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National League Lacrosse: Washington Stealth Moves To Vancouver After Team Averages An NLL “League-Low 4,184 Attendance” In 2013


The Washington Stealth professional lacrosse team, based in Everett since 2009, is moving to Langley, B.C. for the 2014 season. The Stealth reached the finals of the nine-team National Lacrosse League in three of the past four seasons, including winning the championship in 2010. The team said Thursday in a news release that the business side of running the team in Everett was not working out. “Ultimately, it was time for us to make a business decision to avoid losing the team altogether,”  said David Takata, the team president. This past season, the team averaged a league-low 4,184 fans per game.

The Washington Stealth professional lacrosse team, based in Everett since 2009, is moving to Langley, B.C. for the 2014 season.
The Stealth reached the finals of the nine-team National Lacrosse League in three of the past four seasons, including winning the championship in 2010.
The team said Thursday in a news release that the business side of running the team in Everett was not working out.
“Ultimately, it was time for us to make a business decision to avoid losing the team altogether,” said David Takata, the team president.
This past season, the team averaged a league-low 4,184 fans per game.

National League Lacrosse: Video “Slow Motion” Highlights Of NLL Championship Game Between Washington Stealth And Rochester Nighthawks


Incredible “Slow Motion” Video Highlights of Rochester Nighthawks 11-10 win over the Washington Stealth on May 11 to win 2013 NLL Championship.

National League Lacrosse: Rochester Knighthawks Hang On To Defeat Washington Stealth 11-10 On May 11 To Win 2013 NLL Championship


Washington Stealth vs Rochester NLL Champions Cup

The Washington Stealth’s bid for a second Champions Cup in four years ran out of steam in the final minutes of Saturday’s NLL Championship Game as the Rochester Knighthawks, led by All-Pro goaltender Matt Vinc, hung on for an 11-10 win to secure their second consecutive title before a sold-out Langley Events Centre in Langley, British Columbia.
For the 5,200 fans that packed Langley’s arena for the first NLL title to be contested in British Columbia, the game proved to be a classic with Washington chasing Rochester throughout the night forcing three ties before the Knighthawks managed to hold down the Stealth and hang on for the win.
But in a game that rarely strayed beyond a one-goal margin, it was the Stealth’s second-half defensive effort, holding Rochester to a single goal while scoring three of its own, that nearly forced a fourth tie and a bid for the title.
“You couldn’t ask for a more exciting game,” said Stealth head coach Chris Hall, whose squad hung with Rochester shot-for-shot putting 31 on Vinc in the first then tightened up its own defense in the second. “It was a great game to watch and was played by two awfully good teams,” Hall said. “Both teams have known since the beginning of this week that it was likely going to be a one goal game today.”
For Rochester, the title made NLL history, as the Knighthawks became the only team since the Toronto Rock in 2002 and 2003 to win back-to-back championships in the past decade.

National League Lacrosse 2013 Playoffs

National League Lacrosse: Washington Stealth Avance To Third NLL Championship Game In Four Years With 14-13 Win Over Calgary Roughnecks


Washington Stealth 2013 NLL Championship Final Advance

The Washington Stealth are headed to the NLL Championship Game for the third time in four years after their 14-13 road win over the Calgary Roughnecks in the West Division Final at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday night.
”Two great lacrosse teams and some phenomenal lacrosse players,” said Stealth head coach Chris Hall. “You are watching some of the best athletes on the planet when you watch these two teams go at it.”
Despite seven second-half goals by Roughnecks forward Curtis Dickson, the Stealth held on for the win in a game that came down to the final possession. Down by one goal with the goalie pulled, Calgary failed to get a shot off with 10 seconds left before Washington cleared the ball down the floor to help the remaining time expire.
Washington lead 2-0 after the first quarter, 8-5 at halftime and 11-10 after the third quarter in a game in which they never trailed.
Stealth forwards Athan Iannucci and Rhys Duch both scored three goals and finished with seven points while goaltender Tyler Richards made 39 saves on 52 shots to help them get back to the title game.
Dickson finished with eight points (7+1) and was the first NLL player to score seven goals in a postseason game since Buffalo Bandits transition player Mark Steenhuis accomplished the feat in 2008. Dane Dobbie scored a hat trick as the only other Roughnecks player to score more than once. Calgary forward Shawn Evans, the NLL’s regular season scoring champ with 112 points, opened the scoring for the Roughnecks early in the second quarter but finished with just three assists the rest of the way.
”Two great lacrosse teams and some phenomenal lacrosse players,” Hall said. “You are watching some of the best athletes on the planet when you watch these two teams go at it.”
The first quarter set the scene for a physical battle in the “Rough House” with both teams setting the pace high and pushing for momentum. The Stealth went up 2-0 after the first quarter, despite the Roughnecks controlling for the better part of the first.

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: Washington Stealth (9-7) Clinch Second Seed In West Division With 17-13 Home Win Over Philadelphia Wings (7-9) On April 20


The Washington Stealth (9-7) clinched the second seed in the West Division and a home playoff game by riding a nine-point effort by Rhys Duch for a 17-13 win over the visiting Philadelphia Wings (7-9) at Comcast Arena on Saturday night. “Goal number one was obviously making it into the playoffs,” said Stealth head coach Chris Hall. “But goal number two was playing in front of our home fans in our home building so that’s two down but still some more to go.” With the win, the Stealth finished with a winning record for the first time since they finished at 10-6 in 2010, when they later went on to win the NLL Champion’s Cup. With the loss, the Wings slipped to the third seed in the East and will travel to Rochester for the first round of the playoffs next weekend. Duch finished the game with four goals and five assists, his second highest point total of the 2013 season. Duch ended the regular season with 45 goals in 2013 to win the first NLL goal scoring title of his five-year career. “Accolades are awesome,” Duch said. “It’s great to be rewarded and recognized for your successes and obviously scoring goals is something that I take pride in. So it’s a cool feeling to win that award but I score goals to help my team win.” After hitting a wall after a hot start to the season, Cliff Smith ended the season on a high note by finishing the night with two goals and five assists to cap off a career year for the lefty.

The Washington Stealth (9-7) clinched the second seed in the West Division and a home playoff game by riding a nine-point effort by Rhys Duch for a 17-13 win over the visiting Philadelphia Wings (7-9) at Comcast Arena on Saturday night.
“Goal number one was obviously making it into the playoffs,” said Stealth head coach Chris Hall. “But goal number two was playing in front of our home fans in our home building so that’s two down but still some more to go.”
With the win, the Stealth finished with a winning record for the first time since they finished at 10-6 in 2010, when they later went on to win the NLL Champion’s Cup.
With the loss, the Wings slipped to the third seed in the East and will travel to Rochester for the first round of the playoffs next weekend.
Duch finished the game with four goals and five assists, his second highest point total of the 2013 season. Duch ended the regular season with 45 goals in 2013 to win the first NLL goal scoring title of his five-year career.
“Accolades are awesome,” Duch said. “It’s great to be rewarded and recognized for your successes and obviously scoring goals is something that I take pride in. So it’s a cool feeling to win that award but I score goals to help my team win.”
After hitting a wall after a hot start to the season, Cliff Smith ended the season on a high note by finishing the night with two goals and five assists to cap off a career year for the lefty.

National League Lacrosse: Washington Stealth (8-7) Lose 15-10 To Buffalo Bandits (6-9) On April 13


Washington Stealth vs Bandits

The Buffalo Bandits (6-9) snapped a six-game losing streak and stayed alive in the playoff race with a critical 15-10 road win over the Washington Stealth (8-7) at Comcast Arena on Saturday night.
“We’ve been working to get more production from our offense while the defense and goaltending has really been holding us in games,” said Stealth head coach Chris Hall. “Tonight, it wasn’t there.”
The Bandits avoided elimination from postseason contention with the victory in what became a must-win game after the Rochester Knighthawks won earlier in the night.
Aaron Wilson scored a team-high four goals for the Bandits, Mark Steenhuis had seven points (2+5), rookies Kevin Brownell and Jordan Critch combined for nine points while backup goalie Kurtis Wagar, starting in place of an injured Anthony Cosmo, had 33 saves on 43 shots.
“I thought we did a great job with ball movement, seeing the open guys and guys hitting the open shots as well,” Steenhuis said. “We had a good overall effort. I think everybody (on offense) got on the scoresheet. Wagar played awesome with Cosmo being out. All the weight was on his shoulders and he really rose to the occasion.”
The Stealth opened the scoring just 51 seconds in the game, when Dean Hill was able to finish off a play from Brett Bucktooth to give the Stealth a 1-0 lead. Aaron Wilson was able to answer for the Bandits a little over a minute later to tie the game at 1-1. The two teams traded two more goals, as Lewis Ratcliff and Bob Snider scored for the Stealth and Shawn Williams and Dhane Smith scored for the Bandits and the period ended tied 3-3. Smith added two assists in addition to his one goal in his return from injury.

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