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BUF at SD - Sat. 10pm ET on ESPNews Schedule

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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Vancouver
8
Toronto
19
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
San Diego
15
New York
14
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Albany
11
Buffalo
10
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Rochester
16
Georgia
11
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Colorado
6
Saskatchewan
18
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
FINAL
Las Vegas
11
Panther City
13
Fri, Dec 9
FINAL/OT
Saskatchewan
12
San Diego
13
Sat, Dec 10
FINAL
Toronto
7
Rochester
11
Sat, Dec 10
FINAL
Vancouver
9
Calgary
11
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
FINAL
Calgary
14
Vancouver
5
Fri, Dec 16
FINAL
Panther City
9
Las Vegas
3
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Buffalo
11
Toronto
8
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Rochester
14
Albany
13
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Philadelphia
13
Georgia
12
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Halifax
20
New York
11
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Colorado
12
Panther City
9
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
FINAL
Halifax
13
Buffalo
18
Fri, Dec 30
FINAL
San Diego
17
Calgary
14
Sat, Dec 31
FINAL
Panther City
9
Saskatchewan
11
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
FINAL
Philadelphia
14
Las Vegas
9
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Panther City
9
Rochester
17
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Halifax
14
Albany
11
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Buffalo
18
Georgia
9
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Toronto
15
New York
7
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Calgary
8
Colorado
9
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Vancouver
11
San Diego
16
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
FINAL/OT
Albany
11
Halifax
10
Fri, Jan 13
FINAL/OT
Saskatchewan
10
Colorado
11
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
Halifax
8
Toronto
17
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
Panther City
12
Philadelphia
10
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
Georgia
9
Buffalo
11
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
San Diego
10
Calgary
14
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
Las Vegas
16
Vancouver
19
Sun, Jan 15
FINAL
Rochester
11
New York
8
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
FINAL
Buffalo
12
Rochester
15
Fri, Jan 20
FINAL
Vancouver
14
Las Vegas
15
Sat, Jan 21
FINAL
Toronto
14
Philadelphia
5
Sat, Jan 21
FINAL
New York
16
Albany
10
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
FINAL
Rochester
7
Halifax
17
Fri, Jan 27
FINAL
Buffalo
13
Philadelphia
9
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL
Buffalo
16
New York
10
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL
Las Vegas
10
Saskatchewan
15
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL/OT
Toronto
11
Calgary
10
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL
San Diego
13
Colorado
9
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL
Panther City
20
Vancouver
7
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
FINAL
Georgia
10
Colorado
13
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL/OT
Calgary
12
Halifax
11
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
New York
14
Toronto
22
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Albany
5
Philadelphia
13
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Rochester
10
Buffalo
13
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Panther City
10
San Diego
12
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Saskatchewan
14
Vancouver
8
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Colorado
8
Las Vegas
13
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
FINAL
Toronto
11
Georgia
10
Fri, Feb 10
FINAL
Saskatchewan
6
Calgary
13
Sat, Feb 11
FINAL
Halifax
14
Rochester
16
Sat, Feb 11
FINAL
Albany
12
New York
14
Sat, Feb 11
FINAL
Vancouver
13
Panther City
14
Sat, Feb 11
FINAL
Colorado
9
Calgary
13
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
FINAL
Calgary
14
Vancouver
9
Fri, Feb 17
FINAL
Saskatchewan
16
San Diego
11
Sat, Feb 18
FINAL
Georgia
7
Toronto
16
Sat, Feb 18
FINAL
Las Vegas
12
Albany
10
Sat, Feb 18
FINAL/OT
Philadelphia
12
Buffalo
13
Sat, Feb 18
FINAL
Colorado
7
Panther City
13
Sun, Feb 19
FINAL
New York
12
Halifax
13
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
FINAL
Panther City
12
Colorado
14
Fri, Feb 24
FINAL
Calgary
9
Las Vegas
11
Sat, Feb 25
FINAL/OT
New York
10
Rochester
11
Sat, Feb 25
FINAL
Albany
4
Georgia
20
Sat, Feb 25
FINAL
Vancouver
16
Saskatchewan
12
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
FINAL
Buffalo
10
Halifax
9
Sat, Mar 4
FINAL
New York
12
Philadelphia
19
Sat, Mar 4
FINAL
Las Vegas
12
San Diego
15
Sat, Mar 4
FINAL
Rochester
8
Toronto
9
Sat, Mar 4
FINAL/OT
Georgia
9
Albany
8
Sat, Mar 4
FINAL
Saskatchewan
10
Panther City
16
Mon, Mar 6
FINAL
Toronto
10
Philadelphia
11
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
FINAL/OT
Halifax
9
Buffalo
10
Fri, Mar 10
FINAL
Calgary
16
Colorado
10
Sat, Mar 11
FINAL
Albany
6
Toronto
12
Sat, Mar 11
FINAL
Philadelphia
10
New York
13
Sat, Mar 11
FINAL
San Diego
12
Saskatchewan
11
Sat, Mar 11
FINAL
Vancouver
14
Las Vegas
5
Sun, Mar 12
FINAL
Rochester
19
Georgia
18
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
FINAL
Saskatchewan
6
Calgary
11
Fri, Mar 17
FINAL
San Diego
16
Vancouver
9
Sat, Mar 18
FINAL
Georgia
13
Philadelphia
12
Sat, Mar 18
FINAL
Toronto
12
Halifax
14
Sat, Mar 18
FINAL
Albany
10
New York
13
Sat, Mar 18
FINAL
Colorado
13
Buffalo
8
Sat, Mar 18
FINAL
Las Vegas
8
Panther City
11
Sun, Mar 19
FINAL/OT
Philadelphia
9
Rochester
8
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
19:00:00
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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Indigenous Roots of Lacrosse to be on Display for Game of the Week on TSN

It’s a truly special Tkaron:to Tewa:araton tilt on Saturday night as the Toronto Rock host the Albany FireWolves on Indigenous Heritage Night at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton.

“It’s a special night, and a special opportunity to be a part of it,” says Rock captain Challen Rogers.

Toronto will celebrate the origins and roots of lacrosse and honour Indigenous culture during the contest in part by wearing Haudenosaunee-inspired jerseys, which can be seen on the NLL Game of the Week on TSN (7 pm ET; ESPN+).

“We were given the opportunity to play this game because of Indigenous peoples, and to have the opportunity to play the game we love while paying tribute to the creators of the game, it means a lot,” Rogers says.

This season the league continued to raise awareness about residential schools and the Indigenous origins of lacrosse with its second annual Every Child Matters campaign as part of the ongoing NLL Unites initiative.

“I think the NLL over the past couple years has made a giant effort in celebrating the roots of this game, and I don’t think that happens without the Indigenous players we have in this league bringing it all to light,” says Rogers, whose grandfather was a residential school survivor. “I’m proud of the Toronto Rock and the NLL, and the celebration of the roots of this game.”

The Rock jerseys, designed by Haudenosaunee artist Tracey Anthony from Six Nations ON, feature an Eagle Clutching Lacrosse Sticks logo on the front that represents the Creator’s Game and the Medicine Game, a Hiawatha belt similar to the Haudenosaunee flag, and a four-colour diamond motif of red, black, white and yellow. You can read the full description of the uniforms here.

The jerseys are white with purple trim and the designs. Toronto wore similarly designed dark jerseys, purple with white trim, during last season’s Indigenous heritage night.

“I love them,” Rogers says. “You play for something greater than yourself, and when you put that jersey on you feel it.”

The Rock captain recorded three goals and five points in the dark Indigenous Heritage night jerseys last season against Halifax on April 16, a 15-7 Toronto win.

This season the Rock’s game-worn jerseys, shorts and helmets are up for auction until March 14 with benefits going to the Downie Wenjack Fund. Fans can bid on the uniforms here.

“Last year’s design was truly amazing and I didn’t think it could be topped, but this year’s jersey design is something else,” says Rogers. “I may be bidding on some jerseys because of how much I like them.”

Albany hosted its Indigenous Heritage Night last weekend against Georgia and the FireWolves also wore special jerseys, designed by Haudenosaunee artist Jordan Thompson from Akwesasne NY, which included an homage to lacrosse’s origins on the front, the Creator’s Game and Turtle Island legends on the sleeves, and the Haudenosaunee clans and flags on the bottom of front and back. The game-worn jerseys are also up for auction.

“It was definitely a special feeling playing that night,” says Albany forward Hiana Thompson, who had a season-high five assists and points in the 9-8 overtime loss to the Swarm. “I try to look at it like any other game day, but to see and feel that sense of respect, it’s hard not to think about it.”

Unfortunately, Georgia’s Thompsons got the better of the battle as Hiana’s youngest brother Lyle scored the OT winner and older brother Jeremy moved into third all-time in career faceoff wins at 2,098. Younger brother Miles is also on the Swarm roster but is out this season recovering from injury.

Last week Hiana, Lyle and Jeremy were named to the Haudenosaunee Nationals roster for this summer’s world lacrosse championship in San Diego.

“It’s always amazing to play against or with my brothers, but I try my best to ignore that part and just play the game,” says Thompson. “I’ll still run through them if they are in my way. It’s never a nice feeling losing in OT.”

Thompson also recognizes the importance of playing against Toronto on Indigenous heritage night. “It will be special just to be apart, even though it’s not our team,” he says. “Just knowing and feeling that this league, which has a ton of great Indigenous talent, continues to show respect to the roots and where this game came from is special.”

Both the 2-8 FireWolves and 9-3 Rock are coming off losses last week, Toronto falling 11-10 at Philadelphia on Monday night after beating Rochester 9-8 at home on Saturday to run its win streak to eight straight.

“We just want to be better than the last time we were together,” says Rogers, who had a goal and four assists against the Wings (13 goals, 32 points and 75 loose balls overall this season).

“Coming off a loss, we want to get back to form and improve on the things we need too. Our game against Philly, we could have made excuses being down goals multiple times in that game, but we kept fighting till the end and I think that’s a major positive for us. We didn’t quit, this isn’t a group that quits. We want to get back to the winning way, and this weekend is another opportunity for us to do that.”

Heading into Saturday, Albany has lost six in a row.

“They are going to come out hungry after a loss,” Thompson says. “Every game from here on out is the most important one. We just need to come out firing and play like we are in the playoffs.”

Thompson, who won the 2017 NLL championship with Georgia alongside Lyle and Miles, is on pace to set a career-high in goals this season. He currently has seven, his previous best was 10 with Buffalo in 2015.

“I just feel really comfortable out there,” says Thompson, whose career-high in assists (29) and points (37) came in 2017. “We have a great group of guys where it doesn’t matter who scores and who does this or that. It’s always nice to have that at this level. I am just out there having fun.”

Despite the disparity in win-loss records, the Rock are not taking the FireWolves lightly.

“Albany is a young team who is finding their identity and they compete hard,” Rogers says. “You never want to overlook a team in this league, they’ve got a goalie in Dougie [Jamieson, 52 saves last game] that can stand on his head and make any game into a close one, so it’s all about playing our game with our speed and pace.

“It’s never really about our opponent, we focus on ourselves. We need to make them work, all over the floor, defensively speed them up and give Rosey [Toronto goalie Nick Rose] shots that he wants to see, and offensively we need to be constantly moving and hit our shots when we have the chance.”

The teams face each other again in a few weeks on March 25 at Albany, and Rock captain Rogers is preaching continual improvement.

“I think it’s important to set the tone, but every game is different,” says Rogers, who had career-highs in goals (21), assists (28) and points (49) last season. “We want to go into this game and be better than our last, and hopefully the next time we play Albany, we are better than we were the last time they saw us.”

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