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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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The Future of the Game

Lacrosse is a game that creates a sense of unity and has always contained the power to bring a community together. From the first medicine game to modern-day NLL games spanning North America, when players pick up their sticks and prepare to compete, crowds gather, mothers and fathers come to watch their sons and daughters, friends come to see the action and any passer-by will stop to watch the fastest game on two feet. The beauty of lacrosse is its ability to bring people together for a few hours to enjoy the energy and spectacular nature this game has to offer. Each team working together for a common goal, their spectators, friends, and families doing the same – once the game has ended, blood and sweat is often sacrificed – in return respect is earned. 

Before the NLL games were played in front of thousands, before the NCAA Final Four on Memorial Day weekend was broadcast in every home across America, lacrosse was believed to be a gift from the Creator for each young boy to try in the Haudenosaunee community. Often a father would fashion a hickory stick and place it in his child’s crib, it would be their first toy. Naturally, the game would be of interest, as it is the child’s only thing to play with. As the child grew, so did the size of the stick, often allowing for skills to be developed alongside their physical growth. Traditionally, only men played the game so boys would bring their sticks everywhere with them to continue honing their skills. Their father, uncle, older brothers would teach them the game, naturally, the young boy would aspire to be like the older men in his life and often watch intently, learn and practice. 

While throughout Haudenosaunee communities several families still put a hickory stick in their son’s crib and hold onto these traditions, the game has expanded and included non-Haudenosaunee players as the vast majority. More and more of today’s players are aware of the Native American roots that lacrosse has, the beauty is that whether you understand that or not, lacrosse will teach you the same life lessons, that it taught the first people who played. 

If you’re not born with a stick in your crib or any knowledge about the history of lacrosse, but have become a player or are interested in the sport you can typically find resources to educate yourself on the meaning of the game. Often you need not look further than where the last game was played. The sense of community lacrosse creates has a unique way of creating the opportunity for seasoned veterans and expert level players to share a story with a young fan or a player just starting. From coaches, NLL players, college lacrosse alumni, men’s league heroes, and weekend warriors, lacrosse players often become nostalgic when they see a young player with a stick and share some advice they’ve learned. Each story, lesson, or word of advice shared helps to grow the game. The ones who’ve played long enough to see reminisce about their prime understand this. 

Being a professional in the sport and understanding the importance of growing the game makes athletes want to give back, share and teach. Organizations like the NLL create ample opportunities for their athletes to leverage to share the game and what it has done for them. 

From becoming a professional player in the NLL with the New England Black Wolves in 2015, I spent my off-season and summers with some of the world’s best lacrosse players, learning and sharing the game with the youth at various players development camps through the United States. Understanding the history of lacrosse, we developed a program to teach that history, develop skills and provide expert advice while hoping to inspire a love for the game. Oftentimes their coaches may have been saying the same thing all season, yet when a young lacrosse player hears it from a professional it must sound different. Throughout coaching, I’ve come across so many gifted players, an abundance of young athletes who are inspired to play, and several players who I’m lucky enough to see develop, go off to play college lacrosse, and even further. When young players mention they want to play like me, I often joke with them asking if they’re sure about that, but it always fills me with joy to hear that I have inspired them to take their game to the next level. 

The future of the game is bright. As lacrosse seasons begin to open up and players young and old pick up their sticks, the game will be given new life. Throughout the world veteran players are giving back to their communities, sharing what they’ve learned from the game and passing it on to the next generations. The coronavirus pandemic’s worst seems to be behind us. The cancellation of last NLL season was hard for the players, fans, and organizations. Before the pandemic, during the pandemic, and well after the pandemic, amazing athlete ambassadors like Kevin Crowley, Josh Byrne, and Blaze Riorden worked to grow the game using their platform to grow the game for future generations. Josh “Flash” Byrne works with Buffalo Bandits’ captain Dhane Smith to give back through coaching the youth of Buffalo. Through organizations like Kevin Crowley’s Fusion Lacrosse, youth lacrosse players are given expert level lacrosse knowledge from one of the best in the world. Kevin, an NLL all-star for several years, has been giving back since being drafted in the NLL in 2011. Now Fusion Lacrosse can be found throughout the east coast of the United States with teams in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the homeland of Kevin Crowley in British Columbia. 

Legends of the game like Tracey Kelusky have dedicated their lives to the growth of the game. Who better to learn from than one of the best to ever do it. Tracey Kelusky is a NLL Hall of Famer and now the head coach for the Panther City LC in Fort Worth, TX. “TK” was one of the more fierce and fiery athletes to grace the game. From his rookie season in 2001 being named “Rookie of the Year” to his reign as a captain of the Calgary Roughnecks leading his team to two NLL Championships in 2005 and 2009. While “TK” is not coaching the NLL pros in Fort Worth, he is managing, growing, and coaching Evolve Elite Lacrosse with lacrosse legend John Grant Jr. Evolve Elite Lacrosse is the elite youth lacrosse program in Canada. Receiving training from two of the games’ best, proven champions and ambassadors for the game is truly an invaluable experience for the future of the game.

From the beginning of lacrosse, older more seasoned veterans would share their knowledge with the younger players on their team, their children, and their children’s friends. Today through social media, technological advances, and access to information more than ever lacrosse players are giving back. In professional lacrosse, unlike other professional sports, most NLL players feel a responsibility to give back, share the game, and ultimately grow the game. Lacrosse builds a sense of community and even today the ripple effects of the community will benefit future generations. The future for lacrosse is bright when the games’ biggest stars make it their life mission to give back, grow the game, and share it with those willing to learn. Before we know it, these players will be picking up their sticks to go to battle December 3-4 for the NLL’s Faceoff Weekend. Friends, family, and fans will pack the arenas across North America, rooting for their favorite players and teams. Blood and sweat will be sacrificed, respect will be earned and our community will be ever-growing. 

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