By Rachel Villari | 1/27/14 1:00 PM
This weekend, the National Lacrosse League saw three close games, each victorious team only claiming the game by a single goal.
The first game pitted the Rochester Knighthawks against the Buffalo Bandits for a battle of the East. Trailing majority of the game, the ‘Hawks made a tremendous almost-comeback in the final quarter, robbed by the Bandits 11-10. Leading the fight to survive was Florida Launch’s attackman Stephen Keogh, who’s power play goal cut the Knighthawks’ goal deficit to five at the beginning of the fourth, making the score 11-6. Igniting an offensive assault, Keogh’s MLL teammate Cody Jamieson stepped up, scoring a team-high six points (three goals, three assists), notching his 100th NLL career goal. Giving the ‘Hawks their biggest glimmer of hope was Chesapeake Bayhawks’ midfielder Joe Walters, who scored the team’s final goal in the last 18 seconds of the game. Unfortunately, Rochester was unable to force overtime and fell to the Bandits, allowing them to take the top seat of the East Division.
The second game of the weekend did go into overtime, the Colorado Mammoth rising to defeat the Calgary Roughnecks with the help of Denver Outlaws’ John Grant, Jr. Tied 13-13 entering overtime, Grant tossed a back-breaking, highlight-reel worthy goal past the Roughnecks’ net minder, winning the game for the Mammoth and a hat trick for himself.
The final game over the weekend paired the unbeaten Edmonton Rush against the Vancouver Stealth, in which the Rush surged back in the second half, defeating their hosts. Rochester Rattlers’ Mark Matthews was named the first star of the game, accruing five points (two goals, three assists) over the four quarters, and helping Edmonton remain the best team in the league, with an unbeaten record of 4-0.