Monthly Archives: August 2009

Major League Lacrosse (MLL): Toronto Nationals Defeat Denver Outlaws 10-9 To Win 2009 Major League Lacrosse Championship


After one of the most exciting championship weekends in MLL history, the Toronto Nationals made history of their own by winning their first ever MLL Championship by a score of 10-9 over the top ranked Denver Outlaws in a thrilling performance at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis on Sunday afternoon.

After one of the most exciting championship weekends in MLL history, the Toronto Nationals made history of their own by winning their first ever MLL Championship by a score of 10-9 over the top ranked Denver Outlaws in a thrilling performance at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis on Sunday afternoon.

Shawn Williams tied the game in the closing minutes, then netted the winning goal with 45 seconds remaining, lifting the Toronto Nationals, a first-year expansion team, to a 10-9 victory over the top-seeded Denver Outlaws in the Major League Lacrosse championship game Sunday in Annapolis, Md.

The Outlaws (10-4) entered the MLL semifinals as the team to beat after rolling to the league’s best regular-season record. They had won two of three games against Toronto this year.

“We made some dumb plays in the fourth quarter,” Denver coach Brian Reese told Lacrosse Magazine. “We just couldn’t find a rhythm on offense.”

But the Nationals (9-5) weathered a second period in which Denver scored four consecutive goals to rally in a frenetic fourth quarter. Josh Sims scored midway through the final frame to give the Outlaws a 9-8 lead. But Williams scored twice in the closing minutes to propel Toronto.

Jeff Zywicki, who played with Denver in its expansion season in 2006, scored three goals and added an assist to lead Toronto. John Grant Jr. added two goals and an assist for the Nationals.

Denver was led by Brendan Mundorf’s three goals and two assists. Sims added two goals.

The 4-year-old Outlaws are winless in three trips to the MLL title game.

Toronto led 3-1 early in the second quarter, but two goals from Mundorf, one from Matt Brown and another from Brian Langtry brought the Outlaws back. They had a 5-4 lead at halftime. The teams traded goals in the third quarter, and Denver led 8-7 heading into the final period.

Merrick Thomson also scored twice for Toronto, a day after his four goals helped Toronto edge Long Island 14-13 in a semifinal game. He was named the playoff MVP.

Toronto goalies Doc Schneider and Brett Queener combined for 23 saves. Jesse Schwartzman stopped 14 shots for the Outlaws.

Along with Denver’s 11-10 victory over Boston in the other semifinal, all three games in the two-day playoff weekend were decided by one goal.

http://www.denverpost.com/ci_13190496

Lacrosse Training Drills (Video): “Midfield Lines Interval Training” Drill From US Lacrosse And S3 Training


US Lacrosse has partnered with S3 Training to bring you lacrosse conditioning and drills. Here, Rob Slade demonstrates an interval training program that simulates the north-south and east-west elements of play between the midfield lines.

San Diego High School Boys Player Profile (Video): La Costa Canyon Middie Alex Pardieu


Alex Pardieu – Lacrosse Highlight Video – 2010 – La Costa Canyon HS – Carlsbad, CA

Lacrosse Training Drills (Video): “Three-Person Passing” Drill From US Lacrosse And S3 Training


US Lacrosse has partnered with S3 Training to bring you lacrosse conditioning and drills. Here, Kevin Atkinson stages a simple, yet effective passing drill.

Major League Lacrosse (MLL): Boston Cannon Midfielder Paul Rabil Was 2009 MLL Most Valuable Player And Will Be Featured In Championship Weekend Semifinal Game Against Denver Outlaws This Weekend


LaxPowerMajor League Lacrosse announced Thursday that Boston Cannon midfielder Paul Rabil has been selected as the 2009 Bud Light MLL Most Valuable Player, according to Commissioner David Gross. The award was based on the votes submitted by the head coaches and general manager of each of the League’s six teams.

This marks the fourth consecutive year that the Bud Light MVP winner is also the Warrior Offensive Player of the Year. It was announced yesterday that Rabil had earned the Warrior Offensive Player of the Year award. Rabil graduated from Johns Hopkins in 2008 as the school’s all-time leader in goals and assists for a midfielder.

This season, Rabil was named as the Bud Light Game MVP twice during the regular season. The first of which came in week three against the Chicago Machine when he opened up the game with a two-point goal. In week six, he punished the Washington Bayhawks with a nine-point game, helping the Cannons to win by a wide 10-goal margin. He has also earned MLL Offensive Player of the Week honors twice this season.

Rabil has scored in each of the twelve regular season games he has played for the Cannons this year, averaging over 4 points per game. This key contributor is a critical element to the Cannons’ lineup, not only putting points on the board but stepping up his game in transition as well.

The 2009 MLL scoring leader will be expected to be an impact player in Boston’s semifinal game as the #4 seed Cannons take on the formidable #1 seed Denver Outlaws.

All-Time MLL Bud Light MVPs
2001 – Ryan Powell, Rochester Rattlers
2002 – Greg Cattrano, Baltimore Bayhawks
2003 – Jay Jalbert, Long Island Lizards
2004 – Conor Gill, Boston Cannons
2005 – Gary Gait, Baltimore Bayhawks; Mark Millon, Boston Cannons
2006 – Ryan Powell, San Francisco Dragons
2007 – John Grant Jr., Rochester Rattlers
2008 – John Grant Jr., Rochester Rattlers
2009 – Paul Rabil, Boston Cannons

Rabil earned seven first-place votes, adding up to 44 points. For a second time in the end of year awards process, Merrick Thomson of the Toronto Nationals was in the number two spot in the voting, finishing with three first-place votes, totaling 27 points.

You will see both Rabil and Thomson in Annapolis this weekend. Rabil and the Cannons will face the Denver Outlaws in the first playoff game on Saturday, August 22 at 12:00 PM ET while Thomson and the Toronto Nationals play the Long Island Lizards in the second semifinal match of day at 3:00 PM ET.

The winner of Saturday’s two semifinals will advance to the New Balance Championship Game at 1:00 pm ET on Sunday, August 23.

http://www.laxpower.com/laxnews/news.php?story=15992

San Diego High School Boys Lacrosse Profile: La Costa Canyon Attacker Brendan Gaughan (Video)


Brendan Gaughan – Boys Lacrosse Recruiting Video – 2012
La Costa Canyon High School
Californias toughest strength of schedule Westside LAX, May 29, 2009

Lacrosse Training And Conditioning: Devoe Human Performance Recommends “Body Weight Exercises” To Improve Lacrosse Fitness (Video)


devoehumanperformanceDon’t have access to a gym? Here are some basic bodyweight exercises you can do instead. You can do these exercises almost anywhere.