McDaniels: Lizards Are Beatable

UNIONDALE, NY - JULY 03:  Rob Pannell #3 of the New York Lizards in action against the Florida Launch during their Major League Lacrosse game at Shuart Stadium on July 3, 2014  in Uniondale, New York. The Lizards defeated the Launch 20-11.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
June 30, 2015

The Major League Lacrosse Most Valuable Player race is now over. It is abundantly clear one player in the league is above and beyond crucial to his team’s success which has become evident over the last two weeks. How could the Lizards look like one of the best teams in league history wiping out their first eight opponents with relative ease, then drop back-to-back games against teams with a combined…

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McDaniels: Wild Weekend in MLL

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June 24, 2015

A wild weekend in Major League Lacrosse to kick off the second half of the season was highlighted by the New York Lizards getting upset by Charlotte halting their bid to go undefeated. Not to toot my own horn, but I said in this column on June 10, the Lizards were bound to lose. It was a bit surprising the loss came to the struggling Hounds. Charlotte came into the…

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McDaniels: MLL Post-All Star Break

tom schrieber all star
June 16, 2015

Major League Lacrosse had a successful All-Star Game in Houston on Saturday. With an announced crowd of 10,084 on hand to watch the game, it was a great way to showcase the league to a new audience. And, a what a great show they got. Two fans got to pick each team and named them after their high school mascots. The game was a fast-paced offensive explosion, which featured 142…

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McDaniels: MLL Contenders and Pretenders

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June 10, 2015

The Major League Lacrosse All-Star break is here so what better time to see who are the contenders and pretenders in the league. Pretenders Florida- The Launch have some great offensive firepower, but they don’t seem to have much chemistry at this point. It is something that needs to be developed and they have six more games to figure out how to best use the Thompson’s with McArdle and Powell….

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McDaniels: MLL At Midpoint

Charlotte Hounds v New York Lizards
June 2, 2015

We are officially at the midpoint of the 2015 Major League Lacrosse season. With that, lets hand out some midseason awards. Rookie of the (Mid) Year: Joey Sankey, Charlotte. While this is very premature seeing as some rookies have not even signed a contract yet, Sankey has had an insane start. The UNC product has 14 points (8 goals, 1 2-point goal, and 5 assists) in just two games. You…

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McDaniels: In MLL, Rich Get Richer

bockley
May 28, 2015

Last week, we talked about the rookies we thought would make an impact in their Major League Lacrosse debuts. It was an impressive showing for the Class of 2015 so far. Joey Sankey dropped five goals and three assists for the Hounds. This was one of the most impressive debuts in league history albeit in a losing effort. The Hounds other young guns Josh Hawkins and Mike Sawyer will help…

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McDaniels: MLL Rookies Fall Into Roles

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May 21, 2015

The eagerly anticipated welcome to this year’s rookie class is upon us. With the Final Four set this weekend, all but a few college players are eligible to sign Major League Lacrosse contracts.Lyle Thompson may the most talked about incoming rookie this year, but there are many others you should know before they touch the orange ball this weekend. Let’s start with Florida’s Connor Buczek. He was the second overall selection out…

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McDaniels: Domino Effect of MLL

1 mike sawyer
May 12, 2015

We have come to the point in the Major League Lacrosse season where a domino effect is about to happen. The indoor season is finishing up so we will see an influx of stars coming back. We will also see the college draft picks begin their professional careers after they finish their own season. So, where does this leave some of the guys off to hot starts that are place…

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McDaniels: Rattlers Fared Well in Thompson Trade

Rochester Rattlers v Florida Launch
May 5, 2015

A big trade went down Monday which could prove to be the reason Rochester returns to the Championship Game for a second straight season. The Rattlers sent attackman Miles Thompson and a 2016 4th Round Collegiate Draft Pick to the Florida Launch in exchange for Face-off Specialist Mike Poppleton and the rights to draftee Kevin Rice out of Syracuse as well as a 2016 6th Round Supplemental Draft Pick. I…

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McDaniels: New York Domination

1 rabil lizards
April 28, 2015

After three weeks, the one absolute in Major League Lacrosse is New York is by far the best team in the league. For the first time in the early season, they had to grind out a win against Rochester, but the balance on offense has been impressive. The Lizards are spreading the ball well and have 12 different players score at least a goal. They also have three players with…

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