Week Two of the 2016-17 NLL season presented a little bit of everything for lacrosse fans. History in Georgia, a sock-trick (6 goals by one player in a game) in Colorado, and a pair of impressive performances by the Vancouver Stealth.
The action began Friday night in Calgary, where the Roughnecks hosted the Vancouver Stealth. Despite a late rally which included scoring the last four goals of the game, the Roughnecks fell short in their home opener, with the Stealth holding on for a 12-11 victory.
Vancouver Alternate Captain Rhys Duch opened the scoring just 26 seconds into the contest, and the Stealth never trailed the rest of the game. Corey Small lit up the scoreboard for Vancouver, tallying three goals and five assists on the night.
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Saturday night’s trio of games began with a historical event in Georgia between the Swarm and the Saskatchewan Rush. The four Thompson brothers (Jeremy, Jerome Jr., Lyle, and Miles) set a Guinness World Record when all four took the field at the same time. It was the first time four brothers ever played in the same game in professional lacrosse history. Miles and Lyle led the way for the Swarm, combining for 13 points in route to an impressive 18-10 win over the two-time defending champions.
A recap of the record setting evening can be found here.
New England traveled to Rochester for the Black Wolves’ first game of the season. It was the Knighthawks second home game at Blue Cross Arena. After falling to the Toronto Rock in their opener, it was important for Rochester to not drop consecutive games at home to start the year.
The game was tightly contested until the second quarter, thanks to a 7-0 Rochester run that began at the end of the first half and continued into the fourth quarter. Rookie Kyle Jackson led the way with 11 points (2G-9A) for the Knighthawks. Rochester was victorious by a final score of 15-8.
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After playing Friday night in Calgary the Stealth faced a quick turnaround, traveling to Colorado to battle the Mammoth on Saturday night. Thanks to a Rhys Duch sock-trick, Vancouver earned consecutive road wins to open its season, topping the Mammoth by a final score of 15-9.
Colorado scored four straight goals at the start of the third quarter to take an 8-7 lead. Vancouver then scored eight of the game’s final nine goals, including two four-goal runs.
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