via MLL press release - photos via MLL web site BOXSCORE GAME RECAP DALLAS (August, 19, 2017) – For the first time in the history of the franchise, the Ohio Machine are Champions of Major League Lacrosse after beating the Denver Outlaws, 17-12 on Saturday night at Ford Center at the Star in Dallas in front of 7,543. Marcus Holman was named the Coca-Cola Most Valuable Player after scoring four goals and adding two assists. He netted the go-ahead goal at 7:45 in the fourth quarter that eventually gave Ohio the win. The Outlaws, who won the 2016 Championship game against this very Ohio team, took a 7-6 lead into the locker room at halftime after rookie Zach Currier and Mike Bocklet scored consecutive goals just over a minute apart at the end of the
It's about 4:30pm CST and the gates have opened here in Frisco. I was up early this morning to catch the walk-throughs of the two teams. Ohio at 7:30am and Denver about an hour later. Both seemed calm and collected but I thought Ohio looked a little sharper . . . which means those with a few bucks on the game should go Denver given my track record. Dave Ryan and Evan Washburn will be calling the game and I stopped by to talk to Dave a little. He's local, up in Cocoa Beach and loves calling the sport. Had a light lunch with Matt Kinnear of Inside Lacrosse . . . he's their Editor-In-Chief . . . and as is the norm in a conversation we tried to fix all that is wrong with the lacrosse scene . . . and it only took one beer to do it. That must be some kind of record. On
via MLL web site, photos via MLL Author's Note: at least we can congratulate JU Head Coach John Galloway on his nomination but Austin Kaut's lack of a nomination is puzzling to say the least . . . easily led the league in Saves and basically tied with Kyle Bernlohr for Save%, which Kaut did over 14 games while Bernlohr played 10 games. I suspect the League will regret that one next year as Austin took quite the leap up this year and will only use this as even more motivation for next season. Here are the nominees for the 2017 Brine Goalie of the Year: Jack Kelly, Goalie, Denver Outlaws In his second pro season, Kelly led MLL goalies in wins (9) while ranking third in save percentage (.548) and fourth in goals against average (11.82). Kelly was name
via MLL web site BOXSCORE GAME RECAP DENVER (August 12, 2017) – The Outlaws qualified for the MLL Championship Game for the seventh time in franchise history after a 15-8 win over the Rattlers on Saturday at Peter Barton Stadium in the MLL Semi-Finals. The Outlaws have won two of the last three MLL Championships, including last year when they beat Ohio for their second title. The teams were deadlocked at 3-3 after Ty Thompson scored for the Rattlers 42 seconds into the second quarter, but Denver responded with three straight goals prior to the half. Just as the teams went to the locker room, lightning struck in the area of the stadium and the halftime was extended by nearly an hour as the storm passed through. After the extended inte
It's official. Thanks to LSN's broadcasts . . . Rochester over Ohio 14-13 on a late Jordan Wolf goal. Making the Beast's last game in MLL a bittersweet win. Thanks for your efforts Greg. NY overcomes Charlotte by 3 but that leaves the league's glamour franchise a game out of the playoffs. Denver vs Rochester . . . Ohio vs Florida Let the Games Begin!
Just to bring the readers up to date on the MLL playoff situation, it's fairly simple at this point: The Launch are locked in to the 3rd slot and will travel to either Denver or Ohio. Denver lost last night in Chesapeake so if Ohio wins the Launch will go to Denver. If Rochester defeats Ohio at home the Launch will travel to Ohio. Rochester needs to win to make the playoffs, so Ohio will have their hands full. If Rochester loses it simply comes down to the Charlotte road trip to NY. The winner of that game finishes fourth if Rochester loses. Frankly, as a Launch rooter I would think it would be better to travel to Denver as they struggled a little more down the stretch and last night's defensive effort was not good, nor was Denver's clearing gam