ALL: Benefits of the Arena Lacrosse League more important than ever

January 17, 2018

NLL expansion is coming and the Arena Lacrosse League is preparing its players to move on up to the big leagues. Now in their second season, the ALL has seven stable teams and competition is at an all-time high. The game is fast and exciting. After three weeks of play, the defending champion Oshawa Outlaws lead the league with a 3-0 record. The much-improved Peterborough Timbermen, last-place finishers in 2017,…

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Steve Priolo: Yup, he’s still in the van

January 10, 2018

Buffalo Bandits’ captain Steve Priolo captivated the (lacrosse) world this past summer when he chose to live in his van while he played for the Victoria Shamrocks of the Western Lacrosse Association. It’s winter now, and he’s still living in it. Sometimes. For those unfamiliar with Victoria, B.C., its climate is pretty hospitable. Because it’s on the ocean, there aren’t usually too many days of extreme temperatures. It’s a better…

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NLL: Rush get revenge, defeat Swarm 13-9

January 9, 2018

  Saturday night the Saskatchewan Rush (3-0) defeated the defending champion Georgia Swarm (1-3) 13-9 in front of 3,714 fans at Infinite Energy Arena. With the victory, Saskatchewan joins Colorado as the only undefeated teams left in the league. In 2017 both Saskatchewan and Georgia had very high-powered offenses, so a quick start and a high-scoring game seemed to be in the cards, but that was not the case in…

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NLL: Rock set record in blowout win over Stealth

January 7, 2018

The Toronto Rock set an NLL record on Saturday night in a 24-7 walloping of the Vancouver Stealth at the Langley Events Centre. The Rock set a new record for goals in a half, with 17 in the first 30 minutes of play. The Rock (1-2) looked to use the same firepower they found last week in their 20-13 defeat of the Buffalo Bandits. The 0-3 Stealth would have to…

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NLL rookie report: Dan Craig, Toronto Rock

January 3, 2018

Don’t blame yourself if the name Dan Craig was an unfamiliar one when the Toronto Rock announced that he would make his NLL debut last Saturday night against the Buffalo Bandits. The game was Craig’s first box lacrosse game in nearly three years. Seriously. The sixth-round 2017 pick had practiced, but due to an ankle injury, hadn’t even made it into exhibition games. His last box experience was with the…

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NLL: Rock power past Bandits 20-13 for first win

January 2, 2018

Adam Jones said the Toronto Rock didn’t want to go down 0-3 in their young NLL season. His team had December 30th circled on their calendar as a rematch of their season opener in Buffalo, a 13-9 loss. The Rock were determined to right the ship and score their first win while getting revenge on their closest rivals. Jones led the way, scoring four times and adding five assists en…

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NLL: 14-11 banner-raising win for Swarm

January 1, 2018

Swarm raise championship banner, rebound from slow start for first win of the season The Georgia Swarm (1-2) opened up their home campaign with a hard-fought 14-11 win over the Rochester Knighthawks (2-1) in front of 6,254 fans at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Field at Infinite Energy Arena. The game was scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET, but due to bad weather in the northeast (or airline incompetence according to Angus…

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NLL: Black Wolves run to 13-9 win over Stealth

January 1, 2018

Six and seven-goal runs pace Black Wolves to victory We all know lacrosse is a game of runs and that is exactly what we had Friday night, to the extreme, as the New England Black Wolves (2-1) used a 7-0 fourth quarter to defeat the Vancouver Stealth (0-3) 13-9 at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Stealth opened the game with the first two goals before Reilly O’Connor and Jay Thorimbert scored…

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Reunited Hellyer and Hickey hope to help the Rock rebound

December 28, 2017

In a media scrum, you’d be hard-pressed not to notice that both Rob Hellyer and Brett Hickey of the Toronto Rock have expressive brown eyes, both sets of which contained frustration after their last game on December 16th, a 17-9 loss to the Saskatchewan Rush. But that’s about the only physical similarity you could pinpoint. Hellyer is blond; Hickey has brown hair. Hellyer is 5’8; Hickey is 6’2. Hellyer is…

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Winter Blast a holiday tradition

December 27, 2017

The seventh annual Winter Blast Tournament hosted by the Calgary Mountaineers Junior A Lacrosse Club took place in Calgary on December 22nd. Thirty-seven teams in six divisions competed in the unique one-day tournament, all for a chance to win the grand prize – a giant bag of candy. The idea for Winter Blast was born in 2011 from then Mountie coaches Rick Windle and Duane Bratt, whose goal was to…

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