National Lacrosse League (NLL) Retro Game Of The Week

Pittsburgh Crossfire vs. Rochester Knighthawks

A big thanks to Dallas Eliuk for originally posting this game on his YouTube channel.

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January 15, 2000…

The “New Team” Pittsburgh Crossfire visited Rochester in the War Memorial.

An early season match-up has two high powered offenses going at it, making for an entertaining game.

The Pittsburgh Crossfire were an exciting, high scoring team with the likes of Gary Gait, Paul Gait, Neil Doddridge, and Joe Hiltz.

The Rochester Knighthawks countered with a powerhouse lineup…Curt Malawsky, Cory Bomberry, Tim Soudan, Casey Powell, Dan Teat, Rusty Kruger, and John Grant Jr.

The Crossfire lost the previous evening to Albany, 21-19, but won convincingly in week one with a 23-12 win against the New York Saints, showing in both games what an explosive team they were offensively.

This was Pittsburgh’s only year in the league, coming from Baltimore (Thunder), then moving to Washington (Power), which would eventually become the Colorado Mammoth.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy this game in it’s entirety.

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.