April 23, 2015
NLL Weekend: Lots on the Line for NE and Rochester
Rochester is in the hunt for the top seed. New England needs a win to keep playoff hopes alive. Just another weekend in the NLL.
April 22, 2015
NLL Notes: Billings Has April Weekend to Remember
Garrett Billings played his first game as a visitor since leaving Toronto and celebrated the birth of his first child.
April 16, 2015
NLL Weekend: Rochester Aiming for First Place Overall
Neil Stevens previews the National Lacrosse League weekend slate. The Knighthawks are looking to pull away from the field.
April 13, 2015
Colin Doyle to Return to Toronto Rock for Stretch Run
Colin Doyle - out all year after surgury to repair a torn rotator cuff - will be back in action for the first-place Toronto Rock for the stretch run.
April 10, 2015
NLL Weekend: Four Weeks to Go, Every Team Still In
All four teams are alive as the NLL season is a month from its regular season end. What's on tap for this weekend?
April 8, 2015
NLL Notes: Familiar Faces in New Threads
With the trading deadline behind us, a lot of big names made debuts in new uniforms over the weekend. How'd everyone fare in the new laundry?
April 7, 2015
Black Wolves Hope Spark of Win Turns Into Fire
A win at Buffalo over the weekend gives first-year New England hope of a turnaround down the NLL stretch run. Can they snatch an East bid?
April 2, 2015
NLL Weekend: Eight on Schedule as Stretch Begins
April 1, 2015
NLL Notes: Buque Steps Up in Net for Mammoth
Playing in place of normal starter Dylan Ward, Colorado's Alex Buque's first start earned him the first star, making 49 saves against Vancouver.
March 31, 2015
NLL Deadline Moves Include Billings/Crowley Swap
A pair of premier righty forwards changed hands right at the NLL's deadline Tuesday, with New England netting Garrett Billings while shipping Kevin Crowley to Toronto.
March 30, 2015
Swarm, Black Wolves Swap Captains in Shocker
At the NLL trade deadline, Minnesota sent Andrew Suitor to New England in exchange for Joel White, a rare swap of players wearing the "C".
March 26, 2015
NLL Weekend: Colorado Gunning for First Out West
With West-leading Edmonton taking on Rochester Saturday, Colorado has a shot at pulling ahead if things go well against Vancouver (and poorly for the Rush against the defending champs).
March 25, 2015
NLL Notes: Grant Eyes Gait Next on Milestone List
Newly second place on the NLL's all-time career points list, John Grant, Jr. is only 12 goals behind Gary Gait for second, though John Tavares is still a ways off in first for both.
March 22, 2015
Rush Family in Cancer Battle Once Again
With the partner of goalie Aaron Bold battling cancer, the Edmonton lacrosse club once again dives in to aid in the fight, while Toronto's Rob Hellyer went down with injury over the weekend.
March 20, 2015
NLL Weekend: Division Leaders Clash in Toronto
March 18, 2015
NLL Notes: Welcome to the League, Jeremy Noble
The former DU star had a standout debut for the Mammoth, who recently shipped several draft picks to Rochester for his services.
March 16, 2015
Split in Monster Buffalo-Toronto Tilt Appropriate
March 12, 2015
NLL Weekend: Leading Rock Play two With Bandits
At 9-1, Toronto is by a long shot the top team in the league. Will a pair against Buffalo solidify that mark, or bring the Rock back to earth?
March 11, 2015
NLL Notes: Hellyer Makes Move in Scoring Race
Toronto's Rob Hellyer was named Player of the Month for February and proved why over the weekend. What else filled Neil Stevens' notebook?
March 10, 2015
Rivalry Win has Calgary Confident for NLL Second Half
The Roughnecks had just one win on the year before this weekend's rivalry win over Alberta neighbor Edmonton. Can they build on it for the rest of the season?
March 5, 2015
NLL Weekend: A Rare Colorado Visit for East-Leading Rock
March 3, 2015
Toronto, Rochester, Edmonton get Top Marks in NLL
Neil Stevens' mid-season NLL report card is out, and the Rock receive his only A+, but the Knighthawks at 6-3 are rocking the same record as a year ago prior to their Champions Cup run.
March 1, 2015
NLL Notes: Billings, Rock Far Apart in Contract Talks
With contract talks at an impasse, the likelihood of Garrett Billings - who seemed on course for an MVP season before a torn ACL last winter - rejoining the East-leading Rock seems less likely by the day.
February 26, 2015
NLL Notes: Calgary's Deep Hole; Inscrutable Bandits
After ending its winless streak to start the year, Calgary's road doesn't get easier, and Buffalo is a tough team to read as the season approaches the midpoint.
February 24, 2015
Jones, Mammoth Overcome Gear Woes in Win
Diverted gear from wintry travel issues didn't stop Adam Jones and other members of the Colorado Mammoth from performing well in a win over New England.
February 20, 2015
NLL Weekend: Do or Die for New England, Calgary
With the season approaching its midpoint, can the Black Wolves and Roughnecks recover and join the race to the playoffs?
February 18, 2015
NLL Notes: Rock's Hot Start Wouldn't Surprise Sanderson
At 6-1, Toronto is off to its best start in ages, but owner and interim GM Jamie Dawick says that wouldn't have surprised Terry Sanderson, the late architect of this year's roster.
February 17, 2015
NLL's Mammoth, Swarm Deal with Dud of a Weekend
With a shot at pulling into the top end of their respective conferences, Colorado and Minnesota sputtered with 0-2 weekends.
February 11, 2015
NLL Notes: Buffalo's Benesch Reaches 600 Club
Ryan Benesch reached the rare 600-point plateau, but that didn't make the Bandits' travel woes any easier this week in snowy upstate N.Y.
February 8, 2015
Ratcliff Retires as One of NLL's All-Time Greats
A look back at the career of Lewis Ratcliff, who recently announced his retirement after a career that saw him score over 400 goals in the NLL.
February 5, 2015
NLL Weekend: Minnesota Happy to be Returning Home
A quiet two-game slate greets NLL fans this weekend, with Rochester visiting Minnesota and Buffalo heading west to take on winless Calgary
February 4, 2015
NLL Notes: Patience Pays Off for Toronto's Hickey
February 2, 2015
NLL's Rock Enjoying Hot Start Thanks to "Miller Time"
After plying his trade all over the continent, Brandon Miller is making the most of his gig this spring with the Toronto Rock, just an hour from his Orangeville, Ontario home.
January 30, 2015
NLL Weekend: Bandits Dance Card Full WIth Two-Fer
January 29, 2015
NLL Notes: Lefties Filling the Net for 3-0 Mammoth
John Grant Jr. and Adam Jones have been helped by Eli McLaughlin and Alex Turner as the left side of the Colordo offense has been humming in the young season.
January 25, 2015
Look Out NLL, the Real Knighthawks have Returned
Notching its first win of the year against Toronto on Saturday, the three-time defending champions are back on the right track in the early NLL season.
January 23, 2015
NLL Weekend: Battle for Alberta Among Weekend Tilts
After a combined 28-8 record, Edmonton and Calgary at 0-4 in the early NLL season. Who will earn their first win as the Alberta teams face off on Saturday?
January 22, 2015
NLL Notes: Great Turnout for McGlone Fundraiser
January 16, 2015
NLL Weekend: Tavares Back in Action for Bandits
The ageless wonder John Tavares is back in action this weekend for Buffalo, which takes on Vancouver on the road in the only NLL contest on the slate.
January 15, 2015
NLL Notes: Schuss and Thompson Make Headlines for Swarm
Miles Thompson had a "SportsCenter Top 10" highlight and Logan Schuss returned from conflicts with his day job, highlighting a banner week for the Minnesota Swarm.
January 13, 2015
Two Weeks do NOT an NLL Season Make
After two weekends of action, the NLL is all upside-down compared to expectations. But not all of this short-term reality will carry through the year, writes Neal Stevens.
January 9, 2015
NLL Notes: Jones and Benesch Hard to Stop Early
Colorado's Adam Jones and Buffalo's Ryan Benesch set a torrid start to the NLL season with big opening contests.
January 7, 2015
Joel White Adjusting to "C" With Black Wolves
Wearing the captain's C for the first time in his career, Joel White hopes to help transform the Black Wolves into a contender in their new Connecticut home.
January 2, 2015
NLL Notes: All Teams in Action as Season Kicks Off
After the long break, we've got a full slate of action in the NLL, as all nine teams are playing in the season's opening weekend.
December 21, 2014
Rock, NLL Back to Work After Tough Recent Run
A tumultuous offseason behind it, Toronto - and the rest of the NLL - make the most of final preparations for the 2015 campaign.
December 18, 2014
NLL 2015 Preview: Rochester Knighthawks
There isn't much the three-time defending league champs haven't done well of late. Can the dynasty continue in western New York?
December 17, 2014
NLL 2015 Preview: Edmonton Rush
A record-setting regular season gave way to a conference final exit for the Rush. Will the talented group break through to the Champions Cup this year?
December 16, 2014
NLL 2015 Preview: Buffalo Bandits
Can Buffalo mend its road woes (2-7 last year)? If they can score more, look for the Bandits to challenge Rochester in the East.
December 15, 2014
NLL 2015 Preview: Calgary Roughnecks
The best offense in the league a year ago saw Calgary fall just short of a Champions Cup. How do the Roughnecks look heading into the 2015 NLL season?
December 12, 2014
NLL 2015 Preview: Toronto Rock
A tumultuous offseason took its toll both physically and emotionally, but the Rock added perennial all-star Brodie Merrill and Brock Sorenson to shore up the back line.
December 11, 2014
NLL 2015 Preview: Colorado Mammoth
Goalkeeper Dillon Ward made headlines in leading Canada to FIL gold last summer. Can he lead the Mammoth to similar heights?
December 10, 2014
NLL 2015 Preview: Minnesota Swarm
Improvements are needed after a four-win 2015, but the cupboard isn't bare with Rookie of the Year Logan Schuss and newcomers like Miles Thompson and Sam Bradman.
December 9, 2014
NLL 2015 Preview: Vancouver Stealth
Can the addition of young talent like Six Nations star Johnny Powless help the Stealth improve on a woeful minus-42 goal differential?
December 8, 2014
NLL 2015 Preview: New England Black Wolves
The former Philadelphia Wings now call eastern Connecticut home. Can they reverse the fortunes from their sub-par 2014 campaign in their new arena?
September 23, 2014
Trade-Heavy NLL Draft Makes for Unpredictable Outcome
With last-minute trades and teams moving around the board, Monday's NLL entry draft was even less predictable than normal, writes Neil Stevens.
September 17, 2014
Previewing the National Lacrosse League Draft
Edmonton had a stellar season but fell short in the playoffs this spring. How will they bolster their lineup holding the top pick? How will the rest of the leagues selections shape up? Neil Stevens has his thoughts.
September 15, 2014
Six Nations Makes History in Home Mann Cup Win
In the first Mann Cup final played on Six Nations land, the Chiefs treated their fans to a show in capturing their second straight title.
September 13, 2014
Miller MVP as Six Nations Takes Mann Cup Crown
Goalie Brandon Miller was the MVP as Six Nations took home its second straight Mann Cup crown with a 9-4 game six victory Friday night and 4-2 series win over Victoria.
September 11, 2014
Chiefs One Win Shy of Mann Victory After 8-6 Win
Six Nations capitalized on undisciplined Victoria play to take a 8-6 win and 3-2 series lead in the Mann Cup on Wednesday night.
August 6, 2014
Wings Move to Connecticut Means Inevitable Changes
Things will be different for the team formerly known as the Philadelphia Wings after today's announcement that it will be moving to Connecticut's Mohegan Sun Arena.
June 1, 2014
Outstanding Calgary Falls One Goal Short of Crown
Up two with three minutes remaining in the mini-game, the Roughnecks couldn't hold on, ending a great run with in 2014 by watching Rochester hoist the Champions Cup.
June 1, 2014
Rochester Tops Calgary, Takes 3rd Straight NLL Title
Rochester captured its third straight Champions Cup by rallying from a 1-0 deficit with a 16-10 victory over Calgary and then a 3-2 win in the mini-game finale.
May 31, 2014
NLL Final: Can Roch Rally? Or is it Calgary's Cup?
With a long playoff home win streak going, the Knighthawks have to rally from a 1-0 deficit against Calgary in tonight's NLL finals game two. Can the defending champions win and then take the mini-game for the crown?
May 28, 2014
NLL Notes: MacRay Happy for Return to Rochester
Former RIT standout Dan MacRae is happy to be making a trip to Rochester, where he played his college lacrosse at RIT, for the NLL finals close-out on Saturday.
May 27, 2014
Calgary Defense Steps Up at Key Time
Calgary holds a 1-0 lead in the NLL Finals over Rochester, due in large part to its defense playing a key role in Saturday's 10-7 win over the two-time defending champions.
May 24, 2014
Rochester-Calgary: Nail-Biting Champions Cup Final
The NLL's new playoff system has given us two sudden-death mini-game conference finals. The two-time defending champion Knighthawks and Roughnecks shouldn't disappoint either.
May 22, 2014
NLL Notes: Smith Not Punished for Dawson Hit
Rory Smith knocked Rochester's Dan Dawson out of last week's East final, but the league decided against disciplinary action after reviewing the play.
May 16, 2014
NLL Weekend: Division Champions to be Crowned
May 15, 2014
NLL Notes: 20 NLL Stars On Canada FIL Roster
As the NLL Playoffs continue, 20 familiar faces earned a roster spot for Team Canada at the upcoming FIL World Championships in Denver.
May 12, 2014
Calgary, Buffalo Remain Underdogs Despite Wins
In the NLL playoffs' new format, a 1-0 series lead is huge for the Buffalo Bandits and Calgary Roughnecks. But it doesn't mean they can start making their Champions Cup finals plan just yet.
May 10, 2014
NLL Weekend: New Playoff Format Launches
The NLL's new playoff format launches as Rochester and Buffalo square off in the East while Edmonton and Calgary fight for the West in the Conference Finals tonight.
May 1, 2014
NLL Weekend: Playoffs Open in Toronto and Calgary
April 30, 2014
NLL Notebook: Rock Steal Home Floor for Semifinals
WIth Buffalo on a cold-streak, Toronto snuck in and earned a first-round home game against the Bandits this weekend.
April 25, 2014
NLL Weekend: East's Second Spot Up for Grabs
April 25, 2014
Decoding the NLL's Number Game
There's lots of reasons why players wear what digits they do - honoring former players or friends, or simply their choice was taken and now their current number is a superstition.
April 22, 2014
NLL Notes: Colorado Hopes to End Playoff Slide
The Mammoth have not won a playoff game since taking home the cup in 2006, but hope to end that slide with their one-game date against Calgary on May 3rd.
April 22, 2014
Rose's Triumphant Return Inspires Rock Teammates
Nick Rose, displaced by the acquisition of Brandon Miller, made a big return for Toronto in last week's win over Buffalo, giving the Rock a wealth of goalie options for the upcoming playoffs.
April 17, 2014
NLL Weekend: Mammoth Aiming for Last Berth
The third and final playoff berth in the west hangs in the balance and second place in the east remains up for grabs in the second-to-last weekend of the regular season.
April 16, 2014
NLL Notes: Ward Getting it Done for Mammoth
Can Colorado's Dylan Ward be the first goalie to win Rookie of the Year? After helping the Mammoth end Edmonton's perfect start to the season, he's at least in the discussion.
April 10, 2014
ACL Tear Ends Record-Setting Season for Billings
Toronto Rock forward and former UVa star Garrett Billings was on pace for a number of NLL records before tearing his ACL in last weekend's action with the Toronto Rock.
April 10, 2014
NLL Weekend: Mad Dash for Final Playoff Spots
April 7, 2014
NLL Notebook: Teams Organize Touching Tributes
The Minnesota Swarm and Buffalo Bandits honor local charities and lost loved ones during pregame ceremonies and Neil Stevens recaps player achievements on the field.
April 4, 2014
NLL Weekend: Rochester Looks to Strengthen Lead
The defending champion Knighthawks look to put a little breathing room in their lead in the east with a home-and-home weekend against Minnesota.
April 1, 2014
NLL Notes: Philadelphia-Toronto Showdown Looms
After a rough start to the season, the Wings have pulled back into contention in the East with a showdown against Toronto coming up.
March 31, 2014
Relentless Rush Go Where No NLL Team Treads
A scrappy group, Edmonton is the first team in NLL history to win 13 straight, and hopes to ride that momentum all the way through to the Champions Cup.
March 28, 2014
NLL Weekend: Best of West vs. Beast of East
The 11-0 Edmonton Rush are one victory away from tying the NLL record for longest regular-season winning streak set in 2007 by Rochester, the team it faces Saturday.
March 26, 2014
NLL: Wealth of Talent Helps Rush Extend Streak
The Edmonton Rush tried some Spaghetti and were licking their lips afterwards.
March 25, 2014
Colorado to get Big Lift With Return of Adam Jones
On the shelf since early February, Adam Jones returns for the Mammoth and could provide a key lift as thy try to make a push in the West.
March 20, 2014
NLL Weekend: Bandits Head West for Key Pair
Leading the East, Buffalo heads west for a pair of games this weekend, including a match with unbeaten Edmonton on Friday night.
March 19, 2014
NLL Notes: Tavares Nearing Unprecedented 800th
As he approaches the unheard-of 800th goal of his career, Bandits star John Tavares reflects on some of the tougher goalies he's faced in his lengthy career as part of this week's NLL notebook from Neil Stevens.
March 18, 2014
Rochester's Dawson Joins NLL's 1,000 Point Club
The 68th selection in the 2001 NLL entry draft, Dan Dawson has been a long-shot investment that paid off in spades, joining the 1,000 point club this weekend.
March 12, 2014
NLL Notebook: An Amazing Night in Denver
Despite coaching turmoil, Colorado spun a great story this weekend, rallying for an OT victory the same night they were staging 'Lacrosse Out Cancer' night at home.
March 11, 2014
Cosmo Shoots for 1st Title with First-Place Bandits
The Bandits are 7-2 and stand atop the NLL's Eastern Conference, due in large part to goalie Anthony Cosmo, who leads the league with a .813 save percentage as he strives for his first Champions Cup.
March 5, 2014
NLL's Rush Riding Record Streak to Start Season
Despite missing some key players like former Albany star Corey Small, the Edmonton Rush have piled up wins so far, setting a league record with eight straight out of the gate.
February 24, 2014
Rock's Doyle Makes Elusive 500-Goal Club
February 18, 2014
Knighthawks Defense Key to Three-peat Hopes
A stellar defensive group has Rochester sitting at 5-2 and looking for a shot at a third straight National Lacrosse League crown.
February 5, 2014
NLL Notes: Sanderson Surpasses Gait in Points
Josh Sanderson joined the short list of indoor professionals to reach the 400-goal mark and passed Gary Gait into 4th all-time on the points list with a 12-point weekend for Toronto.
February 4, 2014
Bergey Ready for Philadelphia Honor
Jake Bergey will see his No. 66 retired before this weekend's Edmonton-Philadelphia tilt, an honor only two other former Wings have received.
January 23, 2014
Buffalo-Rochester Tilt Highlights NLL Weekend
The 3-0 Knighthawks travel down the N.Y. Throughway to visit the 3-1 bandits on Saturday in a key early-season NLL showdown between Empire State neighbors.
January 16, 2014
Wings/Stealth Play Two on Busy NLL Weekend
Stuck at the bottom of the East Division table, Philadelphia and Minnesota can turn things around this weekend as they play a home-and-home series as part of the league's busiest weekend of the season.
January 10, 2014
NLL Weekend: Busy Slate as Season Deepens
Every team is in action as the NLL season gets into full swing, including Philadelphia playing a pair of key games - at defending champ Rochester and home against Buffalo.
January 8, 2014
NLL Notes; Jones Guts it Out in Mammoth Win
No stranger to injuries, Colorado's Adam Jones led the charge in the Mammoth winning rally over Vancouver and hopes to stay healthy this spring.
December 11, 2013
NLL East Division Preview: Toronto Rock
Billings and Bairnes give the Rock a pair of killer B's on the right side, but Toronto is still looking for the right guy to replace Blaine Manning.
May 3, 2013
NLL Division Finals Preview: Rochester, Calgary Host
Minnesota heads to Rochester and Washington is in Calgary on Saturday to decide the Champion's Cup matchup.
April 17, 2013
NLL Week 16: Playoff Race Comes Down to Wire
Rochester, Buffalo and Colorado will be trying to avoid being the only team to miss the playoffs when the regular season ends with four games Saturday night.
April 10, 2013
NLL Week 15: Rochester Seeks Playoff Berth
There are five games on the NLL's Week 15 schedule. All teams see action. Rochester is the only team playing twice and goes to Alberta for a pair. The 2012 champions are still trying to nail down a playoff berth.
March 21, 2013
NLL Week 12: Four Teams Take a Breather
There are only three NLL games in Week 12 as four clubs get breathers to prepare for the schedule’s last month.
March 15, 2013
Swarm, Mammoth Desperate for Fourth Win
Four games, all on Saturday, make up the NLL’s Week 11 schedule as teams jockey for position heading towards the playoffs.
March 15, 2013
NLL Suspends 13 Players, Fines Two Coaches
Chet Koneczny of the Colorado Mammoth has been suspended for four games, 12 other players have been suspended for one game and coaches Darris Kilgour of the Buffalo Bandits and Johnny Mouradian of the Philadelphia Wings have been fined undisclosed amounts following an NLL review of two games that ended in brawls last Saturday.
February 28, 2013
Key Divisional Matchups Add Intrigue to Week 9
All nine teams will be in action, Buffalo plays twice, and there are some key divisional matchups on tap for Week 9 of the National Lacrosse League season.
February 21, 2013
Wings, Rush Pull Double Duty in NLL Week 8
There are five NLL games this weekend and all are YouTube's The Lacrosse Network. The Philadelphia Wings and the Edmonton Rush each play twice, while the Buffalo Bandits and the Toronto Rock get a bye.
February 14, 2013
NLL Week 7: Division Leaders to Meet in Toronto
First place in the overall National Lacrosse League standings will be at stake when the Calgary Roughnecks tangle with the Rock in Toronto. There are five games in all on the Week 7 of the schedule.
February 7, 2013
Business, School Special on NLL Week 6 Slate
A unique weekday morning game is on a Week 6 NLL schedule that has all teams in action. Rochester and Colorado will be on the road trying to beat teams they lost to at home earlier this season.
January 31, 2013
East Division Lead On the Line in NLL Week 5
The Toronto Rock roll into Buffalo to battle the Bandits with first place in the National Lacrosse League’s East Division on the line. Here’s a glance at the four games, all on Saturday night, on the Week 5 schedule.
January 24, 2013
Philadelphia Looks to Remain Only Unbeaten
Philadelphia is the only undefeated NLL team, while reigning-champion Rochester and Calgary, the team with the best regular-season record last year, remain winless. Hands up everyone who predicted this. Anyone?
January 17, 2013
National Lacrosse League Week 3 Preview
Neil Stevens breaks down Philadelphia-Toronto, Buffalo-Rochester, Colorado-Calgary and Edmonton-Washington.
January 10, 2013
National Lacrosse League Week 2 Preview
The NLL season begins in earnest with five games this weekend. Check out our game previews with insight, matchups to watch and more.
November 28, 2012
NLL East Division Team-by-Team Previews
Our NLL season preview week kicks off as LM's Neil Stevens breaks down the East Division in predicted order of finish.
November 28, 2012
NLL West Division Team-by-Team Previews
How will the West be won, and who will win it? Neil Stevens breaks it down as part of LM's 2013 National Lacrosse League season preview.
October 2, 2012
Stevens: Love of Sport Shines Through During Draft
How's this for the love of the game? NLL No. 1 overall pick Mark Matthews has no idea what a first-year player's salary is, writes Neil Stevens.