With less than five weeks until opening night of the regular season, training camps are opening, and some teams are already holding scrimmages against other clubs. Rochester and Edmonton faced off on Saturday, while camps in Philly, Washington & Calgary are now open.
The Philadelphia Wings gather around at the first day of the team's 2011 season training camp.
As the first weekend of December arrives, the start of the 2011 season is five weeks away. Here are the latest training camp updates:
Rochester Knighthawks scrimmage with Edmonton Rush
The Rochester Knighthawks dropped a preseason scrimmage to the Edmonton Rush, 15-11, on Saturday. The Rush broke open a 4-3 game in the second quarter to score eight of the next 10 goals.
The Rush were led by rookie Alex Kedoh Hill (3 goals 1 assist), Brodie Merrill (2 0), Andy Secore (2 1) and Gavin Prout (2 2). Matt Disher played the first half and held Rochester to five goals. Brandon Atherton came into the game in the third. The Knighthawks were led by a four-point effort from Marty Hill (2 2) and Joe Walters (2 2), and a three-point night from Craig Point (2 1). Scott also scored two goals in one half of work. Rochester did not dress Cody Jamieson, Shawn Evans, Chris Schiller, Shawn Williams and Jordan Hall. Matt Vinc played over 20 minutes and allowed just three goals, while Pat O'Toole played the third and Aaron Bold played the entire second half.
Next weekend, Rochester will battle the Boston Blazers on Saturday, December 18th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Hagersville, Ontario.
Philadelphia Wings open camp
The Philadelphia Wings opened training camp on Saturday at the Bucksmont Indoor Sports Center in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. The Wings have confirmed that forward Merrick Thomson is still in the process of recovery from concussion related injuries, and will not be medically cleared in time for the start of the regular season. Thomson however remains upbeat, and is working towards his return. Read more about Thomson at the Wings' official website, Wingslax.com.
The Wings have invited 36 players to camp for practice sessions at Bucksmont and two preseason scrimmages at the Minnesota Swarm on Saturday, December 11 at 8 p.m. and at the Buffalo Bandits on Sunday, December 12 at 2 p.m.
Standouts returning from the 2010 season include forward Drew Westervelt, transition player Max Siebald and defender Bill McGlone. Westervelt ended the 2010 season with 32 goals and 40 assists; second in Wings scoring for the season. Siebald was named to the USA Men's Lacrosse National Team and ended the 2010 season with four goals and seven assists. McGlone, a Philadelphia native, closed 2010 with 19 goals and 16 assists.
Washington Stealth & Calgary Roughnecks open camp
The defending champion Washington Stealth opened camp this weekend, with sessions at Comcast Arena in Everett. The Stealth will scrimmage the Colorado Mammoth next weekend.
The Calgary Roughnecks opened their training camp in Airdrie, Alberta on December 4. A total of 35 players are in camp, with a lot of new faces following an active off-season on the trade market.
Check back with NLL.com for more training camp updates throughout the month.