What better way to start 2020 with a busy weekend of lacrosse games.
There will be two great NLL games to watch on Saturday night, but lacrosse fans will also have a chance to catch some great field games as well with US Lacrosse’s Spring Premiere being played in San Antonio, Texas. The Spring Premiere will feature the U.S. U19 and Senior teams, Team Japan, and Team Premier who is mixed group of U19 Canadians and Americans.
All Spring Premiere games will be available to watch for free on Lax Sports Network.
Here are the games we at Powell Lacrosse are excited to tune into this weekend.
U.S. U19 vs Team Premier
Watch on Lax Sports Network at 1 pm ET
The U.S. Under 19 squad will have the chance to play some great competition this weekend and their first opponent is a team made up of players from the Edge Lacrosse program out of Canada as well as several American college committed players from the high school class of 2020. With a mixture of Canadians and U.S. players who may have been snubbed for the U19 team, Team Premier should put up a great fight.
U.S. Senior Team vs Team Japan
Watch on Lax Sports Network at 3:30 pm ET
Team USA will feature 10 players from their 2018 World Championship squad as well as several players wearing the red, white, and blue for the first time. They will be facing a skilled Team Japan that will feature goalie Kai Iwamoto who became the first Japanese citizen to play in an MLL game. Japan continues to improve and should be a great test for the U.S. team.
Team Premier vs Team Japan
Watch on Lax Sports Network at 6 pm ET
Philadelphia Wings (1-1) vs New York Riptide (0-4)
Watch on B/R Live at 7:30 pm ET
The expansion Riptide are still searching for the team’s first ever win and they will have a good chance to get it as they welcome the Wings to Long Island. The Riptide have struggled to put a complete game together so far this season. They have had bright spots against Vancouver and New England and players like Connor Kelly, Dan Lomas, and Tyler Digby have provided some good scoring. Veterans Andrew Suitor and Dan MacRae have done their best to shore up the defense, but there is still a lot of work to do. Rookie Alex Woodall has been impressive in the faceoff circle.
Philly is coming off of a big win in Calgary that saw Matt Rambo score a buzzer beater to secure their first win of the season. Kevin Crowley is showing that he is one of the best shooters in the league and Kiel Matisz is logging a lot of minutes playing on offense and defense. The Wings were much improved from their first game, but will need to continue to improve and not get caught sleeping by an eager Riptide team.
Matt Rambo was clutch in Philly’s win last weekend.
🚨 RAAAMMMBOOOOOO 🚨
— NLL (@NLL) December 29, 2019
Game of the Week: Vancouver Warriors (1-2) vs Colorado Mammoth (2-1)
Watch on B/R Live, Facebook, and Twitter at 9:30 pm ET
This West Division matchup should be a good one as the Mammoth return home to the loud house where they will face a Vancouver squad that is getting better every game. The Mammoth are coming off of a dramatic comeback win against Georgia that saw them outscore the Swarm 5-1 in the 4th Quarter. Jacob Ruest has emerged as a deadly goal scorer with 10 goals in just 3 games and the rest of the offense is starting to click. Dillon Ward came up with some big saves to secure the win.
The Mammoth will have to try and find a way to stop Vancouver’s Mitch Jones as he is on a tear with 22 points in just 3 games. Jones is giving the Warriors a much needed boost to keep them in games alongside a talented offensive group. Captain Matt Beers has been outstanding on defense with 7 caused turnovers and has also chipped in 5 points in transition. The Warriors came up one play short in their overtime loss to San Diego last week, but will surely come into this game looking to bounce back with a win.
Warriors’ goalie Eric Penney played well in their last game and provided some great mic’d up commentary showing how much communication there is on defense.
"Isn't this just all part of the goalie union?" "I don't think he is." 🤣
— Vancouver Warriors (@nllwarriors) December 31, 2019
U.S. U19 vs Team Japan
Watch on Lax Sports Network at 9 am ET
The U.S. U19 team will also get a chance to play Team Japan in what should be a good measuring stick for the young American players to see what international lacrosse is all about.
U.S. Senior Blue vs White Scrimmage
Watch on Lax Sports Network at 11 am ET
This will likely be the most intense game of the Spring Premiere as the U.S. players will scrimmage against each other in what will serve as an early tryout for the 2022 World Games. Players will be trying to impress the U.S. coaches to set themselves up for future invitations to Team USA events and eventually the actual tryouts for the team that will take place in 2021.
The roster for Team USA can be seen below:
We hope you enjoy this action packed weekend of lacrosse!