MLL: Trap Games and Teams Hit Strides

2 mike manley rochester rattlers
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…

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Baker: Outlaws Move to Second, Thompsons Debut

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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…

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MLL: Teams Vie For Position As Season Rolls On

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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…

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

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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…

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Baker: Week Four Action Full of Excitement

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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…

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Back It Up! First Team to One Hundred Wins

ANNAPOLIS, MD - MAY 17:  Casey Powell #22 of the Florida Launch handles the ball against the Chesapeake Bayhawks at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on May 17, 2014 in Annapolis, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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…

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MLL: Three of a Kind and a Few of Many

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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…

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Getting a Grip On Opening Weekend in MLL

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April 14, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com Opening weekend is in the books and it provided us some fun games and a glimpse into what the season holds.  The grippy ball is back in use and this much anticipated return makes the two point shot more achievable.  In an effort to make the ball more visible to the television audience last year, the MLL switched for the textured “grippy” ball to a smoother…

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2015 MLL Team by Team Previews

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April 11, 2015

As the MLL season approaches we are all wrapped up in the anticipation of our favorite team proving their hard work in the offseason propels them to a championship.  The offseason workouts, draft picks, coaching strategies and lucky bounces will land fortunate fans the privilege and joy of claiming their team is the best. All regular season games are carried on ESPN3 and the playoffs and championship games will be…

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Baker: Lacrosse Is a Sport Divided

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April 8, 2015

Many of my friends ask me how I can compare the brief history of the MLL to other more established sports leagues.  Perhaps it is my love of lacrosse and their lack of familiarity with the sport that has us at such divergent views.  The “traditional” sports fan friends tell me that football, basketball, and baseball are American institutions while lacrosse is a sport reserved for boarding school cream puffs…

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