By Rachel Villari | 3/31/14 4:30 PM
This weekend the National Lacrosse League saw history continue to be made and Major League Lacrosse stars shine.
The Edmonton Rush remained undefeated throughout the weekend, a huge feat as they played back-to-back away games Saturday and Sunday. In maintaining their 13 straight wins, the Rush first dealt the Rochester Knighthawks their only loss at home thus far in the season with a 15-11 victory at the Blue Cross Arena. Rochester Rattlers’ Mark Matthews was awarded the first star of the game by attending media, with two goals and four assists for Edmonton. Denver Outlaws’ Zack Greer also had hot hands with two of his own goals and three helpers. Florida Launch’s Jeremy Thompson helped out immensely with possession, winning 13 out of his 28 faceoffs and collecting 10 loose balls.
Sunday, the Rush shook the Toronto Rock, defeating them 13-10 at the Air Canada Centre. Greer’s hot streak continued, netting three goals and two assists, earning him the first star of the game. Attackman Matthews and middie Thompson each had a goal of their own as well, Matthews also throwing in two helpers and Thompson dominating 60% of his faceoffs.
The Calgary Roughnecks defeated the Minnesota Swarm 15-11 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Charlotte Hounds’ midfielder Geoff Snider was an all around asset to the Calgary’s win, claiming 22 out of 30 faceoffs, collecting 15 loose balls, and even contributing offensively with a goal and an assist. The Swarm’s Logan Schuss and Kiel Matisz (Ohio Machine) tried to combat Calgary’s offense combining for a goal and five assists of their own, but were unable to cause an upset in Minnesota’s favor.
The Philadelphia Wings were able to secure a much needed win after a neck-and-neck battle with the Colorado Mammoth in which they defeated their hosts 14-12. Several MLL players shined throughout the game with Florida Launch’s Garrett Thul and Boston Cannon’s Brodie Merrill earning the first and third star of the game respectively for Philadelphia. Thul stunned the 16,322 people in attendance at the Pepsi Center with one of the three goals he scored soaring over the net from behind, earning him a spot on ESPN’s Top Ten. While Thul led the Wings in scoring, Merrill lead the team in points with one goal and six assists. He also collected 11 loose balls. Denver Outlaws’ John Grant, Jr. was able to claim the second star of the game for Colorado, scoring two goals and seven assists and scooping four loose balls. Chesapeake Bayhawks’ Drew Westervelt also contributed offensively, scoring three goals and helping out with an assist himself.
In other news, the Vancouver Stealth defeated the Buffalo Bandits 12-8 as they hosted their “Lacrosse Fights Cancer Night” at the Langely Events Centre.