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20090508hartzellJust getting back from the golf course and taking it easy on a beautiful day here in San Jose. We played well in the Western semi-final and beat the Portland LumberJax 20-16. From the first whistle to the end we were all over them. They pulled their starting goalie Matt Disher after the first quarter. Our offense played really well and didn’t give the Jax’ defense any rest.

This weekend may 9th we play the number one seeded Calgary Roughnecks for the Western Final in the Saddle Dome.  We are only one game away from going to the NLL Championship!!!!  Guys play for years and years and never get the opportunity to play for a championship. Coach Chris Hall tells us every weekend, “winning an NLL championship will change your lives.”

This league is filled with the best talent in the world so winning the Championship sets you apart from all the rest in the lacrosse world. We are one game away from getting there and this weekend we will see who comes to play and which team wants it more. I think with the leadership and talent that we have on this team, I don’t see why we can’t walk away this weekend as the Western champs.

Tune in this weekend at 9pm Eastern Time on www.nll.com to watch the action!!!

Western Final
San Jose Stealth @ Calgary Roughnecks 9pm ET

Eastern Final
Buffalo Bandits @ New York Titans 7:30pm ET

2009051_lbIt’s been a week or so since I checked in not much lacrosse going on since the playoff bye week. Has anyone been watching playoff hockey!? That’s what I have been doing this past week. Every game is end-to-end action. My team the Capitals won game seven in Washington, which was a huge win. The Caps’ next series is against the Penguins who they will dominate.

The NLL playoffs start this weekend.

Today (May 1st) we play the LumberJax in the first round of the NLL playoffs. The team is anxious to get back into action. We arrived in Portland today and in the team film session you could tell everyone is focused and ready to go.

The LumberJax knocked the Stealth out last year for the first round so tomorrow is a pretty big grudge match. Everyone knows that if we lose that there is no tomorrow. Portland always has a huge crowd of 9,000+ so it’s going to be loud and a very exciting environment to play in. This is my first time back in playoff contention since college, but now on a bigger stage.

This has been an up and down season and a long one for us, but I don’t want it to end tomorrow. Only three games stand between us and a NLL Championship. Hopefully after tomorrow there are only two games between the championship and us. Tune in tomorrow on NLL.COM at 7:30p.m Pacific, 10:30p.m Eastern to see us take on the LumberJax!!

Western Playoff games
San Jose vs. Portland LumberJax
Colorado Mammoth vs. Calgary Roughnecks

Eastern Playoff games
New York Titans vs. Rochester Knighthawks
Boston Blazers vs. Buffalo Bandits

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 1/21/2008

Hey everyone, I hope that you had a great weekend, mine had some ups and some down, but all in all, no complaints.   Ill start with the ups….How about the Terps pulling off the huge W versus the Tarheels?  What a game.  I only got to see the first half and got the update of the final score from my roomate Trey (he graduated from UNC last year), but what a game.  I have been a Maryland fan forever and beating Carolina is a huge step for this years team.  The NFL Championhip games were good games to watch, but in the long run rather dissapointing for me.  After watching a hard fought game in New England which saw the Pats come out on top, I watched my Packers take one on the chin from Eli and the Giants.  As for the Super Bowl, lets hope that the Giants put up a showing like they have on the road (10 straight road wins) this year and in week 16 vs the Pats and not Giants that got spanked by the Ravens in Super Bowl 35.

Anyways, on to Buffalo.  Our plane left Baltimore at 540 on Friday.  This was nice because I got to get through a whole day of school and didnt have to take any time off and the flight only took an hour, so by the time we got up in the air, we were on our way back down.  Once in Buffalo, which was cold (not as cold as the Green Bay/Giants game), we headed to the hotel, dropped off our stuff and made our way to practice.  We had a relatively good practice, but it was really tough becuase we were playing on a roller hockey rink with no turf.  The ground was slippery and the lights made it very tough to see the ball too.  After practice, we headed back to the hotel where we got a quick bite to eat and got some sleep.  We had flims at 8 am and than were off to our shootaround at 915.  The HSBC center is a pretty cool arena, but it had a lingering smell of stale beer.  After shoot around, it was back to the hotel for team lunch and nap time.  At 5:00 we were on our way back to the HSBC to get ready for the Bandits.  The game was a disappointing one, but I did get to see history in John Tavares breaking Gary Gait’s all time goals record.  After the game we went back to the hotel and hung out there for a little while before heading out to see what downtown Buffalo had to offer.  Did I mention in was freezing cold.  530 am wake up call and it was off to the airport to head home.  The early flights are tough, but getting home early is nice.

Today starts another week, but a short one for me.  We have no school today because of Martin Luther King’s birthday, so I am going to take some time to relax before going to the gym, cleaning up the house and taking Mason to the park.  We head to Toronto on Friday, so check back next week for updates on how that trip went.

Have a good week everyone and I be back next week.

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