NLL Sophomore Spotlight: Jordan Magnuson, Toronto Rock

May 17, 2018

The Toronto Rock got an unexpected shot in the arm when Jordan Magnuson rejoined their lineup halfway through their recently concluded season. Magnuson was a rookie in 2017, playing 17 games as a defenseman with two goals and seven assists while going 119-269 on faceoffs. After being signed to a three-year contract in the summer, he played the first two games of the 2018 season in December before being sidelined…

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OLA Jr. A: Warriors dominate Lakers in 12-5 win

May 15, 2018

The Whitby Warriors picked up their first win of the 2018 Ontario Jr. A Lacrosse League season on Monday night with a 12-5 win over the Peterborough Lakers at the Memorial Centre. It was Peterborough’s first game of the season, while Whitby was coming off an 8-4 weekend loss to the Mimico Mountaineers. A couple of things sparked Whitby’s dominance in the game – first, the traditional Peterborough/Durham Region rivalry…

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NLL: American scoring record set in Knighthawks’ win over Bandits

April 30, 2018

The Rochester Knighthawks punched their ticket to the post-season on Saturday night with a 15-13 win over the Buffalo Bandits at Keybank Center. The Knighthawks’ win also eliminates the Bandits, their closest rivals, from playoff contention. The Knighthawks finish the regular season in second place in the NLL’s eastern division. They will host the New England Black Wolves on Friday night in a single-elimination division semi-final. “It feels really good,”…

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NLL rookie report: Jake Withers, Rochester Knighthawks

April 19, 2018

Jake Withers is having himself a season. And that’s kind of incredible, considering he’s a rookie. Last weekend, the Rochester Knighthawks’ defenseman broke the league record for rookie face-off wins, going 22 for 28 against the Toronto Rock in a 14-11 win. With 243 wins, Withers passed Stephen Peyser’s 240, and has two more games this season to increase his total. Peyser set the record in 2009 with the New…

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Editorial: Gamesmanship contradictory to the spirit of lacrosse

April 17, 2018

Last Saturday, April 7th, I took to Twitter to complain to NLL TV that there was an issue with the sound coming through the Colorado Mammoth/Saskatchewan Rush game. It seemed that every time a new song started, the volume would get loud, then fade out when the camera changed direction. After some tweets back and forth with other fans experiencing the same problem, and Graeme Perrow pointing out that the…

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NLL supports Humboldt Broncos

April 16, 2018

The tragedy in Humboldt, Saskatchewan on April 6th left Canada reeling. The loss is unfathomable, especially in such a tight-knight community like sports. But where there is tragedy, there can also be hope, and the National Lacrosse League offered that up in spades this weekend as they paid tribute to the victims and survivors of the crash. In nine days, the GoFundMe page for the Broncos had raised over 11.6…

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NLL: Ten-goal run leads Roughnecks over Bandits

April 16, 2018

The Calgary Roughnecks ended their regular season home stand with a bang on Saturday night, prevailing 16-9 over the Buffalo Bandits in front of 17,113 fans at Scotiabank Saddledome. Holden Cattoni’s five goals led the charge for the ‘Necks, who scored 10 straight goals in the second half, shutting out the Bandits for 23:46. The Roughnecks are locked into third place in the west, so this game had no impact…

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ALL: Arena League set for championship weekend

April 7, 2018

The Arena Lacrosse League’s second season comes to an end this weekend at Oakville’s Toronto Rock Athletic Centre, where a new league champion will be crowned on Sunday afternoon. First up are the semi-finals on Saturday. The Paris RiverWolves (2) and St. Catharines ShockWave (3) face-off at 4 p.m. and the first place Toronto Monarchs, who received a bye through the quarter finals, will host the expansion Whitby Steelhawks (4)…

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NLL: Bandits bite Black Wolves 20-7

March 24, 2018

The Buffalo Bandits made a big push towards the playoffs on Friday night with a 20-7 win over the New England Black Wolves at Mohegan Sun Arena. Twelve straight second-half Bandits’ goals crushed the Black Wolves, who just couldn’t win a face-off or even hold possession once they got it. Stephan Leblanc put New England on the board at 1:05 of the first quarter. Vaughn Harris answered seven seconds later….

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NLL: Rock exact revenge on Black Wolves

March 18, 2018

The Toronto Rock breathed a sigh of relief on Friday night as they snapped a three-game losing skid with a 14-9 win over the New England Black Wolves. The win, combined with losses by Rochester and Buffalo on Saturday, vaults Toronto precariously back into second place in the NLL’s east division. The Rock’s losing streak had culminated the week before in an 8-7 overtime loss to the same Black Wolves…

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