The legacy of #51: Shawn Williams inducted, Dyson Williams drafted – and Tucker always remembered

September 22, 2023

Traditionally, a 1st overall draft pick walks across the stage and dons a jersey with the number ‘1’, or perhaps the draft year on the back. But as Dyson Williams pulled on his new red and white Albany FireWolves jersey, he was surprised to find the number ‘51’ stitched on the back. “51’s our family number after my dad wearing it, my brother and I wearing it,” he explained. “A…


Special weekend as NLL honours past, celebrates future

September 19, 2023

In just over 24 hours, the National Lacrosse League celebrated the greatest from the past, and welcomed in the future stars of the league. On Friday night at the Burlington Convention Centre eight players – Colin Doyle, Kevin Finneran, John Grant Jr, Pat McCready, Casey Powell, Regy Thorpe, Steve Toll and Shawn Williams – and for the first time ever two officials – Roy Condon and Bill Fox – became…


Prezzy Bites: Three teams eliminated on Day 5

September 1, 2023

You know that part of moving day when all your furniture is gone and you find all the junk, dust and dirt you dropped behind the couch over the years? That was the same type of mess in the standings and playoff scenarios on Day 5 of the Presidents Cup in Oakville. Throughout the day there were possibilities for a three-way tie for first, another three-way logjam for third through…


Prezzy Bites: Playoff picture becomes clearer on Day 4

August 31, 2023

Happy Hump Day! It’s hard to believe the Presidents Cup in Oakville, Ontario is over halfway complete. Day 4 pushed the tournament past the midway point and the playoff picture became much clearer. An extra ref joined the party, as did some youngsters, and the JVI commentary team sat back and watched it unfold with a frosty gift from a viewer. Here’s your Day 4 Prezzy Bites: Three’s a Crowd…


Prezzy Bites: Tempers getting shorter on Day 3

August 30, 2023

Day 3 at the Presidents Cup confirmed we’re at the point where bodies are tired and tempers are short. Even in the air conditioned Toronto Rock Athletic Centre in Oakville, Ontario the temperature was turned up on Tuesday. If it wasn’t officially a Prezzy with a woodie breakaway goal on Monday, it sure is now after four games on Day 3. Here’s your Prezzy Bites: Hosts Stay Hot Following a…


Prezzy Bites: Day 2 from Oakville

August 29, 2023

The President’s Cup in Oakville hit day two with five games on the schedule. Three teams played twice leaving one team undefeated, one team without a win, and the hosts with their first victory of the tournament. Here’s your InLacrosseWeTrust Prezzy Bites for Day No. 2.   Double Dipping Three of the seven teams played twice on Monday – Edmonton Miners, Tuscarora Tomahawks, Six Nations Rivermen. We’ll get to the…


NLL: Byrne, Vinc, Smith lead Bandits to monster game one victory over Rock

May 13, 2023

For the third consecutive year, we are treated to an East Conference Final showdown between the Buffalo Bandits and Toronto Rock. To refresh your memory, the Bandits took the season series against Toronto and clinched the number one overall seed. Those three games had everything a lacrosse fan could ever ask for. This conference finals matchup is going to be one for the ages. In the opening round, both clubs…


PREVIEW: Buffalo Bandits vs Toronto Rock… again

May 12, 2023

All season, it has been abundantly clear that the Buffalo Bandits and the Toronto Rock are in a class of their own atop the East Conference in the NLL. It isn’t much of a surprise that these two heavyweights meet again in this year’s conference finals. If you remember, Buffalo swept Toronto last year in the best-of-three series to punch their ticket to the NLL Finals. Let’s dig deeper into…


NLL: Rock beat Thunderbirds in tight quarterfinal game… again

May 9, 2023

It’s becoming an annual tradition: the Toronto Rock and Halifax Thunderbirds in the first round of the playoffs. As with many traditions, this observance (called the ‘NLL Quarterfinals’) includes fierce faceoff battles, superior goaltending, a Halifax comeback to force a tight game. And, in the end, a Toronto Rock victory, 15-11. Last year’s hero was Challen Rogers scoring in transition in overtime. Unlike last year when he played defence due…


NLL: Bandits clinch number one seed in East in front of an electric Banditland

April 24, 2023

It is physically impossible for the Toronto Rock and Buffalo Bandits to play a boring lacrosse game. To make this contest even more juicy, the winner of this game would be crowned the number one seed in the East Conference going into the playoffs. 16,861 piled into KeyBank Center in Buffalo, prepared to witness, quite possibly, the game of the year. This game had it all. Stout goaltending, tons of…