Vancouver, BC (Saturday, April 22, 2017) – The Vancouver Stealth (8-9) defeated the Colorado Mammoth (9-8) on Saturday, April 22, 2017, 13-7.
The Stealth saved arguably their best performance of the season for Fan Appreciation Night. The crowd dawned in black Stealth gear for blackout night were somewhat muted after the first quarter when Vancouver was down 3-2. But after they shook off the first fifteen minutes, the Stealth never looked back. They led 7-4 at the half, 11-7 after three and held the Mammoth goalless in the final frame.
With the victory, Vancouver will now have a berth in the 2017 NLL Playoffs, a goal that has eluded them since moving to the Lower Mainland.
“I think they are a very good team, but we play them hard,” said Matt Beers. “We are 3-1 against them and it really does not matter to us if we play them here or in Colorado. We know they are going to want those wins back, but we are going to be ready for them.”
Vancouver will play Colorado in Round One of the Playoffs but the destination is unknown. Heading into the final week of play, Vancouver still could host in the first round. With a Mammoth loss to Saskatchewan next week and a Stealth victory over New England, the first-round game would be played inside the Langley Events Centre.
“We obviously wanted this win, it is good for the franchise, but we did not want to rely on somebody else to get us in the playoffs,” said Head Coach and Assistant General Manager Jamie Batley. “The last couple of games we have had great support from the fans and they have really lifted us to these wins.”
Vancouver hits the road in Week 18 when they play the New England Black Wolves in their final regular season game. You can catch next Saturday’s game on NLL TV and you can hear Jake Elliott and Brad Challoner call the game on TSN Radio .
Saturday night was a treat for those inside the Langley Events Centre who watched the game but also for Lacrosse BC. Stealth owner Denise Watkins and President & General Manager Doug Locker presented a $30,000 cheque to the Lacrosse on the Move Fund. The money was raised between 50/50 draws at home games and from the BC-themed jersey auction. Since 2014, the Stealth have raised over $125,000 for the Fund.
About the National Lacrosse League:
The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is North America’s premier professional indoor lacrosse league. Founded in 1986, the NLL ranks third in average attendance for pro indoor sports worldwide, behind only the NHL and NBA. The League is comprised of nine franchises across the United States and Canada: Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Georgia Swarm, New England Black Wolves, Rochester Knighthawks, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock and Vancouver Stealth.
Cover photo courtesy of Garrett James Photography.