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High Drama and Historic Achievements in Week 10

The Seals Sizzled on Sunday Afternoon 

It was the opposite of a lazy Sunday for the San Diego Seals who cruised to a 16-7 home victory over the Colorado Mammoth on Military Appreciation Night at Pechanga Arena. Austin Staats provided America’s Finest with a sock trick, the first of his career, tallying an incredible six goals and three assists. Curtis Dickson tendered three scores and seven helpers, with captain Wesley Berg and Dane Dobbie further bombarding the Mammoth via a combined six goals and eight assists. Dobbie’s seven-point afternoon places him in elite company, as the 37-year-old became the 11th player in NLL history to reach the 1,100-career points mark.

Colorado held a 5-4 second quarter lead when San Diego hit the afterburners, connecting on 11-consecutive goals and turning the contest into a rout. The Seals were downright dominant, winning the shots on goal race 61-41.

The Mammoth’s Connor Kelly dispatched three goals, but it was far from enough to equal the firepower of the team representing “Fightertown USA.” 


A Western New York Battle Royale

A mere 75 miles separates KeyBank Center and Blue Cross Arena, the home buildings of the Buffalo Bandits and Rochester Knighthawks. The latest installment of this Western New York rivalry took center stage in downtown Buffalo on Saturday night, with more than 17,000 fans  packing Banditland to take in the end-to-end action. On this night, it was the Buffalo faithful who went home in a good mood, thanks to a 15-14 Bandits victory.

Josh Byrne posted three goals and four assists, while Chris Cloutier contributed three scores and three helpers, including an incredible through the legs extravaganza. 2023 NLL Finals MVP Dhane Smith was responsible for two goals and four assists, giving the 32-year-old superstar 1,000 points in his incredible career. Smith is only the 14th player in League history to reach this mark.

Ryan Smith and Connor Fields came to play for Rochester, with Smith totaling a whopping 11 points (five goals, six assists), while Fields tabulated nine points (four goals, five assists). Despite a four-goal streak for the Knighthawks late in the fourth quarter, the Bandits hung on for the dramatic one-goal triumph.


The FireWolves are Moving in the Wrong Direction 

After jumping out to an improbable 6-0 start to the season, the Albany FireWolves have now dropped two in a row. They followed up their January 20th 14-7 loss to the San Diego Seals with a 9-6 home defeat courtesy of the Las Vegas Desert Dogs on Saturday night. The star of the night for the squad from the Super Bowl city was goaltender Landon Kells, who got in the way of 46 shots, tying his career high, amid allowing Albany only three goals per half. Jack Hannah, Casey Jackson and Rob Hellyer brought the offensive firepower for the victors, with each man donating two goals apiece to the cause. After only posting two goals in the first half, Las Vegas rolled a lucky number seven goals in the second half.

Ethan Walker blasted the first and last goals for Albany, while rookie sensation Alex Simmons was held scoreless, though he did assist on three of his team’s scores. The 6-2 FireWolves return to action in two weeks for a home date versus the Colorado Mammoth.

Las Vegas at Albany 1.6.24, Jackson Nishimura, James Barclay


Church Bells Were Ringing in Saskatoon

More than 8,000 fans jammed SaskTel Centre to witness their beloved Rush take home the franchise’s second win of the season, outlasting the Panther City Lacrosse Club 10-9. Saskatchewan’s star of the contest was Robert Church, who scored four goals and four assists. Zach Manns tallied two goals including a flying highlight-reel goal, while Ryan Keenan assisted on five shots that later lit the lamp. The fluctuating encounter included a three-goal, third-quarter Rush stretch, followed shortly after by a four-goal third and fourth-stanza PCLC exertion. With the Texans leading 9-8, Church and Rush teammate Mike Triolo captured the tying and go-ahead goals, securing the win for the guys in green.

On the PCLC side of the ledger, Will Malcom posted three goals and one assist, while 39-year-old Callum Crawford added five more points to his 2023-24 showing. The Fort Worth club now stands at 3-4.


A Disappointing Couple Days For the Roughnecks

Twenty-four hours after the Calgary Roughnecks went down to the New York Riptide 11-10 at Scotibank Saddledome, they once again came away on the losing end of the story, this time at the hands of the Toronto Rock, owners of the NLL’s best record at 6-1. More than 20,000 fans filed into the Scotiabank Saddledome throughout the course of the weekend of lacrosse.

The Rock hit pay dirt thanks to a balanced offensive approach, as Tom Schreiber, Corey Small, Dan Craig and Tyler Hendrycks tallied eight of Toronto’s nine goals. Goalie extraordinaire Nick Rose bodied 38 shots on the way to his 100th career regular-season win, making him only the fifth player to achieve such an accomplishment. 

Haiden Dickson netted a hat trick for Calgary, with no other Roughneck scoring more than one goal. Captain Jesse King connected on a spectacular fourth quarter score, with a spin move and a one-handed goal. The Alberta fellas look to bounce back next weekend when they travel east to Hamilton for a rematch with the running-on-all-cylinders Rock. 



Thunderbirds Outlast Wings In OT Thriller 

Week 10 of the NLL season kicked off in grand fashion when the Halifax Thunderbirds departed Philadelphia as owners of a 15-14 overtime triumph against the hometown Wings. The electrifying affair featured a five-goal run by Halifax, followed immediately by a four-goal Wings burst, all in the third quarter. Philadelphia rattled off a three-goal streak in the fourth, only to witness Ryan Benesch tie the game with 1:22 remaining, before Cody Jamieson won the battle early in the OT session. Jamieson finished the night with three goals and two assists, joining Dawson Theede and Clarke Petterson who also found their way into the hat trick column. Twenty-eight-year-old rookie Aaron Woods even got in the mix, scoring the first two goals of his NLL career in his first game.

The Wings were valiant in defeat, with Ben McIntosh leading the way with three goals and two assists. Joe Resetarits, Blaze Riorden and Taggart Clark located the net on two occasions apiece, but the boys from Nova Scotia had just a little more gas in the tank on this crazy night of lacrosse.


Happy Birthday Seth Oakes!

How did you spend your most recent birthday? Georgia Swarm forward Seth Oakes rang in his 30th birthday by scoring a whopping five goals and two assists in his team’s 12-11 overtime victory over the Vancouver Warriors. Teammate Andrew Kew added four goals and four assists to the celebration. The iconic Lyle Thompson and former MVP Shayne Jackson also joined the birthday merriment, with the pair posting a combined two goals and eight assists. The Swarm held a 10-6 third quarter advantage, with the hard-charging Warriors fighting their way back to level the contest at 10 midway through the final 15 minutes. Thompson and Vancouver’s Adam Charalambides scored late goals, setting up Kew for the OT game-winner.

Charalambides tallied two goals and two assists, while Keegan Bal and Kevin Crowley dotted the scoring column with a combined four goals and five assists.

Georgia’s win moves them above .500 at 4-4, while the squad from British Columbia now stands at 2-6.


A New York State Of Mind 

The New York Riptide are on fire! After beginning the season in a deep hole, Jeff Teat and company have reeled off four wins in five games to now possess a miraculous 4-4 record after a highly impressive 11-10 conquest on the road against the Calgary Roughnecks. Winning a game on WestJet Field at Scotiabank Saddledome is always a tall order, but the New Yorkers were more than up to the task during this hotly-contested occasion. The aforementioned Teat was responsible for four goals and five assists, with Kiel Matisz and Connor Kearnan enhancing their stellar resumes with a goal and five assists each. After Calgary’s Haiden Dickson cut the see-saw game to a 10-9 separation early in the fourth, Kearnan answered 1:10 later to the seal the deal. Jesse King added a late goal, but the Roughnecks were simply unable to finish the job, despite King finishing with three goals and three assists.

The Roughnecks had better get a good night’s sleep tonight, as they are back at it Saturday evening when the 5-1 Toronto Rock pay a visit to Alberta’s biggest city. The rolling Riptide head back to Long Island for a matchup against the San Diego Seals next Saturday night.