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Recent Posts by Neil Stevens

January 22, 2015
Sanderson, Hellyer Thriving for Resurgent Rock
With stars Garrett Billings and Colin Doyle on the shelf, Josh Sanderson and Rob Hellyer have stepped up in a big way for the Toronto Rock in the team's 2-0 start.

May 7, 2013
Stevens' NLL Divisional Finals Turning Points
A disallowed goal in Rochester and a late goal in Calgary helped create a Knighthawks-Stealth championship game. The NLL division finals offered up high drama.

May 3, 2013
NLL Division Finals Preview: Rochester, Calgary Host
Minnesota heads to Rochester and Washington is in Calgary on Saturday to decide the Champion's Cup matchup.

April 17, 2013
NLL Week 16: Playoff Race Comes Down to Wire
Rochester, Buffalo and Colorado will be trying to avoid being the only team to miss the playoffs when the regular season ends with four games Saturday night.

April 10, 2013
NLL Week 15: Rochester Seeks Playoff Berth
There are five games on the NLL's Week 15 schedule. All teams see action. Rochester is the only team playing twice and goes to Alberta for a pair. The 2012 champions are still trying to nail down a playoff berth.

April 4, 2013
NLL Week 14: Six Games on Tap, All Nine Teams
Week 14 of the NLL season includes six games involving all nine teams. Philadelphia, Rochester and Minnesota each play twice.

March 28, 2013
NLL Week 13: Toronto, Philly Pull Double Duty
Five games are on the Week 13 schedule. Toronto and Philadelphia each play twice. Edmonton is the lone team with a bye.

March 21, 2013
NLL Week 12: Four Teams Take a Breather
There are only three NLL games in Week 12 as four clubs get breathers to prepare for the schedule’s last month.

March 15, 2013
Swarm, Mammoth Desperate for Fourth Win
Four games, all on Saturday, make up the NLL’s Week 11 schedule as teams jockey for position heading towards the playoffs.

March 15, 2013
NLL Suspends 13 Players, Fines Two Coaches
Chet Koneczny of the Colorado Mammoth has been suspended for four games, 12 other players have been suspended for one game and coaches Darris Kilgour of the Buffalo Bandits and Johnny Mouradian of the Philadelphia Wings have been fined undisclosed amounts following an NLL review of two games that ended in brawls last Saturday.

March 7, 2013
NLL Week 10: Now or Never for Mammoth
The Colorado Mammoth, who have the NLL’s worst record halfway through their schedule, play two of the four games on tap in Week 10.

February 28, 2013
Key Divisional Matchups Add Intrigue to Week 9
All nine teams will be in action, Buffalo plays twice, and there are some key divisional matchups on tap for Week 9 of the National Lacrosse League season.

February 21, 2013
Wings, Rush Pull Double Duty in NLL Week 8
There are five NLL games this weekend and all are YouTube's The Lacrosse Network. The Philadelphia Wings and the Edmonton Rush each play twice, while the Buffalo Bandits and the Toronto Rock get a bye.

February 14, 2013
NLL Week 7: Division Leaders to Meet in Toronto
First place in the overall National Lacrosse League standings will be at stake when the Calgary Roughnecks tangle with the Rock in Toronto. There are five games in all on the Week 7 of the schedule.

February 7, 2013
Business, School Special on NLL Week 6 Slate
A unique weekday morning game is on a Week 6 NLL schedule that has all teams in action. Rochester and Colorado will be on the road trying to beat teams they lost to at home earlier this season.

January 31, 2013
East Division Lead On the Line in NLL Week 5
The Toronto Rock roll into Buffalo to battle the Bandits with first place in the National Lacrosse League’s East Division on the line. Here’s a glance at the four games, all on Saturday night, on the Week 5 schedule.

January 24, 2013
Philadelphia Looks to Remain Only Unbeaten
Philadelphia is the only undefeated NLL team, while reigning-champion Rochester and Calgary, the team with the best regular-season record last year, remain winless. Hands up everyone who predicted this. Anyone?

January 17, 2013
National Lacrosse League Week 3 Preview
Neil Stevens breaks down Philadelphia-Toronto, Buffalo-Rochester, Colorado-Calgary and Edmonton-Washington.

January 10, 2013
National Lacrosse League Week 2 Preview
The NLL season begins in earnest with five games this weekend. Check out our game previews with insight, matchups to watch and more.

May 16, 2012
NLL Finals Preview: Spotlight on Goalie Matchup
When Rochester meets Edmonton on Saturday night, the matchup everyone will be watching pits 2010 and 2011 NLL goalie of the year Matt Vinc against his former backup Aaron Bold, whose stats have been superior to most other goalies all year.

May 9, 2012
Stevens' NLL Semifinal Previews, Predictions
Rochester is at Toronto and Edmonton heads to Minnesota for a pair of games that will determine the Champion's Cup finalists.

April 25, 2012
NLL Weekend Preview: Regular Season Finale
The NLL regular season wraps with four games over the weekend. Some playoff seeds are already determined, but others have yet to be settled.

April 18, 2012
NLL Weekend Preview: Top Two Defenses Collide
The National Lacrosse League's top two defenses meet when Calgary heads to Edmonton. The Rush also play Colorado, Toronto is in Washington and Buffalo and Rochester clash in New York.

April 11, 2012
NLL Weekend Preview, Injury Updates
A full slate of games is on tap as we inch closer to the NLL playoffs, plus Minnesota's Ryan Benesch, out the last three games after suffering a concussion, remains questionable.

April 4, 2012
Powell Bros. to the Booth: NLL Weekend Preview
NLL fans miss watching Casey Powell on the floor but the highest scoring American player in NLL history will be returning this weekend, in a broadcast booth, when CBS Sports Network airs the first of its eight live Saturday night games.