Season 2, Ep. 15
On this week's edition of the Lacrosse Classified podcast, we look back at Week 12 of the National Lacrosse League and put a series of unusual calls Under Review from a thrilling finish in Halifax in our G Wilson Construction segment. Rob Hellyer and Zach Higgins join the show.First up this week is Rob Hellyer of the Toronto Rock. Rob is tied for the league lead in goals scored after putting up a sock trick in Saturday's win over Vancouver. We talk about the Rock's offensive success despite some key injuries up front, his rehab from a devastating knee injury and his thoughts on Dan Dawson dropping the gloves on Saturday.Next up is Zach Higgins, goaltender for the Philadelphia Wings, who currently leads the NLL in both goals against average and save percentage. We talk about his years as a backup leading up to the chance he received this year to be a starter, the change in confidence in Philly this year and one fantastic paint job on his helmet.And as we record on Family Day in British Columbia and Saskatchewan, Evan brings two of his kids along for Stampede Tack's #WhoYaGott, including Daryna who sits in 5th overall. In Quick Sticks, we hand out our NLL mid-season awards.A big thank you to our partners: the Vancouver Warriors, Associated Labels and Packaging, Stampede Tack and G Wilson Construction.
Ryan Dilks, Joel McCready: Lacrosse Classified, Ep. 66
Season 2, Ep. 14
On this week's episode of the Lacrosse Classified podcast, we recap Week 11 of the NLL which featured one of the finest displays of goaltending we've seen in a long time from both Dillon Ward and Evan Kirk. Ryan Dilks and Joel McCready join us on the show.Our first guest is the 2016 NLL Defender of the Year, Ryan Dilks of the Saskatchewan Rush and St. Albert Miners. After taking a year off from the NLL due to firefighting training, Ryan leads the NLL in caused turnovers. We talk about the balance between lacrosse and the work of being a firefighter, his ability to anticipate the play and what it was like to come into the NLL as a 5th round pick.Our second guest is Joel McCready of the Vancouver Warriors and Coquitlam Adanacs. After a crucial overtime win in Rochester on Sunday that saw the Warriors catapult into second place in the west, we talk about what has changed in Vancouver over the last few years and overcoming an Achilles injury.As always we play another round of Stampede Tack's #WhoYaGott where Evan takes a three-game lead and makes a surprising pick.In G Wilson Construction Under Review, we take a detailed look into the fairly lengthy process that is a video review.A big thank you to the Lacrosse Classified sponsors: the Vancouver Warriors, Associated Labels and Packaging, Stampede Tack, G Wilson Construction and Pure Vita Labs.
Corey Small, Eric Penney: Lacrosse Classified, Ep. 65
Season 2, Ep. 13
On this week's edition of Lacrosse Classified, after a weekend in Vegas for both Jake & Evan — by which some miracle Jake survived — we put the issue of whether a future NLL expansion team in Vegas will work in our G Wilson Construction Under Review segment. Corey Small and Eric Penney join us on the show.Also in Stampede Tack's #WhoYaGott, Evan's lead is now at two games.Our first guest is Corey Small of the Buffalo Bandits and the Peterborough Lakers, who scored the OT winner in both of Buffalo's last two games. We talk about team chemistry, the impact a coach like John Tavares will have on a team and how important his eight years with the Victoria Shamrocks were to the development of his career.Our second guest is the goaltender of the Vancouver Warriors, Eric Penney. Recently the Warriors gave Eric a huge boost of confidence after releasing Aaron Bold made him the clear-cut starter in Vancouver and Penney has rewarded them with perhaps the best two performances of his NLL career.As always a big thank you to our sponsors: the Vancouver Warriors, Associated Labels & Packaging, Pure Vita Labs, Stampede Tack & G Wilson Construction.
Brodie Merrill, Dillon Ward: Lacrosse Classified, Ep. 64
Season 2, Ep. 12
On this week's episode of Lacrosse Classified, after Jake gets a pass from his girlfriend to head down to Vegas this coming weekend, we turn our focus of the show onto the Dive In to Sin City game coming up this weekend between the San Diego Seals and Colorado Mammoth which both Evan and Jake will be in attendance for.First up, we have the captain of the San Diego Seals and PLL Chaos, Brodie Merrill.Brodie is now 38 years old but you wouldn't be able to tell it from the way he continues to excel at the game.He is also in the opinion of this show the greatest long pole of all time, having the LSM player of the year award in the PLL named after him, even while he is still an active player.We talk about the Seals early struggles, an unusual goaltending situation in the Seals last game, his work at the Hill Academy and reflect back on perhaps the game that meant the most to him, the 2006 ILF World Championship final.Next up is the guy who is certainly the best goaltender overall in both disciplines, Dillon Ward of the Colorado Mammoth and Denver Outlaws.We talk about the Mammoth's recent ups and downs, how the #GoalieUnion is sparkling so far this year and everyone having fun with the new trending hashtag, #TradeWard.As always we have another round of Stampede Tack's #WhoYaGott where Evan maintains a 1 goal lead over Jake, news and notes and in G Wilson Construction's Under Review, we explain the illegal equipment penalty called on Tyler Digby of the New York Riptide in their game against the Philadelphia Wings last week.As always a big thank you to our sponsors, the Vancouver Warriors, Associated Labels & Packaging, Pure Vita Labs, Stampede Tack and G Wilson Construction.
Holden Cattoni, Dan Lomas, Lacrosse Classified, Ep. 63
Season 2, Ep. 11
This week on Lacrosse Classified, we dig deep into an eight-game Week 8 that was full of surprises, and where our #WhoYaGott winner from 100 entries had just a 6-2 record. Holden Cattoni and Dan Lomas join us on the show.From a massive upset in Long Island as the New York Riptide took down the Georgia Swarm, to the Rochester Knighthawks having a very different pair of results, to the Colorado Mammoth only scoring five times against the Vancouver Warriors and then lighting up the Saskatchewan Rush the next night.Because both expansion teams got their first win in franchise history, that's where we are focusing our attention this week.First up is Holden Cattoni of the Rochester Knighthawks.Holden, a former Johns Hopkins star, was one of the first players to come out of Alberta's Elev8 program into the NCAA.Having played the 2018 season with the Calgary Roughnecks, Holden was then traded to Georgia in 2019 only to be surprisingly left unprotected in the expansion draft and was picked up with the 3rd overall pick by Rochester.We talk about the expansion draft and life with the Knighthawks, the growth of the team's offense and life outside of lacrosse living in the Washington D.C. area.Next up is Dan Lomas of the New York Riptide.Much like Cattoni, Dan is now with his third team in three years, after being let go by the former Rochester Knighthawks and Vancouver Warriors, he has persevered and found a new home with the Riptide.We talk about life with the Riptide, the leadership of Dan MacRae and Dan's growth as a lacrosse player from High Point to the NLL.We then put gambling in lacrosse in our G. Wilson Construction Under Review segment and play another round of Stampede Tack's #WhoYaGott where Evan maintains a one-game lead over Jake as both went 4-4 last week. Of the five games this week, neither one is confident in four of the picks.As well in News and Notes, the excitement both Evan and Jake have for the Riptide's signing of Myles Jones.As always a big thank you to our sponsors, Associated Labels and Packaging, Stampede Tack, G. Wilson Construction, Pure Vita Labs and the Vancouver Warriors.
Matt Rambo, Devan Kaney, Pat Gregoire: Lacrosse Classified, Ep. 62
Season 2, Ep. 10
This week on Lacrosse Classified, we have not two, but three guests on the lineup. Pat Gregoire, Matt Rambo and Devan Kaney all join the show.First up is the color commentator for the Halifax Thunderbirds and contributor to Lacrosse Flash, Smokin' Pat Gregoire. We talk about the success of the Thunderbirds, what it takes to get his hair in place, and has his man-crush changed from Bradley Kri to Graeme Hossack?Secondly, we speak with Matt Rambo of the Philadelphia Wings and Whipsnakes of the PLL. We speak about the recent success of the Wings, the transition of his game to the box game, the growth of the US men's box lacrosse team and scoring the overtime winner in the PLL championship.Finally, this week we have Devan Kaney of the NLL and field reporter for the Philadelphia Wings. Devan produces a number of segments for the NLL every week including The Rundown and Huddle Up. We talk about her recent trips to LaxCon and San Diego, who her memorable player interviews were with and who is her favorite analyst to talk to.As always we go Under Review, brought to you by G Wilson Construction and this week we explain the Alterna Cup. Plus we've got Stampede Tack's #WhoYaGott where Evan takes his accustomed spot on top of the standings with eight games to pick from this week. And we have our first-ever female winner of Who Ya Gott!As always a big thank you to our sponsors, Pure Vita Labs, the Vancouver Warriors, Associated Labels and Packaging, Stampede Tack and G Wilson Construction.
Jeff Shattler, Lyle Thompson: Lacrosse Classified, Ep. 61
Season 2, Ep. 9
On this week's edition of Lacrosse Classified, we talk about goaltending depth in the NLL in our G Wilson Construction Under Review andJakemanages to win last week's Stampede Tack Who Ya Gott, but we don't hand him the prize. Jeff Shattler and Lyle Thompson join us on the show.First up is former NLL MVP, Jeff Shattler of the Saskatchewan Rush. We talk about the adjustment to the three lefty system and about the growth of lacrosse in Saskatchewan and the Shattler Lacrosse Academy.Then we have another former MVP, Lyle Thompson of the Georgia Swarm. We get into such a detailed talk about life with Lyle that we almost forget to talk about lacrosse.As always a big thank you to our sponsors, Pure Vita Labs, the Vancouver Warriors, Associated Labels and Packaging, Stampede Tack & G Wilson Construction.