Be sure to check out this quick video put together by a group of guys. So good that GoPro posted it on their own channel. Great to see big brands recognizing lacrosse, and with 90k views and counting GoPro is spreading the love of the game. Do you have a favorite GoPro lacrosse video? Let us know in the comments!
Down early, things did not look good for Denver. Their typical “give it to Junior and see what happens” was getting shut down, and Rochester was having a day on offense. The Outlaws managed to turn things around towards the middle, closing in on a 5-1 difference but ultimately heading into the fourth still down 10-6. They came into the final quarter strong, and ended up outscoring the Ratz 6-1. Two key goals came from both Jeremy Sieverts, a two-pointer from beyond the arc to tie it up, and Drew Snider, who let loose the game-winner with 56 seconds left in the game. 39 year-old John Grant Jr. was awarded MVP of the game with four points on the day. Overall an exciting day in Atlanta as the Denver Outlaws pulled out a 12-11 victory for their first ever MLL Championship in 9 years of existence.
New year, new outrage over a rule that was not needed to be made. Last year was the ‘motorcycle’ grip controversy, which eventually was overturned after a huge outburst by the FOGO community. This year, the committee has decided that it will be illegal for FOGO’s to play with the ball in the back of their stick after the draw. This decision has already been under heavy criticism by players all over, even Throne of String posted a photo in protest of the new rule. We will see if the decision gets overturned in the coming months, as it is still up for approval by a second committee, but the initial decision is not a popular one. Unlike the motorcycle grip, there is no safety hazard to allowing this style of play, and the NCAA should be reconsidering in the coming weeks.
This year, numerous college standouts were selected in the MLL draft. Many big names came up, such as Josh Dionne, Jordan Wolf, Ty Thompson and even the Tewaaraton co-winner Miles Thompson. Even from this heavily talented draft class, Kieran McArdle came out on top. McArdle, a member of the inaugural Florida Launch team, finished the season with 35 goals and 49 total points, setting records in both categories. The selection committee looked at more than just the numbers, however. Kieran stood out from the crowd by taking command of the Launch offense, generating numerous opportunities even when guarded by some of the most elite defensemen in the league. Because of his outstanding performance, the attackman won the award with 9 more first place votes than the runner up.
If you haven’t seen it yet, Jay Jalbert put out one of the best productions of the year on ESPN recently. Luckily he also uploaded it to YouTube for those that missed the live airing. The film follows star recruits Shack Stanwick and Jake Seau as they prepare for the Under Armour All-America Game. Jay was highlight-reel college player at UVA who went on to play at the highest levels across the board, in the NLL, MLL, and eventually Team USA. After his lacrosse career came to an end, he went on to co-found Maverik Lacrosse, and currently works for himself at Jalbert Productions International. Look from more from Jay in the near future.
The selections for the second annual BostonLax.net All American Game were announced this past Thursday, featuring the best Massachusetts has to offer. The event is going to be sponsored by TheLocker, and if it is anything like last year, should feature some sweet gear and great talent. Although most selections were upperclassmen, two sophomores and even one freshman (Bailey Laidman, 2016, UNC), were selected to the squad. View the full list here.