The Buffalo Bandits stayed atop first place in the East Division after a comeback home win in NLL Week 11. (Photo: Bill Wippert)
IL Indoor's Brian Shanahan has released his NLL Power Rankings after Week 11 in the National Lacrosse League. Four great games took place this past weekend, with every home team taking home wins, along with history being made by the undefeated Edmonton Rush. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bandits stayed atop first place in the East Division with a comeback win while the Colorado Mammoth had a storybook ending to 'Lacrosse Out Cancer' night.
"I’m glad my wife likes sports because she didn’t mind that we spent our Saturday night watching Hockey Night in Canada and four NLL lacrosse games," Shanahan writes. "We saw the top three NLL teams, the Edmonton Rush, Buffalo Bandits and Rochester Knighthawks all turn up the power when they needed to secure victories against the Vancouver Stealth, Minnesota Swarm and Philadelphia Wings. We also saw the Edmonton Rush put themselves in the record book for the best start ever to an NLL season ever with nine straight victories. My wife went to bed late in the final game between the Colorado Mammoth and Calgary Roughnecks on TSN2/ESPN3 but I stayed up to see a remarkable, and fitting, finish to the “Lacrosse Out Cancer” night in Denver. Read on to find out more and to see how the results affected the Power Rankings."
1) Edmonton Rush (9-0)
As I watched this game I started to believe that the Edmonton Rush would taste defeat for the first time in 2014. Vancouver battled every step of the way and appeared to have the edge. When Edmonton rookie Riley Loewen left the game with a shoulder injury it looked as if Edmonton’s luck was going south. Cory Conway and Robert Churchcame up clutch for the Rush to help secure there spot in the NLL record book as the lone team to start a season with 9 straight victories. Next week the Rush will play in Calgary on Friday.
2) Buffalo Bandits (7-2)
The Buffalo Bandits recovered from an early 6-2 deficit against the Minnesota Swarm and didn’t take their first lead of the game until the fourth quarter when they outscored the Swarm 4-0 to get a 12-9 victory at home. Mark Steenhuis led the way for Buffalo with 4 goals and 2 assists. The Bandits host the Colorado Mammoth next Saturday.
6) Colorado Mammoth (5-7)
Colorado’s 10-9 win under new coaches Dan Stroup, Chris Gill and Pat Coyle was impressive on many fronts. First the Mammoth were able to shut out the powerful Calgary offence for almost 40 minutes. Second Colorado regained their composure after Calgary scored four late goals to come back from a 9-5 deficit and force overtime. Finally, who better to score the winning goal than Sean Pollock, who was playing for his wife Jenna, a cancer survivor, on ‘Lacrosse Out Cancer’ night? Next week the Mammoth travel to Buffalo to face the Bandits on Saturday night.