By Rachel Villari | 3/3/14 11:45 AM
This week the National Lacrosse League hosted three games.
The first matchup featured the Edmonton Rush, who dealt the Toronto Rock the first of their back-to-back blows this weekend, 11-10. The Rush took a lead early on with points from Rochester Rattlers’ Mark Matthews, who had two goals and two assists, and Florida Launch’s Jeremy Thompson, who anchored the midfield taking 18 out of his 25 faceoffs and scoring a goal of his own. The Rush remain the only undefeated team with eight wins thus far in the season.
Toronto was rocked again in their second game, falling to the Calgary Roughnecks 19-13 after a scoreless first period. After the Roughnecks notched 14 goals in the first half of the game there was no coming back for the Rock. Charlotte Hounds’ midfielder Geoff Snider held the fort at the faceoff X for Calgary, winning 69.4% of his matchups and even notching a goal.
In the final contest of the weekend, the Rochester Knighthawks defeated the Colorado Mammoth 11-9 for a big move up in the East Division standings, putting them one-half game behind the Buffalo Bandits for first place. Rochester was led offensively by Florida Launch’s Stephen Keogh, who scored almost half of the Knighthawks’ goals, finding the back of the net five times. His MLL teammate, Cody Jamieson, also had two assists. The Mammoth battled back, with efforts from Chesapeake Bayhawks’ and Denver Outlaws’ attackmen Drew Westervelt and John Grant, Jr., who combined for a total of four goals and four assists, meaning that they had a hand in almost every goal.