Not many can say that they were in two different time zones this past weekend. The Colorado Mammoth can, in which the team played in two games back-to-back. The Mammoth took an overtime loss in an away game on Saturday to division rival Saskatchewan Rush. They proceeded to board a plane, and fly back to Denver, where they faced off against yet again another division competitor, the Vancouver Stealth. Although this home game was well-fought, the Mammoth still fell short 10-6.
Although the Denver box lacrosse team suffered a loss to the Stealth, there were still plenty of aspects of their game to commend.
As a team, the Mammoth got off a total of 59 shots on goal, which trumped the 38 shots by Vancouver. Yes, they Mammoth still had the smaller quantity in the goals category; but the record of them peppering the Stealth goalie with shots represents their offense was getting the looks they needed.
One of the individuals who was letting it fly was Mammoth star forward Jeremy Noble, who returned to the arena for the first time since sustaining an upper-body injury seven weeks ago. The University of Denver alumni netted one goal on 10 shots, also picking up two assists.
Other Colorado players also contributed to the score were: Chris Wardle (one goal), Callum Crawford (one goal), Dan Coates (one goal), Eli McLaughlin (one goal) and Cameron Holding, who scored his first goal of the season.
Outside of Vancouver scoring an empty net goal late in the fourth, goalie Alex Buque gave up nine goals. Despite the end result, the netminder still bolstered 28 saves.
On a more concerning level, the Mammoth are now 0-4 when scoring less than 10 goals. In addition to that, they are now only 1.5 games ahead of Vancouver in the Western Division of the NLL.
The next time the Colorado team takes the field will be after a full weeks rest, on Friday, March 17 against the Toronto Rock.
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