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National Lacrosse League: Colorado Mammoth Open 2014 Season Hosting Edmonton Rush On Dec 28; Rivalry Favors Colorado 6-5 Since 2010


Colorado Mammoth 2014 Season Opener

When the Edmonton Rush debuted in the National Lacrosse League in 2006, the team struggled as many expansion franchises do. For the Colorado Mammoth, a match-up against the Rush in Edmonton’s early-days typically meant an easy win. Not the case anymore. In the teams’ last 11 games dating back to the 2010 season, Colorado owns a 6-5 advantage. And in those games, the teams have scored the exact same number of goals – 117 apiece.
“I feel that teams have to beat each other in order for them to be considered rivals,” said Mammoth head coach Bob Hamley. “Since I’ve been here, Colorado and Edmonton have done just that. And in each other’s building, nonetheless.”
The Rush has won four of its last six trips to Pepsi Center. The Mammoth has been the victor four of its last five times to Rexall Place.
On Saturday night, the teams open the 2014 NLL season on HealthONE Field at Pepsi Center at 7pm MT. It’s a game loaded with talent!
Colorado’s roster includes two-time MVP John Grant Jr., who was named team captain for the first time in his career earlier this week. The Mammoth also boasts 2012 NLL Rookie of the Year Adam Jones, and 2013 NLL All-Rookie Team honoree Joey Cupido.
Meanwhile, Edmonton’s offensive threat is University of Denver alumnus Mark Matthews, the league’s reigning Rookie of the Year. Kyle Rubisch commands the back-end, and was the NLL’s Defensive Player of the Year a season ago. The Rush is coming off a season in which it was number-two in scoring and goals-against-average.
“That’s a very good team we’ll be facing on Saturday night,” said Hamley. “I expect the game to be a hard-fought affair for 60 minutes.”
Hamley’s squad includes newcomers Drew Westervelt and Bob Snider, among others. Westervelt has scored 30 or more goals in four of the last five seasons. Snider is a dominant face-off man, something the Mammoth has lacked for years.
Goaltender Tye Belanger enters the season as the starter, marking the first time in his young career that he’ll play in the opener. After spending the first half of 2013 on the Physically Unable to Perform List, the netminder compiled a 5-2 record and a 10.77 goals-against-average. His .776 save percentage was fourth-best in the NLL.
“Everyone loves scoring, and for good reason,” continued Hamley. “But, the reality is that a solid goaltender oftentimes beats a strong offense.”
Such was the case in the team’s last meeting, Belanger’s only career game against Edmonton, when he stymied the Rush offense in the Mammoth’s 9-7 win.
On Saturday, the rivalry is renewed. Hamley is ready.
“There’s always something special about Opening Night!”

Youth Club Lacrosse: NLL’s Colorado Mammoth And 3d Lacrosse Launch Colorado Box Lacrosse League; “Powerful Combination Of Training, Contacts, Players, Facilities And Operations”


Colorado Mammoth and 3D Lacrosse Launch Colorado Box Lacrosse League

The Colorado Mammoth and 3d Lacrosse announced today the joining of forces to launch the Colorado Box Lacrosse League, the definitive future of youth and high school box lacrosse in the state of Colorado.
The new league will be jointly owned, operated and managed by the two undisputed leaders in box lacrosse in the state. The Colorado Mammoth brings a world of assets including: professional players, the Pepsi Center, event management expertise, and associated resources to the partnership. 3d Lacrosse brings world-class training, leagues, club teams and event operations to the venture. Together, the new league sets a standard for box lacrosse that the combined parties believe is unsurpassed both locally and nationally.

3d Lacrosse BannerThe new Colorado Box Lacrosse League will begin operations this winter with youth and high school divisions accommodating recreational, elite, and high school teams in indoor rinks across metro Denver.  The Jr. Mammoth and 3d Lacrosse have consolidated their own individual leagues from past years to form the new league to build a bigger, brighter future for all players involved.  For more information on the new league and to register for this coming winter season, visit www.JrMammoth.com or www.3dlacrosse.com.

colorado mammoth“In just a few short years, 3d Lacrosse has altered the pre-collegiate lacrosse landscape on a national level,” said Mammoth president & general manager Steve Govett. “The Mammoth and 3d Lacrosse will be exponentially more impactful to the development of lacrosse players by working together.”

“After working independently for a number of years, it was not too hard to figure out that a joint approach would better serve the community and players in the long-term,” said 3d Lacrosse Chief Operating Officer Greg Waldbaum.  “The combined resources of the two entities make for a powerful combination of training, contacts, players, facilities, and operations that is undeniable, and bringing it together makes all the sense in the world.  We are pleased and honored to be working with Steve and the Mammoth organization and look forward to a long and mutually-beneficial future.”

The new League and entity intends to operate year-round with league play, clinics, tournaments, and training all revolving around the game of box lacrosse.  3d Lacrosse has built a local and national powerhouse based on its own box / field hybrid methodology and the Colorado Mammoth has been one of the most successful NLL franchises in the history of the game.  Together, the two entities bring an enormous amount of experience and expertise around the game of box lacrosse.

About the Colorado Mammoth

The Colorado Mammoth is arguably the model franchise in the nine-team National Lacrosse League (NLL), a professional box lacrosse league that was founded in 1987. Playing at Pepsi Center to crowds of more than 16,000 fans per game in its 11-year history, the Mammoth boasts a passionate and loyal fan base. The Mammoth is wholly owned and operated by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, the same company that owns the NBA Denver Nuggets, NHL Colorado Avalanche, MLS Colorado Rapids and NDP Lacrosse.

About 3d Lacrosse

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, 3d Lacrosse has quickly become one of the premier training, event, and select club lacrosse operations in the country. Founded by former Division I coach Jamie Munro, 3d Lacrosse has operations, offices, teams and events throughout the nation.  Munro earned All-America honors at Brown, played professionally, coached at Yale and Denver, is a current men’s Division I analyst on ESPNU and is a regular contributor to Inside Lacrosse. For more information on 3d Lacrosse, please visit www.3dlacrosse.com.

National Lacrosse League: Colorado Mammoth Select Bellarmine Goalie Dillon Ward With 3rd Pick; No Goalie Selected This High Since 1999 Draft


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The Mammoth picked third and snatched the best goalie available, Dillon Ward (Bellarmine). Brilliant move by GM Steve Govett. Ward, all six-foot-five of him, is a big-game stopper. He was tournament MVP when he helped the Orangeville Northmen win the 2012 Canadian junior title and, playing summer ball in Kitchener, Ontario, he had better stats than teammate Mike Poulin, who is the No. 1 starter for Calgary’s NLL club.
”Dillon Ward is our future in goaltending along with Tye Belanger,” said head coach Bob Hamley. ”We’re pretty excited to get a guy like that with the resume he has _ Minto Cups and all-America at Bellarmine. So we’re excited to have him.”
No goalie since former Mammoth stopper Gee Nash, the No. 2 pick in 1999, had been selected as high as Ward.
The Mammoth weren’t up again until the fourth round.
”We traded out of the second round previously to get Drew Westervelt (from Philadelphia),” said Hamley. ”We’re pretty excited to have Drew.”
He’s a key addition for the Mammoth, an accomplished 30-goal scorer, thus well worth relinquishing two second-round picks.

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National Lacrosse League: Colorado Mammoth Acquire Top NLL Goal-Scorer Drew Westervelt


Colorado Mammoth Acquire Forward Drew Westervelt

The Colorado Mammoth announced today that the team has acquired forward Drew Westervelt from the Philadelphia Wings. Westervelt, 28, is a dominant right-handed goal-scorer who has tallied 30-plus goals in four of the past five seasons. Colorado gave up two second-round selections in 2013, a first-round pick in 2015, and transition player Ryan Hotaling in the trade while securing a fourth-pick in Monday’s entry draft.
“Drew’s a big, dominant, and strong offensive force in the NLL,” said Mammoth president & general manager Steve Govett. “He has adapted extremely well to the indoor game, and will have a major impact on our offense.”
The Bel Air, Md. native graduated from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2007 as one of the school’s all-time leading scorers. The 6’5” Westervelt is the second-tallest on the Mammoth roster. He has 164 goals and 138 assists in his six-year NLL career, all with Philadelphia.

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National League Lacrosse: Colorado Mammoth Forward John Grant Jr. Fires Off Incredible “Trick Shots” At Peterborough Lift Lock (Video)


Legendary lacrosse player John Grant Jr. shows why he is one of the best lacrosse players on the planet. As Junior makes some incredible trick shots at the historic Peterborough Lift Lock. Have a look,  you will be impressed.

National Lacrosse League: Colorado Mammoth Releases 2014 Schedule Featuring 18 Regular-Season Games Opening On December 28


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The Colorado Mammoth announced today that it will open its 12th season in the National Lacrosse League at home against the Edmonton Rush on Saturday, December 28 at 7pm MT. The game kicks off the NLL’s 2014 campaign, one in which teams will play a record 18 regular-season games (up from 16).

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National League Lacrosse: Colorado Mammoth Legends #24 John Grant Jr. And #22 Gary Gait Career Comparisons As “The Greatest?”


John Grant vs Gary Gait Greatest NLL Players