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    Major League Lacrosse is oficially 12

    years oldunbelievable!

    Were still young guns when compared

    to other sports leagues, but were growing

    and getting stronger every day. This season

    were adding new teams, more games and

    exciting partners like Coca-Cola Zero. All 60

    games will be televised in HD, were launch-

    ing a magazine show and even a brand new

    book called Take A Shot, but more about

    that later. You can bet 2012 is going to be

    the biggest and best MLL season yet!

    Were thrilled to introduce the expan-

    sion Charlotte Hounds and Ohio Machine

    this year. These two new teamsand two

    additional regular season games for each

    teamwill pack the League with even moreaction and excitement than ever. Our goal,

    as always, is to provide YOU with the ulti-

    mate fan experience every game, all season!

    This summer our premiere events will

    be held in two cities with very different his-

    tories with MLLPalm Beach County, FL,

    and Boston, MA. In the spirit of expansion,

    were taking our 2012 MLL All-Star Game on

    the road and playing in Palm Beach County.

    The last time we were in Florida was way

    back in November, 2000, for our very irst

    player combine! But over the last decade

    lacrosse has exploded in popularity in the

    south, and were thrilled to be back. Our

    2012 MLL Championship Weekend will be

    held at historic Harvard Stadium in Boston.

    This town is a lacrosse hotbed with hugely

    passionate fans that have been supporting

    MLL since the beginning. Of course, Boston

    is also home to the reigning Major League

    Lacrosse Champion Boston Cannons!

    This season, were answering your

    overwhelming demand for more MLL

    games on TV; mission accomplished.

    We will have 20 nationally-televised live

    games this season which will include six

    live games on ESPN2 and 14 games on CBS

    Sports Network. Well also air 40 region-

    ally telecast games and 46 live games on

    ESPN3. In addition to live national games,

    CBS Sports Network will air 18 episodes of

    our 30-minute magazine show, Inside the

    MLL, which takes you, the fan, behind-the-

    scenes with highlights, analysis and exclu-

    sive interviews. And dont forget to check

    out majorleaguelacrosse.com for the best

    lacrosse highlights and MLL news!

    On August 15, you should also be on

    the lookout for the new release of TAKE A

    SHOT, a major new book to be publis hed by

    Hay House. TAKE A SHOT, which tells the in-

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    Lacrosse was created and was written by

    the two guys who lived through it allDave

    Morrow and me. We chronicle all the crazy

    ups-and-downs and the most insane mo-

    ments we went through to get this league

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    unforgettable journey, and this book puts

    you right in the middle of it all. But TAKE

    A SHOT is much more than a story about

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    to miss it!

    Its amazing to think how explosive

    Major League Lacrosse has become. Not

    all that long ago, a professional outdoor

    lacrosse league was a distant and unattain-

    able dream. But today, there are scores of

    great young players from all corners of the

    globe with a dream to play in the MLL one

    day.

    Today, you can make that dream a real-

    ity. All you have to do is get up, g et out there.

    DONT QUIT!

    To the greatest lacrosse fans in the world:

    SLASH MAGAZINE 2012SLASH MAGAZINE 2012

    A LETTER FROM OUR FOUNDER

    SUMMER 2012 ISSUE

    SLASH MAGAZINE is the ofczine of Major League Lacrosse. It is

    three times a year by the Marketing a

    Relations Department of Major League

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    Publication and editorial ofces are

    MLL Headquarters in Boston, Mass

    Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the prfessional outdoor lacrosse league, was fo

    Jake Steinfeld and is headquartered in Bos

    sachusetts. Major League Lacrosse co

    play in June of 2001 and will enter its tw

    son in 2012. MLL has continued to lead

    of lacrosse into the mainstream of compe

    sports. The league is made up of eight te

    Boston Cannons, Charlotte Hounds, Ch

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    Rattlers.

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    #reLoadandrePeatcannons Look to

    While most Major League Lacrosse

    ms saw signiicant structural changes

    s off-season, the 2011 MLL Champion

    ston Cannons have developed a man-

    that isnt about rebuilding, but rather

    oading and repeating. In 2012, the

    nnons look to defend their title by em-

    ting the same formula that led them

    win the Steinfeld Trophy last season.

    ying we want to reload and repeat is

    t like anyone else saying they want

    win the championship this year, said

    ston Cannons midielder Paul Rabil.

    e have to develop that same hun-

    and grit and passion that we had

    t year, which was really a culmina-

    n of the ten prior years. Developing

    t type of hunger cant be fabricated.

    Of the 20 players on the Cannons ac-

    e roster during the 2011 MLL Cham-

    nship run, 17 will be back in the red,

    er and blue. Cannons goaltender and

    L All-Star Jordan Burke was pleased

    ut the teams ability to protect most

    ts players, We got a lot of guys back

    he MLL Expansion Draft and Im just

    d that we have our core guys back for

    12.

    A face that was no stranger to the

    elines is Waltham, Mass. native Steve

    ffy, who will take over the reins asd coach this season; a decision the

    nnons made in the wake of Bill Dayes

    prising decision to retire after bring-

    home the Steinfeld Trophy last year.

    ffy has been the teams assistant

    ch for the past three years and looks

    bring another title home to Boston.

    The Cannons were able to retain

    ir core players during an expansion

    year and even added Bill McGlone during

    the 2012 MLL Expansion Draft, which

    will make the teams midield even more

    potent. McGlone was left unprotected

    by the Denver Outlaws at the end of last

    season. The Maryland alum is enter-

    ing his seventh season with the league

    and has played in 66 career games.

    In the 2012 MLL Collegiate Draft in

    Philadelphia, PA, the Cannons added

    noteworthy college players like ChrisBoland from Johns Hopkins and Kevin

    Cunningham from Villanova. General

    Manager Kevin Barney and Coach Duffy

    also added some regional lavor, picking

    up Rumford, R.I. native JJ Gilbane, who

    plays for Cornell and Quincys Martin

    Bowes, of Hartford. These new players

    will have to encompass the blue-collar

    mentality that the Cannons have exuded

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    both on and off the ield that proved to

    be so successful for them last season.

    With the Charlotte Hounds and Ohio

    Machine breaking onto the scene this sea-

    son, the competition is going to heat up

    and players like Boston Cannons attack-

    man Kevin Buchanan are excited about it.

    There are two new teams this year, so it

    will deinitely be a lot tougher, he said as

    a sly, anticipatory smile came across his

    face. That anticipation is certainly felt

    throughout the league and will only in-

    crease throughout the 2012 MLL season.

    Scan the QR Code below to watch the Cannons

    Championship Ring Ceremony

    Saying we want to reload and repeat iS

    juSt like anyone elSe Saying they want

    to win the championShip thiS year

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    CornerCoaches

    By Steve Guglielmo

    When you look at our

    quad and the success that

    we had last year, we played

    n up-tempo game and we

    were disciplined to the point

    where we were incredibly

    onsistent. Im hoping that

    we can maintain that con-

    istency with the number of

    layers that we have. Also,

    when you look at the games

    hat we won, we had a lot of

    uys contributing. Im hop-

    ng that thats a model for

    uccess that we can forge

    head with and maintain.

    Ive been lucky enough to

    be in this region and have

    watched lacrosse grow in

    the Carolinas. Were going

    to do everything that we

    can to come out of the gateswinging but there is still a

    little bit of a learning curve

    as this group comes to-

    gether and has to ind their

    comfort level and style of

    play. It looks great on paper

    but we still have to make

    it happen on the ield.

    With the addition of two new teams to the league, we inevitably lost a few

    good players, but at the same time there are a lot of guys eager to play that well

    be giving an opportunity. This year will be smoother in general because the ma-

    jority of our guys did play last year. They understand our expectations and our

    system. Were looking to build on some positive things that we did last year.

    Were excited that our guys are going to know each other a little bit better, are

    sure of themselves and know how the organization works. Our expectations are

    to win a championship but just enjoy the process and take one game at a time.

    If you take a lacrosse ball and try to stand on it, youll fall. You cant use a

    lacrosse ball as your foundation, you need stability like team rules and eth-

    ics and morals to build a franchise around. Were going to bring that phi-

    losophy to our guys. This year youre going to see us emphasize a little moreball movement and be more of a cohesive unit. We went out of our way to

    get a lot of local guys, guys who understand the value of practice. The guys

    that are not local are guys who are around the sport for a living. We want

    to play blue collar and play nasty but we also have to stay out of the box.

    Our expectations for this season are to make the playoffs and win. The guys

    we drafted have all proven to be very successful in the league. Weve got a really

    good group of players and they have all seen their share of success in the league;

    its not like they dont know what to expect going into the season. With the way

    the game is now, each team is stacked with talented players. Thats what is great

    about this league; there i s so much parity for any game. Anybody can win. We cer-

    tainly want to make the playoffs. We want to play well a s a team and be successful

    and have it be a fun team for our fans to watch and thats what we expect to do.

    My biggest thing is continuity. Ive been on teams that were ultra talented

    but didnt care about each other and we faltered. You win the tight games when

    you care about each other and share the ball. We have a really unselish bunch

    of guys this year that love to move the ball and they love each other in the locker

    room and that will really go a long way. Id rather have a couple of really good

    chemistry guys than have 6 superstars on our offensive end at one time. If you

    have guys willing to play roles and do different things, you have a better shot at

    succeeding. The character is critical; you have to enjoy t he grind in the summer.

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    BOSTON CANNONS

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    If we could change one

    thing from last year, we

    would change shooting

    percentage. If we change

    that, I think the rest of it

    will fall into place. I re-

    ally believe that our ros-ter is much deeper and

    much more talented than

    it was a year ago. Were

    very fortunate that our

    players communicate with

    each other all the time

    theyre actively involved.

    We just need to do a good

    job of keeping the lines

    of communication open.

    From top to bottom, all eight Major League Lacrosse teams are loaded with talent. Even with the addition of the

    harlotte Hounds and Ohio Machine, every team features an array of stars. Leadership, however, separates a good

    eam from a championship team. All eight head coaches, from seasoned veterans to irst-time MLL head coaches, have

    made a concerted effort this off-season to blend veteran leadership and locker room chemistry with raw talent through

    he MLL Expansion, Supplemental and Collegiate Drafts. As Denver Outlaws Head Coach Jim Stagnitta says, Every

    eam has blue chip players. But championships are won and lost with chemistry. Heres what our coaches have to

    ay about their coaching philosophies, expectations for 2012 and what it takes to win a Steinfeld Trophy.

    This is a league where

    the role players are very

    important. Everybody

    is going to have their

    front-line guys and their

    blue chips. Its the otherguys, the role players,

    and their ability to buy

    in and execute their role

    that is more challenging

    and I think we have tried

    to address that in the off-

    season and ind the right

    people to mesh with

    our marquee players.

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    HESAPEAKE BAYHAWKS SCORE DREW WESTERVELT

    Head Coach Dave Cottle

    l be the irst to tell you

    t the Bayhawks shoot-

    percentage was less

    n stellar last season. In

    eries of off-season power

    ves, the team has beefed

    their roster for 2012 and

    ded one of the leagues

    st successful attack-

    n to the lineup. Stand-

    at 6 4 205 lbs, Drew

    stervelt will be a wel-

    me addition to the team.

    Drew is a proven goal

    rer and an All-Star, said

    yhawks GM Brian Re-

    . He is one of the most

    nsistent scorers in theL and will be a huge

    et in transition and to

    r extra man offense.

    The enthusiasm is re-

    rocated by Westervelt,

    who played under Brian

    Reese in Denver last season.

    The Bayhawks are commit-

    ted to what theyre doing

    and I have a great relation-

    ship with them. Im really

    looking forward to the lock-

    er room atmosphere, which

    is complete with the leader-

    ship of guys who have been

    in the league for a while

    mixed with youth. Its a

    solid group of guys and ide-

    ally well all jive together on

    the ield, Westervelt said.

    Team chemistry is

    booming in Chesapeake and

    as the team will tell you,

    communication is key. Itcomes from the top down,

    Westervelt said. Everyone

    is on the same page and

    when we have time together

    we make the most if it and

    that goes a long way. When

    were not together theres

    a constant chatter whether

    its lacrosse-related or just

    making fun of each other for

    lack of a better expression.

    One thing the team can

    agree on is the ultimate

    goal of bringing home the

    Steinfeld Trophy, which

    last called Chesapeake

    home in 2010. The team

    fell to the Boston Cannons

    in the irst semi-inal game

    last season despite hav-

    ing home ield advantage.

    For all of us, thats

    the ultimate goal. I thinktheres a lot of excitement

    this season. Im excited

    to play with John Grant Jr.

    who is extremely danger-

    ous when he has the ball.

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    A BILLY BITTERIn 2011, Bitter was third overall selection in the MLL C

    legiate Draft by the Denver Outla

    and will play a key role in the Houn

    attack this season. Bitter was a tw

    time irst team All-American at U

    Yourg

    M STEPHEN BERGER Berger is ening his ninth sesason with the lea

    Last season the Washington Col

    alum inished second on the Lizards

    scoring with 22 goals and inished th

    in points with 27. He has totaled

    or more points every year since 20

    CharlottHound

    Im excited about joining an expansion team; its a

    chance to start a foundation of winning and doing

    things the right way. I think the two new teams are

    great for the MLL. They show the growth of the

    game in the midwest and in the south. I believe

    its just the beginning of great things to come for

    the growth of the sport and the league. I believe

    Charlotte will be one of the best franchises to be

    a part of and a great place to play with huge fan

    support from the Charlotte lacrosse community.

    MattdanoWski

    Drew Westervelt is the found-

    er of OdorBalance, a line

    of products that eliminate

    odors from athletic equip-

    ment and apparel. MLL has

    partnered with OdorBalance

    and you can look for pro-

    motions and giveaways at:

    SEASON: 5th

    POSITION: Attack

    COLLEGE: Duke

    By Sean Heenehan

    Its no secret that lacrosse is the

    fastest growing sport in the coun-

    try. When MLL Commissioner David

    Gross announced in January 2011

    that the league would be adding two

    new teams for 2012, it only seemed

    natural that North Carolina, a re-

    gion with a renowned collegiate pro-

    gram and a booming lacrosse pres-

    ence would house one of the new

    teams. The momentum surrounding

    the Charlotte Hounds skyrocketed

    and shows no sign of slowing down.

    The Charlotte organization be-

    came the fourth professional sports

    team in history to allow fans to steer

    the direction of its image through a

    Name the Team Campaign, which was

    powered by OrthoCarolina. The goal

    was to allow the public to decide what

    would encompass the regional charac-

    teristics as well as represent the com-

    munity. The Charlotte franchise used

    social media, speciically Facebook,

    as the springboard for fan interaction

    and suggestions during the campaign.

    The team was ultimately named

    after the Plott Hound, North Carolinas

    state dog known to be quick learn-

    ing, athletic, and muscular as well

    as being unforgiving when hunting

    game; characteristics that breed suc-

    cess, something the Charlotte Hounds

    hope to embody. Team President Jim

    McPhilliamy believes the campaign

    is just the start in terms of engaging

    with fans; Our players and manage-

    ment are going to be in the community

    helping to grow the sport of lacrosse

    and trying to make Charlotte a bet-

    ter place to live. The excitement is

    palpable as another city is exposed

    to the fastest game on two feet.

    On September 29th, 2011 the

    Hounds found their head coach in

    Mike Cerino, who is also the Direc-

    tor of Athletics and Vice President

    of Intercollegiate Athletics at Lime-

    stone College where he was also

    the head Mens Lacrosse coach for

    15 years, setting school records

    in winning percentage and overall

    wins.

    Ive been lucky enough to be in

    this region and have watched it grow,

    Cerino said. I played in the Carolinas

    for most of my career. The demograph-

    ics are great for the sport but when

    you mix the weather in, theyre excited

    about it! They just love lacrosse in the

    Charlotte area. The game is booming.

    The Hounds made several pre-

    season personnel changes. They ac-

    quired 2011 Cascade MLL Rookie

    of the Year Jeremy Boltus as well as

    picking up Max Quinzani, who they

    quickly traded (along with No.1 over-

    all pick in the 2012 Collegiate Draft) to

    the Long Island Lizards for attackman

    Matt Danowski and midielder Ste-

    phen Berger along with the 20th pick

    in the 2012 MLL Collegiate Draft (G

    Mark Manos from Drexel) and a third

    rounder in the 2013 Collegiate Draft.

    The Hounds will play at Ameri-

    can Legion Memorial Stadium in

    downtown Charlotte, North Caro-

    lina and they kick off their season

    at home facing off against the Den-

    ver Outlaws on April 28th at 7pm.

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    D BRETT HUGHESOhio native and found-er of Lacrosse the Nations Brett Hughes

    returns to MLL this year, adding to the

    teams robust defense. The Virginia alum isa six-year MLL veteran and an MLL All-Star

    who has played for the New Jersey Pride,Los Angeles Riptide and Denver Outlaws.

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    While the name may sound famil-

    iar, you can be sure the Ohio Machine

    is an entirely different organization

    and is slated to take MLL fans by storm

    as the leagues irst-ever Ohio-based

    team.The name Ohio Machine evokes

    both the rich history and the bright

    future of the state, said President and

    General Manager John Algie. From

    mining, to manufacturing, to the

    founding of dozens of famous, indus-

    try-leading national and international

    brands, the Ohio Machine has been,

    and continues to be, one of the prima-

    ry drivers for the development of the

    United States as a world leader. Ohio-

    ans are known for their tenacity, and

    soon, our lacrosse team will be known

    for that too.

    While the Machine is planting la-

    crosse roots in the state of Ohio, the

    team brought on a head coach with

    pre-existing roots within Major League

    Lacrosse. Ted Garber, who will lead

    the Machine this season, was the head

    coach for the Bridgeport Barrage dur-

    ing MLLs inaugural season (2001) as

    well as an assistant coach for Boston,

    Rochester and Chicago. Garber will

    also take on managing responsibilities.Being able to start from scratch

    really allowed us to step back and de-

    ine the kind of player we wanted on

    the team and make sure that everyone

    we added it that mold. Were really

    excited about the mix of veterans and

    newcomers we have on this team. Our

    plan from the beginning was to put to-

    gether a group of talented players that

    shared core traits of character, tenac-

    ity and unselishness. It is often team

    chemistry that separates the great

    teams from the mediocre ones and

    were expecting that this team will be

    able to build that level of comfort and

    familiarity with each other very quick-

    ly. The challenge of course is that until

    now all of these plans are just drawn

    up on paper, so its been dificult towait so long to see the inished prod-

    uct. I think were as eager as our fans

    are to see the team in action inally.

    Garber and Algie wasted no time

    providing the tools necessary to make

    the Machine run smoothly. The irst big

    move for Ohio came when they traded

    draft picks for All-Star defender and

    MLL Champion Kyle Hartzell and 2011

    New Balance Sportsman of the Year

    Greg Bice, who will secure the defen-

    sive lines. The Machine was awarded

    the irst pick in the Supplemental Draft

    and chose MLL veteran and California

    native Chazz Woodson. The Machine

    also signed one of the more renowned

    players in the league, Connor Con Bro

    Chill Martin, a Chapman University

    grad and MCLA Player of the Year in

    2009. Martin was acquired in the sec-

    ond round (3rd overall) in this years

    Expansion Draft.

    The Machine was awarded with

    the second overall pick in the 2012

    MLL Collegiate Draft and chose Uni-versity of Virginia Attackman Steele

    Stanwick. Garber commented on his

    role, With Steele Stanwick, we wanted

    an attackman who could be a leader

    on the ield and be the quarterback for

    the team, he said. Midielder Robert

    Rotanz of Duke University was also se-

    lected by the Machine in the irst round

    (8th overall).

    Ohio Wesleyan Universitys his-

    toric Selby Stadium will be home to

    the Machine for the 2012 and 2013

    seasons.

    I am very excited to join the Ohio Ma-

    chine. The organization has done a great

    job of putting together a talented team.

    My expectations are high and I expect us

    to compete at a high level every weekend.

    Everyone in this league is playing for one

    thing, a MLL title, and thats what we want.

    SEASON: 4th

    POSITION: Defense

    COLLEGE: Salisbury

    A CONNOR MARTIN Con Bro Chill

    adds some quickness and instant of-

    fense (10 goals in only 5 games played

    last season) to the Machine this year.

    Martins personality combined with his

    athleticism is sure to excite fans in Ohio.

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    EVAN WASHBURN

    CHANTEL McCABE

    HOST

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    FEATURESREPORTER

    Evan Washburn is entering his second

    season as an analyst for Major League La-crosse. Last year, Washburn was the color an-

    nouncer for the Rochester Rattlers, calling all12 regular season games, and was a contribu-

    tor to Inside the MLL and MLL News. In 2012,

    Washburn will be the national analyst for all14 live MLL games aired on CBS Sports Net-

    work. A former defenseman, Washburn was anAll-Conference defender at the University of

    Delaware from 2004 to 2008 and played a keyrole in bringing the Blue Hens to the Final Four

    in 2007. He served as co-captain in 2008.

    In the off-season Evan works aBaltimore Ravens report-

    er for ComcastSportsNet.

    McCabe majored in Sports Stud-

    ies and Journalism at the University

    of New Hampshire. She was a features

    reporter for NESN.com, is a contrib-

    uting reporter for hockeyeastonline.

    com, is a former Boston Bruins Ice Girl,

    was named Miss Greater Derry, and has

    worked on the Futures LPGA tour. She is

    presently a reporter in Springield, Mass.

    After covering the MLL All-Star Game

    for NESN, Chantel became intrigued by

    the culture and rapid growth of lacrosse

    and looks forward to working with

    MLL this season as a features reporter.

    ast season, MLL piloted its 30-minute

    ine show on majorleaguelacrosse.comhis year its soaring to new heights. In

    mber, MLL announced a groundbreak-

    artnership with CBS Sports Networkwill bring not only 14 live games to the

    al stage this season, but all 18 epi-

    of Inside the MLL. The magazine stylewill take fans behind-the-scenes of the

    t growing professional sports league.

    We want to tell the stories behindmasks, said MLL Commissioner Da-

    Gross. Our players have incredible

    nalities and stories and we are hereare them. Produced by Lax United,

    how will feature game highlights, ex-analysis and player features that

    be seen anywhere else in the world.

    van Washburn takes over this sea-s the new host of Inside the MLL. Last

    Washburn was the color announcer for

    ochester Rattlers, calling all 12 regular

    n games. He was also a contributor tothe MLL and MLL News. In addition

    sting the show this season, Washburne the national analyst for all 14 live

    games aired on CBS Sports Network.

    Inside the MLL was a huge hit last sea-nd this year will be even bigger as it de-

    n CBS Sports Network. The show is the

    t way to lead fans up to our Game ofeek on the network. There are so many

    stories and players in this league and thisis the perfect platform to share them.

    As a former defenseman for the Dela-

    ware Blue Hens, Washburn has an extreme-

    ly high lacrosse IQ and was a natural it for

    the role. In the MLL off-season, he covers

    the Baltimore Ravens for Comcast Sports

    Net. Having an opportunity to host In-

    side the MLL is a dream because its a way

    to talk about the game that I love while

    telling great stories and informing fans.

    New to the scene is features reporter

    Chantel McCabe, who brings with her sig-

    niicant sports reporting experience. Mc-

    Cabe is a former features reporter for New

    England Sports Network (NESN). She ma-

    jored in Sports Studies and Journalism at

    the University of New Hampshire and is a

    contributing reporter for hockeyeastonline.

    com. She is also a former Boston Bruins Ice

    Girl, was named Miss Greater Derry, and

    has worked on the Futures LPGA tour. She

    is presently a reporter in Springield, Mass.

    I cant wait for the season to start,said McCabe. I had the privilege of cov-

    ering last seasons MLL All-Star Game at

    Harvard Stadium for NESN and got a irst-

    hand look at how great the players are.

    I see a bright future for the league and

    am excited to be a part of the action!

    For a full schedule, please visit

    www.majorleaguelacrosse.com/where-to-watch.

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    net

    ach year the most talented collegiate players make

    ransition into MLL, something that is no small feat,

    y professional player will tell you. It can be argued

    goalies see this more than any other position; the

    ers are faster, the shots are harder and more ac-

    e and the pressure is insurmountable. Theyre

    sed to MLLs 60-second shot clock or 2-point arc,

    h can create a steep learning curve. Here, some of

    s top goalies discuss their tips and tricks between

    ipes.

    Worth

    I think the most important quality in a goalie and the best way to get to the

    next level is the willingness to learn new techniques and adapt your style of

    play. I completely changed my positioning and technique from high school

    at Brown and made some more minor tweaks when transitioning to the MLL

    because I realized that there were certain aws in my game that could have

    been exposed at those levels. So always be willing to take new ideas from

    coaches and apply it to your game.

    JordanBurke#5 BOSTON CANNONS

    st piece of advice I can give is 3 things: 1) have fun 2) play with con -

    nd 3) have a short memory. As a goalie, you are going to make saves,

    are going to give up goals. Forget about the previous one, no matter

    nd think of the next one, always the next one. Every time I go out on

    d I play with the mentality that someone watching the game has never

    play and I want them to leave asking who that goalie was.

    seWartZManNVER OUTLAWS

    Mental toughness is the most important thing you can have while playing in

    net. If you let up a goal or a team goes on a run, you have to put it behind you.

    We have the best goalies in the MLL. I came out of the gates last season a little

    slow, a little shaky but its all about moving on. As I played throughout my

    career, I have always loved the big s tage and all the attention because it gets

    me going. I lost in the NCAA Championship but I thought I played pretty well

    and I lost the MLL championship but I thought I played well in that game too.

    It was all about mental toughness.

    scottrodgers#42 HAMILTON NATIONALS

    opkins University, 2007

    arrior MLL Goalie of the Year, 3-time MLL All-Star

    Notre Dame University, 2010

    7th overall Pick in 2010 MLL Collegiate Draft

    Brown University, 2009

    2011 MLL Champ Weekend MVP

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    rocheSter rattlerS looking to Strike Back

    For Rochester Rattlers fans,

    he 2011 season was bitter-

    weet. It brought with it the re-

    val of their beloved team, a star

    ne-up including Ned Crotty, Joel

    White, Matt Striebel and Martin

    ahill, but the teams 2-10 re-

    ord and last place standings put

    damper on the return of the

    attlers. This year, they plan on

    aking a run to the champion-

    hips and MLL All-Star Ned Crot-

    tells us its not out of reach.

    I know people knocked

    ochester last year, but if you

    ok at the individual score-oards, we werent losing by

    uch. If you looked at our ros-

    r, most of our team was made

    p of guys in their irst or sec-

    ond years. We had a lot of young

    talent. We werent happy with

    the way we ended last season.

    Now that we have the matu-

    rity and another year of expe-

    rience, we are going to make a

    big push to the championships.

    Last season was the 2010

    Cascade MLL Rookie of the

    Years sophomore campaign

    but with the loss of several vet-

    eran players, his role became

    greater. More was asked of me,

    my comfort level rose and I was

    looked at as a go-to guy on at-

    tack, he said. Crotty returns in

    2012 as an offensive staple and

    looks to lead a team stacked

    with fresh faces to victory.

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    Shock waves rippled through the

    berty Ballroom of the Philadelphia

    arriott during the 2012 MLL Colle-

    ate Draft on January 13, 2012. Com-

    issioner David Gross announced a

    major draft day trade that sent

    All-Star Max Seibald to the Long

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    face of the Denver Outlaws for

    three years, just moments before

    the start of the draft. This season,

    Seibald will suit up for his home-

    town team and is excited to be a

    part of the Lizards organization.

    Ive had an awesome experi-

    ence in Denver. Theyre a irst class

    organization, but Im excited for the

    opportunity to play with guys like Ste-phen Peyser, Drew Adams and Rob Pan-

    nell. Its an exciting move for me; its

    something new and something to mo-

    tivate me to work harder, Seibald said.

    The Cornell alum and 2009

    Tewaaraton Trophy winner shares the

    same goals as every MLL player and

    coach: to win a Steinfeld Trophy. Ac-

    cording to him, the Lizards will ind

    success through their undeniable

    mix of veteran leadership, young tal-

    ent and locker room camaraderie.

    You all have to buy into one sys-

    tem and compete for one another, not

    for yourself. You have to show up and

    play hard because in this league, theres

    so much talent that any team could

    beat another team on any given night.

    Seibald says there will be ups and downs

    for the Lizards, but the ultimate goal is

    to get to the playoffs and to start fresh.

    Though Seibald sets his goals with a

    collective effort in mind, its impossible

    to forget about last seasons personal in-

    jury which affected his performance. I

    dont think I was 100% at all last season,

    he admits. I came back a little early and

    didnt have the opportunity to complete-

    ly strengthen my knee. But I hit the gym

    hard with my trainer and am stronger in

    my legs now than I think Ive ever been

    and Im itching to get back and play.

    More information about the Long Island Lizards can

    be found at www.lizardslacrosse.com .

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