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post #1 of 86
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Here's a brief overview of it from the NLL's website:

 

 

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The National Lacrosse League is North America's professional indoor lacrosse league, featuring the best lacrosse players in the world. The NLL has nine teams playing in the major markets of the United States and Canada. NLL teams each play a 16-game regular season schedule (eight home and eight away) that begins in December and runs through April, followed by the Champion's Cup Playoffs. All games are played on the weekends. Professional indoor lacrosse combines the physical play of hockey with the high scoring, fast pace and play-making style of basketball. Indoor lacrosse is played inside the confines of an ice hockey rink, with glass and rink boards intact. The playing surface consists of a green dieter turf carpet that is laid down over the hockey ice. The two teams combine to score a total of 25 goals in the average NLL game.

Each team has five runners (forwards and defenseman) and a goaltender on the floor during the game. Each team dresses eighteen players (sixteen runners and two goaltenders) per game, and the players rotate on and off the floor in shifts, similar to ice hockey. The game consists of four quarters, each fifteen minutes in length. A game that is tied at the end of regulation is decided in a sudden-death overtime. There are no tie games in professional indoor lacrosse.

 

 

I've always been a one sport fan (hockey) for the longest time but watching the last two quarters of the Calgary Roughnecks/Washington Stealth game last Saturday night via the The Lacrosse Network's YouTube channel got me hooked! There's only three weeks left in the regular season and then it's the Champion's Cup Playoffs and I can't wait.

 

Hopefully I'm not the only one around here who's clued into this niche (for now) sport.


Edited by Headless Fett - 5/27/14 at 5:56pm
post #2 of 86
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Im pretty sure I'm the only indoor/box lacrosse fan on this board but if there any other NLL fans out there this should interest you:

 

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Watch Game One of Champion's Cup Finals live on TSN2 (Canada) & ESPN3 (U.S.) on Saturday at 9pm ET. (Photo: Brad Watson)

 

 

Watch Champion's Cup Finals live

05/22/2014, 2:00pm EDT
By NLL.com

Game One airs on TSN2 (Canada) & ESPN3 (U.S) on Saturday at 9pm ET

The National Lacrosse League has announced that Game One of the 2014 NLL Champion's Cup Finals series between the East Division champion Rochester Knighthawks and West Division champion Calgary Roughnecks will air live on TSN2 in Canada and ESPN3 in the United States on Saturday, May 24 at 9 p.m. ET.

The back-to-back NLL champion Knighthawks, who won their first Cup in 1997 and their second in 2007, will attempt to become the first team in league history to win three-straight titles while the Roughnecks are seeking their third championship in franchise history after winning it all in 2004 and 2009.

 

Champion's Cup Finals: Game One
Rochester Knighthawks at Calgary Roughnecks
Saturday, May 24 at 9 p.m. ET at Scotiabank Saddledome

 

Watch live on TSN2 in Canada and on ESPN3 (nll.com/espn) for U.S. subscribers
Listen on air or online on Sportsnet 960 THE FAN in Calgary and on ESPN SportsRadio 950 ESPN in Rochester. Both stations are available via the TuneIn Radio app.

Also airing live on Time Warner Cable Sports in Rochester (Channel 26) and other parts of Upstate New York (Albany, Buffalo, Hudson Valley, Syracuse and Utica) along with TWCS Carolinas and Kansas City.

 

Champion's Cup Finals: Game Two
Calgary Roughnecks at Rochester Knighthawks
Saturday, May 31 at 8 p.m. ET at Blue Cross Arena

 

The team who wins both games shall win the two-game series. In the event of a series split with both teams winning one game, a 10-minute tiebreaker game will be played immediately following the conclusion of Game Two to determine the winner of the Champion's Cup Finals.

The announcers for the May 24 game in Calgary will be Grant Farhall and Ryan Ballantine.

Broadcast details for Game Two in Rochester on Saturday, May 31 will be announced next week.

 

- See more at: http://www.nll.com/news_article/show/387599?referrer_id=389123#sthash.AOPGSL0c.dpuf

 

GO ROUGHNECKS GO!


Edited by Headless Fett - 5/24/14 at 3:58pm
post #3 of 86

i just remember enjoying the indoor lacrosse PS2 game a lot more than I thought I would. The commentary was hilarious.

post #4 of 86
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I surely can't be the only NLL/indoor lacrosse fan on this board? In any case the NLL has released their 2015 schedule:

 

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2015 NLL schedule announced

08/28/2014, 2:55pm EDT
By NLL.com

29th year of pro indoor lacrosse opens on January 2 at Mohegan Sun Arena

The National Lacrosse League has announced the 2015 NLL regular season schedule. The 29th season of professional indoor lacrosse will open on Friday, Jan. 2 with the Buffalo Bandits visiting the recently-relocated Connecticut-based franchise at Mohegan Sun Arena. Seven more teams play their season openers on Saturday, Jan. 3 with the Edmonton Rush at Buffalo, Toronto Rock at Rochester Knighthawks, Colorado Mammoth at Minnesota Swarm and Vancouver Stealth at Calgary Roughnecks.

The Mammoth, Rush and Stealth will play their home openers on Saturday, Jan. 10 while the Rock host their first game in Week 4 on Friday, Jan. 23. The West Division champion Roughnecks and three-time defending NLL champion Knighthawks will rematch the 2014 Champion's Cup Finals with a home-and-home season series, first at Rochester on Saturday, Feb. 28 in Week 9 before the teams face off in Calgary in Week 11 on Saturday, March 14.

The 18-week NLL regular season concludes on Sunday, May 3 before the 2015 NLL Playoffs begin the weekend of May 8-10. More details regarding the league's postseason schedule will be released at a later date. The name of the Connecticut-based franchise will be announced in the coming weeks.

2015 NLL regular season schedule:

Week Day Date Matchup Time (ET)
1 Fri 2-Jan Buffalo at Connecticut 7:00PM
1 Sat 3-Jan Edmonton at Buffalo 7:30PM
1 Sat 3-Jan Toronto at Rochester 7:30PM
1 Sat 3-Jan Colorado at Minnesota 8:00PM
1 Sat 3-Jan Vancouver at Calgary 9:00PM
         
2 Sat 10-Jan Rochester at Connecticut 7:00PM
2 Sat 10-Jan Calgary at Colorado 9:00PM
2 Sat 10-Jan Minnesota at Edmonton 9:00PM
2 Sat 10-Jan Toronto at Vancouver 10:00PM
         
3 Sat 17-Jan Buffalo at Vancouver 10:00PM
         
4 Fri 23-Jan Buffalo at Toronto 7:30PM
4 Sat 24-Jan Minnesota at Connecticut 7:00PM
4 Sat 24-Jan Toronto at Rochester 7:30PM
4 Sat 24-Jan Vancouver at Colorado 9:00PM
4 Sat 24-Jan Edmonton at Calgary 9:00PM
         
5 Fri 30-Jan Minnesota at Buffalo 7:30PM
5 Fri 30-Jan Connecticut at Edmonton 9:30PM
5 Sat 31-Jan Calgary at Toronto 7:00PM
5 Sat 31-Jan Buffalo at Rochester 7:30PM
5 Sat 31-Jan Colorado at Vancouver 10:00PM
         
6 Fri 6-Feb Rochester at Minnesota 8:30PM
6 Sat 7-Feb Buffalo at Calgary 9:00PM
         
7 Fri 13-Feb Toronto at Minnesota 8:30PM
7 Fri 13-Feb Edmonton at Colorado 9:00PM
7 Sat 14-Feb Minnesota at Toronto 7:00PM
7 Sat 14-Feb Rochester at Buffalo 7:30PM
7 Sat 14-Feb Calgary at Vancouver 10:00PM
7 Sun 15-Feb Colorado at Edmonton 4:00PM
7 Sun 15-Feb Rochester at Connecticut 6:00PM
         
8 Fri 20-Feb Connecticut at Toronto 7:30PM
8 Sat 21-Feb Buffalo at Rochester 7:30PM
8 Sat 21-Feb Vancouver at Calgary 9:00PM
8 Sun 22-Feb Colorado at Connecticut 1:00PM
         
9 Fri 27-Feb Toronto at Edmonton 9:30PM
9 Sat 28-Feb Colorado at Buffalo 7:30PM
9 Sat 28-Feb Calgary at Rochester 7:30PM
9 Sat 28-Feb Minnesota at Vancouver 10:00PM
         
10 Fri 6-Mar Toronto at Colorado 9:00PM
10 Sun 8-Mar Calgary at Edmonton 4:00PM
         
11 Fri 13-Mar Toronto at Buffalo 7:30PM
11 Sat 14-Mar Buffalo at Toronto 7:00PM
11 Sat 14-Mar Connecticut at Minnesota 8:00PM
11 Sat 14-Mar Vancouver at Edmonton 9:00PM
11 Sat 14-Mar Rochester at Calgary 9:00PM
11 Sun 15-Mar Minnesota at Colorado 9:00PM
         
12 Fri 20-Mar Connecticut at Calgary 9:00PM
12 Sat 21-Mar Edmonton at Toronto 7:00PM
12 Sat 21-Mar Minnesota at Buffalo 7:30PM
12 Sat 21-Mar Colorado at Vancouver 10:00PM
         
13 Sat 28-Mar Minnesota at Connecticut 7:00PM
13 Sat 28-Mar Edmonton at Rochester 7:30PM
13 Sat 28-Mar Toronto at Calgary 9:00PM
13 Sun 29-Mar Vancouver at Colorado 9:00PM
         
14 Fri 3-Apr Rochester at Toronto 7:00PM
14 Fri 3-Apr Connecticut at Minnesota 8:30PM
14 Fri 3-Apr Calgary at Colorado 9:00PM
14 Fri 3-Apr Vancouver at Edmonton 9:30PM
14 Sat 4-Apr Connecticut at Buffalo 7:30PM
14 Sat 4-Apr Minnesota at Rochester 7:30PM
14 Sat 4-Apr Colorado at Calgary 9:00PM
14 Sat 4-Apr Edmonton at Vancouver 10:00PM
         
15 Fri 10-Apr Vancouver at Toronto 7:30PM
15 Fri 10-Apr Edmonton at Calgary 9:00PM
15 Sat 11-Apr Colorado at Rochester 7:30PM
15 Sat 11-Apr Buffalo at Minnesota 8:00PM
15 Sat 11-Apr Calgary at Edmonton 9:00PM
15 Sun 12-Apr Vancouver at Connecticut 1:00PM
         
16 Fri 17-Apr Connecticut at Toronto 7:30PM
16 Fri 17-Apr Rochester at Colorado 9:00PM
16 Sat 18-Apr Calgary at Minnesota 8:00PM
16 Sat 18-Apr Colorado at Edmonton 9:00PM
16 Sat 18-Apr Rochester at Vancouver 10:00PM
         
17 Sat 25-Apr Vancouver at Buffalo 7:30PM
17 Sat 25-Apr Connecticut at Rochester 7:30PM
17 Sat 25-Apr Edmonton at Minnesota 8:00PM
17 Sun 26-Apr Buffalo at Connecticut 6:00PM
         
18 Sat 2-May Connecticut at Buffalo 7:30PM
18 Sat 2-May Rochester at Minnesota 8:00PM
18 Sat 2-May Edmonton at Colorado 9:00PM
18 Sat 2-May Calgary at Vancouver 10:00PM
18 Sun 3-May Toronto at Connecticut 6:00PM
- See more at: http://www.nll.com/news_article/show/414424?referrer_id=389123#sthash.O5OLRtyt.dp

 

January can't come soon enough!

post #5 of 86
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The 2015 is two weeks away! So stoked!

 

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My son is playing lacrosse for the first time in 2015. He's played football the past 6 years or so, and we've been told lacrosse is a pretty good companion sport. I have no idea what the hell is going on during a game, though. And neither does he. The head coach has us coming over once a week and practicing with his son and another kid in the neighborhood. With his size, he's playing "up" so to speak to be with bigger kids, but we have no idea what position he'll end up playing.

 

A cousin of mine actually went to Syracuse on a full lacrosse scholarship. She's been playing for as long as I can remember.

post #7 of 86
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That's very cool about your son and your cousin. Syracuse has had an excellent lacrosse program for decades now.

 

Where do you live anyway? You might be lucky enough to be an NLL team in your city.

post #8 of 86
Fett I admire your tenacity. Both as a Toronto Rock fan and as someone who tried unsuccessfully for years to get this board interested in Flat Track Roller Derby.
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Fett I admire your tenacity. Both as a Toronto Rock fan and as someone who tried unsuccessfully for years to get this board interested in Flat Track Roller Derby.

 

Thanks Jim, if it wasn't for the NLL games I saw on YouTube in 2012 I would have never gotten hooked on it in the first place.  I have a good feeling about the Vancouver Stealth this year, the first two games of the season are an away game in Calgary and then the home opener against the Rock. I'll be there live for that one, should be a great game!

 

No other sport besides hockey has hooked me like box lacrosse has. I can't wait for the damn season to start already!

 

So how long have been a Rock fan?

post #10 of 86
More of a casual fan. With Leafs tickets around $600, the Rock are a very reasonable alternative!
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More of a casual fan. With Leafs tickets around $600, the Rock are a very reasonable alternative!

 

Totally understandable. As much as I enjoy the Canucks there is no way in hell I can afford to go a game. Hell, for the price of one Canucks ticket I can get tickets, food and beer at several Stealth games!

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That's very cool about your son and your cousin. Syracuse has had an excellent lacrosse program for decades now.

 

Where do you live anyway? You might be lucky enough to be an NLL team in your city.

Atlanta area. We went to the FSU spring football game one year, and they also had a men's lacrosse game vs. Florida that we watched. It was a lot of fun.

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Fett I admire your tenacity. Both as a Toronto Rock fan and as someone who tried unsuccessfully for years to get this board interested in Flat Track Roller Derby.

And dude, I love Roller Derby. We really should head out to see the team here in Atlanta. Hell, my wife has even said, "If I wasn't in my 40s, I'd try out for it."

post #14 of 86
Atlanta's got a great team.
post #15 of 86
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TONIGHT! In their home opener the Vancouver Stealth (1-0) take on their Eastern Division rivals the Toronto Rock (1-0) and I WILL BE THERE!

 

Can't wait!

 

GO STEALTH GO!

post #16 of 86

BIG NLL Fan you are not alone !

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You are not alone love the NLL !

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http://www.insidelacrosse.com/article/atlanta-thirsty-for-lacrosse-as-mll-looks-to-expand/29557

 

Well, maybe next year there will be an MLL team here. It is ridiculous how fast it's grown in my area. I remember seeing kids practicing when when my son would practice football, and think, those kids must be from the northeast because no one plays lacrosse here. Now my son is ready to dump football in the fall (would be his 7th year) and play lacrosse full-time.

post #19 of 86
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Looks like you got an NLL team instead for the 2015 season instead:

 

 

 

http://www.georgiaswarm.com.prod.sportngin.com/page/show/253476

 

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Swarm Relocate to Georgia for 2016 NLL Season

from LaxMagazine.com Staff Reports | Twitter

The Minnesota Swarm of the National Lacrosse League is relocating to the metro-Atlanta area for the 2016 NLL season.

The franchise will be named the Georgia Swarm and has agreed in principle on a lease agreement to play its home games at The Arena at Gwinnett Center (Duluth, Ga.) in Gwinnett County, which is located 25 minutes northeast of Atlanta.

 

"Today is an exciting day as we open a new chapter in team history," Swarm Owner John Arlotta said in a press release. "The sport of lacrosse is growing at a rapid pace in Georgia and we're thrilled to bring the fastest game on two feet at the professional level to The Arena at Gwinnett Center. With its high-scoring nature, and gameplay which resembles hockey and basketball in many ways, the NLL is enjoyable for lacrosse and non-lacrosse fans alike, and is great family entertainment."

"Lacrosse is a great sport and it will add another dimension to family entertainment at Gwinnett Center and in metro-Atlanta as well," said Joseph Dennis, general manager of Gwinnett Center. "We are excited to have the National Lacrosse League as a tenant team in The Arena for years to come."

"The Arena at Gwinnett Center is a beautiful arena and a wonderful location for our franchise and we really appreciate the support of the arena and the county commissioners," Swarm Co-Owner and President Andy Arlotta said.

 

The Swarm is currently comprised with one of the fastest and most athletic rosters in the NLL, which features young stars Miles Thompson (2014 Co-Tewaaraton recipient, UAlbany), Jordan MacIntosh (Gold Medalist, Team Canada '14), Joel White (2-time NCAA champion, Syracuse University), Johnny Powless (3-time NLL champion), Shayne Jackson ('15 team leader in scoring), Kiel Matisz ('12 No. 3 overall pick) as well as veterans Callum Crawford (team's all-time leading scorer) and Mitch Belisle ('14 U.S. Men's National Team Member).

This coming fall, the Swarm will hold a league-high four first-round draft picks in the 2015 NLL Draft with selection Nos. 1, 3, 5 and 6. This year's draft class is highly regarded as one of the best in recent memory and features the NCAA's all-time division-I points leader, University at Albany's Lyle Thompson (Miles' younger brother).

"On behalf of the entire NLL, we are excited about coming to Georgia," NLL Commissioner George Daniel said. "NLL Lacrosse is an action packed, high energy spectacle unlike anything the fans of metro Atlanta have ever seen."

 

During their 11 seasons in the NLL, the Swarm has been heavily involved in the lacrosse community and received numerous awards for its dedication and time devoted to growing the sport. The team is looking forward to continuing its efforts now in Georgia.

"It's always been our mission to help grow and aid the sport of lacrosse as much as we can," (Andy) Arlotta said. "We're excited to introduce ourselves to members of both the local lacrosse and business community in the coming weeks."

 

The Swarm's application to relocate to Georgia has been approved by the NLL.

 

 

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The National Lacrosse League’s (NLL) Georgia Swarm signed a multiyear agreement with Ed Comeau to become the team’s new head coach.

 
 
 

Comeau, 50, has spent 16 years coaching in the NLL, which is highlighted by five Champion’s Cup titles and a career head coaching record of 54-32 (63-percent). This September, Comeau will serve as the head coach of Team Canada’s indoor team that will compete in the 2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships Sept. 18-26.

The Hamilton, Ontario native started his NLL coaching career an assistant with the Toronto Rock and worked alongside the great Les Bartley, where he won four Champion’s Cups (99-00, 02-03). As Rochester’s head coach in ‘07, Comeau led the Knighthawks to a league-best 14-2 regular season record while capturing a Champion’s Cup title and Head Coach of the Year honors. Comeau was also a recipient of the GM of the Year Award in ‘09 when he coached and managed the New York Titans to a 10-6 regular season record and runner-up finish in the postseason. Most recently, Comeau served as an assistant coach for the Colorado Mammoth in 2013.

Comeau will take over one of the league’s youngest rosters in the NLL when he enters his first season as the Swarm’s head coach. Georgia currently holds picks Nos. 1, 3, 5 and 6 in the 2015 NLL Draft in September as well.

 

“We’re really excited to have a coach of Ed Comeau’s caliber become the next coach of the Swarm,” Georgia Swarm Owner and General Manager John Arlotta said. “He’s a proven winner in the NLL both as an assistant and a head coach. Most importantly, Ed has won championships and that is our goal as we open a new chapter of our team’s history in Georgia.”

Fans are invited to attend the Swarm’s introductory press conference on Thursday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at The Arena at Gwinnett Center. The event is free and open to the public. For more information lick here.

“It’s a great honor to coach in the National Lacrosse League and to be selected to coach a team that’s starting in a new city,” Comeau said. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to work with the Arlottas, the other staff, and very much looking forward to working with a young group of exceptional lacrosse players.”

 

 

So get excited because seeing NLL action live is like nothing else!

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Sweet!

post #21 of 86
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They're a young team but with a veteran like Comeau behind the bench and two star players with Miles Thompson and Johnny Powless on the roster there's a lot of potential there.  All I ask is you get out there and support the team as well as getting others hooked on the NLL.

 

It's a gate driven league so the more fans the better!

post #22 of 86
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Looks like a true legend of indoor lacrosse is set to hang up his stick tomorrow:

 

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 Reports: Canadian lacrosse legend John Tavares to retire at age 46
 

 

Tavares, 46, is the uncle of New York Islanders center John Tavares. He has played for the National Lacrosse League’s Buffalo Bandits since their inception in 1992. 

Tavares hold the NLL records for most goals, assists and total points in a career. He has nearly 400 more points than the man in second place. He set the record for career points in 2007 and just kept adding to it. 

 

Tavares spent his entire career playing indoor “box” lacrosse, a 6-on-6 variation of the 10-on-10 outdoor game more commonly played in the United States. Because NLL salaries are low, Tavares also works as a high school math teacher in Mississauga, Ont.

 

“This is my bread and butter,” Tavares told The New York Times in 2013. “I love teaching. Long after I’m done playing lacrosse, I’ll be a teacher. This is my career.”

 

Want to see why Tavares is so well regarded and watch a fantastic championship lacrosse game at the same time?

 

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x21472c_1992-mill-championship_sport

 

Enjoy!

post #23 of 86

My son was telling me he was playing a game on Steam this past week with a kid that plays box lacrosse, and that the kid said he goes through sticks like crazy because of how physical it is.

post #24 of 86
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Box lacrosse is one of the most physical sports you'll ever see live. It's also athletic, exciting, high scoring and the action is constant.  As a long time hockey fan I took to box lacrosse almost immediately. Of course it also helps that here in B.C. we have a long storied history of great summer box lacrosse dating back to the early 1930s. 

 

Speaking of my backyard.....

 

 

The Major Series Lacross Champions (From Ontario) Peterborough Lakers vs the Western Lacrosse Association Champions (From B.C) Victoria Shamrocks in a Best of 7 Series for the Mann Cup, basically the Stanley Cup of Senior A lacrosse in Canada.  Both teams are loaded with players who also play in the NLL and both teams feature the best goalies in the game today: Aaron Bold (Victoria Shamrocks/Saskatchewan Rush - NLL) and Matt Vinc (Peterborough Lakers/Rochester Knighthawks - NLL).  It's going to be a tremendous series!

post #25 of 86
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2016 schedule is out!

www.nll.com for all the details!
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My son was telling me he was playing a game on Steam this past week with a kid that plays box lacrosse, and that the kid said he goes through sticks like crazy because of how physical it is.

 

The Georgia Swarm 2016 schedule:

 

http://www.georgiaswarm.com/games

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Attention lacrosse fans in Ottawa and Philadelphia:

 

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The National Lacrosse League has announced the defending champion Saskatchewan Rush will take on the Toronto Rock for an exhibition game at The Arena at TD Place in Ottawa, Ont. The “Lansdowne LAX Showdown” will take place on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. ET.
 

"We're thrilled to showcase National Lacrosse League action at TD Place in Ottawa this preseason," said NLL Commissioner George Daniel. "It's exciting to have two great teams in Saskatchewan and Toronto face off in Canada's capital city to help bring in the league's 30th anniversary year in 2016."

The exhibition, hosted by the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG), features a rematch of the 2015 NLL Champion's Cup Finals which saw the Rush win the best-of-three series 2-0 over the six-time champion Rock to earn the franchise's first-ever title.

“We are really looking forward to hosting this game,” said Mike Cerha, VP Entertainment and Venues at TD Place. “Box Lacrosse is a fast-paced sport with lots of contact. The atmosphere at games is super-charged with music and excitement.  It will definitely be the place to be for lacrosse fans and anybody that’s looking for a great night out with friends.”

Some of the world's best lacrosse players will be showcased with NLL stars in the All-Canadian matchup to include the Rush's Aaron Bold, Chris Corbeil, Zack Greer, Mark Matthews, Ben McIntosh, Jeremy Thompson and Kyle Rubisch along with the Rock's Kevin Crowley, Colin Doyle, Rob Hellyer, Brett Hickey, Stephan Leblanc, Brodie Merrill, Brandon Miller, Nick Rose and Josh Sanderson.

Tickets start at $18 and can be purchased online by clicking here beginning on Friday, Oct. 9. Presale of tickets on Thursday, Oct. 8 using promo code ROCKRUSH begins at 10 a.m. ET and runs until 11:59 p.m. ET.

About TD Place
TD PLACE at Lansdowne is Ottawa’s exciting new urban sports and entertainment destination, featuring a spectacular 24,000 seat outdoor stadium and newly refurbished 10,000 seat indoor arena. TD Place will be the home of the new Ottawa REDBLACKS of the CFL, the NASL’s Ottawa Fury FC, and the Ottawa 67’s of the OHL.

 

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The National Lacrosse League has announced the Buffalo Bandits and New England Black Wolves will face off for a preseason game at PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. ET.

"It's great to bring the National Lacrosse League to the Lehigh Valley with an exhibition game at PPL Center," said NLL Commissioner George Daniel. "There are many loyal fans in the area who can expect an entertaining night of lacrosse between two division rivals in Buffalo and New England."

NLL stars hitting the turf include Buffalo's Ryan Benesch, Anthony Cosmo, Steve Priolo, Billy Dee Smith, Dhane Smith and Mark Steenhuis along with New England's Kevin Buchanan, Kyle Buchanan, Garrett Billings, Kevin Crowley, Brett Manney, Pat Saunders, Garrett Thul and more.

Tickets starting at $17 go on sale on Friday, Oct. 16 and can be purchased online at PPLCenter.com or in person at the Mealey’s Furniture Box Office located at PPL Center. 

About PPL Center
PPL Center (pplcenter.com), nominated by Pollstar as Best New Major Concert Venue, is a state-of-the-art multipurpose venue in downtown Allentown, PA. Spectra by Comcast Spectacor provides the Venue Management, Food Services & Hospitality, and Ticketing & Fan Engagement at PPL Center. The arena seats more than 10,000 for concerts and more than 8,500 for Lehigh Valley Phantoms professional hockey games, making it the region’s largest events venue. The amenities-packed PPL Center will host more than 150 events each year, offering something for everyone, including the Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the NHL Philadelphia Flyers, live concerts, family shows, trade shows, figure skating events, youth sports, high school and collegiate events, Disney on Ice, conferences, graduations and many more events. PPL Center is currently the main catalyst to the revitalization and growth of downtown Allentown.

 

These exhibition games are basically testing the waters for expansion teams in those markets. So if you're in the area, check out some great hard hitting indoor lacrosse!

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Lol. This is what you get for buying a game pack from the Swarm:

 

post #29 of 86
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Not exactly the best promo for a game pack ever. Hell of a player though.
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HUGE news for my boys the Vancouver Stealth today:

 

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Stealth add local superstar Garrett Billings in trade with Black Wolves

 

 

Vancouver, BC (Sunday, October 25, 2015) – The Vancouver Stealth have acquired Garrett Billings in a trade with the New England Black Wolves. In Billings, Vancouver adds the first player in the National Lacrosse League’s history to record three consecutive 100 point seasons to an offense that scored 211 goals in 2015. That offense already includes Rhys Duch (41 goals, 62 assists, 103 points in 2015), Corey Small (32 goals, 43 assists, 75 points in 2015), Logan Schuss (22 goals, 44 assists, 66 points in 2015), and Joel McCready (30 goals, 21 assists, 51 points in 2015). 

 

Garrett brings great leadership to the offense. His lacrosse IQ is a tremendous asset for us. He is always looking to make his teammates better and puts them in great situations to score,” said Stealth Head Coach Dan Perreault.

Billings is a Langley native who played for Burnaby in the BC Junior A Lacrosse League, where he won two Minto Cups (2004 and 2005); and Langley in the Western Lacrosse Association, where he led the team to a Mann Cup appearance (2012). He will also be a prominent member of the Stealth’s community outreach, bringing with him experience in connecting with young lacrosse fans.

 

“Adding someone of Garrett’s caliber to an already solid offensive unit is huge for us. He brings a different dimension to the weapons we already have and the fact that he is a local player is fantastic. He is a familiar face to the public and we are excited to show him off to the community he grew up in,” said Stealth President and General Manager Doug Locker.

Billings joined New England in 2015 in a mid-season trade with Toronto and appeared in 8 games, registering 5 goals, 31 assists for a total of 36 points.

“I could not be more excited for this opportunity to join the Stealth, and I know my family is equally happy to drive just a few minutes down the road and watch me play. Looking at this year’s roster, I am joining a very deep team with some great players, and with that comes great expectations. There is some pressure on me to perform well and I am looking forward to the challenge,” said Billings.

 

Billings was a finalist for the leagues’ Most Valuable Player in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and has been the recipient of the league’s Sportsmanship Award in 2013 and 2014. He was also named to the NLL’s First All-Star team in 2012, 2013 and 2014. 

In exchange for Garrett, Vancouver sent forward Tyler Digby and a 2017 second round draft pick to New England. Digby just completed his second season in the NLL compiling 38 goals, 36 assists for 74 points. He was a runner-up for NLL Rookie of the Year in 2014. 

It won’t be long before Billings gets to see his former team as the Stealth host the Black Wolves in their home opener on January 9 at the Langley Events Centre. Single game tickets for the 2016 regular season go on sale November 10 at 10:00am PST. 

 

Can't wait for January!

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Single game tickets for all NLL teams are now on sale!
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I'm going to try and grab us a package for the first home game where we all get t-shirts too.

 

Son's season just ended--they made it to the semi's but lost 7-5 to a team they should have beaten. They got two cheap goals that were just flukes. He's trying out for the Spring Select team next week--he's super nervous about it, but I think he'll be fine.

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That's awesome man! Should be very interesting to see how the Swarm do in their new digs. They've got some good young talent on the floor (Powless, the Thompson Brothers) and a veteran coach behind the bench (Ed Comeau) so I hope you and your son enjoy the NLL experience. There's nothing like it!

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Swag

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Never played or watched the game (I'm not even sure how I would be able to watch NLL games), but this coming season I'm going to start reffing youth and high school lacrosse.  About to dive head first into the (rather thin) rule book.  Wish me luck!!!

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Watch the warding! Lol. As my friend (who's daughter has been playing girl's lax for the past 7 years) says, the boy's lax rule book is about 5 pages...the girl's rule book is 500 pages long.

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Can't wait for the season to start already! 

 

GO STEALTH GO!

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Picked up my Swarm t-shirts on Monday. First game is next Saturday!

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If the Swarm played like they did in Denver last night you're in for a real treat. The Toronto Rock should be a good test at home for them.

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If the Swarm played like they did in Denver last night you're in for a real treat. The Toronto Rock should be a good test at home for them.

Is it on TV anywhere? There's no ESPN Ocho yet, so I have no idea where to find games.

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Is it on TV anywhere? There's no ESPN Ocho yet, so I have no idea where to find games.

I don't know about that game specifically, but I saw that they are showing fifty something games for free on the Fox Go app.  There is a NLL channel on there and they have the games listed they will be showing.  

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Cool--thanks for the info. I'll have to check out the app--I think that's the only sports TV app I haven't downloaded.

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Cool--thanks for the info. I'll have to check out the app--I think that's the only sports TV app I haven't downloaded.

I was happy to find out about that yesterday since I don't have cable or satellite. Most of those apps require you to enter your cable subscription ID before you can watch anythinh, and most of the channels on the app do require that.  But the NLL games are free for everyone.  So I'll just cast it to the Apple TV and I'm (hopefully) good to go.

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GAME DAY!

 

The Stealth and Swarm both have their home openers tonight!  Been waiting for this all week!

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Enjoying this more than that NFL playoff game.
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There's nothing else like it. Love this sport!

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So let me ask since I'm new to all this. What is NLL to MLL? Is MLL more like NCAA than NLL? Is NLL to the MLL like arena football is to NFL, or the other way around?
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MLL is basically the pro men's field lacrosse league. Which is a completely different type of game compared to the box lacrosse, which is very similar to hockey since it was invented by Canadians to be played in hockey rinks during the summer in the 1930s.  

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12-7 Swarm! The goalie started out kind of shaky, but then only allowed 1 goal in the 2nd half. Lots of fun. Toronto was hugely chippy, especially toward the end of the game. The last minute took about 10 minutes because their players just kept shoving Swarm players outside of game play. They ended the game with 3 guys in the penalty box. We'll definitely make another few games this year. One of the Swarm guys made a CRAZY goal. Ran past the goal, looked back down the field, then flipped the ball over his other shoulder and hit the top corner of the goal. Unreal.

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That over the shoulder goal was awesome.
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