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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
17:00:00
Vancouver
Toronto
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
San Diego
New York
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
Albany
Buffalo
Sat, Dec 3
20:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
Sat, Dec 3
20:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Sat, Dec 10
19:00:00
Toronto
Rochester
Sat, Dec 10
21:30:00
Vancouver
Calgary
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Fri, Dec 16
22:30:00
Panther City
Las Vegas
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Rochester
Albany
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Georgia
Sat, Dec 17
19:30:00
Halifax
New York
Sat, Dec 17
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Dec 30
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Dec 31
21:00:00
Panther City
Saskatchewan
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
22:30:00
Philadelphia
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Panther City
Rochester
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Halifax
Albany
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Buffalo
Georgia
Sat, Jan 7
19:30:00
Toronto
New York
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Vancouver
San Diego
Sun, Jan 8
0:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
18:30:00
Albany
Halifax
Fri, Jan 13
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Colorado
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Halifax
Toronto
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Panther City
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 14
19:30:00
Georgia
Buffalo
Sat, Jan 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Jan 14
22:00:00
Las Vegas
Vancouver
Sun, Jan 15
15:00:00
Rochester
New York
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
19:30:00
Buffalo
Rochester
Fri, Jan 20
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
New York
Albany
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
18:00:00
Rochester
Halifax
Fri, Jan 27
19:00:00
Buffalo
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 28
19:30:00
Buffalo
New York
Sat, Jan 28
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Saskatchewan
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
Toronto
Calgary
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Jan 28
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
21:00:00
Georgia
Colorado
Sat, Feb 4
18:00:00
Calgary
Halifax
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
New York
Toronto
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
Albany
Philadelphia
Sat, Feb 4
19:30:00
Rochester
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Panther City
San Diego
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 4
22:30:00
Colorado
Las Vegas
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
19:30:00
Toronto
Georgia
Fri, Feb 10
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Sat, Feb 11
19:00:00
Halifax
Rochester
Sat, Feb 11
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Feb 11
20:00:00
Vancouver
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
21:00:00
Colorado
Calgary
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Georgia
Toronto
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Las Vegas
Albany
Sat, Feb 18
19:30:00
Philadelphia
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 18
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
13:00:00
New York
Halifax
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
21:00:00
Panther City
Colorado
Fri, Feb 24
22:30:00
Calgary
Las Vegas
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
New York
Rochester
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
Albany
Georgia
Sat, Feb 25
20:00:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
18:30:00
Buffalo
Halifax
Fri, Mar 3
21:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Rochester
Toronto
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Mar 4
20:00:00
Saskatchewan
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Mar 10
21:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Mar 11
19:00:00
Albany
Toronto
Sat, Mar 11
19:30:00
Philadelphia
New York
Sat, Mar 11
20:30:00
San Diego
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 11
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sun, Mar 12
16:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Fri, Mar 17
22:00:00
San Diego
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 18
11:00:00
Georgia
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 18
18:00:00
Toronto
Halifax
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Colorado
Buffalo
Sat, Mar 18
20:00:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
15:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
20:30:00
San Diego
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Toronto
Albany
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Halifax
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 25
19:30:00
Georgia
New York
Sat, Mar 25
21:30:00
Calgary
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Buffalo
San Diego
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Colorado
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 25
22:30:00
Rochester
Las Vegas
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
20:00:00
New York
Georgia
Fri, Mar 31
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Colorado
Fri, Mar 31
22:00:00
Calgary
San Diego
Sat, Apr 1
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Apr 1
20:00:00
Albany
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
21:30:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
Sun, Apr 2
13:00:00
Georgia
Halifax
Sun, Apr 2
18:00:00
Rochester
Philadelphia
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Albany
Rochester
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Saskatchewan
Georgia
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Panther City
Calgary
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Vancouver
Colorado
Sat, Apr 8
22:30:00
San Diego
Las Vegas
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Calgary
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Toronto
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Apr 15
19:30:00
New York
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
Halifax
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
Calgary
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
New York
Halifax
Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
Georgia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
Toronto
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
Philadelphia
Albany
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Buffalo
Albany
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Halifax
Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
Colorado
San Diego
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
New York
Vancouver
Sat, Apr 29
22:30:00
Saskatchewan
Las Vegas
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Don’t Sleep on Panther City Lacrosse Club, They’re Ready To Attack

In 1875, a story was written in the Dallas Daily Herald by a clearly bitter ex-Fort Worthian lawyer that suggested that Fort Worth, Texas was such a sleepy city that when a panther found its way to the downtown area, even it fell asleep.

Nearly 150 years after this unproven claim was published, Panther City Lacrosse Club (PCLC) is providing dozens of reasons for why Fort Worth is anything but sleepy. They are embodying the traits of the animal it’s named after: unrelenting, determined, strategic, and, most importantly, always prepared to defeat its opponent.

Since their franchise-opening game on December 4th, 2021, against the Philadelphia Wings, each of PCLC’s games have been decided in the late stages of the contest – except for their 14-8 loss to the Vancouver Warriors in Week 2. That includes the organizations first win a couple of weeks ago when they beat the New York Riptide 13-12 in overtime.

Before their first game, PCLC head coach Tracey Kelusky told his players that they need to have the mentality that they are not an expansion team that can be pushed around. He made it clear that the goal was to improve each week; following the team’s victory versus the Riptide, it’s clear they are improving.

But, winning one game shouldn’t be cause for too much celebration. Kelusky has stressed to his 1-4 team that they need to keep sticking to the long-term game plan and buying into the system, especially as a younger group that has not spent much time together as a full unit.

“From a tactical point of view, we have the systems in place and the more we trust in those things, the better off we are,” Kelusky said. “The non-negotiables of coming to work prepared – we have to do that; we have to do that more so than other groups. We have to study film, we have to come in on off-weeks because we don’t have the luxury of playing together for several years or have the superstars that other teams do.”

The organization’s first win is historic and well-earned, but it’s what PCLC does going forward that will define them.

And to think, they’re already developing an identity as a team that has a strong mental fortitude. It’s impressive to see how a team’s mentality can remain so positive and hungry for victory after coming out on the wrong end of each of their first four games, three of which were decided by three goals or less, including two one-goal losses.

PCLC defensemen Liam Byrnes spoke for his team about what it felt like to come so close to winning multiple times this year, only to go home with a loss.

“Having been so close in all these games has been mentally exhausting,” Byrnes said. “You know you’re putting all this effort in and you know you’re doing the right stuff, but you keep coming up short.”

This speaks to the resilience of this young team. Just because PCLC is a new team to the league, and just because they find themselves in a hole in the hyper-competitive West Division, doesn’t mean they are ever willing to give up. It’s much like a panther on the hunt.

Much like the players on PCLC, as an apex predator in its environment(s), a wild panther is always looking to assert its dominance by attacking and defending at all costs. To achieve those same goals, you must communicate and find different ways to be a threat.

As the last line of defense, goaltender Kevin Orleman spoke about the importance of communicating both on and off the floor.

“Our lines of communication have been very strong,” Orleman said. “We’re very active in our group chats when we’re away from the rink, and then we love spending time together when we’re at the rink. Having a strong veteran presence on the back end really helps with that. Communication is something players really pick up as they mature in this league and it’s something our younger guys have been able to pick up from them.”

Communicating also builds trust and confidence. These are two components you would want to successfully move the ball up the floor. The PCLC offense is as unselfish as it gets in the NLL. 22 different players have scored a point this season – no other team in the NLL has more different point-getters – including 10 of the 11 defensemen who have played at least one game and two of the three transition players who have stepped on the floor.

Byrnes pointed out that when defensemen like himself can make plays on offense, it makes them more eager to contribute to the scoreline.

“I think it helps keep us in these [close] games when you know as a defender you have the green light whenever you’re pushing the ball,” Byrnes said. “It gives you more confidence and you’re more likely to take chances.”

More and more chances will need to be taken throughout the season if PCLC wants to get out from the bottom of the West Division standings. And, looking forward, as this team continues to grow as a unit, they may be able to take advantage of the remaining teams on their schedule.

With 13 games left on their calendars, PCLC plays nine of those games against teams that have a record of .500 or below. Showing the spirit of a true panther, Orleman knows that those opportunities could pay dividends if PCLC can capitalize off their foe’s weaknesses.

“I know the West is a really strong division,” Orleman. “[But], there’s a couple of teams that maybe haven’t played as well as their potential, and maybe that’s an opportunity for us to take advantage of that.”

If there’s one way PCLC doesn’t embody its animalistic nature, it’s that they hunt as a team, not as individuals. Since their inaugural game, this increasingly cohesive unit has put the rest of the league on notice.

PCLC is hoping to make enough noise in the NLL for the remainder of this season that anyone who steps within the city limits will know this is a team you won’t want to sleep on.

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