Panther City Lacrosse Club

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Panther City Lacrosse Club
Panther City.jpg
SportLacrosse
Founded2020
LeagueNational Lacrosse League
Based inFort Worth, TX
ArenaDickies Arena
OwnerBill Cameron
Head coachTracey Kelusky
Websitepanthercitylax.com

The Panther City Lacrosse Club is a box lacrosse team in the National Lacrosse League. They have played at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas since their inaugural 2021–2022 season.

History[edit]

On July 22, 2020, the NLL awarded an expansion franchise to the city of Fort Worth and owner Bill Cameron. It was announced that the team would begin play in the 2021–2022 season, with its home arena being Dickies Arena.[1][2]

The team branding was revealed on November 17, 2020, at a Dickies Arena press conference. The franchise officially became the Panther City Lacrosse Club, becoming the league's first member to use the "Lacrosse Club" moniker, similar to teams in the Premier Lacrosse League.[3]

On January 25, 2021, former Philadelphia Wings assistant Tracey Kelusky was named the team's first head coach.[4]

Inaugural season[edit]

Panther City debuted on December 4, 2021, against the Wings in Philadelphia. Travis Cornwall scored the first goal in franchise history as Panther City took a 1–0 lead. Despite leading 7–4 at halftime, the team could not start 1-0 as they fell to the Wings, 12–11 in overtime.[5] A week later on December 10, the franchise played its first ever home game at Dickies Arena, where they fell to the Vancouver Warriors, 14–8 in front of 7,309 fans.[6] After five games, Panther City got their first franchise win on January 15, 2022, on Long Island against the New York Riptide, 13-12 thanks to an overtime goal from rookie forward Patrick Dodds.[7] It took a month and a half and four more tries, but Panther City notched their second win and first ever home win on February 26, 11–10, in a rematch with the Warriors in front of 4,714 fans. Again it would be Patrick Dodds providing late-game heroics with a goal with 39 seconds remaining.[8] The next week, Panther City collected a consecutive win for the first time, and set a franchise record for goals scored with a 17–16 home overtime win over the Saskatchewan Rush.[9]

The streak would eventually climb to five games, catapulting the team back to the playoff race with a 6-8 record.[10] Panther City would hang in there until the penultimate week of the regular season when they lost to the Georgia Swarm. A home loss to Saskatchewan closed out the year, though Panther City still posted the best inaugural season record by an expansion team since the San Diego Seals in 2018-19.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Season Conference W L % Finish GF GA Coach Playoffs
2022 Western 7 11 .389 5th 190 223 Tracey Kelusky Did Not Qualify
Total 7 11 .389 190 223


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional lacrosse is coming to Fort Worth, Dickies Arena". Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  2. ^ "NATIONAL LACROSSE LEAGUE ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER EXPANSION INTO THE STATE OF TEXAS". Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  3. ^ Panther City Lacrosse Club
  4. ^ "Fort Worth's First National Lacrosse Team Names Head Coach". Fort Worth Business Press. 25 January 2021. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  5. ^ Panther City Lacrosse Club falls 12-11 to Wings in franchise opener
  6. ^ Panther City loses first home game
  7. ^ Panther City Lacrosse Club defeats New York Riptide, 13-12
  8. ^ Panther City hangs on for first home win
  9. ^ Malcom scores five times as Panther City edges Saskatchewan Rush, 17-16 in OT
  10. ^ Panther City slays Mammoth, 10-6

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