Wednesday, April 25, 2007

National Lacrosse League (NLL) Playoffs

NLL Divisional Finals this weekend... if you're getting these games, enjoy!

EAST - Friday, April 27th, 8:05 pm eastern
#2 Bandits at #1 Rochester Knighthawks
Head-to-head: Rochester defeated the Bandits, 14-10, to capture the East Division on Apr. 13

WEST - Saturday, April 28th, 10:30 pm eastern
#4 San Jose Stealth at #3 Arizona Sting
Head-to-head: Arizona won both meetings this year, the most recent of which was a 10-9 Victory on March 31.

NLL divisional semis recap.

Buffalo 14 vs Minny 8... The Bandits overcame an early 4-0 deficit to win in convincing fashion over the Swarm sunday, 14-8... In the second half, Buffalo held Minny scoreless, while putting up 7 tallies. J. Tavares led Buffalo with a game-high 5 points... Steenhuis had just 1A, after putting up 14 points in his previous 4 playoff games...

Rochester 10 vs. Toronto 6... Rochester, with it's league best 14-2 regular season record had more trouble with a 6-10 Rock team than they probably should have, winning just 10-6 thanks to two empty net goals.. NLL scoring champ Grant Jr. and the rest of the Hawks high-powered O will need to show better in the EAST Finals Friday... That game should be a dandy!

San Jose 15 at Colorado 14 (OT)... SJ pulled off the up-set W, 15-14, with a come from behind OT victory... The Stealth knocked down the defending NLL champs, thanks in large part to young stud Jeff Zywicki who scored a game-high 7 tallies, including the game-winner in OT! the kid's just clutch...

Arizona 13 at Calgary 9... The Sting also won going away, 13-9... Led by a balanced attack of Conn, Dawson, Self and the Malawsky bros, the Sting took an 8-6 lead into the break and outscored the Necks 5-3 in the second half... Zona will be looking to make a second championship game appearance since '05, but SJ's up-tempo style is gonna make for a legit game...