By Rachel Villari | 3/24/14 12:40 PM
This week in the National Lacrosse League playoff spots were clinched, records were strengthened, and teams were rocked, specifically, the Buffalo Bandits.
The Bandits lost both of their games on the road this weekend, falling first in a landslide to the still-undefeated Edmonton Rush 14-5. Florida Launch’s midfielder Jeremy Thompson helped the Rush maintain possession in their domination over the Bandits, winning 13 out of 23 faceoffs. Denver Outlaws’ Zack Greer notched three goals and three assists for the Rush and Rochester Rattlers’ Mark Matthews found the back of the net once and helped the rest of his team do so six other times. Edmonton is now the first of the NLL teams to secure their position in the 2014 playoffs with an 11-0 record.
Buffalo fell again Sunday, this time by a single point in overtime against the Minnesota Swarm, tipping the scale unfavorably for them in a final outcome of 10-9. Ohio Machine’s Logan Schuss lead the way for the Swarm’s offense, contributing two goals and two assists as well as corralling five loose balls. His Major League teammate Kiel Matisz and New York Lizard David Earl also helped out offensively with two assists each.
Another neck-and-neck match up took place on Saturday between the Toronto Rock (ranked third in the Eastern Conference) and the Philadelphia Wings (ranked fourth in the conference) in which the Wings claimed the victory 14-13. Florida Launch’s Kevin Crowley was the star of the game, scoring a whopping six goals and helping out with assists three times, meaning he had a hand in over half of the goals scored in the Wings’ win. Garrett Thul also contributed offensively, notching a goal and an assist of his own.
The Calgary Roughnecks were the only visiting team to win this weekend as they took the victory from the Vancouver Stealth 13-8. Charlotte Hounds’ midfielder Geoff Snider sniped a goal for himself and two helpers out of a total of three shots taken and scooped nine loose balls.