Everyone Gives Back to Lacrosse: Andrew Baker’s All Star Team

June 16, 2015

The people close to me understand that I have a certain fondness for a particular malted beverage that started in Boston and is named after a father of the American Revolution.  This fondness may border on a certain obsession due the fact I do not frequent establishment that fail to carry my brand.  So as I did my All Star piece, I was thinking about all of the people in…


MLL: Setting the Table for Playoffs

June 9, 2015

For the second week in a row the New York Lizards took the best punches from a team with a losing record and came away with an 18-11 win over the Florida Launch.  Florida led at the end of the first quarter, but New York tied the score to the end first half.  While the Launch kept the score close in the third, the Lizards’ offense put in eight goals…


Baker: Selecting an MLL All Star Roster

June 3, 2015

Since this is my All Star Team, I made it bigger than 40 players with four face off specialists and add SSDM!  Make it fun for the players and the fans.  I also want to give a nod to some guys that have been having solid years. Attack:  Couple of surprises here Will Manny Rob Pannell Kieran McArdle Ben Rubeor-Makes plays when the Bayhawks need them. Marcus Holman Matt Gibson-Key…


MLL: Trap Games and Teams Hit Strides

June 2, 2015

In another crucial weekend several MLL teams secured wins that positioned them for a run at the playoffs while others proved that they still had fight left in them. New York avoided what many prognosticators dubbed a trap game against the Charlotte Hounds.  The Lizards doubled up on the Hounds and looked to have the game in hand.  Greg Gurenlian and Brendan Fowler fired the opening shots in what has…


Baker: Outlaws Move to Second, Thompsons Debut

May 26, 2015

In the most lop sided week of the season, New York finally met someone that could not beat them and the Rattlers are tied for third place without playing a game.  Welcome to the craziness of the MLL as teams change their rosters and welcome their draft picks from college and almost all of the indoor players.  This transition helped the Denver Outlaws as they returned their line up from…


MLL: Teams Vie For Position As Season Rolls On

May 19, 2015

This weekend in the MLL played out according to script as New York continued steamrolling its way towards the championship and a 6-0 record going into their bye week.  The Lizards defeated the Bayhawks by a score of 15-14 to remain in first place.  Despite the closeness of the score, New York had answers for every Chesapeake attempt to take the lead.  Despite the loss, the Bayhawks are tied for…


A New York Lizard State of Mind…It’s all about balance

May 12, 2015

As the MLL wraps up the first part of the season, the New York Lizards are proving that they are the cream of the league as they went 5-0 in a rematch against the Boston Cannons.  There was no way, I believed, the second game in New York would live up to the excitement of the previous week’s game in Boston that was decided by one goal.  Well, much like…


Baker: Week Four Action Full of Excitement

May 5, 2015

The most prominent storyline this weekend without a doubt was Paul Rabil’s and Mike Stone’s return to Boston as New York Lizards while Max Seibald faced his former teammates. Having played in Boston many years ago, I received a crash course on the New York versus Boston sports rivalry.  Having played at Auburn I thought I knew about deep rooted rivalries.  After all, I believed that Boston and New York…


Back It Up! First Team to One Hundred Wins

April 28, 2015

Week three provided some intriguing storylines as well as entertaining games.  Chesapeake won its one hundredth game, the first MLL team to reach this milestone.  Florida attempted a comeback in this game with backup goalie Adam Fullerton but fell short.  The loss leaves the Launch 0-2 and with more questions now than ever before.  Boston almost failed in their comeback bid and their hundred victory milestone must wait till next…


MLL: Three of a Kind and a Few of Many

April 21, 2015

Down by four goals in the fourth quarter and your goalie has over twenty saves.  There is another save and he takes a pass back from one of his defensemen and carries the ball into the other team’s zone and dishes it.  Typical hustle play in a tough game to try and shift momentum and close the gap and win.  Except the goalie cuts to the goal after dishing the…