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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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Former NFL player Tim Semisch hoping to latch on to lacrosse

Before football, the former pro tight end helped coach his own high school lacrosse team

It’s all football all the time in Omaha, Nebraska. But that wasn’t always the case at Tim Semisch’s house.

Throughout his career, the recently retired National Football League tight end always had a wandering eye when it came to the sport of lacrosse. Semisch took that love to the next level recently, as he participated in the National Lacrosse League Combine in Colorado. It’s something he dreamed about doing since picking up a stick at an early age, despite not growing up in a lacrosse hotbed.

“Football is king,” Semisch, 27, said. “Lacrosse was a relatively new sport when I was growing up. Even still today, if you walk down the street with a lacrosse stick, people are going to be like ‘What the heck is that thing?’”

Marching to the beat of his own drum, Semisch tried unsuccessfully to avoid the bright Friday night lights by pursuing lacrosse and ice hockey, while wearing a football helmet and shoulder pads during his high school years. But limited lacrosse resources in Nebraska gave Semisch basically no chance at a college scholarship. His high school, Millard North in Omaha, had just started a program and often had to cross the Iowa state line to find opponents. Knowledgeable coaches were also scarce, and the program has since disbanded.

“Back then, we didn’t have coaches that actually played,” Semisch said. “We just had some guys watching videos and reading books. My overall lacrosse IQ back then was probably atrocious. And if a (college) coach did like me for my size, they would ask me where I was from. I’d say ‘Omaha, Nebraska’ and then I’d never hear from them again.”

It drove Semisch into a coaching role at an early age. Due to lack of support from adult coaches, he became an assistant coach of his own high school team during his junior year. Semisch was then handed the reins the next year as a head coach along with one of his teammates. Semisch ran practices and was also the team treasurer while preparing to receive his high school diploma. The team relied on adult supervision only when necessary.

“On game days, we just had one of the parents show up and stand on the sidelines and act as coach,” Semisch said with a laugh.

Meanwhile, the high school football scene thrived. Semisch continued playing all three sports and became a star player on the gridiron. The interest from college football coaches began to increase around him.

“It was a pretty low shot to get recruited for lacrosse and I knew that,” Semisch said. “Once I got a little bit bigger and a little bit stronger and played more varsity football, letters started coming in and coaches were calling so I thought I guess I’m going for football.”

Semisch took a scholarship at Division 1 Northern Illinois University and became a key blocking tight end for the Huskies, playing 50 games in four years. His size (6-foot-8, 267 lbs.) attracted professional scouts although he went undrafted.

“I wasn’t a star at Northern Illinois by any stretch,” Semisch said. “We ran the ball a lot so I just blocked. I did pro day at Northern more on a whim and I didn’t go to one of those big training facilities. But that led to a tryout with the (Miami) Dolphins.”

Semisch traveled to the Sunshine State with low expectations.

“I literally brought a backpack,” he said. “It was a two-day thing, and they said that in the off-chance they liked me, maybe they’d sign me.”

Semisch never left. He ended up signing a contract with the Dolphins and parlayed it into a four-year football career, suiting up on practice squads for the San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos in addition to the Dolphins before calling it quits in December.

Four cities in four years became too much to handle and it led Semisch back to lacrosse and the NLL Colorado Combine on July 13.

“It was cool to be out there and see the full formal setup of what box lacrosse really should be,” Semisch said. “Every time I played in a semi-pro tournament or a men’s league, it was at a Skateland or something not meant for box lacrosse. So, it was great to be out there on that turf with those nets and the actual lines and benches that were meant for the transition game.”

Transitioning to the indoor game was eye-opening, but not totally out of his comfort zone.

“Growing up playing hockey, inside of the boards, I feel pretty comfortable,” Semisch said. “Now it’s just on turf.”

Semisch plans to go all-out if he gets a tryout with an NLL team. Regardless, he plans to be around the game of lacrosse at some level. He currently teaches youth lacrosse in Tennessee and is a strength coach, speed coach and personal trainer.

“If playing lacrosse doesn’t work out, I’ll probably ride off into the sunset and go into coaching,” he said. “At the end of the day, I see myself making a life by coaching lacrosse or being around lacrosse more than I see myself around football.”

The next step is another combine or hopefully a team tryout. He’s taking only a backpack with him, but that doesn’t mean he plans on leaving.

“Actually, I think that’s my good luck charm,” Semisch said. “Bring a backpack, hope for the best, buy some clothes or have some shipped to me in a duffle bag. I would be fully intent on making a team though. I would have every intention of being on that floor in December and helping whoever picks me up to win games and make that team better.”

 

 

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