Panther City Lacrosse Club Opens 2023-24 Season against Vancouver Warriors
FORT WORTH, Texas - The Panther City Lacrosse Club (0-0) will open their 2023-24 season at the Vancouver Warriors (0-0) at Rogers Arena on Friday, December 1, 2023 at 9 p.m. CT. The game will be the 'TSN Game of the Week' on TSN in Canada and feature Brad Challoner (PxP), Teddy Jenner (Analyst) and Shantelle Chand (Floor Reporter) on the call. The game will also be streamed on ESPN+.
Panther City went 3-0 against Vancouver last season, including a 20-7 victory on 1/28/23. The club tied their franchise record for most goals scored in a single game (20), which was last done against Colorado (3/11/22). The team also set a new franchise record for assists and points in a single game with 35 assists and 55 points. In this game, Will Malcom recorded 13 points (5G/8A) and Jonathan Donville recorded 12 points (4G/8A). Malcom and Donville became the first set of teammates since stats became available in 2005 in NLL history to each record 12+ points in a single game.
Offensively, Panther City returns its core forwards as four (W. Malcom, J. Donville, C. Crawford & P. Caputo) of their five top scorers return from last season. New to the fold this year, the offense will feature two big-body rookies in left-handed forward Jason Knox (6'4, 210lbs) and right-handed forward Ryan Sheridan (6'4, 210lbs).
Defensively, captain Matt Hossack leads the back end as he led the defense last season with 111 loose balls and 28 caused turnovers. Goalie Nick Damude led the team to 10 wins and posted the third-best goals against average (GAA) in the NLL among starting goalies at 10.31. Panther City also added some size on the back end with the additions of former Vancouver Warrior defenseman Brandon Goodwin and also acquired defenseman Brent Mitchell via trade with the Albany FireWolves.
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