This year's National Lacrosse League (NLL) is heating up, as the regular season wraps up only a few months away in late April. The NLL is a men's professional indoor lacrosse league that was founded in 1986. With almost ten teams active, the NLL represents the best that North America has to offer in the sport. Every season, the teams play for the Champion's Cup. The playoffs then begin, as top divisional teams compete for the change to face off for the Champion's Cup. So far this year, a handful of teams have made their presence known. Ticket Galaxy break down this year's top contenders midway through the season.
The Georgia Swarm is a NLL team based in Georgia. They play their home games at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, Georgia and share the venue with the Atlanta Gladiators, a ECHL ice hockey team based in Duluth, as well. During Swarm games, a series of entertainment is available for fans, including concerts such as the Scott McCrery show coming up on February 17th. The Swarm's record is 3-3 this season, putting them as 4th in the Eastern Division.
New England Black Wolves
The New England Black Wolves are 4-2 in the Eastern Division so far this season. The New England Black Wolves play their home games at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. They are currently leading the Eastern Division, making them a major contender for the Champion's Cup. This includes winning streaks this season that are hard to beat so early on. They are currently the team to watch for in the NLL Eastern Division.
The Calgary Roughnecks were founded in 2002 and are located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Though they are currently 2-5 in the Western Division, their fight and history make them potential underdogs in the upcoming playoffs. It's too early in the season to tell which team will end on top of the division, but the Roughnecks are a team to watch that has began the season quieter than normal. In the past, the Roughnecks won two Champion's Cups in 2004 and 2009. The team plays their home games at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
In the Western Division, the Saskatchewan Rush are the team to look out for. With a stunning record of 7-1, Saskatchewan Rush are from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The team was founded recently in 2015 and already has a successful record on the team's side. They play home games at Co-Op Field at SasktTel Centre. In 2016, the team won the Champion's Cup. Therefore, for such a new and young franchise, Saskatchewan Rush has made a big impact on the NLL.
Written by Jenna
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