The National Lacrosse League season has begun and it is looking like it will be the most exciting season of this storied league yet. Six teams began their season last weekend with Saskatchewan, Calgary, and Georgia coming out with wins. Six new teams begin their seasons this weekend in what should be a great slate of Saturday night games.
If you haven’t watched a lot of box lacrosse, now is a great time to start as the NLL has grown to 13 teams with even more expansion on the horizon. Games are available to watch for free on Bleacher Report Live this weekend at the link below:
Here are the NLL games we can’t wait to watch this weekend.
Halifax Thunderbirds vs New York Riptide
Watch on B/R Live at 6 pm ET
These two teams may both be new to the NLL this season, but they could not be anymore different.
The Halifax roster is pretty much intact from last year when they made up the former Rochester Knighthawks organization. Cody Jameison, Kyle Jackson, and company are ready for a fresh start. The Riptide are a brand new team that made up its roster through the Expansion Draft, Entry Draft, and by signing Free Agents. They have a solid group assembled for the return of pro box lacrosse to New York City led by Tyler Digby, John Ranagan, Kieran McArdle, and #1 Draft Pick Tyson Gibson.
The Scotiabank Center was packed for Halifax’s Purple vs Orange intersquad scrimmage so expect an even bigger crowd for the home opener, which will be the first ever NLL game in Nova Scotia.
Toronto Rock vs New England Black Wolves
Watch on B/R Live at 7 pm ET
In an East vs North Division clash, these rivals will be playing hard to get their first win of the season.
Toronto is ready to make a statement as they return an extremely talented group that is looking for redemption after falling in the NLL Semifinals last season. Led by Tom Schreiber, Dan Dawson, Adam Jones, Challen Rogers, Nick Rose, and skilled players up and down the roster. New England also returns the bulk of their roster and will look for Callum Crawford to have another monster season offensively. Crawford scored 109 points in the 2018-2019 season. The Black Wolves also have some young talent in Andrew Kew and Dereck Downs to give them a boost.
Dan Dawson is playing for the Rock for the first time in his long NLL career and is excited to play in his hometown.
Buffalo Bandits vs San Diego Seals
Watch on B/R Live at 7 pm ET
Banditland will be rocking as the Buffalo Bandits open their season against the second year San Diego Seals who made the playoffs last season in their first year in the league.
The Bandits are led by Dhane Smith, Josh Bryne, Steve Priolo, and one of the best NLL goalies of all time Matt Vinc. The Bandits were so close to winning it all last season as they fell in overtime in Game 2 to the Calgary Roughnecks. They are locked and loaded for a redemption tour. The Seals are ready to become a top team in the NLL in year two. The Seals are loaded with talent all over the floor with stars like Wes Berg, Connor Kearnan, Jeremy Noble, Connor Fields, and Zack Greer on offense and Brodie Merrill, Cam Holding, and Frank Scigliano in the defensive end.
Dhane Smith and Josh Bryne might have mad a little too much time on their hands this offseason.
Week 2 of the NLL season should pack a punch as these teams will be eager to come out of the gates hot in their first games. Don’t be surprised if you see some NLL goals on Sportscenter Top 10 on Sunday morning.