So, Philadelphia: Are you guys just not really interested in watching lacrosse? Goodness, an announced attendance of just 3,792 for the MLL championship. Like Connor said, we’ll get into that later; this is about being there, and what you may have missed from your couch.
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Major League Lacrosse has announced a new playoff format, and some key dates for next season. For the MLL, it means home playoff games for the top seeds, an extended playoff schedule, and a stand alone championship game. Below, I get into the details of the new moves, and then look at how this could impact players who compete in the MLL and NLL.
The semifinal highlight videos were excellent. No surprise there! Now we’re on to the Finals, Eric Law’s 9 goal semifinal performance and much, much more. If you didn’t check out the game in person (unfortunately, less than 4,000 people did so), or catch the game on TV the first time around, YouTube has you covered. Phew.
Major League Lacrosse’s Championship Weekend presented by Smartlink has already provided some huge story lines, and great games, and we’ve still got the Finals to go! If you’re not in Philly yourself, check out the game on ESPN2 at 3pm.
2011 saw the Boston Cannons win their first Major League Lacrosse title, and although it took the team from Beantown a while to grab their first Steinfeld Cup (they’re an original franchise!), when they did, it was special! It took a great game from Jordan Burke in goal, and a heck of a day shooting by Matt Poskay, but the Cannons pulled out the 10-9 win.
John Grant Junior, Joe Walters, Brett Queener, and the rest of the 2008 Rochester Rattlers put on an absolute show to win Major League Lacrosse’s title over the Denver Outlaws, 16-6 in Boston. When Casey Powell is barely even in the highlights, you know the action is legit.
Four disappointed teams will be stuck at home on Championship Weekend. What went wrong, and can they turn things around next season?
There were a couple of body-rocking, jaw-dropping hits in the 2007 Major League Lacrosse Championship Game between the Los Angeles Riptide and the Philadelphia Barrage. Philly came out on top, even if they took the worst of the hits in the video. Kyle Sweeney’s goal at end the short clip is one for the ages, and that’s why we showed it three or four times.
Each MLL Championship Game, and Championship Weekend presented by Smartlink, is different. Some result in physical brawls where teams trade goals and hits. That’s intense! Other finals have showcased some of the best lacrosse plays we’ve ever seen, and still others feature shooting the likes of which we rarely see. Major League Lacrosse’s 2006 title game was one of the latter.
As the hours and minutes tick down to Saturday and the start of Championship Weekend, this week’s Reader Poll is a no-brainer – Which MLL team will be crowned Champion this weekend?
Today we’re counting down the Top 5 Plays from the 2005 MLL Championship Game, which was won by the Bayhawks, 15-9, over the Lizards. As you may have guessed from the video, Gary Gait was named the game MVP.
Major League Lacrosse’s Championship Game in 2003 was incredibly physical. While 2004 also showcased two tough teams, what really stood out was Roy Colsey’s epic shooting day, and the Cannons’ Michael Watson pulling out the most acrobatic assisted dive shot goal of all-time.
2003′s Major League Lacrosse championship game was particularly physical. Both the Bayhawks and Lizards were stacked with with long poles, and the middies on both of those teams were particularly tough. This match up was contentious from the start, and was the third straight time in the league’s short three year history that we saw a Lizards-Bayhawks match up in the finals.
We’re counting down the days to Major League Lacrosse’s Championship Weekend present by Smartlink, and we’re kicking it off in video style with this week’s Throwback Thursday! We’ve got a great short clip of Casey Powell chasing someone down from behind, and then scoring a goal off the dodge, against the Bayhawks.
It’s Traditional Thursday! This week we have Championship goals from Major League Lacrosse’s first three seasons, and each and every one is scored with a traditional stick! It’s a bygone day, where the best of the best all used leather and cross lace to get the job done. Lizards and Bayhawks just going AT IT!