Week 12 of the National Lacrosse League’s season was a Canadian showcase, as all three of the NLL’s Canadian franchises played over the weekend with two of them facing off to cap the week’s proceedings.
The first of two games on Saturday evening saw
the Edmonton Rush best the Buffalo Bandits, 14-7 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY. Mark Matthews of the MLL’s New York Lizards scored a goal and picked up three assists for the Rush, as well as nabbing seven ground balls while Jarett Davis of the Hamilton Nationals had a goal of his own to compliment four assists and eight ground balls. The victory as Edmonton’s fourth straight, while the loss was also the fourth straight for Buffalo.
Later on Saturday night,
the Calgary Roughnecks were able to topple the Colorado Mammoth in overtime, 12-11 at home in the Scotiabank Saddledome. Curtis Dickson of the Denver Outlaws was the game’s unsung hero, scoring two goals late as well as the overtime winner to bring his point to total to five on the night, with four goals and an assist. On defense, the Nationals’ Geoff Snider had a game-high 22 loose balls in addition to an outstanding showing on face-offs, going 24-for-27 (89%). For the Mammoth, Jordan McBride (also of the Outlaws) led the way, scoring a team-high seven points on two goals and five assists, while John Grant, Jr. of the MLL Champion Chesapeake Bayhawks had six points on three goals and three assists. Casey Powell (Hamilton) also did what he could to help the Mammoth, picking up four assists in the loss.
To round out the weekend, the Rush traveled to the Air Canada Centre where
they defeated the Toronto Rock, 17-12 on Sunday afternoon. Mark Matthews again shined, as he scored three goals and picked up one assist, and is now tied with Grant, Jr. for the league lead with 35 goals on the season. In addition, Kyle Rubisch (Hamilton) picked up a pair of goals and assists for the Rush, while Hamilton teammate Garrett Billings notched a game-high eight points on three goals and five assists for Toronto. The effort was not enough, however, as the Rush triumphed for the second time in as many days to bring their record to 8-5; they now sit atop the NLL West.
MLL’s mainstays continue to impress indoors during the offseason, and with the season just around the corner, here’s to hoping the same luck carries over into an exciting outdoor season.