All Lacrosse All The Time NLL Pick ‘Ems Playoff Edition – Week 1

The All Lacrosse All The Time Crew is back with their Playoff Pick ‘Ems

Playoff Year To Date:

“Muffler” Mike….0-0

Total Year To Date:

“Muffler” Mike….66-69

Playoffs Week 1

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk:


Toronto. Kudos to the Knighthawks for pulling off the near impossible task of making the playoffs last weekend. But this Rock team is far from finished in their quest for redemption from last year’s playoff embarrassment.


Buffalo. The Bandits are firing on
all cylinders and will have a raucous home crowd behind them, which is more than enough to exact some revenge on the Swarm.


San Diego. The Seals are 8-1 at home this year, and keep finding ways to win even when it looks like they’re overmatched.


Halifax. Giving the edge to the more experienced veteran team, especially as the Thunderbirds know the window to a championship won’t be open for much longer.

Shawn Slaght:

Rochester vs Toronto

Pick – Toronto

Rochester is a completely different team with Rylan Hartley back between the pipes, so this could be closer than one would think. However, I think the Rock are destined for a title this year.

Georgia vs Buffalo

Pick – Buffalo

This is the time of year where Buffalo always seems to kick their performances up a notch. Add in the Banditland is a tough place to play for visiting teams, and I think this will be a hard one for Georgia to win.

Panther City vs San Diego

Pick – San Diego

Time is ticking for this San Diego team. They may contend only for a year or two more before things will need to be blown up. The talent is there for a long playoff run. Panther City is starting to put the pieces together but it’ll be an early exit this year.

Halifax vs Albany

Pick – Halifax

My underdog pick of the first round. Albany was able to snap their losing streak heading into the playoffs, but I think teams are starting to catch on to them. They are also young with limited playoff experience. The veteran experience of the Thunderbirds will shine in this game.

Gary Groob:

Rochester vs. Toronto

Toronto wins.

Rochester looked very good manhandling the Wings to get in the playoffs, but the Rock are not the Wings.  In a one game elimination anything can happen, and with Rylan Hartley back in net, things got a lot tougher for Toronto.   The Rock however, are on a mission this year.  I don’t think anyone can come between them and their goal.

Georgia vs. Buffalo

Buffalo Wins.

The Bandits are peaking at the right time as always.  Dhane Smith and Josh Byrne are both firing on all cylinders.  Matt Vinc has looked better and better every week since his injury. 

If the Swarm can get their offense rolling there is definitely a possibility for an upset.  With Thompson, Kew, Jackson, Cole, and Oakes, the Swarm have plenty of fire power.  If Dobson is dialed in, Georgia could pull off the upset.  A big factor will be a full Banditland!  That will disrupt the flow of Georgia’s offense.

Panther City vs. San Diego

San Diego wins.

If San Diego gets upset in the first round again, you know there will be major changes coming.  The Seals will make sure that doesn’t happen.  Plenty of offense, fairly consistent goaltending, with strong leaders on defense will prove to be very important in this game.  The only downfall is a tendency to take penalties.

Don’t overlook Panther City!  Callum Crawford, Jonathan Donville, Ryan Sheridan, Jason Knox, Will Malcom and Phil Caputo have been running wild on teams most of the year.  If Nick Damude can play to his potential in this game, it could be a lot scarier than the Seals want.

Halifax vs. Albany

Halifax wins.

While Albany has had a strong year overall, the book is out on how they play.  Most teams have found ways to defend them fairly consistently lately.  The exuberance of youth can be a positive and a negative for them in a one game elimination.  They will have to play a full sixty minutes, and be very disciplined.

The Thunderbirds will not call this year a success unless they make the next round.  Ryan Benesch, Clarke Petterson, Austin Shanks and Dawson Theede have been a potent offense all year.  The defense is bruising and aggressive.  Warren Hill has the ability to steal a game in net.  If they can stay out of the penalty box, an upset is very possible.

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Eduardo Curros:

Rochester vs. Toronto


Georgia vs. Buffalo


Panther City vs. San Diego

San Diego

Halifax vs. Albany


Pat Bernard:

Rochester vs. Toronto


Georgia vs. Buffalo


Panther City vs. San Diego

San Diego

Halifax vs. Albany


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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.