By Rachel Villari | 3/10/14 11:50 AM
The National Lacrosse League hosted four games over the weekend in which victorious teams enjoyed the home field advantage and the Edmonton Rush made NLL history.
The Minnesota Swarm fell to the Buffalo Bandits 9-12 Saturday night at the First Niagara Center despite an early surge of goals in the first half from Ohio Machine’s dynamic duo Logan Schuss and Kiel Matisz, who combined for a total of three goals and three assists. The Swarm (now 2-8), were unable to hold their lead after the first two quarters against the Bandits, who now currently sit atop the East Division with seven wins and two losses.
The Rochester Knighthawks (7-3) remain undefeated on their home turf of the Blue Cross Arena, defeating the Philadelphia Wings 13-8 Saturday night. Florida Launch’s Kevin Crowley was unable to offensively ignite his team with his two goals and two assists, as he and the Wings (now 3-8) fell to his fellow Major League Lacrosse teammates Stephen Keogh and Cody Jamieson. Keogh, who recorded two goals and four assists, and Jamieson, who notched four goals and an assist himself, were helped by Chesapeake Bayhawks’ Joe Walters and his goal and four assists to help the Knighthawks’ collect their seventh win of the season.
The Calgary Roughnecks (6-4) fell in a close match with the Colorado Mammoth (5-7), 9-10. Although Charlotte Hounds’ Geoff Snider won 65.2% of his faceoffs and scored a goal and an assist, it wasn’t enough to placate the Mammoth’s offense, led by Chesapeake Bayhawk Drew Westervelt, who had two goals and two assists, and Denver Outlaw John Grant, Jr., who had five helpers and a goal himself.
In perhaps the most exciting match this weekend, the Vancouver Stealth (3-8) nearly robbed the undefeated Edmonton Rush of their newly broken record of the best start to the season in NLL history with nine unmatched wins; but instead, they lost by a single goal. As such, the Rush enjoyed their home field advantage and were able to solidify their 10-9 win over the Stealth in the final quarter, despite offensive efforts by Rochester Rattlers’ Mark Matthews (1G, 3A), Florida Launch’s Jeremy Thompson (1A), and Denver Outlaws’ Zack Greer (2A).