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…


NLL: Rock put Bandits on notice with 18-7 win

April 5, 2023

Another week, another chance for the Toronto Rock to move into first place in the Eastern Conference standings. This time, against historic rivals the Buffalo Bandits, the Rock were not going to let the opportunity slip away. Opening the game on a 7-0 run, Toronto scored early and often putting the league on notice with an 18-7 win. “I don’t think we really care what statement it makes to anyone…


NLL: Halifax Thunderbirds take a “must win” game over the Toronto Rock 

March 20, 2023

The Halifax Thunderbirds defeated the Toronto Rock 14–12 in front of over 9,957 fans at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax on Saturday night.  This was a massive win for the Thunderbirds. They came into the game tied with the Philadelphia Wings for fourth place in the East with a 5-7 record while on a three-game losing skid. Philadelphia lost to Georgia on Saturday, so Halifax winning moves them past the…


NLL: Wings emphatically end Rock’s 8-game winning streak

March 10, 2023

The Philadelphia Wings silenced the Toronto Rock 11-10 with an all-around team victory on Monday night in Philadelphia. Philadelphia jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with Matt Rambo and Blaze Riorden finding the back of the net in the first quarter. The second quarter saw more evenly matched play as Philadelphia scored five to Toronto’s four. The third quarter began, and the fans held their collective breath as Philly…


NLL: Rock tie franchise record for wins with 9-8 W over Rochester

March 7, 2023

It’s tough to say which fell faster on Saturday night in Hamilton: the records, or the gloves. Either way, the 10,229 fans at the Rock’s Stompin’ Ground (FirstOntario Centre) were Buzz, Buzz, Buzzing and had a Hell Raisin’ Good Time as Toronto won its eighth-straight game, 9-8 over the Rochester Knighthawks. The Rock trailed from Brad Gillies’ opening goal, until Dan Craig made it 8-7 five minutes into the fourth…


NLL: Rock take second consecutive game over Swarm

February 22, 2023

In just over three minutes of post-game availability, Toronto Rock head coach Matt Sawyer used the word ‘good’ nine times; four in reference to being good every night. His team was good in the second half, using a nine-goal run to down the Georgia Swarm in back-to-back weeks 16-7. Yes, they scored nine goals from six different players in a twelve and a half minute span. But, it followed a first…


NLL: Rock eke out victory in Georgia to keep Swarm winless

February 14, 2023

Over their five-game win streak, the Toronto Rock have been rolling over teams. That was not the case Friday night as the winless Georgia Swarm battled back from a 7-2 deficit to scare the new Eastern Conference leaders; but in the end, Toronto extended their streak to six straight with an 11-10 victory. Toronto wasn’t lulled into a false sense of security by Georgia’s record. Both Tom Schreiber and Josh…