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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
6:00 pm ET
Wings
Thunderbirds
Sat, Dec 3
5:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rock
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Bandits
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
Seals
Riptide
Sat, Dec 3
8:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
Sat, Dec 3
8:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Sat, Dec 10
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Knighthawks
Sat, Dec 10
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Roughnecks
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Fri, Dec 16
10:30 pm ET
Panther City
Desert Dogs
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Swarm
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
FireWolves
Sat, Dec 17
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Riptide
Sat, Dec 17
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Dec 30
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Dec 31
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Rush
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
10:30 pm ET
Wings
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Swarm
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Knighthawks
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
FireWolves
Sat, Jan 7
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Riptide
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Warriors
Seals
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
6:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 13
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rock
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Wings
Sat, Jan 14
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Bandits
Sat, Jan 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 14
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Warriors
Sun, Jan 15
3:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Riptide
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Knighthawks
Fri, Jan 20
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
FireWolves
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 27
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Wings
Sat, Jan 28
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Riptide
Sat, Jan 28
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Rush
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Rock
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 28
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
9:00 pm ET
Swarm
Mammoth
Sat, Feb 4
6:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Thunderbirds
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Rock
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Wings
Sat, Feb 4
7:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Bandits
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Seals
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Warriors
Sat, Feb 4
10:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Desert Dogs
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Swarm
Fri, Feb 10
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Sat, Feb 11
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 11
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Feb 11
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
9:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Roughnecks
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Rock
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
FireWolves
Sat, Feb 18
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Bandits
Sat, Feb 18
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
1:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Mammoth
Fri, Feb 24
10:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Desert Dogs
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Swarm
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 25
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
6:30 pm ET
Bandits
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 4
11:30 am ET
Riptide
Wings
Sat, Mar 4
4:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Rock
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 4
8:00 pm ET
Rush
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Mar 10
9:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Mar 11
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Rock
Sat, Mar 11
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Riptide
Sat, Mar 11
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Rush
Sat, Mar 11
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sun, Mar 12
4:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Fri, Mar 17
10:00 pm ET
Seals
Warriors
Sat, Mar 18
11:00 am ET
Swarm
Wings
Sat, Mar 18
6:00 pm ET
Rock
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Bandits
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Mar 18
8:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
3:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Wings
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Rock
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 25
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Riptide
Sat, Mar 25
9:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Rush
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Bandits
Seals
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Warriors
Sat, Mar 25
10:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Desert Dogs
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Swarm
Fri, Mar 31
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Mammoth
Fri, Mar 31
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Seals
Sat, Apr 1
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Apr 1
8:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
Sun, Apr 2
1:00 pm ET
Swarm
Thunderbirds
Sun, Apr 2
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Wings
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
Rush
Swarm
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Roughnecks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Warriors
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 8
10:30 pm ET
Seals
Desert Dogs
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Roughnecks
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Rock
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 15
7:30 pm ET
Riptide
Bandits
Sat, Apr 15
9:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rush
Sat, Apr 15
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
8:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
6:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
Sat, Apr 22
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 22
8:00 pm ET
Rock
Bandits
Sat, Apr 22
9:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
Sat, Apr 22
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sun, Apr 23
3:00 pm ET
Wings
FireWolves
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Swarm
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Seals
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Riptide
Warriors
Sat, Apr 29
10:30 pm ET
Rush
Desert Dogs
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Il Indoor: Three Stars Of Nll Week 11

Which National Lacrosse League players did their thing in NLL Week 11 which featured five games across three days? Check out a preview of Stephen Stamp’s Three Stars below to track some of the top performances from the weekend and see which players are leading the charge for their teams down the stretch.

“How does a defender get recognition, either as one of the top defenders in the league or in something like my National Lacrosse League 3 Stars? Well, I watch a lot of lacrosse games and try to pay attention to how the defensive guys are playing just as much as what the forwards are doing,” Stamp writes. “It’s not easy, because the natural tendency is to follow the ball and of course when I’m calling a game I have to be following the ball to a significant extent. I’m sure other people have similar issues and I suspect that most tend to focus more attention on the offence than I do.”

Another factor is that when you’re watching a game, unless you’re sitting right in one end of the rink, you’re seeing the backs of the offensive players and the fronts of the defensive players. That makes it difficult to see the numbers on the uniforms of the defenders. Even for those of us who watch tons of games and recognize players simply by appearance and how they move, it can be challenging at times to tell which defender is which.

So it certainly helps a defender’s cause if he does something in transition, where the attention will be focused more directly on him. Adding a goal or two on the break is a great way to get people noticing you. I believe that when a defender scores once in a while, it helps get folks paying more attention to him in the defensive zone as well because they’re thinking about him. That can be a detriment for some guys who are great breaking out with the ball but not so good in their own zone. But for someone like Ryan Dilks, people watching him cover opponents’ scoring threats does nothing but increase the respect for his game.

I already thought that Dilks may be the best defender in the game at this point. His caused turnover stats (leading the league with 36, 13 more than anyone else) should be garnering him some attention. But as counterintuitive as it may be, his four-point game on Saturday may be the biggest boost to his reputation defensively. I certainly hope so; he’s the real deal. And he’s landed among the 3 Stars this week. Scroll down to see where as well as all the rest of the star and honourable mentions.

First Star
Stephen Keogh, Rochester Knighthawks
9 goals, 4 assists

Keogh doesn’t have the flashy numbers you might expect from a second-overall draft pick, as he was in 2011. But there isn’t a team in lacrosse that wouldn’t be happy to have the Toronto Beaches’ product banging around on the right side of their offence and chipping in with some goals. Keogh did more than just chip in over the weekend: he doubled his goal total for the season to 18 and had six in one game to lead the Knighthawks to a critical win over the New England Black Wolves that gave them a split with the two leading teams in the East Division.

Second Star
Ryan Dilks, Saskatchewan Rush
2 goals, 2 assists, 7 loose balls, 3 caused turnovers

I talked about Dilks above but will remind everyone in this space that last year he won the Champions Cup with Edmonton, the Mann Cup with Victoria and the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships gold medal with Canada. He was a key contributor to all three teams, none more than the Shamrocks; while Corey Small was a deserving Mann Cup MVP, it would have been no surprise had Dilks won that award instead. He’s playing the best lacrosse of his life and at 25 he’s got plenty of time left at the elite level.

Honorable Mentions 
Dhane Smith (Buffalo): 4g. 3a. I was on Tilt & Flow on the Lax Sports Network today and Chris and Josh were joking about how disappointed they were in the Great Dhane only scoring 7. At least, they were mostly joking. It actually does come as a bit of a surprise these days to see Smith score less than 8 since this weekend was only the third time it’s happened in his 11 games this year…Rob Hellyer (Toronto): 6g, 6a. People may talk about how Doyle, Sanderson and Beirnes are still key components to the Rock offence, but there’s little doubt that Hellyer is now the centrepiece; he keeps showing why with his blend of precision shooting and deft passing…Tyler Richards (Vancouver): 37/45, .822 save percentage. The numbers are good but they don’t do justice to how well Richards played on Sunday afternoon. He was the main reason Vancouver was even close to the Rock later in the matinee affair…Dan Dawson (Rochester): 7g, 5a. For years, people have been calling for Dawson to shoot more and they may be revelling in his 26 goals this year. But the reality is he isn’t shooting that much more, he’s just been deadly accurate. Dawson is third on the Knighthawks in shots taken but leads them in goals because he’s scored on 26.8% of the shots he’s taken…Dan MacRae (Calgary): 4a, 7LB. The Calgary defence has made huge strides, helping and helped by the fact that Mike Poulin has stepped up his game big time in goal. MacRae is a leading reason for the improvement with his steady play and he showed some get up and go in helping create a handful of goals Friday…Patrick Saunders (New England): 3g, 4a. I was surprised when he put up a career-best 68 points last year. I won’t be too surprised if he matches his first half this season and finishes with 82…Mike Poulin (Calgary): 38/48, .792 save percentage. His numbers aren’t gleaming, but Poulin faced boatloads of high-quality scoring chances against Toronto and stood tall to give Dickson & Co. the chance to pull out the win…Mark Matthews (Saskatchewan): 4g, 4a, 6LB, 2CTO. You may not see that kind of variety in Matthews’ stat line often, but never make the mistake of thinking he’s all about talent; he’s got plenty of that but is a hard worker as well…Brett Hickey (Toronto): 6g, 2a. Back to back hat tricks in his return from injury; Toronto fans and teammates are pretty excited to…

Click here for the Third Star and full list of honorable mentions on Stephen Stamp’s Three Stars of NLL Week 11 on IL Indoor. Photo by Micheline Veluvolu.

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