The National Lacrosse League has issued a summary of discipline following the league’s official review of NLL Week 5 for games played on Friday, Jan. 29 and Saturday, Jan. 30.
New England Black Wolves forward Brett Bucktooth has been suspended two games for an elbowing incident on Buffalo Bandits forward Ryan Benesch at approximately the 14:49 mark of the second quarter during their game on Saturday, Jan. 30. No call was made on the field, but upon league review, Bucktooth has been assessed a match penalty for violation of Elbowing (Rule 78.4), which carries an automatic two-game suspension (Rule 41.2). The appeal of the discipline was withdrawn and Bucktooth will serve the two-game suspension starting in Week 7.
Vancouver Stealth defenseman Matt Beers was assessed a game misconduct following after receiving two major penalties in the same game (Rule 38.2) for intentional contact / dead ball situation (Rule 82.2) and slashing (Rule 66.2) incidents against the Calgary Roughnecks on Saturday, Jan. 30.
In other league discipline news, the appeal of the two-game suspension assessed to Colorado Mammoth defenseman Dan Coates in Week 4 has been withdrawn. Coates was disciplined after an illegal cross-checking incident on Vancouver Stealth forward Cliff Smith at the 5:37 mark of the fourth quarter during their game on Saturday, Jan. 23. Officials called a five-minute major for high sticking on the field, and upon league review, Coates was assessed a match penalty for violation of Illegal Cross-Checking (Rule 63.3) resulting in an automatic two-game suspension (Rule 41.2).