Rockhoppers Win Season Opener

Louisville, KY – The 2013 season of the North American Lacrosse League kicked off on Saturday night as the Kentucky Stickhorses hosted the Boston Rockhoppers at Freedom Hall in Louisville. The game was a rematch of last season’s finale in which the Rockhoppers handed the Stickhorses their only loss of the inaugural NALL season.

The game was a close battle throughout with the teams tied at 2 at the end of the first quarter and neither team holding an advantage of more than 2 goals throughout the game and with shots for game being nearly even.

Boston’s Andrew Kirkaldy led the game in scoring with 5 of Boston’s 10 goals. Kentucky spread the scoring with 7 players registering goals. Leading scorers for Kentucky were defender Anthony Kelly and Travis Bland in his inaugural NALL game.

The story of the game otherwise was the solid goaltending by both teams. Boston’s Nic Schroeder recorded 40 saves in the win and Kentucky’s Spencer Lyons had 37 saves in his first game with Kentucky.

Kentucky Stickhorses’ head coach Pete Schroeder said of the game: “I was proud of our effort. We did some good things with our penalty kill team when called upon and we were in a position to win the game in the 4th quarter. We’ll get our share of those; we just didn’t get it tonight. Hats off to Boston.”

Stickhorses’ owner Tony Chase was happy with the start of the new season. “I think we gave the fans a great show. It was a close game all the way. When you lose it by one in a hard-fought battle, you can’t complain.”

Kentucky and Boston meet again on January 19th in Boston’s home opener. The next game for the Kentucky Stickhorses is next Saturday, January 12th at Freedom Hall in Louisville against the Rhode Island Kingfish.

The Kentucky Stickhorses are a professional indoor lacrosse team that competes in the North American Lacrosse League. For information about the Kentucky Stickhorses and tickets, contact info@kentuckystickhorses.com.

Score by Quarter
1 – Boston 2, Kentucky 2
2 – Boston 4, Kentucky 6
3 – Boston 5, Kentucky 7
4 – Boston 10, Kentucky 9

Shots on Goal
Boston 47
Kentucky 49

Saves
Schroeder, Boston – 40
Lyons, Kentucky – 37

Ground Balls
Boston 68
Kentucky 66

Penalties
Boston 6 for 12 minutes
Kentucky 6 for 12 minutes

This article was written by Sean Murphy and it appeared on the North American Lacrosse League website.