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Rochester Knighthawks Capture Third-Straight NLL Champion’s Cup Title With 3-2 Win Over Calgary


With one last Matt Vinc save at the buzzer, the Rochester Knighthawks made National Lacrosse League history by winning their third-straight Champion's Cup title. The Knighthawks defeated the Calgary Roughnecks 16-10 in Game Two and came back for a 3-2 win in the subsequent tiebreaker mini-game in front of 9,188 fans at Blue Cross Arena on Saturday night. The first quarter of Game Two was a fast-paced physical affair. The Roughnecks jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Shawn Evans and Curtis Dickson. Cody Jamieson cut the lead in half for the Knighthawks, but Daryl Veltman extended the Roughnecks' lead to 3-1. Stephen Keogh brought the Knighthawks back within one, 3-2. Then Dan Dawson, who missed Game One of the Champion's Cup Finals in Calgary, tied the game with a power play goal. The first quarter ended with the teams deadlocked at 3. Joe Walters gave the Knighthawks their first lead of the game early in the second quarter. However, the Roughnecks went on a three goal run, including two goals by Dickson to complete his hat trick and one by Jeff Shattler, to take a 6-4 lead. The Knighthawks responded with their own three goal run on goals by Keogh, Cory Vitarelli, and Jamieson to retake the lead, 7-6. A flurry of chances by both sides at the end of the first half went to the wayside, leaving the Knighthawks with a 7-6 lead over the Roughnecks at the half. Vitarelli opened the scoring in the third quarter with a Sportscenter Top 10 worthy behind-the-back goal. That goal was the first in a three-goal run for the Knighthawks finished by goals from defensemen Paul Dawson and Scott Self, giving Rochester a 10-6 lead. The Roughnecks came back with a three goal run of their own with Shattler scoring twice to complete his hat trick and Dane Dobbie adding one. The Knighthawks limped into the intermission between the third and fourth quarters with a 10-9 lead. Dan Dawson oened the scoring in the fourth quarter after snagging a rebound and diving across the crease, keying a four-goal run for the Knighthawks. Jamieson scored his third goal of the night, followed by Dan Dawson scoring his third, and Craig Point caped the run to give Rochester a 14-9 lead.

With one last Matt Vinc save at the buzzer, the Rochester Knighthawks made National Lacrosse League history by winning their third-straight Champion’s Cup title. The Knighthawks defeated the Calgary Roughnecks 16-10 in Game Two and came back for a 3-2 win in the subsequent tiebreaker mini-game in front of 9,188 fans at Blue Cross Arena on Saturday night. The first quarter of Game Two was a fast-paced physical affair. The Roughnecks jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Shawn Evans and Curtis Dickson. Cody Jamieson cut the lead in half for the Knighthawks, but Daryl Veltman extended the Roughnecks’ lead to 3-1. Stephen Keogh brought the Knighthawks back within one, 3-2. Then Dan Dawson, who missed Game One of the Champion’s Cup Finals in Calgary, tied the game with a power play goal. The first quarter ended with the teams deadlocked at 3. Joe Walters gave the Knighthawks their first lead of the game early in the second quarter. However, the Roughnecks went on a three goal run, including two goals by Dickson to complete his hat trick and one by Jeff Shattler, to take a 6-4 lead. The Knighthawks responded with their own three goal run on goals by Keogh, Cory Vitarelli, and Jamieson to retake the lead, 7-6. A flurry of chances by both sides at the end of the first half went to the wayside, leaving the Knighthawks with a 7-6 lead over the Roughnecks at the half. Vitarelli opened the scoring in the third quarter with a Sportscenter Top 10 worthy behind-the-back goal. That goal was the first in a three-goal run for the Knighthawks finished by goals from defensemen Paul Dawson and Scott Self, giving Rochester a 10-6 lead. The Roughnecks came back with a three goal run of their own with Shattler scoring twice to complete his hat trick and Dane Dobbie adding one. The Knighthawks limped into the intermission between the third and fourth quarters with a 10-9 lead. Dan Dawson oened the scoring in the fourth quarter after snagging a rebound and diving across the crease, keying a four-goal run for the Knighthawks. Jamieson scored his third goal of the night, followed by Dan Dawson scoring his third, and Craig Point caped the run to give Rochester a 14-9 lead.

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


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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 Lacrosse League: NLL To Reduce Teams Qualifying For Playoffs To Six With Finals And Semifinals Expanded To Two-Game Series


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Championship & Semifinals expand to two-game series, Minnesota to East The National Lacrosse League today formally announced a new and expanded playoff format along with division realignment, both set to begin with the upcoming 2014 NLL season. The league will reduce the number of teams who qualify for the playoffs from eight to six teams, featuring the top three clubs in each division’s standings. The two regular season division champions will earn a first-round bye as top seeds. The second seed will host the third seed in their respective division for the single-game elimination Division Semifinal in the first round. New to the postseason format, the Division Finals and Championship both expand to a two-game series from the previous single-game elimination setup. The top seed from each division will play the winner of the Division Semifinal game between the second and third seeds, with the lower-seeded team hosting the first game and the higher seed hosting the second game of the series. Teams who win both games shall win the two-game series. In the event of a series split with both teams winning one game, a 10-minute tiebreaker game will be played immediately following the conclusion of the second contest to determine the winner of the playoff series. Coinciding with the new postseason format, the league’s divisions will realign this season as the Minnesota Swarm join the Buffalo Bandits, Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks and Toronto Rock in the new five-team East Division. The four-team West Division will be comprised of the Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Edmonton Rush and Vancouver Stealth. The new playoff format was made official when the league recently reached an accord with the Professional Lacrosse Players’ Association for a new seven-year Collective Bargaining Agreement through the 2020 NLL season. The 2014 NLL regular season begins on Saturday, Dec. 28.

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National Lacrosse League: Minnesota Swarm Set Goal Of 4,000 Season Ticket Holders For 2014 Season; Team Celebrates 10th Anniversary Season


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National Lacrosse League: Denver Men’s Lacrosse Graduates Cameron Flint And Eric Law Selected 4th And 28th Overall In 2013 NLL Entry Draft


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Former University of Denver standouts Cameron Flint and Eric Law were selected in the 2013 National Lacrosse League’s Entry Draft, held at the Toronto Rock Athletic Center (TRAC) in Oakville, Ontario this week.
Flint was chosen as the fourth overall pick in the first round by the Minnesota Swarm, while Law was drafted by the Toronto Rock as the 28th overall pick in the third round.
Minnesota came into the draft with the fifth overall pick, but packaged it along with defenseman Nik Bilic to the Edmonton Rush in exchange for the fourth overall pick. The Swarm used that selection on Flint, who is an athletic midfielder. As team co-captain of the Pioneers in 2013, Flint notched a team-high 37 goals and was a USILA First Team All-American. Flint, who is 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds, spent the 2013 summer season playing for the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL).
A co-captain and three-year starter, Law led the Pioneers with 75 points off 40 goals and 35 assists. He led all DU active players with 146 career points off 83 goals and 66 assists. He was named to the 2013 All-ECAC Second Team. This summer, Law played outdoor lacrosse for the Denver Outlaws, enjoying a phenomenal rookie season including a 9-goal game in their MLL semifinal loss.

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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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