2008 Major League Lacrosse season

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The 2008 Major League Lacrosse season was the eighth season of the league. The season began on May 17, 2008 and concluded with the championship game on August 24, 2008.

Milestones & events[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

  • Following the 2007 MLL season, the league saw a number of Head Coaching changes:
    • Chicago Machine Assistant Coach, John Combs was promoted to the team's new Head Coach, following the resignation of former Head Coach, Lelan Rodgers.[1] Rodgers, stepped down from the position to accept an assistant coaching position at Syracuse University.[2]
  • There were also a number of trades and player announcements in the off-season:
    • March 11, 2008:The Boston Cannons traded David Mitchell and a draft pick to the San Francisco Dragons, for defenseman Colin Hulme and attackman Matt Alrich.[8]

Regular season[edit]

Post-season[edit]

Standings[edit]

W = Wins, L = Losses, PCT = Winning Percentage, GF = Goals For, 2ptGF = 2 point Goals For, GA = Goals Against, 2ptGA = 2 point Goals Against

Final

Qualified for playoffs
Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GF 2ptGF GA 2ptGA
Rochester Rattlers 9 3 .750 202 5 161 4
Philadelphia Barrage 7 5 .583 166 6 173 5
Boston Cannons 7 5 .583 182 7 166 8
New Jersey Pride 6 6 .500 171 4 179 3
Long Island Lizards 5 7 .417 188 6 194 8
Washington Bayhawks 4 8 .333 156 7 187 3
Western Conference
Team W L PCT GF 2ptGF GA 2ptGA
Denver Outlaws 8 4 .667 173 7 160 4
Los Angeles Riptide 7 5 .583 173 2 157 8
San Francisco Dragons 4 8 .333 149 8 173 7
Chicago Machine 3 9 .250 158 4 168 6


Los Angeles finished ahead of Philadelphia base on head to head record of 1-0. Philadelphia finished ahead of Boston based on head to head record of 2-0.

All Star Game[edit]

The 2008 MLL All-Star Game was played on July 17 at INVESCO Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. The Western Conference team won 31-15.[16] Ryan Powell of Denver was named the game Most Valuable Player.

Eastern Conference All-Stars Western Conference All-Stars
Attack
Spencer Ford (Long Island Lizards) Jake Byrne (San Francisco Dragons)
John Grant, Jr. (Rochester Rattlers) Kevin Leveille (Chicago Machine)
Mikey Powell (Boston Cannons) Brendan Mundorf (Denver Outlaws)
Merrick Thomson (New Jersey Pride) Ryan Powell (Denver Outlaws)
Midfield
Stephen Berger (Long Island Lizards) Steven Brooks (Chicago Machine)
Kyle Dixon (Washington Bayhawks) Greg Downing (Los Angeles Riptide)
Chris Fiore (Long Island Lizards) Benson Erwin (Denver Outlaws)
Shawn Nadelen (Washington Bayhawks) Matt Hanna (Denver Outlaws)
Matt Poskay (Boston Cannons) Kyle Harrison (Los Angeles Riptide)
Paul Rabil (Boston Cannons) Brian Langtry (Denver Outlaws)
Matt Striebel (Philadelphia Barrage) Jeff Sonke (Denver Outlaws)
Joe Walters (Rochester Rattlers) Chazz Woodson (Los Angeles Riptide)
Face-Off
Peter Vlahakis (Long Island Lizards) Anthony Kelly (Los Angeles Riptide)
Defense
Brodie Merrill (Rochester Rattlers) D.J. Driscoll (Los Angeles Riptide)
Chris Passavia (Boston Cannons) Brett Hughes (Los Angeles Riptide)
Nick Polanco (Long Island Lizards) Eric Martin (San Francisco Dragons)
Kyle Sweeney (Philadelphia Barrage) Lee Zink (Denver Outlaws)
Goalkeeper
Chris Garrity (Washington Bayhawks) Mike Gabel (Chicago Machine)
Rob Scherr (New Jersey Pride) Jesse Schwartzman (Denver Outlaws)
Coaches
Bill Daye (Boston Cannons) Brian Reese (Denver Outlaws)
Tony Resch (Philadelphia Barrage) Denver Outlaws Coaching Staff

Playoffs[edit]

The 2008 NB Zip Major League Lacrosse Championship Weekend took place on August 23 and 24 at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts. The semifinals took place on August 23 and the final was on August 24.[17]

Semifinals Steinfeld Cup Final
           
4 Philadelphia 15
1 Rochester 16 OT
2 Denver 6
1 Rochester 16
3 Los Angeles 12
2 Denver 13

Joe Walters was named MVP for the playoffs

Awards[edit]

Weekly awards[edit]

The MLL gives out awards weekly for the best offensive player, best defensive player, best goalkeeper, and best rookie.

Month Week Offensive Defensive Goalkeeper Rookie
May 1 Jeff Zywicki Geoff Snider Mike Gabel
N/A
2 John Grant, Jr. J.J. Morrissey Brian Dougherty
N/A
3 John Grant, Jr. Peter Vlahakis Mickey Jarboe Mike Leveille
June 4 Kyle Dixon Peter Vlahakis Chris Garrity Mike Podgajny
5 Brian Langtry Nicky Polanco Rob Scherr Matt Danowski
6 Casey Powell Ryan McClay Rob Scherr Paul Rabil
7 Michael Powell Peter Vlahakis Brian Dougherty Kevin Huntley
July 8 Merrick Thomson Peter Vlahakis Brian Dougherty Kevin Huntley
9 Matt Poskay Brett Moyer Mike Levin Kevin Huntley
10 Matt Brown Brodie Merrill Kip Turner Mike Leveille
11 John Grant, Jr. Greg Gurenlian Mickey Jarboe Stephen Peyser
August 12 Kevin Huntley Ryan McClay Kevin Keenan Brett Queener
13 Andrew Combs Alex Smith Matt Vallone Stephen Peyser

Annual awards[edit]

Award Winner Team
MVP Award John Grant, Jr. Rochester
Rookie of the Year Award Kevin Huntley[18] Los Angeles
Coach of the Year Award Tony Resch Philadelphia
Defensive player of the Year Award Brodie Merrill Rochester
Offensive player of the Year Award John Grant, Jr Rochester
Goaltender of the Year Award Mickey Jarboe Los Angeles
Sportsman of the Year Award Tom Zummo[19] Boston
Most Improved Player of the Year Award Merrick Thomson[20] New Jersey

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Combs Named New Machine Head Coach". CollegeLax.us. December 3, 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  2. ^ "Rogers stepped down as Machine Coach". MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. November 16, 2007. Archived from the original on 26 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  3. ^ "Jarred Testa named new head coach of Bayhawks". MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. December 18, 2007. Archived from the original on 20 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  4. ^ "Tom Slate named head coach of Dragons". MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. December 20, 2008. Archived from the original on 20 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  5. ^ "Riptide and Dragons complete trade". MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. January 23, 2008. Archived from the original on 13 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  6. ^ "Dragons and Machine conduct trades". MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. March 3, 2008. Archived from the original on 16 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  7. ^ "Bayhawks Boulukos retires". MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. March 4, 2008. Archived from the original on 16 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  8. ^ "Cannons and Dragons trade 3 players". MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. March 11, 2008. Archived from the original on 16 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  9. ^ "Dragons trade Powell, Watkins to Denver". MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. March 13, 2008. Archived from the original on 16 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  10. ^ "Pride trade Jesse Hubbard to Los Angeles". MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. May 2, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  11. ^ "Paul Rabil selected with #1 Overall Pick". MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. May 28, 2008. Archived from the original on 1 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  12. ^ "Casey Powell: MLL All-Time Scoring Leader". MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. June 10, 2008. Archived from the original on 12 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-25. 
  13. ^ "Dragons trade Park, Lochte to Bayhawks for McGlone". MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. June 23, 2008. Archived from the original on 12 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-25. 
  14. ^ "Hubbard makes MLL history". MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. July 27, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  15. ^ "Huntley, Mcclay, Keenan, Queener Earn Weekly Awards". MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. August 4, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  16. ^ "2008 All-Star Game to be played in Denver". MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. October 24, 2007. Archived from the original on 26 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-20. 
  17. ^ "Boston to Host 2008 NB ZIP MLL Championship Weekend". MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. December 11, 2007. Archived from the original on 22 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  18. ^ "Huntley named Cascade Rookie of the Year". MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. August 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  19. ^ "Zummo named New Balance Sportsman of the Year". MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. August 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  20. ^ "Thomson named Warrior Most Improved Player". MajorLeagueLacrosse.com. August 14, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
Eastern Conference Western Conference
Boston Chicago
Long Island Denver
New Jersey Los Angeles
Philadelphia San Francisco
Rochester
Washington