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National League Lacrosse: Colorado Mammoth Is NLL’s Only Unbeaten Team At 4-0 In Their Best Start Since 2005


The Colorado Mammoth remain the NLL’s only unbeaten team through Week 4 and retain the top spot in the ILIndoor.com power rankings.

The Mammoth (4-0) got three goals and four assists from league scoring leader John Grant Jr. in a 14-11 win over the Rochester Knighthawks last Saturday night. It’s the best start by Colorado since 2005, when they won their first five games.

Coach Bob Hamley’s team will try to match that Saturday when they face the Edmonton Rush at the Pepsi Center. The game is set to begin at 9 p.m. ET and can be seen on the NLL Network at NLL.com

John Grant Jr. had three goals and four assists, pushing his league-leading point total to 37, as the Mammoth topped the Knighthawks 14-11 on Saturday night. Grant, who played 10 seasons with Rochester, told ColoradoMammoth.com that this matchup held special meaning for him.

“I was looking forward to this game a little too badly,” he said. “It’s a team I played 10 years with and I owe a lot to the organization. I really wanted a win in this barn and we got it.”

Colorado remains the only unbeaten team in the league and will play three of its next four at the Pepsi Center, considered one of the most raucous arenas in the NLL.

For more:  http://www.nll.com/news_article/show/131597?referrer_id=389128

National League Lacrosse: Washington Stealth Lose 16-5 To Edmonton Rush To Fall To 0-3


The Washington Stealth suffered its worst loss since 2009 tonight, falling 16-5 to the Edmonton Rush (1-1) at the Comcast Arena. The loss drops the Stealth to 0-3 for the first time in team history, dating back to 2000 when the team was created as the Albany Attack.

The Rush took control of the game from the onset, scoring the first three goals of the game in the opening two minutes of action. They went on to score the first five goals of the game. The Stealth showed some signs of life late in the first quarter, as offseason acquisitions Dean Hill and Kyle Ross netted the first goals of their respective Stealth careers, but the Rush held a firm 6-2 advantage after the opening fifteen minutes.

The Stealth would only muster two more goals in the second stanza as Lewis Ratcliff and Curtis Hodgson found the back of the net. Ratcliff’s was the lone power play goal on the night for the Stealth on four chances.

The Rush continued to pull away with five goals in the second quarter, including a marker by former Stealth forward Tom Johnson, who finished the night with two goals and three assists against his former team. Corey Small notched a pair in the quarter, giving him a first half hat trick. The Rush held an 11-4 lead at the halftime break.

For more:  http://www.stealthlax.com/news_article/show/131457?referrer_id=413927-stealth-news

National League Lacrosse: Colorado Mammoth Score 13-12 Victory Over Edmonton Rush


In the first half of the Mammoth’s road debut this season, 37-year-old John Grant Jr. watched as 22-year-old rookie Adam Jones scored four goals. In the second half, the veteran took over, scoring four of his five goals on the night, and assisting on two more. Grant scored the final two goals in the 4th quarter, including the game-winner with 14.5 seconds remaining, to help the Mammoth jump out to its first 2-0 start since 2008. Edmonton, opening the season at Rexall Place, fell to 0-1 with the 13-12 loss.

“I’m not sure how it got in there,” said Grant, referring to his fifth of the night. “On the last couple, I shot between [Rush goaltender Aaron Bold’s] legs, so this time I ducked my shoulder and went high.”

Everything Grant is doing early in the season is working. He now leads the National Lacrosse League with 20 points through just two games.

For more:  http://coloradomammoth.com/news/mammoth-news/edmonton-grant-gw

National League Lacrosse: Colorado Mammoth Defeat Minnesota Swarm 20-14 In Season Opener As John Grant Jr. Scores 4 Goals With 7 Assists


The Colorado Mammoth immortalized Brian Langtry on Saturday night by retiring his jersey. If the Mammoth hadn’t scored so often, they would have made prognosticator out of him as well in a 20-14 season-opening win against the Minnesota Swarm.

After his No. 6 was raised to the Pepsi Center rafters before the game, the recently-retired forward predicted to the fans that Colorado would win by three. Close enough, according to teammates.

John Grant Jr. (#24) registered 11 points (four goals, seven assists) and Prout surpassed the 800-point mark for his career with three goals and six assists, allowing Colorado to kick off its 10th season by equaling a club record for goals.

“Did he say three? That’s it?” Mammoth captain Gavin Prout quipped. “He obviously has no confidence in this team. But seriously, we had about 18 or 19 Brian Langtrys running around out there tonight.”

Before a small-but-enthusiastic crowd undoubtedly reduced because of the Broncos-Patriots game, the Mammoth broke a five-game losing streak to the Swarm with one of the finest offensive outbursts in team annals.

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National League Lacrosse: Washington Stealth Announce Final 23-Player Roster For 2012 Season Home Opener On January 14


Today marks the National Lacrosse League’s roster deadline, and the Washington Stealth has announced the 23 players that will be on the active roster when the 2012 season begins on January 14.

 The roster features many of the names that led the Stealth to back-to-back Western Division titles, with three offseason acquisitions added to the mix.

“The decisions this season were very difficult as we had a tremendously talented group in camp battling for limited number of roster spots,” said Stealth General Manager Doug Locker about dwindling the 37-player training camp roster down to 23. “Our staff made some tough decisions, but ultimately this roster is deep, very talented and one that we feel gives us the opportunity to compete at the top echelon of the league this season.”

On the offensive end, the majority of the group that has led the NLL in scoring the past two seasons remains in tact. The right side continues to be led by two-time NLL All-Pro Rhys Duch and Jeff Zywicki, one of the Stealth’s all-time scoring leaders. Rookie Brett Hickey, who was drafted by the Stealth in the fifth round (43rd overall) of the 2011 NLL Entry Draft, earned his spot as a right-handed forward after an impressive training camp that included a hat trick in a scrimmage against the Colorado Mammoth.

The left side of the offense has four veteran forwards, including All-Pro Lewis Ratcliff, who has more points than any other player in the NLL over the last two seasons. He’s joined by ten-year NLL vet Cam Sedgwick and Cliff Smith, who the Stealth acquired via trade last season. Rounding out the lefties is offseason free agent signing Dean Hill, who spent the last two seasons with the Edmonton Rush.

 

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00 Tyler Richards G 6’1″ 190 L Vancouver    
2 Matt Beers D 6’3″ 205 R Coquitlam    
3 Jeff Moleski D 6’1″ 205 L Prince George    
6 Curtis Hodgson D 6’1″ 195 R Burnaby    
9 Paul Rabil T 6’3″ 225 R Gaithersburg, MD    
10 Rhys Duch F 5’11” 200 R Victoria,    
11 Kyle Sorensen D 6’2″ 220 R Peterborough    
18 Kyle Hartzell T 5’10” 205 R Dundalk, MD    
19 Nenad Gajic T 6’0″ 195 R Burnaby, BC    
21 Chet Koneczny T 5’11” 185 L Truro, NS    
22 Brett Hickey F 6’2″ 235 R Windsor, ON    
23 Mike Grimes D 6’3″ 210 L Peterborough, ON    
24 Chris O’Dougherty D 6’1″ 205 R Kinnelon, NJ    
25 Eric Martin D 6’2″ 220 L Norfolk, VA    
27 Cliff Smith F 6’3″ 200 L Surrey, BC    
29 Cam Sedgwick F 6’0″ 190 L Vancouver, BC    
32 Chris Seidel G 6’3″ 240 R Coquitlam, BC    
41 Bob Snider T 6’0″ 205 R Calgary, AB    
42 Lewis Ratcliff F 6’1″ 200 L Victoria, BC    
44 Chris McElroy D 6’1″ 185 R Orillia, ON    
47 Jason Bloom T 6’1″ 200 R Vancouver, BC    
67 Jeff Zywicki F 5’9″ 195 R Nepean, ON    
73 Dean Hill F 6’3″ 225 L Hagersville, ON    
97 Kyle Ross D 6’3″ 190 R Port Coquitlam, BC    

Major League Lacrosse: MLL Releases 2012 Schedule Featuring 14 Regular Season Games For League’s Eight Teams, A 2-Game Expansion


Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced Monday the regular and post-season schedules for the 2012 season, according to MLL Commissioner David Gross. A total of 56 regular season games will be played by the league’s eight teams including the Boston Cannons, Charlotte Hounds, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Denver Outlaws, Hamilton Nationals, Long Island Lizards, Ohio Machine and Rochester Rattlers. The season will commence on Saturday, April 28, 2012 and will mark the league’s twelfth consecutive season since its inception in 2001. In January 2011, MLL Commissioner David Gross announced the league would play 14 regular season games in 2012, which will expand the regular season by two games. The league’s eight teams will play each other twice.

Week Game Day Game Date Visitor   Home Time  
1 Saturday 4/28/2012 Rochester @ Boston 7pm  
1 Saturday 4/28/2012 Denver @ Charlotte 7pm  
1 Saturday 4/28/2012 Chesapeake @ Long Island 7pm  
               
2 Saturday 5/5/2012 Charlotte @ Boston 7pm  
2 Saturday 5/5/2012 Ohio @ Chesapeake 7pm  
2 Saturday 5/5/2012 Hamilton @ Denver 7pm  
               
3 Saturday 5/12/2012 Hamilton @ Boston 7pm  
3 Saturday 5/12/2012 Ohio @ Charlotte 7pm  
3 Saturday 5/12/2012 Rochester @ Chesapeake 7pm  
3 Saturday 5/12/2012 Long Island @ Denver 7pm  
               
4 Friday 5/18/2012 Chesapeake @ Hamilton 11am  
4 Saturday 5/19/2012 Long Island @ Charlotte 7pm  
4 Saturday 5/19/2012 Rochester @ Ohio 8pm  
4 Saturday 5/19/2012 Boston @ Denver 7pm  
               
Bye Saturday 5/26/12 Memorial Day All Teams Bye  
               
5 Friday 6/1/2012 Ohio @ Long Island 7pm  
5 Friday 6/1/2012 Boston @ Rochester 7:30 pm  
5 Saturday 6/2/2012 Hamilton @ Charlotte 7pm  
5 Saturday 6/2/2012 Chesapeake @ Denver 7pm  
               
6 Saturday 6/9/2012 Long Island @ Boston 7pm  
6 Saturday 6/9/2012 Charlotte @ Chesapeake 7pm  
6 Saturday 6/9/2012 Denver @ Ohio 7pm  
6 Saturday 6/9/2012 Rochester @ Hamilton 7:30pm  
               
7 Saturday 6/16/2012 Boston @ Charlotte 7pm  
7 Saturday 6/16/2012 Hamilton @ Chesapeake 7pm  
7 Saturday 6/16/2012 Long Island @ Ohio 7pm  
7 Saturday 6/16/2012 Rochester @ Denver 7pm  
               
8 Saturday 6/23/2012 Boston @ Chesapeake 7pm  
8 Saturday 6/23/2012 Charlotte @ Ohio 7pm  
8 Saturday 6/23/2012 Denver @ Long Island 7pm  
8 Saturday 6/23/2012 Hamilton @ Rochester 7:30pm  
               
All-Star Saturday 6/30/12 2012 MLL All-Star Game 7:30 PM  
               
9 Wednesday 7/4/2012 Ohio @ Denver 7pm  
9 Friday 7/6/2012 Long Island @ Rochester 7:30pm  
9 Saturday 7/7/2012 Chesapeake @ Charlotte 7pm  
9 Saturday 7/7/2012 Rochester @ Long Island 7:30pm  
9 Saturday 7/7/2012 Boston @ Hamilton 7:30pm  
               
10 Friday 7/13/2012 Ohio @ Hamilton 7:30pm  
10 Saturday 7/14/2012 Hamilton @ Ohio 7pm  
10 Saturday 7/14/2012 Boston @ Long Island 7pm  
10 Saturday 7/14/2012 Charlotte @ Denver 5pm  
10 Saturday 7/14/2012 Chesapeake @ Rochester 7:30pm  
               
11 Thursday 7/19/2012 Denver @ Boston 7pm  
11 Friday 7/20/2012 Charlotte @ Rochester 7:30pm  
11 Saturday 7/21/2012 Hamilton @ Long Island 7pm  
11 Saturday 7/21/2012 Chesapeake @ Ohio 8pm  
               
12 Saturday 7/28/2012 Chesapeake @ Boston 2pm  
12 Saturday 7/28/2012 Charlotte @ Long Island 7pm  
12 Saturday 7/28/2012 Denver @ Hamilton 7:30pm  
12 Saturday 7/28/2012 Ohio @ Rochester 7:30pm  
               
13 Saturday 8/4/2012 Ohio @ Boston 7pm  
13 Saturday 8/4/2012 Long Island @ Chesapeake 7pm  
13 Saturday 8/4/2012 Denver @ Rochester 7:30pm  
13 Saturday 8/4/2012 Charlotte @ Hamilton 7:30pm  
               
14 Saturday 8/11/2012 Boston @ Ohio 7pm  
14 Saturday 8/11/2012 Rochester @ Charlotte 7pm  
14 Saturday 8/11/2012 Denver @ Chesapeake 7pm  
14 Saturday 8/11/2012 Long Island @ Hamilton 7:30pm  
               
CW Saturday 8/25/12 2012 MLL Semi-Final #1 1pm  
CW Saturday 8/25/12 2012 MLL Semi-Final #2 4pm  
CW Sunday 8/26/12 2012 MLL Championship 3:00 PM  

National League Lacrosse: Washington Stealth Defeat Toronto Rock 14-13 In Overtime Dec 10 On “Great Night For NLL”


The Stealth and Rock have faced each other in each of the last two NLL Championship Games, each winning once. The energy at the LEC was electric from the moment the doors opened prior to the 7pm PST face-off. The NLL was back in British Columbia for a night, seven years after the Vancouver Ravens left town. Even NLL Commissioner George Daniel felt the energy in the air, tweeting during the event, “Great night for the NLL in BC. Thank you Langley Events Centre.” The end result was a 14-13 overtime victory for the Stealth, thanks to a game-tying goal by Rhys Duch with just over 30 seconds remaining in regulation and a Lewis Ratcliff tally 31 seconds into the overtime period.

Lacrosse Profile: Video Highlights Of Former Johns Hopkins Men’s Lacrosse All-American Attacker Kyle Harrison’s College And Professional Career


The ultimate highlight reel from lacrosse star Kyle Harrison’s college and pro career. Highlights are from his days at Johns Hopkins, in the MLL and now with the LXM PRO tour.

National League Lacrosse: Washington Stealth Looks To Compete In Third Straight NLL Championship Game In 2012


“It’s going to be another exciting year of Stealth lacrosse,” said Stealth President David Takata. “Having competed in the last two NLL Championship Games and still bitter from a one goal loss to the Toronto Rock last year, our players are hungry to hit the floor and bring the Champion’s Cup back to Washington. We have one of the best products in all of sports and off the floor, and we have a number of great events planned for the season that we know our growing fan base will love.”

One of those events will take place on Opening Night, when the Stealth hosts the Calgary Roughnecks on Saturday, January 14 at the Comcast Arena.  The Stealth will be raising their 2011 Western Division Championship banner and hosting a special fundraiser for the American Red Cross. The home opener is always one the team’s best attended games and fans are urged to purchase tickets early to get the best seats.

Takata noted, “We open the season facing one of our toughest western rivals, the Calgary Roughnecks, and finish at home against two eastern teams sporting a combined 10 winner’s plates on the Champion’s Cup. Fans can expect a special year in 2012 and we’re making it easy to catch several games for those unable to purchase a full season package.”

For more:  http://www.stealthlax.com/articles/view/704/

National League Lacrosse: CBS Sports Network To Broadcast 8 NLL Games In 2012 And 2013


The National Lacrosse League has announced that the league has reached a two-year agreement with CBS Sports Network to air NLL games during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The national television package for the 2012 season features five regular-season and three post-season games, including the 2012 NLL Championship Game.

 All games will air live on Saturday evenings, marking the first primetime weekly television package in league history. All games will also be broadcast in High Definition.

“We’re excited to have a television partner that is committed to the sport of lacrosse and the National Lacrosse League”, said NLL Commissioner George Daniel. “CBS Sports Network is a fast-growing network, and we look forward to showcasing the hard-hitting and high-scoring action of the NLL.”

“The NLL adds to our extensive line-up of lacrosse programming and we’re thrilled to showcase the compelling action nationally,” said Ross Molloy, Vice President, CBS Sports Network. “Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports and we’re excited to further serve the passionate fan base.”

In an article that appears in this week’s edition of The Sports Business Journal, CBS Sports Network President David said, “We’re making a big lacrosse commitment at the college and pro levels, because while it’s seen a lot of growth recently, we still see a lot of potential remaining”.