Charlotte Hounds

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Charlotte Hounds
Charlotte Hounds logo.png
Team logo
League MLL
Founded 2011
Home stadium American Legion Memorial Stadium
Based in Charlotte, North Carolina

Royal Blue, Tan, Navy Blue, White

Head coach Mike Cerino
General manager Wade Leaphart
Mascot Blue the Plott Hound
Steinfeld Cups None

The Charlotte Hounds are a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) professional men's field lacrosse franchise that began play in the 2012 MLL season.[1] The team's home games are played at American Legion Memorial Stadium.[1]

Franchise history[edit]

In January 2011 the MLL voted to grant expansion franchise to Charlotte and Columbus, Ohio for the 2012 MLL Season.[1][2] The team is headed by Jim McPhilliamy, a former Charlotte Bobcats marketing executive.[3] The team names had been narrowed down to the Hounds, Legion, and Monarchs with the Hounds eventually winning the fan vote by a mere 21 votes over the Legion. The Name the Team Campaign was heavily supported by OrthoCarolina, the official team physician of the Hounds, and was heavily run via Facebook. First, fans pitched in ideas for the team name and location identity (Charlotte, Carolina, Queen City, etc.) Then, fans voted on the location ID, choosing Charlotte easily over Carolina. The next stage was mostly on the team staff, in choosing 6 finalists for team names and logo prototypes. Fans then voted on those, narrowing it down to the final three, Hounds, Legion, and Monarchs. A final vote was held, and Hounds won. On June 21, 2011 the team name was announced to be the Charlotte Hounds and their colors to be navy blue and tan. On September 29, 2011 the team announced the hiring of head coach Mike Cerino. On February 10, 2012, the team announced the hiring of assistant coaches J.B. Clarke, Chris Phenicie, and Brad Touma.

All home games in 2012 will air on WFNZ-AM.[4]

The Hounds announced on February 7, 2012 that they had signed a landmark deal with WMYT (MyTV12) Charlotte to broadcast 7 of the 14 scheduled games. The TV broadcasts will alternate with the Radio games on WFNZ, with the exception of the home opener and season finale, which will be covered by both stations. WFNZ will air all home games, while WMYT will broadcast the away games as well as the home opener and season finale. The local TV deal with WMYT is the first of its kind in major league lacrosse, as WMYT will be the only local broadcast station in the nation to offer Major League Lacrosse Broadcasts.[5]

On May 12, 2012 the Charlotte Hounds beat the Ohio Machine 18-15 at American Legion Memorial Stadium to earn their first win in franchise history.

On August 3, 2013, the Charlotte Hounds clinched a playoff spot in just their second season after defeating the Hamilton Nationals, 14-11.[6] On August 24 in the semifinals, Charlotte defeated top seed Denver, 17-14 for their first playoff win and championship berth in team history.[7] Before that, the Denver Outlaws were the first team in league history to complete a perfect 14-0 regular season.

On August 25, 2013 the Hounds took on the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the MLL Championship game, in just their 2nd season of existence and 1st playoff appearance. In a close game the young Hounds lost 10-9.

The Hounds struggled out of the gate in 2014, however, starting 1-4. But on June 7, the Hounds defeated the Outlaws again, 18-15 at home. The loss for Denver snapped a 25 regular season game win streak for the Outlaws.[8]


Charlotte Hounds
Year W L  % Regular season finish Playoffs
2012 5 9 .357 6th in League Didn't Qualify
2013 7 7 .500 4th in League Won semifinal 17-14 over Denver Outlaws
Lost championship 10-9 to Chesapeake Bayhawks
2014 4 10 .286 8th in League Didn't Qualify
Totals 16 26 .381 Total Playoff Record 1-1
Playoff Win % = .500

Stephen Berger scored the first goal in Hounds history.


2014 Charlotte Hounds
Number Player's Name Nationality Position Height Weight College
1 Matt White United States M 5 ft 11 in 180 lb Maryland
3 Josh Hawkins United States M 6 ft 0 in 205 lb Loyola
4 Mike Sawyer United States A 6 ft 0 in 180 lb Loyola
7 Jake Tripucka United States M 6 ft 2 in 200 lb Duke
8 Adam Ghitelman United States G 5 ft 9 in 186 lb Virginia
11 Tim Fallon United States M 5 ft 9 in 203 lb Hartford
12 Dean Gibbons United States A 6 ft 0 in 185 lb Harvard
15 Justin Ward United States A 5 ft 10 in 185 lb Loyola
17 Geoff Snider Canada M/FO 5 ft 10 in 210 lb Denver
19 Kevin Drew United States M 6 ft 2 in 192 lb Syracuse
23 Brendan Fowler United States M 6 ft 0 in 210 lb Duke
24 Ryan Flanagan United States D 6 ft 6 in 213 lb North Carolina
26 John Haus United States M 6 ft 0 in 190 lb Maryland
27 Ryan Young United States A 6 ft 0 in 175 lb Maryland
32 Nico Capron United States D 6 ft 5 in 210 lb Canisius
33 Pierce Bassett United States G 6 ft 3 in 200 lb John Hopkins
34 Pat Laconi United States M 5 ft 9 in 185 lb Loyola
40 Matt Danowski United States A 6 ft 0 in 205 lb Duke
44 Brett Schmidt United States D 6 ft 0 in 181 lb Maryland
55 Mason Poli United States D 6 ft 0 in 225 lb Bryant
77 Henry Lobb United States D 6 ft 4 in 205 lb Duke
88 Thomas DeNapoli United States A 5 ft 11 in 185 lb Towson
91 Joe Cummings United States A 6 ft 0 in 195 lb Maryland
96 Tom Noell United States D 5 ft 10 in 235 lb University of North Carolina Wilmington

  • updated 2014-09-08

Head Coaching History[edit]

# Name Term Regular Season Playoffs
1 Mike Cerino 2012- 42 16 26 .381 2 1 1 .500

Draft History[edit]

MLL Collegiate Draft[edit]

First Round Selections[edit]


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