NLL: Toronto-Halifax Preview

March 18, 2023

A blip in a weird Monday matchup with Philadelphia ended a near franchise-record win streak for the Toronto Rock. Last weekend they returned to the win column with a 12-6 home victory over the Albany Firewolves. Toronto now finds itself able to clinch a playoff spot when they travel to Halifax Saturday night. In just his second season, Rock transition player Phil Mazzuca understands the rivalry, saying in the Rock’s…


McDaniels: Who Are MLL Contenders and Pretenders?

July 1, 2016

As we approach the stretch run of the Major League Lacrosse season, it is time to see who have a legit shot at the title and who will be watching from home. After the trade deadline, a few teams really helped their title hopes. So, who has a shot at the title and who will be watching from home? Ohio Machine. Getting MLL all-time leading goal scorer, John Grant, Jr.,…


McDaniels: Drafting and Developing MLL All Stars

June 17, 2016

The general rule of thumb in my book is to never rate a draft right after it happens. In our instant reaction world, it is difficult to sit back and wait to see what you have. This especially holds true in Major League Lacrosse. Even though the draft is in January, players often are not able to join their team until 3-4 games into the season, if not longer. Usually,…


McDaniels: The Midway Point of the MLL Season

June 9, 2016

As we reach the midway point of the Major League Lacrosse season, the unbalanced schedule is forcing coaches to get creative with their lineups. The Ohio Machine are in the midst of three games in seven days between June 2 and June 9 in three different cities. The Machine were in Rochester on Thursday falling to the Rattlers on a night the offense could not figure out John Galloway. They returned…


Championship Weekend Highlighted the Greatness of College Sports

June 5, 2016

Championship weekend in Philadelphia was all a lacrosse fan could ask for. Heck, it was all a sports fan could ask for. There were five games played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The final scores tell a story. Division I Semifinal – North Carolina 18, Loyola 13 Division I Semifinal – Maryland 15, Brown 14 (OT) Division III Championship Game – Salisbury 14, Tufts 13 Division II Championship Game…


McDaniels: Galloway Gets Redemption on Sweeney Save

June 3, 2016

re·demp·tion (noun) the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil. There is an old saying that everyone loves a good redemption story. Good guy makes a bad mistake, people begin to doubt him or write him off, but he is able to overcome the issue and everyone feels good again. This type of situation occurred in Major League Lacrosse over the last couple of weeks. The…


McDaniels: Getting on the Blaze Bandwagon

May 24, 2016

I am very close to completely jumping on the Atlanta Blaze bandwagon. It is hard to figure out how an expansion team will do in their first year, but so far, the Blaze look to be fighting for a playoff spot. Now that some of the pieces are coming together, you can see that this is not your ordinary first-year franchise. Also, when you realize Myles Jones, the #1 overall…


McDaniels: Wild MLL Weekend Highlighted by Boston Wins

May 18, 2016

What a wild weekend in Major League Lacrosse! Boston grabs two wins in the span of three days. Atlanta gets their first ever win putting up 23 goals. Ohio dominated the defending champs on both sides of the ball. The young Hounds won again to remain the only undefeated team in the league. On the other side, for the second time in just three games, Rochester blew a 4th quarter…


MLL Power Rankings: Cannons Rise

May 18, 2016

After a light Week 3 schedule, Week 4 saw the normal allotment of games and as a result, a lot of movement in the power rankings. The Cannons rose up the rankings after recording a two win week while the Lizards dropped the furthest after an embarrassing loss to the Machine. Who retains the top spot in Week 5? Check it out: Week 4 MLL Top 9 1- Charlotte (3-0) The…


McDaniels: Early Retirements a Reality of MLL

May 12, 2016

Retirements are part of sports. In Major League Lacrosse, they hold two different meanings. The traditional hang it up after a lengthy career is what we know in most professional sports. The other retirement only seen in newer leagues such as the MLL is when a young, emerging star calls it a career while still at the top of their game. We saw that last week when Mike Sawyer of…