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National League Lacrosse: 2012 NLL West All-Star Team Lineup Announced Featuring Colorado Mammoth Players Landing Four Of Six Starting Spots
Starting Lineup, West All-Stars:
Forward – John Grant Jr. (Colorado Mammoth)
Forward – Adam Jones (Colorado Mammoth)
Transition – Andrew Suitor (Minnesota Swarm)
Defenseman – Rory Smith (Colorado Mammoth)
Defenseman – Kyle Rubisch (Edmonton Rush)
Goaltender – Chris Levis (Colorado Mammoth)
The Colorado Mammoth dominated the West vote, landing four of the six spots in the starting lineup. January Player of the Month John Grant Jr. and Rookie of the Month Adam Jones were selected as the starting forwards. This will be the 8th career All-Star selection for Grant, and the second for goaltender Chris Levis. Rounding out the Mammoth quartet is defenseman Rory Smith, earning his first All-Star selection.
Edmonton Rush defenseman Kyle Rubisch has now made the All-Star team in both of his first two seasons in the league. Minnesota Swarm transition player and Swarm team captain Andrew Suitor makes his first All-Star team.
National League Lacrosse: Washington Stealth Notch First Win In 11-10 Overtime Victory Over Buffalo Bandits
The Stealth, which had led the National Lacrosse League in goals scored in each of the last two seasons, entered tonight’s game averaging a league-low eight goals per game. The leading scorers for the Stealth, Duch and fellow All-Pro forward Lewis Ratcliff, had combined for just 21 points in the first three games. The duo bucked that trend against the Bandits as Duch finished with a game-high eight points (4g, 4a) and Ratcliff tallied six points (3g, 3a) of his own.
“Our best players need to come out and be our best players,” said Stealth Assistant Coach Art Webster after the game. “We made some adjustments offensively and Rhys and Lewis really stepped up and answered the bell.”
Both Duch and Ratcliff got on the board in the early stages of the game. Duch tied the score at one five minutes into the game. The early goal was an indication the fourth-year forward was primed for a strong outing.
National League Lacrosse: Colorado Mammoth Is NLL’s Only Unbeaten Team At 4-0 In Their Best Start Since 2005
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.
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.
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.
National League Lacrosse: Colorado Mammoth Defeat Minnesota Swarm 20-14 In Season Opener As John Grant Jr. Scores 4 Goals With 7 Assists
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.
“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.