Rochester Rattlers

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Rochester Rattlers
Rochester Rattlers logo.svg
Conference Eastern
Founded 2001
Home Stadium Sahlen's Stadium
City Rochester, New York
Colors Black, Gold, Red, White
                   
Local Media Democrat and Chronicle (newspaper)
WYSL (radio)
Time Warner Cable SportsNet (television)
Head Coach Tim Soudan
Steinfeld Cups 1 (2008)
Division Championships 1 (2004)
Website www.rochesterrattlers.com/

The Rochester Rattlers are a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) professional men's field lacrosse team based in Rochester, New York. They are a charter member of the MLL. From their inaugural season in 2001 to 2005, they were in the National Division. From 2006 to 2008, they were a member of the Eastern Conference.

After the 2008 season, the team was dissolved. The Rattlers' staff and roster was transferred to the new Toronto Nationals franchise; however, the history, colors, and name of the Rattlers franchise remained in Rochester so that they could be used for a future MLL team. On November 23, 2010, the Chicago Machine officially announced they would move to Rochester and resume play in 2011 under the Rochester Rattlers name.

Franchise history[edit]

In 2001 and 2002 the team played home games at Frontier Field. They played at Bishop Kearney Field from 2003 to 2005, and moved into the new PAETEC Park in 2006. The Rattlers made the playoffs in 2001 and 2005 as a wildcard. They were the National Division champions in 2004. On June 16, 2007, the Rochester Rattlers won a 27–26 (in overtime) game over the Denver Outlaws in the highest scoring game in MLL history at INVESCO Field at Mile High.

In 2008, the Rattlers won their first and only MLL championship by defeating the Philadelphia Barrage 16–15 in overtime in the semifinals and the Denver Outlaws 16–6 in the championship game.

After the 2008 season, the team was dissolved and the rights to the team were sold to a Toronto, Ontario-based group on February 19, 2009.[1] The Rattlers' staff and roster was transferred to the new Toronto franchise, named the Toronto Nationals;[2][3] however, the Rattlers' history, team colors, and name remained in Rochester, thus allowing the Chicago Machine to be re-branded as the Rochester Rattlers in time for the 2011 season.[4]

The Rochester Rattlers (gold) vs. the Long Island Lizards (white) at PAETEC Park in 2008.

Season-by-season[edit]

Rochester Rattlers
Year W L  % Regular season finish Playoffs
2001 8 6 .571 2nd in National Division Lost semifinal, 13–12, to Lizards
2002 6 8 .429 3rd in National Division
2003 5 7 .417 3rd in National Division
2004 7 5 .583 1st in National Division Lost semifinal, 18–17, (OT) to Barrage
2005 6 6 .500 2nd in National Division Lost semifinal, 20–13, to Bayhawks
2006 5 7 .417 5th in Eastern Conference
2007 9 3 .750 2nd in Eastern Conference Lost semifinal, 15–14, to Riptide
2008 9 3 .750 1st in Eastern Conference Won semifinal, 16–15, (OT) over Barrage
Won championship, 16–6, over Outlaws
2009 Did Not Play
2010 Did Not Play
2011 2 10 .167 6th in league
2012 7 7 .500 5th in league
2013 6 8 .429 5th in league
2014 10 4 .571 1st in league
Totals 80 74 .519 Total Playoff Record 2–4
Playoff Win % = .333

Roster[edit]

2014 Rochester Rattlers
Number Player's Name Nationality Position College Height Weight
1 John Kemp United States G Notre Dame 5 ft 9 in 170 lb
2 Dave Lawson United States M Duke 6 ft 1 in 203 lb
4 John Locascio United States D Villanova 5 ft 10 in 190 lb
5 Mike Manley United States D Duke 6 ft 1 in 204 lb
6 Stephen Ianzito United States M Syracuse 6 ft 0 in 215 lb
9 Matt Miller[disambiguation needed] United States D Notre Dame 6 ft 1 in 195 lb
10 Steven Boyle United States A Johns Hopkins 6 ft 1 in 185 lb
11 Joel White United States D Syracuse 6 ft 1 in 186 lb
12 Justin Turri United States M Duke 6 ft 3 in 215 lb
15 John Galloway United States G Syracuse 6 ft 0 in 188 lb
19 Kevin Leveille United States A Massachusetts 5 ft 10 in 185 lb
21 Sam Bradman United States M Salisbury 6 ft 0 in 165 lb
22 Dan Hardy United States A Syracuse 6 ft 4 in 210 lb
25 Kyle Denhoff United States M St. John Fisher College 6 ft 0 in 190 lb
27 MJ Kiekebelt Canada D RIT 6 ft 3 in 205 lb
28 Will Koshansky United States D Penn 6 ft 2 in 188 lb
29 Jordan MacIntosh Canada M RIT 6 ft 2 in 195 lb
30 John Ortolanii United States M Endicott 5 ft 7 in 180 lb
31 John Ranagan United States M Johns Hopkins 6 ft 3 in 218 lb
32 Jordan Wolf United States A Duke 5 ft 9 in 170 lb
39 Kevin Randall United States D Notre Dame 6 ft 2 in 205 lb
40 John Lade United States D Syracuse 5 ft 10 in 195 lb
41 Mark Cockerton Canada A Virginia 5 ft 10 in 185 lb
72 Mark Matthews Canada A Denver 6 ft 3 in 230 lb
74 Miles Thompson United States A Albany 5 ft 11 in 185 lb
80 Donny Moss United States D Adelphi 6 ft 2 in 200 lb
91 Ty Thompson United States A Albany 6 ft 0 in 185 lb
99 Jason LaShomb United States G Mercyhurst 5 ft 9 in 160 lb


MLL Award Winners[edit]