Editor’s Note: A New Chapter, Thank You ILWT

March 3, 2017

ILWT began because I wanted to be a sports writer. When I was 13 years old, I was “impatient” because I didn’t think I could be a sports writer until I was older. I had several pretend blogs I used to run on Microsoft paint just because I was interested in creating headlines and news stories. I was in Florida when I saw a game between the Orlando Titans and…


Mammoth Shine Against Stagnant Bandits Offense

December 31, 2016

For the second straight game, an NLL team struggled in its home opener to put points on the board. While that was the Rochester Knighthawks on Thursday night, it was the Buffalo Bandits who fell to the Colorado Mammoth at home on Friday, 12-8. A crowd of nearly 15,000 was on hand to watch both teams open their seasons. The Mammoth jumped out to a 3-0 lead as Colorado goalie…


Mammoth Head to Buffalo in Season Opener

December 30, 2016

The Buffalo Bandits, coming off of their Champions Cup appearance last season, open their season at home tonight against the Colorado Mammoth, a team coming off a western conference finals berth. While Buffalo has retained mostly the same roster, losing just Chad Culp and Jay Thorimbert, the Mammoth roster looks quite a bit different. No Adam Jones, as the Mammoth shipped the former third overall draft pick to Saskatchewan for…


Rock and Knighthawks Open 2017 NLL Season

December 29, 2016

The first game of the regular season is in Rochester as the Knighthawks will look to find a way back to the post season and the Toronto Rock debut their new roster. Both teams have plenty of changes, and this will be the first look at both of them in regular season action head-to-head. For the Knighthawks, they’ll spend most of the season without former MVP Cody Jamieson. In his…


2017 NLL Regular Season Primer

December 29, 2016

New England Black Wolves Top Returner: Shawn Evans, forward Newcomers: Chad Culp, Jay Thorimbert, Doug Jamieson, Reilly O’Connor, Seth Oakes, Matt Spanger Breakout Potential: Sheldon Burns, defense X Factor: Goaltending This is a team looking to contend for a championship in its third season in New England, and their timing could not be better. With teams like Rochester and Toronto in a rebuild mode and likely to have down years,…


2017 NLL Season Projections

December 21, 2016

East: New England: 13-5 Buffalo: 11-7 Georgia: 10-8 Toronto: 8-10 Rochester: 7-11 West: Saskatchewan: 14-4 Colorado: 12-6 Calgary: 10-8 Vancouver: 7-11 MVP: Shawn Evans, New England Black Wolves Goalie of the Year: Aaron Bold, Saskatchewan Rush Rookie of the Year: Mike Messenger, Saskatchewan Rush Coach of the Year: Glenn Clark, New England Black Wolves Defender of the Year: Graeme Hossack, Rochester Knighthawks Executive of the Year: Rich Lisk, New England Black Wolve Breakout Player: Christian…


What to Watch in the 2017 NLL Season

December 20, 2016

The National Lacrosse League season is just around the corner, and teams have finally narrowed down their rosters. There is a lot to be excited about, but here are just a few things to keep an eye out for. Three Americans in Toronto One of the biggest stories out of training camp is a trio of Major League Lacrosse players joining the Toronto Rock in league MVP Tom Schreiber, Connor…


NLL All Cut Teams: 2017 Season Edition

December 19, 2016

  With so much lacrosse talent and only nine teams in the current National Lacrosse League, it’s easy to say there could be double the amount of teams in the league before the competition level became watered down. Using cuts from this year’s preseason only, there are two team possibilities that us at ILWT could come up with. Team One Goalie: Cody Hagedorn, Zach Higgins Defense: John Ranagan, Mike Triolo,…


New NLL Logo Simply an Expression of Change

December 18, 2016

Whether or not you like the new National Lacrosse League logo isn’t really the point. The league revealed its first logo change since 1998 on Saturday, and reactions to the actual design have been mixed. Gone is the silhouette of a lacrosse player and in its place, a shield logo with a four pointed star to honor the league’s original four teams. If the design is good or not? It’s…


Tensions Run High in Rush Pre Season Win Over Roughnecks

December 16, 2016

It may have been preseason, but don’t tell that to the 12,000 plus fans who packed into the SaskTel Centre on Friday night to watch the Saskatchewan Rush defeat the Calgary Roughnecks 9-6. With moments remaining in the fourth quarter a brawl broke out that included both the team’s goalies. Greg Harnett was sent to the box late in the game for five minutes after it appeared he targeted the head…