September 17, 2012
 

Neil Stevens

Neil is a regular contributor to Lacrosse Magazine and LaxMagazine.com.


August 6, 2014
Wings Move to Connecticut Means Inevitable Changes
Things will be different for the team formerly known as the Philadelphia Wings after today's announcement that it will be moving to Connecticut's Mohegan Sun Arena.

June 1, 2014
Outstanding Calgary Falls One Goal Short of Crown
Up two with three minutes remaining in the mini-game, the Roughnecks couldn't hold on, ending a great run with in 2014 by watching Rochester hoist the Champions Cup.

June 1, 2014
Rochester Tops Calgary, Takes 3rd Straight NLL Title
Rochester captured its third straight Champions Cup by rallying from a 1-0 deficit with a 16-10 victory over Calgary and then a 3-2 win in the mini-game finale.

May 31, 2014
NLL Final: Can Roch Rally? Or is it Calgary's Cup?
With a long playoff home win streak going, the Knighthawks have to rally from a 1-0 deficit against Calgary in tonight's NLL finals game two. Can the defending champions win and then take the mini-game for the crown?

May 28, 2014
NLL Notes: MacRay Happy for Return to Rochester
Former RIT standout Dan MacRae is happy to be making a trip to Rochester, where he played his college lacrosse at RIT, for the NLL finals close-out on Saturday.

May 27, 2014
Calgary Defense Steps Up at Key Time
Calgary holds a 1-0 lead in the NLL Finals over Rochester, due in large part to its defense playing a key role in Saturday's 10-7 win over the two-time defending champions.

May 24, 2014
Rochester-Calgary: Nail-Biting Champions Cup Final
The NLL's new playoff system has given us two sudden-death mini-game conference finals. The two-time defending champion Knighthawks and Roughnecks shouldn't disappoint either.

May 22, 2014
NLL Notes: Smith Not Punished for Dawson Hit
Rory Smith knocked Rochester's Dan Dawson out of last week's East final, but the league decided against disciplinary action after reviewing the play.

May 16, 2014
NLL Weekend: Division Champions to be Crowned

May 15, 2014
NLL Notes: 20 NLL Stars On Canada FIL Roster
As the NLL Playoffs continue, 20 familiar faces earned a roster spot for Team Canada at the upcoming FIL World Championships in Denver.

May 12, 2014
Calgary, Buffalo Remain Underdogs Despite Wins
In the NLL playoffs' new format, a 1-0 series lead is huge for the Buffalo Bandits and Calgary Roughnecks. But it doesn't mean they can start making their Champions Cup finals plan just yet.

May 10, 2014
NLL Weekend: New Playoff Format Launches
The NLL's new playoff format launches as Rochester and Buffalo square off in the East while Edmonton and Calgary fight for the West in the Conference Finals tonight.

May 1, 2014
NLL Weekend: Playoffs Open in Toronto and Calgary

April 30, 2014
NLL Notebook: Rock Steal Home Floor for Semifinals
WIth Buffalo on a cold-streak, Toronto snuck in and earned a first-round home game against the Bandits this weekend.

April 25, 2014
NLL Weekend: East's Second Spot Up for Grabs

April 25, 2014
Decoding the NLL's Number Game
There's lots of reasons why players wear what digits they do - honoring former players or friends, or simply their choice was taken and now their current number is a superstition.

April 22, 2014
NLL Notes: Colorado Hopes to End Playoff Slide
The Mammoth have not won a playoff game since taking home the cup in 2006, but hope to end that slide with their one-game date against Calgary on May 3rd.

April 22, 2014
Rose's Triumphant Return Inspires Rock Teammates
Nick Rose, displaced by the acquisition of Brandon Miller, made a big return for Toronto in last week's win over Buffalo, giving the Rock a wealth of goalie options for the upcoming playoffs.

April 17, 2014
NLL Weekend: Mammoth Aiming for Last Berth
The third and final playoff berth in the west hangs in the balance and second place in the east remains up for grabs in the second-to-last weekend of the regular season.

April 16, 2014
NLL Notes: Ward Getting it Done for Mammoth
Can Colorado's Dylan Ward be the first goalie to win Rookie of the Year? After helping the Mammoth end Edmonton's perfect start to the season, he's at least in the discussion.

April 10, 2014
ACL Tear Ends Record-Setting Season for Billings
Toronto Rock forward and former UVa star Garrett Billings was on pace for a number of NLL records before tearing his ACL in last weekend's action with the Toronto Rock.

April 10, 2014
NLL Weekend: Mad Dash for Final Playoff Spots

April 7, 2014
NLL Notebook: Teams Organize Touching Tributes
The Minnesota Swarm and Buffalo Bandits honor local charities and lost loved ones during pregame ceremonies and Neil Stevens recaps player achievements on the field.

April 4, 2014
NLL Weekend: Rochester Looks to Strengthen Lead
The defending champion Knighthawks look to put a little breathing room in their lead in the east with a home-and-home weekend against Minnesota.

April 1, 2014
NLL Notes: Philadelphia-Toronto Showdown Looms
After a rough start to the season, the Wings have pulled back into contention in the East with a showdown against Toronto coming up.

March 31, 2014
Relentless Rush Go Where No NLL Team Treads
A scrappy group, Edmonton is the first team in NLL history to win 13 straight, and hopes to ride that momentum all the way through to the Champions Cup.

March 28, 2014
NLL Weekend: Best of West vs. Beast of East
The 11-0 Edmonton Rush are one victory away from tying the NLL record for longest regular-season winning streak set in 2007 by Rochester, the team it faces Saturday.

March 26, 2014
NLL: Wealth of Talent Helps Rush Extend Streak
The Edmonton Rush tried some Spaghetti and were licking their lips afterwards.

March 25, 2014
Colorado to get Big Lift With Return of Adam Jones
On the shelf since early February, Adam Jones returns for the Mammoth and could provide a key lift as thy try to make a push in the West.

March 20, 2014
NLL Weekend: Bandits Head West for Key Pair
Leading the East, Buffalo heads west for a pair of games this weekend, including a match with unbeaten Edmonton on Friday night.

March 19, 2014
NLL Notes: Tavares Nearing Unprecedented 800th
As he approaches the unheard-of 800th goal of his career, Bandits star John Tavares reflects on some of the tougher goalies he's faced in his lengthy career as part of this week's NLL notebook from Neil Stevens.

March 18, 2014
Rochester's Dawson Joins NLL's 1,000 Point Club
The 68th selection in the 2001 NLL entry draft, Dan Dawson has been a long-shot investment that paid off in spades, joining the 1,000 point club this weekend.

March 12, 2014
NLL Notebook: An Amazing Night in Denver
Despite coaching turmoil, Colorado spun a great story this weekend, rallying for an OT victory the same night they were staging 'Lacrosse Out Cancer' night at home.

March 11, 2014
Cosmo Shoots for 1st Title with First-Place Bandits
The Bandits are 7-2 and stand atop the NLL's Eastern Conference, due in large part to goalie Anthony Cosmo, who leads the league with a .813 save percentage as he strives for his first Champions Cup.

March 5, 2014
NLL's Rush Riding Record Streak to Start Season
Despite missing some key players like former Albany star Corey Small, the Edmonton Rush have piled up wins so far, setting a league record with eight straight out of the gate.

February 24, 2014
Rock's Doyle Makes Elusive 500-Goal Club

February 18, 2014
Knighthawks Defense Key to Three-peat Hopes
A stellar defensive group has Rochester sitting at 5-2 and looking for a shot at a third straight National Lacrosse League crown.

February 5, 2014
NLL Notes: Sanderson Surpasses Gait in Points
Josh Sanderson joined the short list of indoor professionals to reach the 400-goal mark and passed Gary Gait into 4th all-time on the points list with a 12-point weekend for Toronto.

February 4, 2014
Bergey Ready for Philadelphia Honor
Jake Bergey will see his No. 66 retired before this weekend's Edmonton-Philadelphia tilt, an honor only two other former Wings have received.

January 23, 2014
Buffalo-Rochester Tilt Highlights NLL Weekend
The 3-0 Knighthawks travel down the N.Y. Throughway to visit the 3-1 bandits on Saturday in a key early-season NLL showdown between Empire State neighbors.

January 16, 2014
Wings/Stealth Play Two on Busy NLL Weekend
Stuck at the bottom of the East Division table, Philadelphia and Minnesota can turn things around this weekend as they play a home-and-home series as part of the league's busiest weekend of the season.

January 10, 2014
NLL Weekend: Busy Slate as Season Deepens
Every team is in action as the NLL season gets into full swing, including Philadelphia playing a pair of key games - at defending champ Rochester and home against Buffalo.

January 8, 2014
NLL Notes; Jones Guts it Out in Mammoth Win
No stranger to injuries, Colorado's Adam Jones led the charge in the Mammoth winning rally over Vancouver and hopes to stay healthy this spring.

December 11, 2013
NLL East Division Preview: Toronto Rock
Billings and Bairnes give the Rock a pair of killer B's on the right side, but Toronto is still looking for the right guy to replace Blaine Manning.

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.

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.

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.

November 28, 2012
NLL East Division Team-by-Team Previews
Our NLL season preview week kicks off as LM's Neil Stevens breaks down the East Division in predicted order of finish.

November 28, 2012
NLL West Division Team-by-Team Previews
How will the West be won, and who will win it? Neil Stevens breaks it down as part of LM's 2013 National Lacrosse League season preview.

October 2, 2012
Stevens: Love of Sport Shines Through During Draft
How's this for the love of the game? NLL No. 1 overall pick Mark Matthews has no idea what a first-year player's salary is, writes Neil Stevens.


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