Logan Schuss and the Minnesota Swarm were one of six teams that participated in NLL preseason action this past weekend. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Six National Lacrosse League teams continued the ultra-competitive NLL preseason with four exhibition games in Ontario this past weekend. With the start of the 2014 NLL regular season on Saturday, Dec. 28, teams had one last look at the world's best players before the roster cutdown deadline on Monday, Dec. 16.
The Calgary Roughnecks handed the Minnesota Swarm their first preseason loss with a 19-9 win at Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC) on Saturday afternoon. The Swarm, who earned a weekend sweep at TRAC the previous weekend, finished their preseason schedule with a 2-1 record.
Calgary followed up their dominating performance with a 15-9 win over the Rochester Knighthawks at Iroquois Lacrosse Arena (ILA) on Sunday morning. The Roughnecks enter the regular season with a perfect 3-0 record in exhibition play after beating the Vancouver Stealth at Langley Events Centre last weekend.
The back-to-back champion Knighthawks bounced back from a last-second loss at home at The Blue Cross Arena the previous weekend with a 12-6 victory over the Toronto Rock at TRAC on Saturday night before falling to Calgary. Rochester, who will attempt the become the first team in league history to win three-consecutive championships, posted a 1-2 record during the preseason.
The Buffalo Bandits, who opened their exhibition schedule the weekend before by topping the Philadelphia Wings in both scrimmages at First Niagara Center, had their bid for a perfect preseason ruined by the Edmonton Rush with a 12-11 decision at ILA on Saturday night.
Click here for a recap of the first weekend of NLL exhibition play which featured four one-goal games.
After teams cut down to 20-man active rosters and up to four practice players, the Philadelphia Wings and Toronto Rock will play one final tune-up on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7pm ET at TRAC before the regular season gets underway one week later on December 28.