Kyle Sweeney

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Kyle Sweeney
Lacrosse Player
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Personal Information
Birth (1981-04-05) April 5, 1981 (age 36)
Springfield, Pennsylvania
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 195 pounds (88 kg)
Lacrosse Career
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NLL Team New England Black Wolves
F. Teams Edmonton Rush
Philadelphia Wings
MLL Team New York Lizards
F. Teams Chesapeake BayHawk
Washington Bayhawks
Philadelphia Barrage
Bridgeport Barrage
Boston Cannons
NLL Draft 83rd Overall, 2003
Philadelphia Wings
MLL Draft 3rd Round, 2003
Bridgeport Barrage
Pro Career 2003-Present
Career Highlights
Steinfeld Cup Philadelphia 2004, 2006, 2007
Boston 2011

Kyle Sweeney (born April 5, 1981 in Springfield, Pennsylvania) is an American professional lacrosse player who plays for the New York Lizards in Major League Lacrosse. He is the Vice President of Sports Nutrition at Medifast, and co-founder of the Gotham Lacrosse League.

Sweeney played for the U.S. Men's National Team in the 2006 and 2010 World Lacrosse Championship,[1] and played for Team USA in the 2007 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship.[2]

Personal[edit]

Sweeney is a native of Springfield, PA. He is from an athletic family: both his father, Jack, and mother, Denise, are gym teachers, and his brother was an All American athlete in high school.[3] He began playing lacrosse in middle school for the Springfield Athletic Association, and moved on to the Springfield Cougars Lacrosse Club in high school, where he received All-American honors and was the All-Central League MVP. He also played football and basketball.[4]

Sweeney married Angela Lanzafama in 2011.[5]

Collegiate career[edit]

Sweeney attended Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business where he was a three-time All-American long-stick midfielder. As a freshman, he was awarded the 2000 ECAC Rookie of the Year. He was also named Two-time ECAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2002 and 2001, and was named to the All-ECAC First Team three times.[3] He served as co-captain of the 2003 Georgetown Hoyas men's lacrosse team. Sweeney set the Georgetown all-time record of 229 ground balls while in college.[6] Academically, he was a double major in International Business & Marketing as well as minor concentration in Sociology.

Professional Lacrosse Career[edit]

Major League Lacrosse[edit]

Sweeney was selected by the Bridgeport Barrage in the 2003 Collegiate Draft, Round 3. He followed the team when it moved from Bridgeport, Connecticut to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2003. Sweeney anchored the defensive unit that helped the Barrage win the MLL championship in 2004, 2006 and 2007. When the team folded in 2008, Sweeney moved to Washington Bayhawks for one game, then over to the Boston Cannons, which he led to win the 2011 MLL Championships. In 2014 he moved back to the Bayhawks, now located in Chesapeake. In 2017, he will begin playing for the New York Lizards.[4]

Sweeney playing for New York Lizards

Sweeney has been selected to the MLL All-Star Game nine times, been named All-MLL three times, and has won the Steinfeld Cup four times.[6] He is currently ranked third for all-time games played in the league, as well as eighth for all-time ground balls fielded.[7]

National League Lacrosse[edit]

The Philadelphia Wings drafted Sweeney in the eighth round (83rd overall) of the 2003 NLL Entry Draft.[8] He followed the team when it moved to Conneticut, changing its name to the New England Black Wolves. He retired from indoor play in 2015.

International career[edit]

Sweeney played for the U.S. Men's National Team in the 2006 and 2010. In 2010, his team won the World Lacrosse Championship in Machester.[1] He also played for Team USA in the 2007 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship.[2]

Sweeney has been described as one of the "best defenders in the game, period," by Inside Lacrosse, which placed him no. 24 on their Top 50 list in 2009.[9]

Business career[edit]

Sweeney was the chief operating officer for Maverick Lacrosse, a New York based lacrosse equipment manufacturer, from 2005 to 2010. He then moved to Performance Sports Group, where he worked as Vice President of Operations and Product Development until 2013, when he became Vice President of Marketing and Business Planning. He left in 2016 to become Vice President of Sports Nutrition at Medifast.

Sweeney co-founded the Gotham Lacrosse League, an elite men's summer league in New York City, with Billy Pymm in 2007. The league expanded to include an elite women's league in 2013.[10]

Statistics[edit]

Major League Lacrosse (MLL)[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team GP G 2ptG A Pts GB PIM GP G 2ptG A Pts GB PIM
2003 Bridgeport 5 0 0 1 1 15 1 - - - - - - -
2004 Philadelphia 12 2 0 1 3 47 4 - - - - - - -
2005 Philadelphia 12 1 0 2 3 44 1 - - - - - - -
2006 Philadelphia 11 1 0 0 1 32 3 2 1 0 0 1 2 0
2007 Philadelphia 12 5 0 2 7 29 0 2 1 0 0 1 5 0
2008 Philadelphia 11 5 0 4 9 47 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
2009 Washington 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 - - - - - - -
2009 Boston 11 9 0 4 13 57 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
2010 Boston 10 5 0 1 4 36 1 1 0 0 1 1 3

0

2011 Boston 9 2 0 2 4 21 2 2 0 0 1 1 4 0
2012 Boston 14 3 0 5 8 32 3 1 1 0 0 1 2

0

2013 Boston 14 4 0 3 7 35 1 - - - - - - -
2014 Boston 13 3 0 0 3 25 1 - - - - - - -
2015 Chesapeake 13 1 0 0 1 22 2 - - - - - - -
2016 Chesapeake 8 0 0 1 1 22 1 - - - - - - -
2016 New York 5 0 0 0 0 18 .5 - - - - - - -
MLL Totals 161 41 0 26 65 485 36.5 10 3 0 2 5 18 0

National League Lacrosse (NLL)[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts LB PIM GP G A Pts LB PIM
2005 Philadelphia 12 1 6 7 53 11 - - - - - -
2006 Philadelphia 15 4 9 13 91 8 - - - - - -
2007 Philadelphia 16 4 7 11 85 6 - - - - - -
2008 Philadelphia 16 5 20 25 127 4 1 0 1 1 3 0
2009 Philadelphia 16 7 18 25 130 6 - - - - - -
2010 Philadelphia 15 4 6 10 90 4 - - - - - -
2011 Edmonton 6 1 7 8 24 2 - - - - - -
2011 Philadelphia 9 2 0 2 43 0 - - - - - -
2012 Buffalo 5 0 2 2 20 4 - - - - - -
2013 Philadelphia 9 2 5 7 37 4 1 0 1 1 0 0
2014 Philadelphia 18 2 12 14 53 18 - - - - - -
NLL Totals 180 32 92 124 753 67 2 0 2 2 3 0

NCAA[edit]

   
Season Team GP G A Pts GB
2000 Georgetown 14 2 4 6 61
2001 Georgetown 15 0 0 0 60
2002 Georgetown 15 5 4 9 75
2003 Georgetown 11 0 1 1 33
NCAA Totals 55 7 9 16 229

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2010 Men's World Lacrosse Championship Roster
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Men | US Lacrosse". www.uslacrosse.org. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  3. ^ a b McCartyCORRESPONDENT, Dan. "Springfield Cougars Lacrosse Club honors Kyle Sweeney with 'Campbell Alumni Award'". Delco News Network. Retrieved 2017-03-31. 
  4. ^ a b Lizards, New York. "Kyle Sweeney | New York Lizards". New York Lizards. Retrieved 2017-03-31. 
  5. ^ "Angela Lanzafama, Kyle Sweeney: Weddings". The New York Times. 2011-08-05. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-03-31. 
  6. ^ a b Cannons, Boston. "Kyle Sweeney | Boston Cannons". Boston Cannons. Retrieved 2017-03-31. 
  7. ^ Lacrosse, Major League. "Record Book | Major League Lacrosse". Major League Lacrosse. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  8. ^ Kyle Sweeney Wings Player Bio Archived 2008-01-22 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "NLL Insider Top 50: Kyle Sweeney #24 | Inside Lacrosse". www.insidelacrosse.com. Retrieved 2017-03-31. 
  10. ^ "Gotham Lacrosse League Launches Women's League". Retrieved 2017-03-31. 

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