Portland LumberJax

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Portland LumberJax
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Division Western
Played 20052009
Home Arena Rose Garden
Based in Portland, Oregon
Colors Black, Gold, Red, White
Division Championships 2006

The Portland LumberJax (sometimes referred to as the Jax) were a professional lacrosse team in the National Lacrosse League (NLL), which started playing in the 2006 season and ended operations after the 2009 season. Angela Batinovich, the owner of the team, entered the league as the youngest owner of a professional sports franchise at the age of 24. Announced by the NLL on May 11, 2005, the LumberJax played their home games at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. It was announced on May 4, 2009 that the team would be leaving Portland after four seasons of play[1] and on July 7, 2009 the NLL held a dispersal draft for the Lumberjax players.[2]

Franchise history[edit]

The expansion LumberJax got off to a slow start in their first year, but later turned their season around and made it to the playoffs with an 11-5 record. The LumberJax finished first in their division, becoming the only expansion team to win their division in the 20-year history of the NLL. The LumberJax season ended with a loss in the opening round of the playoffs to the Arizona Sting.

The LumberJax were less successful in their sophomore season, finishing last in the West Division with a 4-12 record.

In their third year, the LumberJax finished with a sub-500 record for the second straight year (6-10), but were able to enter the playoffs as the fourth-seed in the West.

The LumberJax won their first playoff game in franchise history on May 4, 2008, an 18-16 victory over the San Jose Stealth at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Dan Dawson scored 7 goals and added 5 assists for a total of 12 points. They then defeated the Calgary Roughnecks in the Western Division Final 16-12, to earn their first ever trip to the Champion's Cup, which took place Saturday, May 17, 2008 at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York against the Buffalo Bandits at 7:30 PM Eastern. The LumberJax lost 14-13.

On May 4, 2009 the team announced it would be leaving Portland after four seasons of play due to financial concerns.[1] Future options included moving the franchise to another city or selling it to new owners; however on July 7, 2009, a dispersal draft was held for Portland's players, essentially shutting down the franchise.[2]

Awards & honors[edit]

Year Player Award
2006 Brodie Merrill Rookie of the Year[3]
Brodie Merrill Defensive Player of the Year[4]
Derek Keenan Les Bartley Award[5]
Derek Keenan GM of the Year[6]
Angela Batinovich Executive of the Year[7]

Roster[edit]

Brodie Merrill (left) and Richard Morgan (right) in 2008
2008 Portland LumberJax roster
Active (23-man) roster Inactive roster Coaches
Goaltenders
Defensemen
  • 49 Canada Bruce Alexander
  • 36 Canada Luke Forget
  • 12 Canada Pat Jones (C)
  • 17 Canada Brodie Merrill (A)
  • 21 Canada Dayne Michaud
  • 13 Canada David Morgan
  • 33 Canada Richard Morgan
Forwards
Transition
  •  7 Canada Tyler Codron
  • 56 United States Jamison Koesterer
  •  9 Canada Matt Yager
Head Coach
Assistant Coaches

Legend
  • * Suspended list
  • (C) Captain
  • (A) Alternate captain

Roster updated 2008-12-31
NLL Transactions

All time Record[edit]

Season Division W-L Finish Home Road GF GA Coach Playoffs
2006 Western 11-5 1st 5-3 6-2 188 177 Derek Keenan Lost in Division semifinals
2007 Western 4-12 6th 3-5 1-7 153 199 Derek Keenan Missed Playoffs
2008 Western 6-10 4th 3-5 3-5 179 194 Derek Keenan Lost in Championship Game
2009 Western 9-7 2nd 5-3 4-4 181 177 Derek Keenan Lost in Division semifinals
Total 4 seasons 30-34   16-16 14-18 701 747    
Playoff Totals   2-3   0-2 2-1 61 62    

Playoff Results[edit]

Season Game Visiting Home
2006 Division Semifinals Arizona 14 Portland 11
2008 Division Semifinal Portland 18 San Jose 16
Division Final Portland 16 Calgary 12
Championship Portland 13 Buffalo 14
2009 Division Semifinal San Jose 20 Portland 16

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "LumberJax will move from Portland". Portland Tribune. May 4, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Merrill Selected First Overall By Edmonton". NLL.com. 7 July 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Merrill Wins Edge Active Care Rookie of the Year". NLL website. May 9, 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  4. ^ "Merrill Wins Belmont.com Defensive Player of the Year". NLL website. May 2, 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  5. ^ "Derek Keenan Wins Les Bartley Award". NLL website. May 4, 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  6. ^ "Derek Keenan Wins Vonage GM of the Year". NLL website. May 5, 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  7. ^ "Batinovich Named Executive of the Year". NLL website. May 8, 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-07.