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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
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 4
16:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
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
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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
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Savvy Vet VS Young Rook

The Love For The Game Remains Strong Among Differing Generations

Lacrosse players have a passion for the game just like any athlete that plays a sport.

The unique thing about the NLL is that you can be 20 years young and making an impact for a team (Ryan Benesch, Austin Staats, or Colin Doyle) or 40 years old and still dominate the floor on any game day. We have seen players play well into their mid-40’s (John’s Tavares and Grant Jr.).

Now you might be wondering who is the oldest and youngest player in the league today?

The answer is right here:

Scott Campbell is 40 years old (born October 23, 1981) with the Halifax Thunderbirds and has been playing in the league for 17 seasons after being the 10th overall pick in the 2004 Entry Draft. He has played with five different franchises. He is not the longest tenured player in the league (Dan Dawson has been playing since 2002) but Campbell edges him in age by a few months.

As for the youngest player in the league—Chris Origlieri celebrated his 19th birthday earlier in the season (born December 19, 2002) and got his first action as goalie for the San Diego Seals. Origlieri would have only been three years old when Campbell made his debut in the 2005 season. He too was drafted in the second round like Campbell as the 23rd overall pick in the 2021 Entry Draft.

So much has changed from 19 years ago until now in the NLL. Teams, players, records, broadcasts and the professionalism of the game.

The training access for players, the amount of fans at games, and most importantly, draft day for the new class welcomed into the NLL.

Campbell relived his draft day from 2004, saying he was constantly refreshing the NLL website to see if his name was on the site.

“I had no idea what was going on. I had a few teams that had talked to me. These kids today are way more prepared and in the know than we were”.

He recalls his father giving him a call to share the good news.

That’s right, Campbell’s dad saw his name on the website before he did, being drafted 10th overall by the Minnesota Swarm.

He started playing the game because of his pops, so that was sure a proud moment for Scott.

He didn’t have the opportunity the young athletes have today going up on stage, shaking the Commissioner’s hand and displaying their new team’s jersey. He did say it is great that the league provides those opportunities now for the young players.

“Experiencing that big, special moment…meeting GM’s, coaches, and some players. It was kind of tough back then because lacrosse wasn’t as popular or big as it is today.”

He didn’t have an idol for some time, but remembers thinking, “Wait, there is a pro league where I can play in outside of just having fun?”

Growing up in Markham, Ontario, about 30 kilometers (18.5 miles) outside downtown Toronto he would attend the early days of the Rock. His favorite was NLL Hall of Famer, Pat Coyle and would later be the player he looked up to as he was getting close to joining the NLL. When going to those games and seeing the players have the grit on the floor, with the fans cheering for them, he wanted to be like them one day.

He is now one of “them”.

He says the advice he would give young athletes trying to make it to the pros is, “Don’t give up. You will find your spot. It is a good time in the NLL with all the expansion occurring. While it might take a couple tries in this league. Once you are there, hang on to it and work as hard as you can.”

With that being said, Origlieri said his time thus far as a Seal has been great. He loves how motivating and knowledgeable the older guys are on his team. They have helped him so much, especially as a young goaltender in this league, one of the hardest positions to go from the junior ranks to the NLL.

Origlieri moved to San Diego only in January 2022 and has enjoyed the new experience in a new location, having come from the hotbed for NLL goalies in Orangeville, Ontario.

“San Diego is awesome, never a dull moment- whether going to the beach or going to the other boys house.”

He is lucky enough to live with a former player and hang out with teammates throughout the week has made the transition easier.

Origlieri started playing lacrosse at a young age, probably 6 or 7 years old. His coach then said the team needed a goalie, he tried the position out and said, “it was such a fluke and I just stuck with it.”

His stepbrother is Rylan Hartley of the Rochester Knighthawks. Hartley played a few levels above him while growing up, so Origlieri got on the floor as much as he could and took as many shots while learning from the guys a few years older, while playing on three teams. With all the talent in Orangeville, Origlieri was actually cut from the top peewee team.

Aside from looking up to his step-bro, he also looked up to goalie Toronto Rock legendary goalie, Bob Watson (Campbell’s former teammate).

It wasn’t until recent years when he thought he could make the leap to the NLL. He declared for the NLL Draft after his third year of Junior A lacrosse, which was a jam packed eight games over two weekends given the challenges of a Covid year.

Chris was drafted with the 23rd overall pick in the 2021 Entry Draft. While he was bummed there was no in person draft due to Covid, he received the phone call from General Manager/Head Coach Patrick Merrill and was excited to get into camp.

Fast forward to camp when Chris shows up and his goalie coach on the Seals is non-other than Bob Watson himself.

“I fanned out a little when I first got here, but have since settled in”.

What a full circle moment to learn from your favorite goalie.

Origlieri said playing at this level is a dream come true. He got his first taste of game action on January 28 against Panther City this season after starting goalie, Frank Scigliano, was sick. Merrill had told Chris to prepare like he was going to play that night.

Origlieri mentioned he did not like his first half performance, allowing eight goals but keeping his team in the game. “I let in a lot of shots i should have saved but I definitely settled in during the second half. It was surreal. I felt like myself in the second half.”

In the end, Chris saved 29 of 41 shots, allowing just four more goals in the second half, and got the win in net. The first of his career.

Though this is when the real works starts for Origlieri as he develops in his career, he has older guys proven in this league to help him along the way, whether it is strategy or the mental side of the game, like Dane Dobbie, Frank Scigliano, and Brodie Merrill.

Age is just a number in the NLL. While the vets bring the experience and knowledge of the league; the young guys bring in a new era and mindset into the game, as well as some much needed youthful spirit. They look to take the lessons of the previous generations and add on to it. The speed of the game and skill of the players has only gotten better. For Chris and Scott, their journeys will end up with different twists and turns, but all started with seeing their name called on draft night. In 20 years, who knows, maybe Origlieri will inspire the next Scott Campbell to a career in the NLL.

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