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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MLL Supplemental Draft Review: Ohio Machine

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December 24, 2015

The Ohio Machine made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons after coming into the league as an expansion team just a few summers ago. Now they will look to take it a step further and make it to the championship game. This offseason, Ohio has made some solid moves. After the newest MLL team, the Atlanta Blaze, drafted standout defensive midfielder Dominique Alexander from Ohio in the expansion draft, the Machine…

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Bayhawks Acquire Phipps, Machine Add Houtby

Chesapeake Bayhawks v Ohio Machine
December 22, 2015

The Ohio Machine today announced they have acquired a second-round pick in the 2017 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft from the Chesapeake Bayhawks in exchange for goalie Brian Phipps. In addition, Ohio has signed long-stick midfielder Jordan Houtby. Phipps played in 13 games for Ohio during the 2015 season and was 9-4 with a 12.23 goals-against average and 56.4 save percentage. He was originally acquired by the Machine in the…

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MLL Supplemental Draft Review: New York Lizards

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December 17, 2015

The 2016 MLL Supplemental Draft occurred at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16. This was the last opportunity for teams like the New York Lizards to fill any remaining holes in their roster before the upcoming 2016 season. The Lizards had some holes at the midfield position, and wasted no time addressing those holes with their first pick in the draft, selecting Jordan Hall 18th overall. Hall played 10 games…

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Blaze Trade Top Supplemental Pick Boltus to Rochester

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December 17, 2015

After making him the first overall selection in the Major League Lacrosse supplemental draft yesterday, the Atlanta Blaze have traded former MLL rookie of the year Jeremy Boltus to the Rochester Rattlers. The Blaze also send defenseman John Ranagan back to the Rattlers, his former team, along with an eighth round pick in the 2016 collegiate draft. In return, the Blaze will get former Syracuse standout Kevin Rice along with…

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MLL Supplemental Draft Review: Florida Launch

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December 16, 2015

The Florida Launch completed their roster going into spring training after the 2015 MLL supplemental draft. With five picks in the top 25 the Launch really bolstered their depth chart. Coach Stan Ross will have heavy competition for a spot on the roster this spring after the Launch finished the 2015 season on a high note after the additions of both Lyle and Miles Thompson. The Launch have a lot…

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2015 MLL Supplemental Draft: Teams Continue 2016 Building

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December 16, 2015

The 2015 Major League Lacrosse supplemental draft came to an end this afternoon with teams selecting in 12 rounds. Of Note Several NLL players were selected, such as Cody Jamieson, Kyle Rubisch, Stephen Keogh, Jordan Hall, Graeme Hossack, Zack Greer, Curtis Dickson, Cam Flint, and Kiel Matisz. Callum Robinson, a member of the national Australian team, was selected by the Chesapeake Bayhawks. The Denver Outlaws selected former Denver Pioneers goaltender…

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Major League Lacrosse Announces 2016 Schedule

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November 23, 2015

Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier outdoor professional lacrosse league, announced the schedule for the upcoming 2016 season today. Opening Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 23, 2016. The League’s newest team, the Atlanta Blaze, takes the field at their new home, Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University, against the Chesapeake Bayhawks. MLL fans will also see a rematch of the 2015 final, as the MLL defending champion…

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Atlanta Blaze Take Shape After Expansion Draft

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November 20, 2015

The Atlanta Blaze took shape today as they grabbed the first pieces of their new team through the Expansion Draft. GM and Head Coach John Tucker came in with a great strategy to pilfer familiar players he has coached and ones that have been successful on playoff  teams. Here is a look at the new Atlanta Blaze: 1.    Adam Ghitelman, Goalie Boston- Not surprised Atlanta took a goalie, but am…

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2015 MLL Expansion Draft Preview

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November 18, 2015

On Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Major League Lacrosse will welcome its newest team, the Atlanta Blaze, by hosting the MLL Expansion Draft. The rules of the Draft are simple. Held on Wednesday via teleconference; there are 15 rounds with three minutes per pick for the first five rounds and two minutes for the remaining rounds. Each of the eight current MLL teams protected 12 players and left nine unprotected, so…

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