By Rachel Villari | 2/18/14 4:00 PM
The Vancouver Stealth sought revenge on their western rivals to start the past weekend in the National Lacrosse League, snapping the Colorado Mammoth’s three-game winning streak with a whopping 19-9 victory. Although they were unable to emerge victorious, Denver Outlaws’ John Grant, Jr. had a hand in nearly all nine of the Mammoth’s goals, with a total of three goals and five assists for eight points. Helping him was Chesapeake Bayhawks’ Drew Westervelt, who scored four goals and had one assist.
The next day the Stealth were on the losing side of things, falling to the Calgary Roughnecks by a similar margin of 20-9. Charlotte Hounds’ faceoff specialist Geoff Snider was one of the stars of the game, helping out offensively with three goals and two assists and defensively corralling 16 loose balls and winning 81.8% of his faceoffs.
The Edmonton Rush secured a win on the road against the Minnesota Swarm with a 14-9 victory. Despite Minnesota’s late game offensive swarm in the final quarter, they were unable to quell the Rush. Their attacking efforts were led by Ohio Machines’ Logan Schuss and Kiel Matisz, who combined for three goals and an assist. Edmonton took the lead in the game early on and never relinquished control. Denver Outlaws’ Zack Greer and Rochester Rattlers’ Mark Matthews notched two goals and two assists each, and the midfield was controlled by Florida Launch’s Jeremy Thompson, who had three goals of his own as well as 19 swiped loose balls and 15 out of his 27 faceoffs collected.
It seems that teams that couldn’t score into the double-digits faced the most trouble this weekend, as the fourth game played saw the Toronto Rock fall to the Rochester Knighthawks 17-9. The Knighthawks were an offensive force to be reckoned with, with MLL players responsible for more than half of their goal tally. Chesapeake Bayhawks’ Joe Walters scored three goals, and Florida Launch’s Cody Jamieson and Stephen Keogh combined for a total of nine goals and eight assists.
The final matchup featured the Philadelphia Wings falling to the Buffalo Bandits 13-7, another victim of single-digit scoring. Half of the Wings’ attempt to battle the Bandits was led by Florida Launch’s deadly offensive duo Kevin Crowley and Garrett Thul, who combined for three goals and an assist.