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WK
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Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
17:00:00
Vancouver
Toronto
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
San Diego
New York
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
Albany
Buffalo
Sat, Dec 3
20:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
Sat, Dec 3
20:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
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
Fri, Mar 3
21:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
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
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Colorado
Fri, Mar 31
22:00:00
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San Diego
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19:00:00
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Toronto
Sat, Apr 1
20:00:00
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Panther City
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21:30:00
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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
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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
Calgary
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
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Halifax
Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
Georgia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
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Buffalo
Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
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
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Rochester
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Buffalo
Albany
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Halifax
Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
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Vancouver
Sat, Apr 29
22:30:00
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The Warriors Could Find Success through Young and Old(er) Leadership

It is often said that age is just a number. In sport, however, that number can potentially hold an abundance of importance regarding a player or team’s championship-contending chances.

This past off-season, the Vancouver Warriors saw four of their long-term fixtures retire and watched another head to their West Division rival, the Saskatchewan Rush.

Ian Hawksbee (38), Chris O’Dougherty (35), Joel McCready (33) and James Rahe (27) all decided to hang up the jerseys and ride into the sunset. Matt Beers (31), the preceding captain of the Warriors, went to go play in the prairies in Saskatchewan.

Collectively, up until this season, those five men had played 49 seasons in the NLL, with 35 of those years being with the Warriors (formally the Vancouver Stealth). Beers and O’Dougherty actually played each and every one of their 10 seasons with this one franchise. Rahe also never suited up for another team during his short four-season career.

Now, this is not to say the Warriors/Stealth were winning NLL Cups left and right during their tenure – they made the playoffs twice over the last 10 years. But, Beers and O’Dougherty were bright young faces during the Washington Stealth’s Champion’s Cup 2009-10’ season and the team’s cup runner-up years in 10’-11’ and 12’-13’.

Yet, experience isn’t just measured by your trophy cabinet. It can be measured by one’s impact on the next generation and their future successes. With all of those veterans now gone, the question for the Warriors becomes: Who will teach us now?

The Warriors officially labeled their leadership group last week. The team has named the championed veteran newcomer, Brett Mydske, their Captain, along with their scoring champion, Mitch Jones and their second-most senior player (by only 18 days) Tyler Codron being named Assistant Captains.

Warriors Head Coach Chris Gill sounded hopeful though that this year’s team could have many leaders on this team – beyond the ones who have been labeled as such – despite the team’s roster losses.

“We’re losing some leadership in the room, but that’ll give other guys the chance to step up into those leadership roles,” Gill said. “It gives the younger guys a chance to prove that they want to step up and play in this league, show that they’re hungry. It’s kind of the evolution of sport. You have leaders that get older and produce, and at some point, they decide they don’t want to do it anymore, then young guys come in.”

It won’t just be up to the youth on the team to fill the line of empty shoes. There are still many veterans that can step up to the plate and guide this roster to the playoffs. It could even be argued that this season’s Warriors have more potential leaders on it than any other recent year.

They still have Tyler Codron (35) and Jordan McBride (35) and a host of other younger players who have become leaders themselves.

On the active roster, the Warriors have five players who are 25 or younger, including their highly-touted first-round draft picks from the last two years: Reid Bowering (23) and Adam Charalambides (25). The Warriors also have six other players under 30, including Assistant Captain Mitch Jones.

Adding even more depth to the roster of potential leaders are newcomers in their early 30’s, Matthew Dinsdale and Mydske, who bring their championship pedigree to Vancouver.

According to Bowering, through training camp, Mydske was ready and eager to impose his knowledge of the game and of winning across the entire roster – a belief that is felt by much (if not all) of the organization.

“Brett Mydske has been a great leader for everyone,” Bowering said. “He’s been able to use his past experiences to give all the guys, not just the rookies, tips.”

Codron, who will be working with Bowering and Mydske on the back end, agrees that the former Rush defender will be invaluable to the team.

“Adding Mydske to the back end of the floor is huge,” Codron said. “He brings his championships and all of his knowledge and experience from Saskatchewan from all his years there.”

Codron added that he and other veterans can help the youthful Warriors come together and play their best lacrosse.

“I think it’s all about helping guys keep an even keel on the floor,” Codron said. “We all know lacrosse is a game of runs – there are highs and lows throughout the game. It’s important to keep level-headed, and I think that’s what we veterans will try to do. We want everyone to be focused on the same goals and everyone to be on the same page.”

The long layoff from the game has made it more difficult than usual for teams to build cohesive units, as they have had very little time over the last year and a half to train or play together. It will be difficult at first for all teams to find their mojo again, but hopefully, training camp has provided ample opportunities for that.

For the younger Warriors on the finalized active roster such as Bowering, training camp was a necessary time to ask questions, analyze game strategies and pick up any tricks and tips from the veterans who have been around the league for some time.

“Whenever I have a question, I know there are so many resources where I can get help,” Bowering said. “It’s been a great learning experience so far, even in the short time I’ve been with the team.”

After all the training and dress rehearsals, the time to show what the Warriors have been able to put together during this lacrosse-less hiatus is almost upon us. Opening up the NLL season on Friday night, the Warriors will face the San Diego Seals, who have undergone quite a few roster changes themselves.

Who will step up for the Warriors? Will it be the ambitious and exuberant youth or the savvy veteran presence? If the Warriors can use their range age and experience to their advantage, this new-look squad is poised to lead themselves to their first playoff appearance since 2017.

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