This week in the NLL

By: Nick Powers, March 19, 2013

This week in the NLL

Week 11 of the National Lacrosse League season kicked into high gear rather quickly on Saturday, March 16; the day before St. Patrick’s Day.

Early in the afternoon, the Toronto Rock were victorious in their visit to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA to face the Philadelphia Wings. Garrett Billings of the Hamilton Nationals helped lead the Rock to a 13-8 win, clocking one goal and three assists for Toronto, the city where he also spends his LAX summer months. On the other side, Philadelphia’s Kevin Crowley (also of the Nationals) led the Wings with five points on four goals and an assist, while Paul Rabil of the Boston Cannons and Drew Westervelt of the defending MLL champion Chesapeake Bayhawks both notched a goal and two assists on the day.

In a rematch of the 2012 NLL title game, the Edmonton Rush outlasted the Rochester Knighthawks, 11-9 in Rochester’s Blue Cross Area on Saturday. Zack Greer of the MLL’s Denver Outlaws helped lift Edmonton over Rochester, notching four goals and an assist while Mark Matthews of the New York Lizards had five points of his own on three goals and two assists. The Nationals’ Cody Jamieson led the Knighthawks with a game-high seven points on two goals and five assists, while MLL free agent Dan Dawson had five points on two goals and three assists, making the case that any MLL team should look into acquiring him for 2013.

The Minnesota Swarm trounced the Washington Stealth, 12-5 at home in the Xcel Energy Center later on Saturday night. Jordan Macintosh of the Rochester Rattlers had five assists and a game-high 12 loose balls on the night, while the Nationals’ Rhys Duch looked good for Washington despite the loss, scoring two goals with two assists. Fellow National Lewis Ratcliff also contributed to Washington’s efforts with a goal and assist; Duch’s dual teammate was the only other Washington player who had a multi-point game.

To round out the week’s match-ups, the Colorado Mammoth toppled the Buffalo Bandits at home in the Pepsi Center, 16-13. John Grant, Jr. (Chesapeake), the former NLL league MVP, led the way for the Mammoth with eight points on three goals and five assists in the victory. The Mammoth finished the NLL week as one-of-two teams to win a home game, while the first two contests of the day were won by road teams.