OLA: Ontario Lacrosse University a weekend of education and inspiration

March 30, 2021

Fun, inclusivity and respect. Those were the repetitive themes over the nearly 40 sessions that made up Ontario Lacrosse University last weekend. Hosted as a series of Zoom calls open for free to OLA members, or to the public for $25, the online conference filled the void of the cancelled OLA meetings and annual LaxCon with a virtual Ted Conference with lacrosse vibes. Speakers represented leaders from many areas of…


PLL: Switch to Peacock may leave Canadian fans missing lacrosse this summer

March 14, 2021

When the Premier Lacrosse League opens their 2021 season the weekend of June 4th, fans can find them in a new broadcast home. Earlier this month the PLL announced a new exclusive streaming partnership with Peacock, NBCUniversal’s newest streaming service. This will mark the third season of the partnership between the PLL and NBC. The change is not surprising given NBC announced plans to shut down NBC Sports Network at…


MSL: Ontario senior lacrosse fans facing uncertain times

November 24, 2020

Just when you thought the cancellation of an entire summer of Senior, Junior and minor lacrosse and an open-ended, abridged NLL season weren’t enough, 2020 has again come for Major Series Lacrosse. It started on November 11 with the news whatever the 2021 season may look like could be the last one for the Six Nations Chiefs, who cited a lack of fan support and sponsorship in a blog post…


ILWT Feature: Summer vs. winter lacrosse conflict reaching boiling point

November 9, 2020

Last week the National Lacrosse League announced a targeted start date for their 35th season for the weekend of April 9-11, 2021. The official announcement comes after Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz suggested during the Entry Draft that it could be “early 2021” and Swarm GM John Arlotta who speculated in a local radio interview that “March is most likely.” Of course, there are still hurdles to clear before the league can…


NLL: Mammoth lead draft with 11 new picks

October 16, 2020

If Draft Day is where General Managers earn their pay, Brad Self of the Colorado Mammoth deserves overtime. Over the course of the evening, Self and the Mammoth made a pair of trades and 11 selections, the most of any team. Despite their slew of picks, Colorado sat out the first round after dealing their pick, along with Dan Coates, to Georgia in June for Zed Williams and a pair…


NLL: Rock shore up at faceoff in 2020 draft

September 21, 2020

The Toronto Rock entered Thursday night’s draft with the fewest picks of all the teams. Arguably, they had the fewest holes to fill. General Manager Jamie Dawick ended up trading a future pick as the Rock added six young players to their ranks. It was a long wait for the first pick, 30th overall. With it the Rock made a somewhat surprising pick in TD Ierlan from Yale. On the…


NLL: Wild draft night set for Thursday; who goes after Teat?

September 16, 2020

In a world and time of unknowns, there are three certainties: death, taxes and that Jeff Teat is about to become a first overall pick. Teat’s Brampton Excelsiors Junior A numbers were not only historic, they were the best since the mid-1970s (eight all time in assists, 14th all time in points). He proved quite quickly he can play with men unanimously winning the Major Series Lacrosse Rookie of the…


PLL: Redwoods win, set championship rematch for semi-finals

August 5, 2020

The Redwoods drive to return to the Premier Lacrosse League Championship game went through the Waterdogs on Tuesday night as the ‘Woods extended their winning streak to three games, downing the newest club 11-8, and spelling an end to the ‘Dogs inaugural season. Midfielder Brent Adams led the way by scoring a hat trick. Ryder Garnsey stretched his personal games streak with two or more goals to three as he…


PLL: Redwoods win over Chaos in lowest-scoring PLL game

July 30, 2020

The Premier Lacrosse League Championship Series rolled on in Utah on Wednesday night as the Redwoods and Chaos renewed their rivalry from the 2019 playoffs. The matchup promised playoff intensity as both teams entered the game winless. The Redwoods found out prior to the game they’d be without defensive star Garrett Epple who was suspended one game. Redwoods’ coach Nat St Laurent downplayed Epple’s absence saying, “We play team defence…


NLL: Rock heat up a lacrosse-less summer with two trades

July 9, 2020

On March 8th, 2020, the Toronto Rock hosted the Calgary Roughnecks. The game marked the return from injury of both Tom Schreiber and Dan Dawson, but was a 13-10 victory for the visitors. It also began the Trade Deadline conversation, just over two weeks away. But the National Lacrosse League never got there. The scope and severity of the current pandemic quickly brought into perspective things like simple wins and…