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By STAFF – Our editors, Gabe Altieri and Robert Bacaj, had a talk to give out this year’s Watson Talk Bro Awards. Check out the photos of our winners at the bottom of the page.
Robert: I’m going with Ned Crotty. The kid pulls down that helmet so far he’s seeing out of the top bars. You cannot get better tilt than that.
Gabe: I’m picking Ryan Hurley from Charlotte. He pulls his helmet down so far, it’s almost like he’s looking out through the holes in the top of the helmet. It’s amazing how he can even see with it. He’s even productive with that much tilt.
Robert: Rhys Duch. He’s got anti-tilt. The thing’s pointed up towards the sky. No swag with the way he’s wearing that helmet.
Gabe: None at all. He doesn’t have the style of a lacrosse player. But he shows up on the field. Five goals, two assists against Long Island in the last game of the season, so I’m sure nobody cares. Rhys, Rhys, Rhys, you’ve gotta do something about that tilt.
Robert: Paul Rabil. The guy’s got lettuce flowing strong out back of the helmet. He’s got swag running up and down the field.
Gabe: I’m going with Connor Martin. A lot of people think he’s got ‘overflow,’ but I love it. The length, especially when you’re on Ohio and losing, go out and have fun. Have the hair flying in the wind.
Robert: I’m kicking off with the guy you just picked, Connor Martin. I hate the overflow. Even if Paul Rabil’s hair gets any longer, he’ll be a candidate for worst flow. Martin’s got to trim it up. He’s got way too much hair coming out of the helmet. Overflow just kills it for me.
Gabe: I don’t want to pick on Rhys Duch too much, but I’ve got to give worst flow to him. It’s just nonexistent; it’s not there. Luckily for the guy, the focus isn’t on the hairstyle right now. I’ve got to give a shoutout to the MSL and his upcoming series with Six Nations.
Robert: I’m sure Rhys’ll take these worst flow and worst tilt awards from us as long as he’s winning MLL Offensive Player of the Week and going to the MSL Finals. He gets the last laugh on us.
Robert: When you think swag, there’s one name that comes to mind: Paul Rabil. He’s got the midcalfs, the flow, the tilt. He’s got it all. Paul Rabil’s the complete bro.
Gabe: I agree with you 100%. Not only does he lead the league in points, but he looks good doing it with the hair, the tilt, the midcalfs. We’ll see how it all goes for him on Championship Weekend, but for now, he’s won this championship – Most Swag from Watson Talk.
Robert: So, Paul’s got it all right now. Reigning MLL champion, getting traded to a team he might play for in the NLL last month, and now: Most Swag. Congrats, Paul.
EXCERPT FROM MLL PRESS RELEASE
BOSTON, Mass.– Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced Thursday that Denver Outlaws attackman Jeremy Sieverts has been named as the 2012 Warrior MLL Most Improved Player of the Year, according to MLL Commissioner David Gross. The award was based on the votes submitted by the head coaches and general manager of each of the League’s eight teams.
“It has been a great opportunity to go out and play in Denver and the coaching staff and my teammates have been incredible. They make it a joy to be a part of the Outlaws and I look forward to seeing them every week,” says Sieverts.
“I started this season off with a bang down in Charlotte and one of the biggest reasons for my continued success is the mentality we have as a team. We’re very unselfish. We try not to worry about getting our own points; as a team we’re better as a whole and I think that is the reason for the change.”
After not playing in a game for the Chesapeake Bayhawks last season, Sieverts exploded for 26 goals, including seven two-point goals, with seven assists in 14 games for the Outlaws this year. The MLL’s ninth-leading scorer with 40 points, Sieverts was tied for seventh in goals while his seven two-point goals were tied for fourth in the MLL.
Sieverts was honored as the MLL Offensive Player of the Week after scoring four goals, including a pair of two-point markers, with an assist as the Outlaws defeated Charlotte by a 21-12 margin in the season opener on April 28. He also scored four goals with two assists while leading the Outlaws to a win over the Long Island Lizards on May 12.
He also had three goals in a July 14 victory over Charlotte and contributed three goals, including a two-point marker, on July 28 in a win over Hamilton.
A three-year MLL veteran, Sieverts scored four goals, including a pair of two-point markers, in three games for the Bayhawks during the 2010 season.
TEAM PRESS RELEASE
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Swarm today announced that the team has signed free agent forwards Jesse Guerin and Aaron Grayson to one-year contracts.
Guerin, 24, posted a career-high 59 points (22g, 37a) in 14 games with the MSL’s Ajax Rock this summer. The lefty forward from Fleming College ranked second in the MSL in all three major scoring categories (points, goals and assists) during the regular season and twice posted 10-point efforts against the Brooklin Redmen.
“Obviously we have an opportunity with Kevin Ross being moved out of the fold on the left-side,” Swarm associate general manager and head coach Joe Sullivan said. “Jesse has played in the league with Orlando and he knows what it takes to get the job done, he just needed an opportunity. He took it upon himself to get in the best shape that he’s ever been in and that’s all been very reflective in the point production that he’s put up in the MSL this year as the league’s second leading scorer.”
Guerin joins the Swarm with previous NLL experience under his belt having spent a portion of the 2010 season with Orlando. In five games with the Titans that season, the 5-foot-9, 165-pound forward recorded a goal in every game that he played in and finished the year with 14 points (5g, 9a) and seven loose balls.
Grayson, 28, notched 25 points (9g, 16a) in seven games with the OLA Sr. B’s Norwood Champs this summer. The native of Peterborough also appeared in two games with his hometown team, the MSL’s Peterborough Lakers during the summer season and has totaled 18 points (7g, 11a) in 19 career games with the Lakers from 2008-12. This past winter as a member of the CLAX’s Durham Turfdogs, Grayson ranked eighth in the league in scoring after recording 49 points (16g, 33a) in 12 games.
Grayson attended the Swarm’s training camp session last year and was one of the team’s final cuts.
“Aaron is determined to come to camp in the best shape possible to contend for a position with the Swarm,” Sullivan said. “His size and athleticism will make him tough to overlook this year and we are very hopeful he brings his ‘A’ game.”
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By ROBERT BACAJ (Editor-in-Chief) – Check out how each team got to the final weekend of the MLL season and why they stand out from the rest.
#1 Denver Outlaws
Why They’ll Win: Their offense is flat-out better than the other teams’. After acquiring face-off man Anthony Kelly at the start of July, the Outlaws lowest scoring output was 15 goals, which came against the defensively sound Bayhawks. They showed they can blow out any team.
#2 Chesapeake Bayhawks
How They Got Here: Chesapeake was the best team in the MLL for the majority of the season. They went on a run in the middle of the season to take a big lead in the standings and were only caught by an outstanding run from Denver.
Why They’ll Win: Their defense does a good job feeding their veteran offense. With Nicky Polanco and Brian Spallina on D, plus Kip Turner in net, the defense has been one of the best in the league. It held Long Island to six goals and Denver to 15 without some of Chesapeake’s regular starters. They do a good job knocking down passes and getting the ball out to sharp-shooters, like two-point goal machine Kyle Dixon.
#3 Boston Cannons
How They Got Here: Boston’s scorers turned it on in the final few weeks to out-gun everybody else. Boston was aided by a hot start to the season — they were the last team to lose — and overcame a lackluster middle of the year to clinch a playoff spot in the final regular season week.
Why They’ll Win: The veteran scorers. Like I said before, they outgunned Chesapeake and Ohio in their last few games to clinch a playoff spot. Paul Rabil set the MLL record for points in a season, Ryan Boyle set the assists record and is only four points off Casey Powell’s record for career points. Those vets can start a run at any given time and start a comeback.
#4 Long Island Lizards
How They Got Here: The young stars came together under MLL Coach of the Year Joe Spallina. He guided a team that traded away its biggest star, Matt Danowski, before the season even started. They’ve got a great defense highlighted by possible goalie of the year Drew Adams and close defender Brian Karalunas, who snapped Ryan Boyle’s point-streak earlier this year.
Why They’ll Win: Their rookies play like veterans. Tommy Palasek led all rookies with 22 goals and Matt Gibson led all first-year players with 31 points. They’ve stepped up for Long Island and made their offense score clutch goals whenever they need them.
By ROBERT BACAJ (Editor-in-Chief) – It was a wild final three minutes in Coquitlam and when everything was done, the Adanacs won 8-7 and clinched a 4-2 series win over the Shamrocks. As they’ve done all season for the A’s, Nick Rose and Dane Dobbie led the charge with 42 saves and six points, respectively.
The game was tied at seven when the craziness started. Coquitlam’s Daryl Veltman broke the tie with a goal to give the A’s an 8-7 advantage. In the final minute, Rose made some big saves before his squad got possession and called a timeout.
During the break, the Shamrocks asked for a stick check of Rose. It turned out he had an illegal stick, which was a two minute penalty served by Dobbie and possession went back to the ‘Rocks. Rose atoned for the call by making two big saves late and Victoria’s Jeff Shattler rang a shot off the crossbar in the waning seconds as the second-seeded Shamrocks were eliminated.
The game was even after one period and tied 5-5 after 40 minutes, in large part because of Victoria’s Corey Small and Coquitlam’s Dobbie. Small had four goals and Dobbie had four points to spark their offenses. Both teams swapped goals in the start of the third before Veltman’s tally broke the tie for good.
Small finished with four goals. Shattler and Derek Lowe were the only other Shamrocks with multiple points, scoring five and four, respectively. Goalie Chris Levis finished with 35 saves.
Dobbie had two goals and four assists for the Adanacs. Veltman had a hat trick and an assist, while Kevin Olson had three points of his own.
There were a combined 15 penalties for 30 minutes, but the squads only went a combined 3-14 on the powerplay.
Coquitlam opens the finals in Langley on Sunday night.
PRESS RELEASE – The bracket for the NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse tournament will expand from 16 teams to 26 effective with the 2013 championship.
As a result, play-in games are eliminated, and the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Committee will recommend to the Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet at its September meeting that the following 13 conferences receive automatic qualifiers for the 2013 tournament:
- America East Conference
- American Lacrosse Conference
- Atlantic 10 Conference
- Atlantic Coast Conference
- Big East Conference
- Big South Conference
- Colonial Athletic Association
- The Ivy League
- Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
- Mountain Pacific Sports Federation
- National Lacrosse Conference (Atlantic Sun Conference)
- Northeast Conference
- Patriot League
Upon cabinet approval, the dates for the 2013 championship will be as follows:
Selections: Sunday, May 5
First Round: Friday, May 10
Second Round: Sunday, May 12
Quarterfinals: May 18 or May 19
Semifinals: Friday, May 24
Final: Sunday, May 26
First- and second-round competition will be played at the same site and hosted by one of the top eight seeded teams. The final host site will be selected in the coming weeks.
Additionally, the committee will recommend to the cabinet at its February 2013 meeting that the number of women’s lacrosse regions increase from four to five. This increase, with a projected effective date of Sept. 1, 2013, will allow for each conference to have its respective members in the same region, thus allowing the committee the opportunity to more effectively and efficiently evaluate each team. This increase, which is in alignment with other sports, also provides the regions to be more balanced and provides stability as more institutions continue to add the sport of women’s lacrosse. Each conference will be represented by two institutions on the regional advisory committee. This change will not impact the selection process.