MLL Commissioner Brown Is Excited For Thursday’s All-Star Game

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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh poses with MLL Commissioner Alexander Brown (middle) and Davey Emala (right). (PHOTO CREDIT: Regan Communications)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The Major League Lacrosse (MLL) All-Star Game is scheduled for Thursday, June 28th at Harvard Stadium.

It promises to be an exciting evening of lacrosse – if you’re new to the sport, this would be a great introduction!

This year, 30 MLL All-Stars will compete against Team USA, which will be headed overseas in a few weeks to compete at the FIL World Lacrosse Championships in Netanya, Israel.

Team USA edged the MLL All-Stars four years ago in this same contest before finishing second at the FIL World Lacrosse Championships, which were held in Denver, Colorado.

Some of the players headlining the MLL All-Star team include Davey Emala (Ohio Machine), Scott Ratliff (Atlanta Blaze) and Will Manny (New York Lizards).

MLL Commissioner Alexander Brown certainly seems excited for the upcoming contest – in fact, he told us last week that he “thinks it’s going to be a great game.”

“We’ve got two highly competitive teams that are going to be going up against each other and a number of interesting storylines associated with the game. I think it is going to be a great night for lacrosse,” said Brown.

“Boston has had a lot of success with this game and I think the weather is going to cooperate with us. There is nothing like getting to see the absolute best in any sport on the field in any one time, especially in a competitive environment, and I think that is going to bode well for our game.

“If you’re a sports fan, it is worth coming out to see (this game on Thursday) because it is a very reasonable ticket and there will be a lot of things around the game, so it should be very much a festival atmosphere, so I would encourage fans to make their way to Harvard Stadium.”

Noontime Sports will be at this year’s MLL All-Star Game – you can follow our in-game coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_Lax.

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MLL Announces Site For 2018 Championship

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It was announced earlier today that the 2018 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Championship will be held in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, August 2018 at MUSC Health Stadium.

According to this morning’s press release, this will be the first-ever game in MLL history held in South Carolina.

“The Championship Game presents a great opportunity to showcase the top talent our sport has to offer, and we are very excited about bringing this unique event to the beautiful city of Charleston,” MLL Commissioner Alexander Brown said in today’s release.

“I would like to thank the Charleston Battery and the Charleston Sports Commission for their support of this event and for hosting us at a tremendous venue in MUSC Health Stadium.”

The MLL championship has been previously held in a neutral location, including last season when the Denver Outlaws and Ohio Machine met at The Star in Frisco, Texas, which is the current home of the Dallas Rattlers.

MUSC Health Stadium is currently the home of the Charleston Battery, a professional soccer team that competes in the United Soccer League. The stadium has the largest jumbotron in the Southeast at 3,000 square feet.

MLL began its 2018 season this past weekend with the Charlotte HoundsFlorida LaunchNew York Lizards and Dallas earning opening week wins.

Lax Notebook: MLL Collegiate Draft Is TONIGHT!

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The 2018 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Collegiate Draft is scheduled for this evening (Wednesday, April 18th).

Fans of the MLL can watch live coverage of the draft on Lax Sports Network (LSN), beginning at 5:30 p.m. The actual draft itself will begin at 6:30 p.m.

According to the MLL website, 63 players will be selected from the college lacrosse world this evening, including five current student-athletes by the Boston Cannons. Boston has the top pick in this year’s draft and will most likely select someone to join either their offense (attack) or defense with the selection.

The last time Cannons entered the draft with the top pick was in 2008 when they selected Paul Rabil from Johns Hopkins. Rabil would help the Cannons with their initial MLL crown three years later when Boston outlasted the Hamilton Nationals at Harvard Stadium.

Rabil no longer plays for the Cannons as he is currently a member of the New York Lizards. New York finished fifth overall last season with a 7-7 ledger.

In addition to the top pick, Boston also owns a quartet of picks, including a pair of selections in the third round (19th and 26th picks). The Cannons will also pick in the sixth (46) and seventh (55) rounds, too.

Expect the Cannons to use their initial pick on either an attack or defensive player, according to US Lacrosse Magazine. A possible first-round pick for the Cannons could be University of Albany’s Connor Fields, who currently leads the Great Danes this season in assists (32) and points (58). He is second on the team in goals (26).

A few other possible targets for the top pick include Trevor Baptiste (University of Denver), Connor Kelly (University of Maryland) and Justin Guterding (Duke University).


Pre-Draft Reading: Get ready for the 2018 MLL Collegiate Draft with some great stories from around the web!

Boston Cannons Remain Focused On Winning A MLL Championship

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Members of the Boston Cannons pose for a picture during the team’s Media Day, which was held on Monday, March 26th at the Warrior Ice Arena in Boston, Massachusetts. (PHOTO CREDT: Reed Smith’s Photography)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Coach Sean Quirk said on Monday that the Boston Cannons’ focus for the 2018 season is to compete for a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) championship.

Boston hasn’t won a MLL crown since defeating the Hamilton Nationals in 2011 (the Cannons scored a 10-9 win in Annapolis, Maryland), but Quirk and his team seem optimistic about accomplishing their goal this upcoming season.

“Our number one focus, challenge and goal going into (a new) season is to compete for a MLL championship, “said Quirk during Monday’s Boston Cannons Media Day.

“It is certainly a realistic goal (and) one that we know our staff and players believe they can achieve.”

For Boston to achieve its preseason goal of winning its first MLL crown since 2011, they will need to get off to a strong start. Boston is one of nine teams that competes in the MLL, so early season wins are critical for any squad in the league that hopes to compete for a title in late August.

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Boston Cannons coach Sean Quirk speaks to members of the media during the squad’s Media Day, which was held on Monday, March 26th at the Warrior Ice Arena in Boston, Massachusetts. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reed Smith’s Photography)

“It’s critical,” Quirk said of getting off to a good start.

“In any sport (or) any league, but particularly in the MLL because there are nine teams (in the league and) four make the playoffs, so those early games before teams start to get their NLL (National Lacrosse League) guys and their draft pick guys are critical, so those early season wins are important just like any game throughout the season.”

Last season, Boston secured an opening day win over the Florida Launch, but struggled over the next few weeks, dropping close games to the Atlanta Blaze, Chesapeake Bayhawks and Rochester Rattlers (now the Dallas Rattlers) before returning to the win column in its fifth game against the New York Lizards.

Boston did defeat the Denver Outlaws a few weeks after its second win over New York, but never returned to the win column afterward – the squad would drop its final five contests, including a 21-9 setback to Rochester in mid-July.

An opening day win next month against the Charlotte Hounds would certainly be a great way for the Cannons to start a new campaign.

Boston recently began preparations for its upcoming season last weekend at Endicott College, but will reconvene in a few weeks for two more practices before heading to Charlotte on Saturday, April 21st.

“We certainly feel really good going into any new season, but I think that training camp from this past weekend showed that we have a lot of pieces there to certainly compete for a championship and keep getting better,” said Quirk.

Following the team’s opener against the Hounds, the Cannons will visit Atlanta on Saturday, April 28th before welcoming Dallas to Harvard Stadium on Saturday, May 5th.

Boston Cannons Unveil 2018 Schedule

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The Boston Cannons unveiled their 2018 schedule this morning. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reid Smith/Boston Cannons)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The Boston Cannons unveiled their 2018 scheduled this morning, which includes 14 games, including seven home contests at Harvard Stadium.

Boston will begin its campaign on the road with a pair of late April contests against Atlanta and Charlotte before playing their initial game at home on Saturday, May 5 against the Dallas Rattlers.

The Rattlers re-located this offseason to Dallas, but spent the past six years competing in Rochester.

After hosting the Rattlers, Boston will visit Florida five days later on Thursday, May 10 before returning home for their next three contests.

The Cannons will compete twice in the month of June with their lone home contest scheduled against the New York Lizards on Saturday, June 23.

Following a home date with the Lizards, the Cannons will play three of their next five games on the road, including a July 4th tilt at Denver before playing their final two games at home. Their season finale pits the Cannons against the Ohio Machine, which captured the 2017 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Championship in August.

Boston will be idle twice this season in weeks six and nine, but should have a few members of the team compete in the 2018 MLL All-Star Game on Thursday, June 28. A location for the All-Star Game, as well as the Championship will be announced at a later date. Last year, the All-Star Game was held in San Diego, California.