With seven games to go, they’re still in the hunt for a playoff spot, though. The Vancouver Warriors are back. Their offence only partly came with them.The Warriors, who had a bye last week, returned to National Lacrosse League action Saturday and dropped a 13-10 decision on the road to San Diego Seals.Vancouver was shut out in the first quarter and scored just once in the fourth. In lacrosse, production like that regularly leads to defeats.
Chris Gill, coach of the Vancouver Warriors, saw his team struggle again on offence against San Diego on Saturday.
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Vancouver (3-8) is chasing the Colorado Mammoth (3-6) for the fourth and final playoff spot out of the NLL’s five-team West Division. Vancouver has seven games remaining, starting with a visit to Rogers Arena from the New England Black Wolves on March 16.Vancouver is last in the NLL in scoring (10.27 goals per game) and eighth in the 11-team loop in goals against (11.82). Last season, when it was a nine-team league, Vancouver was last in both scoring (10.33 goals per game) and goals against (15.39) en route to finishing 2-16.The team was playing under the Vancouver Stealth banner then and based out of the Langley Events Centre. The Vancouver Canucks bought the franchise over the summer, moved them to Rogers Arena and gave them a new name and new look.Jordan McBride continues to be one of the bright spots for the Warriors. He hadn’t been able to land a job in the league since 2014, but he’s up to 22 goals on the campaign after bagging four against the Seals.That’s the second-best total on the Warriors, behind the 24 that Mitch Jones has produced, to go with a team-high 55 points. Jones had four goals and two assists Saturday.Logan Schuss had five assists for Vancouver, but was held out of goal column despite 10 shots.Schuss, who had 26 goals in 15 games last year for Vancouver and 35 in 17 games in 2017, is at 12 goals after 10 games. He’s scoring on 8.3 per cent of his shots, compared to 13.7 and 13.2, respectively, the past two seasons. He’s a career 13.2 per cent shooter in six years in the NLL.Aaron Bold started in the Vancouver net for the first time since the team confirmed that he was missing action because his wife is battling cancer. He was credited with 46 saves. He hadn’t played since Jan. 19.Kyle Buchanan had five goals and one assist for the Seals. Casey Jackson, who Vancouver lost to San Diego in the expansion draft, had two goals and four assists. He has 15 goals and 24 points in nine games.CLICK HERE to report a typo. Is there more to this story? We’d like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Email firstname.lastname@example.org