Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cody Jamieson and His Establishment in the NLL

By Josh Bourhis

From an NLL standpoint, Cody Jamieson is at the top of the world. He scored 85 points this year, 32 more than last year, and averaged 5.7 points per game. He also just led his team, the Rochester Knighthawks to their first NLL title since 2007, winning the game MVP trophy in the process. What makes it an even more incredible feat? He's only 24 and this is only his second year in the NLL.

Cody began his lacrosse career in Six Nations, Ontario which couldn't be a better place to play lacrosse. The only thing with playing there is there is such a large talent pool, you have to be exceptional to get noticed, and that he did. He won four consecutive league championships playing Junior A and one Minto cup where he took home the MVP trophy too. 340 goals and 646 points was what he finished Junior A with. 

He didn't stop there.

Jamieson first attended Onondaga Community College and tallied 121 points in 18 games in his rookie season and helped the team capture 2 National Championships. After transferring to Syracuse he was unable to play until the latter half of the 2009 season. In only a short amount of games he still managed to have an impact. He scored the game winning goal in overtime to win them the championship! That would be what one would call "clutch". He now plays for the Hamilton Nationals of the MLL during the summer months. Last year he tallied 26 points in 12 games. One would say he is really good at field lacrosse. Example: This video of him scoring against Johns Hopkins while he was in Syracuse:

What boggles me is the hate he has received from fans on forums. He has been targeted ever since he received the honour of wearing the number "22" on Syracuse. For those that don't know "22" was worn by the likes of Gary Gait and the Powell brothers. The dude is incredible, why the hate?

Cody is full of firsts now that he's in the NLL. He was the first overall pick in the 2010 NLL entry draft. He was first on his team in points this year. He made the all star game his first 2 years in the league. His team finished first in the league this year, and he signed the longest contract in NLL history, a whopping 10 years, making it the "first" one of its kind. 

He also has his own Bobblehead!
Cody Jamieson is quickly carving himself a niche in the NLL, one that features ankle breaking cuts to the inside, and a solid outside shot. If you aren't on the Cody Jamieson bandwagon, you better get your ticket quick before you miss out on all of the action.

You can also follow him on twitter here: @CJamieson88

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The 2012 Championship Game Is Here!

By Josh Bourhis

It All Comes Down To This
The time is upon us for the oh-so-short lacrosse season to wrap up. It was only a couple months ago that we had started the blog back up and were posting the season predictions. Before we get to the game this weekend let's take a look at Lead Writer Mike Wilson's season predicitions. His predicitons will be in Italics:

MVP: John Grant Jr. (Stephan Leblanc)

Goaltender Of The Year: Mike Poulin (Tyler Richards)

Defensive Player Of The Year: Kyle Rubisch (Kyle Rubisch)

Transition Player Of The Year: Andrew Suitor (Brodie Merrill)

East Division:
  1. Toronto Rock (Toronto Rock)
  2. Rochester Knighthawks (Buffalo Bandits)
  3. Philadelphia Wings (Philadelphia Wings)
  4. Buffalo Bandits (Rochester Knighthawks) 
    West Division:
    1. Calgary Roughnecks (Calgary Roughnecks)
    2. Colorado Mammoth (Edmonton Rush)
    3. Minnesota Swarm (Washington Stealth)
    4. Edmonton Rush (Colorado Mammoth)
    5. Washington Stealth (Minnesota Swarm)
    Final: Toronto Rock vs. Calgary Roughnecks
    Winnner: Toronto Rock

    Well 4 out of 16 predictions ain't...good. Oh well. That's the thing with the NLL, it's unpredictable and that is what makes it exciting. 

    And what an unpredictable final we have. Rochester vs. Edmonton. 

    Read the Preview for the final after the jump:

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

    Above .500 Dosent Always Mean Post-Season Success

    By Avry Lewis-McDougall

    This weekend, the Edmonton Rush and the Rochester Knighthawks will play each other in the Champions Cup for all of the marbles, corn chips, and pogs in the NLL. Both teams have been able to get on a roll this post season with Edmonton getting wins over Calgary and Minny, while Rochester's route had them beating the Philadelphia Wings and the Toronto Rock to get to the finals.

    One thing though that bugs many people about this match-up though are the regular season records of both teams. Edmonton finished the season at 6-10 and the Knighthawks at 7-9.

    Many people feel that the best teams are not playing in the final because they have the better records and those that feel that way clearly do not know sports very well. Being the BEST team in the playoffs goes beyond the numbers, many teams over look their opposition who may have a worse record than them and wind up stumbling early in the playoffs. In the 2012 post season the Calgary Roughnecks who have basically dominated the Rush for the majority of Edmonton's existence since 2006 in the regular season are now 0-2 to Edmonton in post season play, and Calgary's record was 12-4, tops in all of the NLL in 2012.

    Being the best in the post season truly means to me at least if you can catch lightning in a bottle you will do fine, the Rush and the Knighthawks are doing it and many teams in sports before have done it. The 2006 Edmonton Oilers, the 2010 Seattle Sehawks, the 1994 Denver Nuggets, the 2012 LA Kings, and countless other teams showed it is possible to make for far as an underdog. Do not just blindly look at the regular season records and assume that they are going to the title or are THE best in the playoffs.

    I'm going to enjoy the Champions Cup final with my feet up watching the Rush and Knighthawks battle for NLL supremacy the regular season records to me are now thrown out of the window.
    That's all for now I'm Avry and I'm out follow me on twitter, @Avry.

    Sunday, May 6, 2012

    Rush Rout Roughnecks In Playoffs for the Second Time

    Photo: Mike Drew, Calgary Sun
    There is always that Cinderella story in the playoffs. Whether it is a whole team or a single player, every sport has one, and on this weekend, it's the Edmonton Rush and Aaron Bold as they eliminated the Calgary Roughnecks in a 19-11 blow out. This came as a surprise considering Calgary was the top team in the league heading into the playoffs and had beaten the Rush eight consecutive times. The last time the Rush beat Calgary was the last time they met in the playoffs in 2010.

    The story tonight was a complete team effort as the Rush finally looked like they have all facets of their game working together. 

    The thing they were missing for most of the year came out to play tonight: Their offense. Ryan Ward scored 11 points and Corey Small chipped in with 8 to lead the charge for the Rush. They had outstanding off ball movement tonight which allowed for 59 shots to come from everywhere on the floor.

    On the other side, Calgary's scoring was led by Dane Dobbie, who notched 7 points.

    The game was dominated by Edmonton as they finally had Calgary's offense figured out, playing solid man to man tonight. Oh and that Aaron Bold guy? Yeah he did good too. 

    The game was hard fought and clean until the end of the fourth quarter when a couple of late goals caused Calgary to let their emotions get the best of them. This included Jeff Cornwall being chased by Dobbie and receiving a number of unwarranted punches by Dobbie, along with Zack Greer scoring a cheeky late goal to make it 19-11 and starting a scuffle by the boards.

    At the end of the day it was a one sided affair, one that the Roughnecks will not forget about for a long time to come.

    The Rush move on to play the Minnesota Swarm in Minnesota next Saturday

    Saturday, May 5, 2012

    'Tis the Season, Playoff Time Is Here!


    It has been 715 days (But who's counting) since the Rush were last in the playoffs. Since then, they have missed the playoffs, traded away 2 of the games best players, and once again, overhauled the team. Their first ever playoff game, played against the Calgary Roughnecks in 2010, was won on the backs of Ryan Ward who is still with the team, and Matt Disher, who has since retired.

    They moved on to the Western final that year which was played in Washington against the Stealth. The Rush found themselves down for most of the game, but managed to tie it up late and force overtime. There, right off the faceoff, Paul Rabil, who is now Rush property, went in on on Disher and scored. It was over just like that.

    My heart was broken, but after many days, (715) another chance has come as the Rush will face their rivaled Roughnecks in the first round of the playoffs. Everything in the regular season that happened; throw it out. It all means nothing. But just to keep you up to date, lets take a look at those useless stats.