By Rachel Villari | 3/17/14 3:15 PM
This weekend, the National Lacrosse League hosted five games as it approaches the final quarter of the season.
The Rochester Knighthawks won both of their back-to-back games, boosting their record to a comfortable 9-3. Their first game was against the Toronto Rock, in which the final score was 17-12. The ‘Hawks sealed their victory with offensive contributions from Florida Launch’s dynamic duo Stephen Keogh, who had two goals and five assists, and Cody Jamieson, who had an outstanding four goals and seven assists. Adding to the points was Chesapeake Bayhawks’ Joe Walters, with two goals and two assists of his own.
In a much lower-scoring game the next day against the Philadelphia Wings, the three major leaguers combined for a total three goals and eight assists in their 11-7 victory at the Wells Fargo Center. Despite offensive efforts from Florida Launch’s Kevin Crowley, who notched a hat trick, and New York Lizards’ CJ Costabile, Ohio Machine’s Chad Wiedmaier, and Rochester Rattlers’ Mike Manley, who each had a helper, the Wings were unable to overcome the Knighthawks.
Also playing back-to-back games was the Toronto Rock, who after falling to the Knighthawks on Saturday, prevailed in overtime against the Minnesota Swarm on Sunday, 9-8. Even with notable major leaguers David Earl (0,1) of the New York Lizards, and Logan Schuss (1, 3) and Kiel Matisz (2, 0) of the Ohio Machine, the Swarm were unable to seize the lead at any point in the game.
The Buffalo Bandits sealed a 12-9 win against the visiting Colorado Mammoth, despite offensive efforts by Denver Outlaws’ John Grant, Jr. and Chesapeake Bayhawks’ Drew Westervelt. Grant notched a whopping four goals along with two assists while Westervelt had three helpers.
Perhaps the most exciting game this weekend was the Edmonton Rush’s 10th victory in their unbeaten season thus far, furthering the NLL’s winning-streak record. The Rush defeated the Calgary Roughnecks 15-7.