NLL Lacrosse ‘Pickems – Week Eleven

All season long the All Lacrosse All The Time Crew will put together their picks for the upcoming week of NLL games.

Week Ten Totals:

Shawn…………………5-3
Ryan……………………6-2
“Muffler” Mike……3-5
Gary……………………6-2

Year to Date:

Gary………………….36-18
Shawn………………35-19
Ryan…………………31-23
“Muffler” Mike….26-28

Week Eleven:

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk:

TOR @ GA

Toronto. I think this game will be closer than expected, but the Rock have too much depth, while the Swarm have too many question marks.

SASK @ CGY

Saskatchewan. The Rush are low-key dangerous – but for a single 4th quarter lapse, they would be tied for first place in the West. Their offense outguns the Roughnecks.

HFX @ ROC

Rochester. A chance for the Knighthawks to repay Halifax for the embarrassing loss two weeks ago.

ALB @ NY

New York. The extra possessions won by the Riptide in the absence of a steady Albany face-off specialist will prove to be the difference here.

VAN @ PCLC

Panther City. They put up 20 on the Warriors in Vancouver two weeks ago…just imagine what they’ll do at home.

COL @ CGY

Colorado. Doubleheaders are tough, but even moreso for the Roughnecks, who rely heavily on their transition game. Calgary will be tired from the track meet the night before.

Shawn Slaght:

Toronto vs Georgia

Pick – Toronto

The Rock are firing on all cylinders right now. Meanwhile, Georgia is still trying to find its footing. The Swarm kept it competitive last week, but unfortunately they’ve come up against a juggernaut.

Saskatchewan vs Calgary

Pick – Calgary

These two teams don’t like each other going back to the Rush’s days in Edmonton. This is going to be smash mouth lacrosse. If the Rush have one weakness, it’s they always had issues defending against teams that will run the floor on transition. Del Bianco’s all-ball will cause them fits all game.

Halifax vs Rochester

Pick – Halifax

This is more of a gut feeling. Both teams have tapered off the last couple of weeks, yet I feel Halifax is due. I would not be surprised one bit if this comes down to the last possession.

Albany vs New York

Pick – New York

Two teams trending in opposition directions. New York has vastly improved since trading Callum Crawford and handing the reigns to Jeff Teat. Albany had one of their worst performances again Philly last week and injuries are catching up with this team.

Vancouver vs Panther City

Pick – Panther City

Not much to say here. Obviously, the rebuild in Vancouver has began. I wouldn’t be surprised if they keep it competitive but I don’t see how the Warriors will win it.

Colorado vs Calgary

Pick – Colorado

Two games in two nights isn’t helping Calgary. Yes, both games are at home but against very difficult divisional opponents. Calgary is going to be beat up and tired and Colorado will take full advantage of that.

Gary Groob:

Toronto @ Georgia

Toronto wins.

The Toronto Rock have waves of scoring.  Free agents Corey Small & Stephen Keogh have been spectacular.  When Dan Dawson can’t get out on the power play, this team is deep.  The Swarm are still getting over the Hall, White, & Poulin retirements, and need much more production than just Lyle Thompson.

Saskatchewan @ Calgary

Calgary wins.

These teams match up very well.  The Currier trade has paid huge dividends.  While the Rush are much improved, thus will test their boundaries.  Where Calgary is much stronger is in net.  Look for Del Bianco to steal this one for the Roughnecks.

Halifax @ Rochester

Rochester wins.

Both teams need this win to stay in the playoff race.   The Knighthawks discipline will work in their favor as Halifax is prone to take a lot of penalties.   Again, the goaltending match-up goes to Rochester, with Hartley out dualing Warren Hill.

Albany @ New York

New York wins.

These teams are heading in different directions. Albany is having troubles with injuries, while the Riptide trades have them with more jump. Look for Jeff Teat to quarterback his team to their second victory of the year.

Vancouver @PCLC

Panther City wins.

Another match-up of teams going in opposite directions. Vancouver is trying to save their season, while getting prepared for the seasons to come. Panther City is looking to make noise in the West division. Look for the PCLC offense to explode in this game.

Colorado @ Calgary

Colorado wins.

Calgary is on the back end of back to back nights. Colorado is getting healthy, and starting to feel the mojo that won them a cup a year ago. Look for the lowest scoring game of the weekend in this game.

Ryan McMichael:

Toronto @ Georgia

Toronto

Saskatchewan @ Calgary

Calgary

Halifax @ Rochester

Halifax

Albany @ New York

Albany

Vancouver @PCLC

PCLC

Colorado @ Calgary

Colorado

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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.

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