National Lacrosse League (NLL):
The season is still very early but the stars have already started to align for the Rochester Knighthawks, with Onkwehonwe players, Brandon Styres, Craig Point, Ty Thompson, Adam Bomberry, Syd Smith and Cody Jamieson in the lineup. Jamieson leads the NLL scoring race with 7 goals and 18 assists for 25 points in three games played. The K-hawks dropped the first game of the new season to the Colorado Mammoth, 16–14, but bounced back with a 12–7 win over the Toronto Rock followed by a 12–5 repeat win on Jan. 16, taking both games of the home-and-home series from the Rock. Upcoming games this week — Saturday Jan. 30th in Rochester versus the Georgia Swarm.
The Georgia Swarm, with Johnny Powless, Randy Staats, Lyle Thompson and Miles Thompson wearing the yellow and black, have come out of the gate with a win and two disappointing losses. Sunday, Jan. 17, New England beat the Swarm 11—6. But the potential of this team has yet to be seen. Staats and Powless lead the Swarm in points. Upcoming games this week —The Swarm is in Toronto Friday, Jan. 29th, and in Rochester Saturday Jan. 30.
The New England Black Wolves are 2–1 after weekend games. Quinn Powless has two goals so far, and Brett Bucktooth has 3 goals and an assist in three games played. Next up for the Black Wolves is a matchup with the Buffalo Bandits on Jan. 30th.
The Buffalo Bandits are 2–1 also, having won 12–5 over the Toronto Rock over the weekend, and suffering a 15–14 OT loss against Colorado. Alex Kedoh Hill returned to the Bandits active list after serving a two-game suspension, while Jerome Thompson was released by the Bandits. The Bandits and the New England Black Wolves go at it Jan. 30th, at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Out west, Vancouver Stealth’s Brier Jonathan picked up a goal from his defensive position last week. Coming up for the Stealth is the Calgary Roughnecks on Jan. 30th.
Canadian Lacrosse League CLax:
The Ohsweken Demons are off to a less than auspicious start this season having but one win in four starts. They are off now until Feb. 5th when they host the Southwest Cyclops at the ILA.