2009 Major League Lacrosse season

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2009 MLL season
League Major League Lacrosse
Sport Field lacrosse
Duration May 2009 – August 2009
Number of teams 6
MLL seasons

The 2009 Major League Lacrosse season was the ninth season of the league. The season began on May 15, 2009 and concluded with the championship game on August 23, 2009.

Milestones & events[edit]

Rule changes[edit]

Major League Lacrosse announced some major rule changes in the off-season. The league will introduce a fourth long–stickman to play. For the first eight seasons the league operated, each team could only field three long–stick defenders on the field at a time. This rule was unique from the traditional men's field lacrosse rules played in high schools and colleges. The league will maintain the two–point goal and shot clock that differentiates Major League Lacrosse rules from high school and college lacrosse. In addition, the league announced that each team would be permitted to have one additional roster position to a total of nineteen players.[1]

Team movement[edit]


  • Casey, Ryan, and Mikey Powell, three of the best and most popular players in the league, all sat out for the 2009 season. The three brothers did not report to their respective teams as of the April 1st contract deadline - which means they are ineligible to play for anyone for the remainder of 2009. This was not the first time the Powell brothers sat out a season. The 2009 season was Mikey's third sitting out, while it is Casey's second, and Ryan's first.


W = Wins, L = Losses, PCT = Winning Percentage, GB = Games Back of first place, GF = Goals For, 2ptGF = 2 point Goals For, GA = Goals Against, 2ptGA = 2 point Goals Against


Qualified for playoffs
Team W L PCT GB GF 2ptGF GA 2ptGA
Denver Outlaws 9 3 .750 166 8 138 6
Toronto Nationals 7 5 .583 2 184 4 172 9
Long Island Lizards 6 6 .500 3 125 4 144 9
Boston Cannons 6 6 .500 3 173 12 150 6
Washington Bayhawks 5 7 .417 4 148 14 175 9
Chicago Machine 3 9 .250 6 159 8 176 11

Long Island finished ahead of Boston base on head to head record 3-0.

All Star Game[edit]

The 2009 game took place July 16 at Denver's INVESCO Field. The Old School beat the Young Guns 22-21 in overtime. Brian Langtry (Denver) was named the MVP for the game.


The 2009 New Balance MLL Championship Weekend took place on Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23 at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. The two semifinal games were at 12 PM ET and 3 PM ET on Saturday. The Toronto Nationals and Denver Outlaws won their semi-final matchups and in the Championship game with 45 seconds left, Shawn Williams scored to give the Nationals a 10-9 lead and Toronto won the MLL championship.

Semifinals Steinfeld Cup Final
1 Denver Outlaws 11
4 Boston Cannons 10
1 Denver Outlaws 9
Eastern Conference
2 Toronto Nationals 10
2 Toronto Nationals 14
3 Long Island Lizards 13

Merrick Thomson was named MVP for the playoffs


Annual awards[edit]

Award Winner Team
MVP Award Paul Rabil Boston
Rookie of the Year Award Dan Hardy Denver
Coach of the Year Award Brian Reese Denver
Defensive player of the Year Award Brodie Merrill Toronto
Offensive player of the Year Award Paul Rabil Boston
Goaltender of the Year Award Jesse Schwartzman Denver
Sportsman of the Year Award Tim Goettelmann Long Island
Most Improved Player of the Year Award Chris Eck Boston


  1. ^ "League announces expansion of rosters to 19 and addition of fourth long pole for 2009". Inside Lacrosse. October 22, 2008. Archived from the original on October 25, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  2. ^ "Bayhawks to play games at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium". Inside Lacrosse. October 21, 2008. Archived from the original on October 23, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  3. ^ "Pro lacrosse team moving to Annapolis". Capital Gazette Newspapers. October 22, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-24.