McDaniels: MLL Week Two Rankings, Game Balls

Sankey-POW
May 4, 2016

There was a lot of movement around Major League Lacrosse since last August as the Atlanta Blaze came aboard and many players changed teams. The biggest off-season move may have been the Charlotte Hounds addition of Jim Stagnitta as head coach. Stagnitta had already been a success in the league earning Coach of the Year honors during his two seasons in Denver where he won 26 of the 30 games he…

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Rose Goal “An Awesome Moment” on Friday Night

Toronto Rock versus Calgary Roughnecks
February 21, 2016

1-6 never felt so good. Toronto Rock goaltender Nick Rose was all smiles after his team’s first win of the season Friday night, a night on which he also made team history. Rose’s empty net goal at 13:43 of the fourth quarter was the first ever goal scored by a Toronto Rock goaltender. A goalie goal. It was the insurance marker in a 14-12 win over the Buffalo Bandits, the…

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Weekend Lacrosse Thoughts: Toronto. Rebuild. Now.

TORONTO, ON- JANUARY 14:  Dan Lintner gets away from Stephen Keogh as the Toronto Rock play the Rochester Knighthawks  at the  Air Canada Centre in Toronto. January 14, 2016.        (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
February 16, 2016

Rock Bottom I don’t know how many times I have written about the Toronto Rock this season, but it has been far more often than any other team in the National Lacrosse League. Toronto, now 0-6 following a Valentine’s Day matinee loss at New England, seems to have a new issue every week. Josh Sanderson made his return to an NLL floor when he suited up for the Rock on…

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FOGO Fowler Keeps Dominating and He’s Only Getting Started

CHARLOTTE, NC - JUNE 05:  Brendan Fowler #3 of the Charlotte Hounds wins a face-off against Greg Puskuldjian #94 of the Ohio Machine during their game at American Legion Memorial Stadium on June 5, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ohio won 14-12.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
February 9, 2016

This interview fits follows up the John Ortolani interview and Team USA Spring Premiere vs Denver.  One of the story lines many fans were anticipating was the clash of Greg Gurenlian versus his Face Off Academy protégé Trevor Baptiste.  I admit I fell into that category, but there was another match up that had me intrigued.   Brendan Fowler was also on Team USA as a face off specialist.  …

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2016 MLL Mock Draft: Round One

duke vs cornell
January 20, 2016

The Major League Lacrosse College Draft is Friday, January 22 at 8:30 p.m. at the US Lacrosse Convention Center in Baltimore. Part four of our draft preview is the 2016 MLL First Round Mock Draft. While Mock Drafts are shooting darts in the dark, here are a few names that may pop up early in the draft that you should keep your eye on. First Round Atlanta Blaze—Myles Jones, Midfield,…

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2016 MLL Draft Preview: Defense and Goalies

blaze
January 15, 2016

The Major League Lacrosse College Draft is Friday, January 22 at 8:30 p.m. at the US Lacrosse Convention Center in Baltimore. The general consensus this year is Myles Jones and Matt Kavanagh are the must have products and the rest of the draft is a toss up. Part three focuses on the defense and goalies. Defense 5) Robby Haus, Ohio State Haus is one of the most underrated defenders in…

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2016 MLL Draft Preview: Midfield

Jones
January 13, 2016

The Major League Lacrosse College Draft is Friday, January 22 at 8:30 p.m. at the US Lacrosse Convention Center in Baltimore. The general consensus this year is Myles Jones and Matt Kavanagh are the must have products and the rest of the draft is a toss up. Part two of our preview breaks down the midfield. 5) Colin Woolford, Denver Woolford’s role has increased each year and he really stepped…

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Relocations in Sports

Toronto Rock v Boston Blazers
January 13, 2016

The St. Louis Rams are moving to Los Angeles. The National Football League has not had a presence in the second biggest market in the United States for years, and we knew that at least one team would move there for 2016. While it is great for the league to have a team back in LA, and it will ridiculously profitable, there is also a side not often discussed out…

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2016 MLL Draft Preview: Attack

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 27: Dylan Donahue #17 of the Syracuse University Orange shoots and scores on Kyle Turri #1 of the Duke University Blue Devils during the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship at Lincoln Financial Field on May 27, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
January 13, 2016

The Major League Lacrosse College Draft is Friday, January 22 at 8:30 p.m. at the US Lacrosse Convention Center in Baltimore. The general consensus this year is Myles Jones and Matt Kavanagh are the must have products and the rest of the draft is a toss up. We will breakdown the top five players at each position starting with attack. 5) Devin Dwyer, Harvard Dwyer is a very smart player…

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One on One With Florida Launch FOGO John Ortolani

ANNAPOLIS, MD - JULY 17:  John Ortolani #30 of the Rochester Rattlers walks with the ball during a Major League Lacrosse game against the Chesapeake Bayhawks on July 17, 2014 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland.  The Rattlers won 10-7.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
January 4, 2016

During the course of interviewing MLL players, I discovered they have a variety of professions in the offseason. Most of these professions are related to lacrosse in the form of coaching and conducting camps and clinics. Other notable jobs are in the financial sector, strength and conditioning, corporate security, and prison guard. Our guest today, John Ortolani, has perhaps the most unique non-MLL job. John is an MMA fighter. Congratulations…

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