Opinion: Rochester’s moves signal the end of an era

March 9, 2019

With under a week to go until the March 11th NLL trade deadline, the 2-8 Rochester Knighthawks exploded on Wednesday and dealt away three veteran players. Joe Resetarits and Paul Dawson were moved to New England and San Diego for draft picks. The biggest move saw 10-year Knighthawks’ veteran Cory Vitarelli traded to Colorado for Ryan Benesch. Defenseman Billy Dee Smith was released and Austin Shanks was placed on the IR….

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NLL: Buchanan leads Seals to win over Warriors

March 5, 2019

On the strength of exceptional performances from veteran Kyle Buchanan and rookie Austin Staats, the San Diego Seals defeated the Vancouver Warriors 13-10 Saturday night at Pechanga Arena. The win ends a mini two-game losing skid and moves San Diego into second place in the Western Division with a record of 5-4. In a physical affair that featured 44 minutes in penalties, the Seals used a strong fourth quarter to…

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WLA: Del Bianco goes first to Coquitlam

February 9, 2019

This past Thursday, the Langley Events Centre played host to the 2019 Western Lacrosse Association Draft. Each one of the seven WLA teams were looking to stock their club with the best junior players in the province in an attempt in making a run at Senior A’s top prize – the Mann Cup. With Commissioner Paul Del Monte presiding over the evening it came as no surprise when he announced…

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NLL: Roughnecks defeat Warriors to move into second place

February 5, 2019

Riding on the backs of their defense, the Calgary Roughnecks defeated the Vancouver Warriors 8-5 on Saturday at Scotiabank Saddledome and in the process captured the season series between the two clubs. The Roughnecks’ win brought an end to a three-game losing skid and moves the club into second place in the Western Conference with a record of 4-4. After scoring four times in the first quarter, the Warriors’ offense…

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NLL: Schuss gives Warriors first home win

January 28, 2019

One week ago, the Vancouver Warriors watched helplessly as a late, game-tying shot by Mitch Jones took an ill-fated bounce wide of the net handing them their fifth straight loss. This week, however, on Saturday night facing the Colorado Mammoth Vancouver’s fortunes would take a turn for the better. After a 60-minute battle in which Vancouver never held the lead, they managed to force the game into overtime and in…

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NLL: Underdog Black Wolves take bite out of Roughnecks

January 15, 2019

It was understandable that the visiting New England Black Wolves arrived at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday labeled as underdogs. After all, they were on the road and had just traded away their leading scorer of a year ago in Kevin Crowley. Calgary, on the other hand, was playing at home, winners of their last three and just received a huge boost to their line-up with the return of their leading…

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NLL: Roughnecks keep Mammoth winless

January 8, 2019

The final game of the NLL’s week four featured a matinee matchup between the Western rivals Calgary Roughnecks and Colorado Mammoth. The Mammoth had something to prove after losing their home opener to the Seals, but it was an offensively depleted Roughnecks’ squad making no excuses that put together a character 11-8 win. Without a host of big offensive names (including Tyler Pace), the Roughnecks started only six forwards for…

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NLL: Roughnecks get revenge on Warriors

December 23, 2018

As the whistle blew on the opening face-off between Tyler Burton and Zack Porter, a new era of lacrosse got underway in downtown Vancouver. Finally, for the province of British Columbia, courtesy of Canucks Sports and Entertainment, the highest level of lacrosse got a deserving stage at Rogers Arena to showcase the best talent in the world. The only thing missing on this night was a win by the home…

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NLL: Warriors spoil Roughnecks’ party

December 17, 2018

Coming in is as the heavy underdog and down by five in the fourth quarter, the Vancouver Warriors put their hardhats on and went to work on NLL opening night. When the dust settled, it was veteran captain Matt Beers scoring four minutes into overtime to complete the improbable comeback and push the Warriors over the Roughnecks by a score of 14-13. “I was so gassed. I had played three…

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