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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!”

National League Lacrosse: Washington Stealth Host Edmonton Rush In West Semifinal On April 27


Washington Stealth Vs Edmonton Rush Playoffs

Coming off of a convincing home victory in its regular season finale last Saturday, the Washington Stealth begins its quest for the 2013 National Lacrosse League Champions Cup with a West Division semi-final playoff matchup against the Edmonton Rush, today at Comcast Arena.
Game time for the playoff opener is 4:30 p.m. PDT. The game is broadcast live across the U.S and Canada on the CBS Sports Network.
For the Stealth who are making their third post-season appearance in four years, a third trip to the NLL Championship is well within its grasp, but Stealth head coach Chris Hall knows that in the playoffs anything can happen.
“We’re healthy and in good shape but this is anyone’s to grab,” Hall said.
“It’s going to come down to who is sharp, playing well and getting a bounce here or there,” he said. “The matchups are pretty even right down the line.”
Saturday’s contest is Washington’s first home playoff game since the 2010 NLL title game when it hoisted the Champions Cup in front of a home sell-out at Comcast Arena and the team, with a 5-1 all-time post-season record since moving to the state in 2010, is a blistering 3-0 in home playoff games.

National League Lacrosse: Colorado Mammoth (6-8) Defeat Edmonton 9-7 To Keep Playoff Hopes Alive


Colorado Mammoth vs Edmonton

The Colorado Mammoth and Edmonton Rush entered Saturday night’s game at Rexall Place as the two hottest teams in the National Lacrosse League. The Rush had won five straight, the Mammoth three of four. Colorado goalie Tye Belanger stoned his opponent all evening, recording 48 saves in the 9-7 victory.
“The defense is keeping the shots to the outside – they’re packing it in,” said the 22-year-old, who improved to 4-2 this season. “They’re giving me easy saves.”
Hamley’s squad was minus-20 in shots-on-goal. But the Rush only mustered three even-strength tallies. Three of the other four were on the power-play, one was short-handed.
“There’s nothing left to say; the kid’s just been outstanding,” said Hamley of his netminder. “He’s given everybody else confidence. He’s given the coaches confidence. He’s given the defense confidence. In turn, it’s helping our offense be a little more patient and pick their times…”
Casey Powell led the Mammoth with two goals. Seven others had a goal apiece.
The game wasn’t decided until the final seconds. Trailing 8-7 with an extra attacker on the floor, Rush forward Ryan Ward hit the post. Mammoth forward John Grant Jr. then scored the empty-netter with 8.9 seconds remaining.
Colorado has now won four of five, and is peaking at the right time. During the current streak, the defense is allowing just 9.4 goals per game. Belanger lowered his goals-against-average to 9.48, which would lead the league if he had logged enough minutes to qualify.

National League Lacrosse: Edmonton Rush Attacker Mark Matthews (Univ. Of Denver) Continues “Hot Streak” By Scoring 5 Goals In 14-7 Win Over Colorado Mammoth On February 16


Edmonton Rush Attacker Mark Matthews

A fourth-quarter scoring run made the difference as the Edmonton Rush (3-4) doubled up the Colorado Mammoth (2-4) by a score of 14-7 before a crowd of 17,059 on Military Appreciation Night at Pepsi Center on Saturday. With the win, Edmonton earned a weekend sweep to rebound from a 1-4 start to the season.
“It was a big weekend for us,” said Rush general manager and head coach Derek Keenan. “We had been playing well but not getting wins and we talked a lot about that this weekend in terms of building a winning culture. Tonight, I really thought we had a hard time finding our legs early, and that happens on a back-to-back, especially coming into here.”
Edmonton rookie Mark Matthews continued his hot streak in his own backyard, carrying the team in both games this weekend. The Denver University graduate finished with five goals and a team-leading six points (5+1), but admitted it was a bit of a shell shock playing for the opposite team in the Mile High City.
“It was weird, definitely weird not wearing a Denver or Colorado jersey but it is what it is,” Matthews said. “We were able to come in and get a ‘W’, which means the world to me right now.”
After a scoreless six and a half minutes, Colorado was first on the board with three goals in a span of 73 seconds. In response, Edmonton would go on a five-goal run that would extend into the second frame. The Mammoth would remain scoreless for nearly 18 minutes of game time before making it a one-goal game, going into the half down 5-4. http://www.edmontonrush.com/page/show/670717-home

Edmonton Rush

Colorado Mammoth

National League Lacrosse: Edmonton Rush Defeat Washington Stealth 15-10 Behind Six Goals By Rookie Attacker Mark Matthews On Feb 15


Mark Matthews Edmonton Rush vs Stealth

Rookie phenom Mark Matthews, the first overall pick in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft, scored six goals and one assist to lead the Edmonton Rush (2-4) to their first home win with a 15-10 victory over the Washington Stealth (4-4) at Rexall Place on Friday night.

The Washington Stealth struggled to score in first and never really got their legs as Edmonton and rookie Mark Matthews ran away with a 15-10 NLL decision before 5,627, Friday at Rexall Place in Edmonton.

The loss dropped the Stealth to 4-4 while Edmonton, now 2-4 with both wins coming against the Stealth, notched their first home win this season.

“We knew exactly what was coming and we let it happen to us,” said Stealth Coach Chris Hall. “We got behind the eight ball early.  We just let them smother us right away.”

Playing without the services of defenders Bill Hostrawser, Jeff Moleski and Tim Henderson, Washington was outshot 61-35 and on offense was never able to challenge an Edmonton squad hungry for their first home win of the season.

Although Edmonton landed the first two goals of the game on scores by Ryan Ward and Matthews, Washington came back with a Brett Bucktooth power play goal at 5:06 and a score by Rhys Duch at 3:44 to knot the game at 2-2.

But after three Edmonton goals followed, two closing out the first and Matthews’ opening score in the second, the Stealth were down 5-2 and had managed just five shots – four coming on a power play attempt early in the first.

Washington Stealth

Edmonton Rush

National League Lacrosse: Washington Stealth (3-1) Defeat Edmonton Rush 12-10 On Jan 25


Washington Stealth vs Edmonton

The Washington Stealth (3-1) avenged last weekend’s home loss with a 12-10 road win over the Edmonton Rush (1-2) at Rexall Place on Friday night.
The Stealth scored three goals in 53 seconds, their second consecutive week with a flurry of three quick goals, to take a 9-7 lead into the fourth quarter, marking their first lead of the game as they shut the Rush out in the third quarter.
“At about 10-7, we had the game under a reasonable amount of control,” said Stealth goaltender Tyler Richards, who returned to action after being sidelined for the past two games. “At that point, we started to make good decisions with the ball.”
Edmonton pulled within 11-9 on a power play goal with 2:45 left in the game before calling timeout with 36 seconds left. After a Washington timeout and turnover, Corey Small scored with 8.3 left to cut the lead to 11-10. But it wasn’t enough, as Stealth captain Kyle Sorensen scored an empty net goal to secure the win.
“It’s a solid confidence builder,” said Stealth head coach Chris Hall. “Getting a front-end win on the road from a team that blew us out at home last week is a confidence builder. We can go into Minnesota (Saturday) with our heads higher.”
After being held off the scoresheet last week, Lewis Ratcliff recorded a hat trick with four points (3+1) for the Stealth while Rhys Duch (2+2) and Cliff Smith (1+4) contributed offensively as well.

Washington Stealth

 

National League Lacrosse: Washington Stealth (2-1) Lose To Edmonton Rush 18-10 On Jan 20


Washington Stealth vs Edmonton

After two gritty wins to open the 2013 NLL season the Washington Stealth ran into an old West Division nemesis falling to the Edmonton Rush 18 – 10 Sunday at Everett’s Comcast Arena.
Despite a three-goal, two-assist performance from forward Rhys Duch and two goals each from Bob Snider and Athan Iannucci, Washington was never able to catch up to an Edmonton squad that took control of the game early in the second and never looked back.
Following an early goal by Edmonton rookie Mark Mathews to start the game, the squads battled end-to-end finishing the quarter knotted at 3-3.
“We gave up an easy goal on the first shot of the game and personally I don’t think we ever recovered from that goal,” said Stealth Head Coach Chris Hall, who’s squad was kept off balance most of the night.
In the second, Edmonton showed why it finished on top of the West Division last season using a smothering defense to frustrate Stealth forwards and pull away with five scores in the quarter to take an 8-5 lead into the half.

Washington Stealth