first Champions Cup win for two stellar veterans and the second straight MVP performance for one young Knighthawk who has already established himself as one of the best in the business. Dan Dawson and Scott Self finally got to taste a National Lacrosse League championship and Cody Jamieson scored a hat trick and a pair of assists as the Rochester Knighthawks held on for an 11-10 win in a thrilling title game at the Langley Events Centre before a sold-out crowd of over 5,200.

It was deja vu all over again for the Stealth, who saw Tyler Richards bar the door in the second half, allowing only one goal after the intermission. Just like in 2011 against the Toronto Rock, that was one goal too many as the Stealth couldn’t quite get the equalizer despite several chances late in the game, all of which were turned aside by Matt Vinc in the Rochester net. READ MORE »


NLL Champion’s Cup Live Blog: Rochester defends title with 11-10 win over Stealth


Final score is 11-10. Shots even at 49-49. It was a great game, and thanks for following the action here on IL Indoor. Congratulations to the Knighthawks and their fans for the big win.

Matt Vinc makes the save and the Rochester Knighthawks are the 2013 National Lacrosse League champions!

Scott Self brings the ball out and is double teamed by two Stealth defenders. The Stealth get the ball back, kick it out to Ratcliff for a desperate shot!

Timeout Knighthawks. 14.6 remaining. With possession, barring some miracle, the Knighthawks should secure the win and complete the rare back-to-back championship. READ MORE »


Knighthawks have found their groove, Stealth taking location shift in stride

It all comes down to one game as Rhys Duch and the Stealth take on Matt Vinc and the Knighthawks for the Champions Cup tonight. (Photo: Richard Olson)
It all comes down to one game as Rhys Duch and the Stealth take on Matt Vinc and the Knighthawks for the Champions Cup tonight. (Photo: Richard Olson)

It’s championship day in the National Lacrosse League and the two Champions Cup contenders are in some ways a study in contrasts. The Rochester Knighthawks came into the season as defending champs and were a popular pick to repeat thanks to their defence and goaltending, and thanks to an offence that featured a mix of talented youngsters and savvy vets, including the addition of the great Casey Powell and Dan Dawson. Well, the former is gone to Colorado but the latter is front and centre in Rochester’s pursuit of a title after what yet another veteran righty forward, Mike Accursi, aptly called a roller coaster ride of a season in a championship game preview on the Hawks’ web site.

While Rochester started the season with high expectations that weren’t fulfilled until the playoffs, the Stealth came into 2013 as the only team to have missed the playoffs last year and full of question marks with an infusion of rookies but started the season with a bang. They won the NLL season opener against Rochester and went 3-1 in the first quarter, then never really looked back en route to a three-way tie for first in the West and a playoff run that has them in their third title tilt in four years. READ MORE »


NLL Champion’s Cup Staff Picks

The Rochester Knighthawks travel west to defend their title against the Washington Stealth (Photo: Richard Olson)
The Rochester Knighthawks travel west to defend their title against the Washington Stealth (Photo: Richard Olson)

The 2013 National Lacrosse League season is going to end just as it started – the Rochester Knighthawks will travel west to take on the Washington Stealth.

The Knighthawks and Stealth both finished the year second in their respective divisions.  League wide, the Stealth is the third seed while the Knighthawks are fifth.  Rochester and Washington have met twice this season; each team winning on their home turf.  Washington took the first – and the only game in week one – 13-12. In week five, Rochester won 7-6 in this season’s lowest-scoring game. READ MORE »


It’s the Champion’s Cup edition of the Off the Crossebar Podcast

We’re a few hours away from crowning a 2013 Champion’s Cup winner and it couldn’t be any closer of a matchup between the Rochester Knighthawks and the Washington Stealth. It’s a rare full circle meeting as these two teams squared off in the season opener (a 13-12 win for the Stealth) and will now cap one of the best National Lacrosse League seasons in recent memory.

This week on the Off the Crossebar Podcast , we talked to the two head coaches who will be dueling in the mental chess match in hopes of doing all the right things in leading their team to the holy grail of professional lacrosse. Mike Hasen is looking for his second league title in as many years while Chris Hall is looking to add his third championship as the Stealth make their third trip in four years. Both men are incredible lacrosse minds and are very focused on the task at hand but both are quick to tip their hats to the other team on their successes. READ MORE »