Week 2 of the National Lacrosse League is in the books. You’ve read what we think of the games on Friday and Saturday night. Now let’s check in to see what players and coaches are saying.
“I don’t know if we underestimated them since they played last night, but we have to be better all-around as a team.”
_ Mammoth defender Robert Hope, to ColoradoMammoth.com, after Saturday’s loss to Vancouver.
“To be honest, I was hurting for him. I wanted him to give him every opportunity to succeed. That’s why I left him in so long. At the end of the day it just wasn’t his night … We’ll be talking about Christian Del Bianco for the next 15 years and he’ll be the best goalie in the NLL. This is a bit of a learning curve for him.”
_ Calgary Roughnecks coach Curt Malawsky, to CalgaryRoughnecks.com, on the first career start of 19-year-old rookie goalie Christian Del Bianco in Friday’s loss to Vancouver.
“We were only up by one against the two-time defending champs, and that’s exactly what we did. We couldn’t be too high; we couldn’t be too low. We had to go out there and keep grinding.”
_ Lyle Thompson, to NLL.com, in helping the Georgia Swarm beat the Saskatchewan Rush
“We executed the right decisions at the right time – some of that was by young rookies playing their first NLL game. That’s a good sign.”
_ Georgia Swarm coach Ed Comeau, to NLL.com, after Saturday’s win over the Saskatchewan Rush
“As much as the 11 points or something, it was more on the team than it was on me; right place, right time I guess. Ultimately, it’s nice to see the stat, but it’s better to have the win at the end of the day. That’s the most important thing.”
_ Rochester rookie Kyle Jackson, to NLL.com, after posting 2 goals and 9 assists in Saturday’s win over New England.
“I thought we were waiting for things to happen. Pretty stationary on offense. We weren’t reacting hard enough on ‘D’.
_ New England coach Glen Clark, to NLL.com, after Saturday’s road loss to Rochester.
“We took a couple of bad penalties and they got up five. Then just like the roof caved in on us. We were really frustrated, and we just kept taking more penalties.”
_ New England defenseman Scott Self, to NLL.com, after Saturday’s road loss to Rochester in which the Knighthawks scored 9 power play goals
“I can’t say enough about all the guys on offense. It’s good when everyone is contributing. Again, that’s what we’re going to need all year. It’s not going to just be one guy, it’s going to be all five of us pulling at once.”
_ Georgia Swarm forward Shayne Jackson, to the Gwinnett Daily Post, after Saturday’s win over Saskatchewan