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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
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Vancouver
8
Toronto
19
Sat, Dec 3
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San Diego
15
New York
14
Sat, Dec 3
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Albany
11
Buffalo
10
Sat, Dec 3
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Rochester
16
Georgia
11
Sat, Dec 3
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Colorado
6
Saskatchewan
18
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
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Vancouver
San Diego
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
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Toronto
Sat, Apr 1
20:00:00
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Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
21:30:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
Sun, Apr 2
13:00:00
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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
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Las Vegas
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Calgary
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Colorado
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
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Toronto
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
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Albany
Sat, Apr 15
19:30:00
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Buffalo
Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
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Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
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Vancouver
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
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Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
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Halifax
Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
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Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
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Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
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Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
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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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The Staats Brothers Are The NLL’s Newest Sibling Stars

When the San Diego Seals matchup against the Georgia Swarm on Friday night, the latest sibling combo to take the NLL by storm will battle against each other for the first time.

There have been dozens of brothers who have played with or against each other in the NLL since its inception, but few have possessed the offensive prowess of the Staats brothers, Randy and Austin.

Randy, 26, the eldest of the two Staats, has been a consistent offensive weapon since his entrance to the NLL in 2016. From his 95-point rookie season to surpassing 30 goals in each of his first four years, Randy has achieved heights that even some of the game’s greatest scorers never could. Yet, it seemed that even while Austin, 20, was still in his late teens, there was plenty of chatter that one day he could be even better than his brother.

In his rookie campaign, Austin is living up to the hype. Using his size, strength and stick skills, he has managed to put the ball in the back of the net with ease. Even while squeezing into a veteran-laden attack, Austin hasn’t had an issue racking up his fair share of points and is comfortably leading the league among rookies with 59 points to his name in 13 contests.

However, it is no surprise that both Randy and Austin have excelled at lacrosse. Aside from the fact that both were raised with sticks in their cradles, as is customary to do with Native American boys, to Randy’s knowledge, lacrosse has been passed down in the family for a minimum of three generations.

While they admit they played some hockey in the winter months, the Staats brothers can remember playing in their backyard as far back as their toddler years.

“Me and [Austin] always played lacrosse in the backyard,” said Randy. “We’d always go out there and battle each other. I never really went in net, so I’d throw him in net and we’d shoot around.”

As the years went on and the two honed their craft, Randy recalls seeing real promise in Austin’s game in his early teenage years.

“He was always bigger as a kid,” Randy said of Austin. “He had really good hands but he was never that fast growing up. He always had great hands, great vision, a great work ethic and always strived to be the best player he could be. I could see his talent at a young age.”

For Austin, growing up and seeing his older brother propel his way to stardom from The Hill Academy to Syracuse University and now in the NLL, motivated him to transform into an über-talented player in his own right.

“I always wanted to be better than [Randy] and do it while wearing the same number,” said Austin.

It can be said, though, that while there is a competitive edge between the Staats’, they both wish for each other to be the best they can and try to help each other reach levels of greatness.

“That’s what brothers are for: to have each other’s backs and help each other out,” said Austin. “I shoot him a text after every game and tell him how I played and ask him the same. We tell each other how we played well or why we didn’t play well.”

Randy and Austin have already shown great promise in the professional ranks, but the sky’s the limit for these brothers who have only played a combined five seasons in the league. As hard as it is to imagine, there is still plenty of untapped potential left in both these young players. The question is: when the time comes for Randy and Austin to retire from the NLL, where will they rank in terms of the best offensive brotherly pairs to play in the NLL?


When thinking of sibling duos that have graced the NLL’s floors, there’s a consensus that Gary and Paul Gait set the gold standard on offence. By the time they had both retired in 2011, the Gait’s had set the record for most points by siblings in league history with 1,877 while transforming the way the game was played along the way.

Other brothers have shown their tactical precision on the attack such as Casey and Ryan Powell, Rich and Darris Kilgour and Dan and Paul Dawson, but most younger fans would point to the Thompsons as the penultimate brother scoring duo.

This current generation of lacrosse fans may not have seen the spectacle that was the Gait brothers, Powells or Kilgours, but luckily for them, they’ve seen the rise of new sets of brothers in today’s modern NLL. Much of the attention over the last few years – and rightfully so when talking about offensively dynamic brother pairings – has been on the Thompson quartet of Lyle, Miles, Haina and Jeremy, specifically Lyle and Miles.

Just as the Gaits did, Miles and Lyle have excelled in the NLL and asserted their dominance over the last four years. With a league-MVP already to his name, Lyle has earned enough respect that defences have emphasized plans that specifically focus on him.

Now that Austin is proving that, he too, can bully opposing players with his skill set in only his rookie season, the Staats’ should enter future conversations of who some of the best brotherly pairs to ever play in the NLL were.

It may seem like a premature conversation to have considering how young Randy and Austin are, particularly Austin, but San Diego Seals head coach Patrick Merrill, who has coached both the Staats brothers at various points of their careers including being Austin’s current coach, believes that the pair’s unique abilities don’t come around often.

“I think they’re both generational talents,” said Merrill. “One’s a lefty and one’s a righty and they play the game a little differently. In terms of their body type and the way they execute on the floor, they’re also different, but I think there’s potential for them to leave strong legacies when it’s all said and done.”

Considering everything they’ve already achieved and the improvements they’ve shown, when their careers do come to a close and we think of the “Mount Rushmore” of offensively talented siblings that played in the NLL, there won’t be a discussion that doesn’t include Randy and Austin Staats.

 

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