Author's note: This draft occurred last month while I was on my vacation so here's the catch up article. Due to the PLL signing away MLL players there will also be the normal Supplemental Draft held as normal in addition to this one later in the year.
Well, the hammer fell . . . the second shoe dropped . . . use whatever cliche you want. You will not recognize the Florida Launch next season. Anyone remember this? (Yeah, I know, not a lot of you are wrestling fans but the comparison is pretty solid) https://youtu.be/YFkzpy9r6lw Feels like this to me. I'm not blaming the players . . . MLL was not able to provide the type of money and benefits that the investor-led league Paul Rabil has put together. And now we will have two professional lacrosse leagues. But this is almost like the scene in Animal House with the Deltas and the Omegas. Not sure WHICH scene though . . . Is it this one? https://youtu.be/LuFCaIAnETk Or is it this one? http
Last week I published an article on Conor Whipple: /launchs-whipple-sees-lacrosse-growth-in-florida-first-hand/ This article appeared on the MLL web site and I missed an important fact. I've had a long standing relationship with the MLL website as well as the Florida Launch website to publish press releases concerning the Launch under my name, as a way to help publicize the team. But that was violated by me last week because I did not catch that the Whipple article was not a press release, but a submitted article by Ms. Cornetta and for that I am sorry to not give her the proper credit. So Kat, I owe you one. I will update that article and promise the readers I will be more careful about this in the future! F
via MLL interview (throw back photo via FLN!) This article was written by Kat Cornetta for the MLL web site When Conor Whipple moved to Florida in eighth grade, lacrosse was not a sport kids picked up regularly. “I believe there were 60 varsity high school programs, and maybe two or three college programs at the time,” recalls Whipple. In 2008, Whipple and his family moved from Rhode Island, where his father, Rory, started the lacrosse program at Bryant University. In New England, the sport had its devotees. In Florida, the sport was just beginning. Fast forward a decade, and lacrosse is flourishing in the Sunshine State, with the Whipples at its core. Rory started successful Division II programs at both Florida Southern College and the University
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via MLL press release BOSTON (August 7, 2018) -- Major League Lacrosse (MLL) will unveil its annual award winners for outstanding individual regular-season performances at its red carpet-style award show, the second annual MLL Honors award ceremony. The event will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17 at the historic American Theater in Charleston, S.C. and will be aired on Lax Sports Network (LSN). Ohio Machine goaltender, Scotty Rodgers, and ESPN and Inside Lacrosse analyst, Quint Kessenich, will co-host the proceedings. The event precedes the 18th MLL Championship Game, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 18 at Charleston's MUSC Health Stadium at 7 p.m. For more information about the game and to purchase tickets visit majorleaguelacrosse.com. “This ye
MLL Unveils the David Huntley Man of the Year Award in Tribute to Beloved Former Coach BOSTON - August 8, 2018 - The David Huntley Man of the Year Award is a new Major League Lacrosse (MLL) award for 2018 that will be presented during the second annual MLL Honors award ceremony. Named in honor of David Huntley, the former MLL coach for the Atlanta Blaze, Hamilton Nationals, Toronto Nationals, and Chesapeake Bayhawks, who passed away in December 2017, the award will be presented to the lacrosse athlete who has demonstrated, “sportsmanship and professionalism that are beyond reproach” and who “makes selfless, meaningful contributions to Major League Lacrosse, the game of lacrosse, and to his community.” MLL Commissioner Alexander (Sandy) Brown said Huntley’s influence on
Not going with the press release on this one. Watched the entire game and as the Ned Crotty 2-pointer shot past Austin Kaut, who deserved a lot more this season, only one thing came to mind. That ending perfectly encapsulated the frustration of Launch fans this year. And the entire organization too. It's been a truism for a long time in this league that the difference between winning and losing in the MLL is mostly a lot of little things adding up and sometimes even just one or two little things. Here's Stat One of what will be a long list in this article: 2017 - Regular Season Record of 8-6, while being outscored by 23 goals (179 to 202) on the season 2018 - Regular Season Record of 5-9, while being outscored by 9 goals (192 to 201) on the se