Rochester Rattlers

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Rochester Rattlers
Rochester Rattlers logo.svg
Team logo
League MLL
Founded 2001
Home stadium Wegmans Stadium at Aquinas Institute
Based in Rochester, New York
Colors Black, Gold, Red, White
                   
Head coach Tim Soudan
Local media Democrat and Chronicle (newspaper)
WYSL (radio)
Time Warner Cable SportsNet (television)
Steinfeld Cups 1 (2008)
Division Championships 1 (2004)
Website 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]

Starting in 2016, the Rattlers will play home games at Wegmans Stadium on the campus of the Aquinas Institute in Rochester. 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. In April 2015, negotiations between the Rattlers and Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester fell through, resulting in the team moving its home field to Eunice Kennedy Shriver Stadium on the campus of SUNY Brockport.[1]

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.[2] The Rattlers' staff and roster was transferred to the new Toronto franchise, named the Toronto Nationals;[3][4] 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.[5]

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 .714 1st in league Won semifinal, 15–11, over Machine
Lost championship, 11–12, to Outlaws
2015 8 6 .571 3rd in League Won semifinal, 12-8, over Machine
Lost championship, 12–15, to Lizards
Totals 88 80 .524 Total Playoff Record 4-6
Playoff Win % = .400

Roster[edit]

2016 Rochester Rattlers
Number Player's Name Nationality Position Height Weight College
2 Jack Near United States M 6 ft 3 in 175 lb Notre Dame
4 John LoCascio United States D 5 ft 10 in 190 lb Villanova
5 Mike Manley United States D 6 ft 1 in 204 lb Duke
9 Matt Miller United States D 6 ft 1 in 195 lb Notre Dame
10 Steven Boyle United States A 6 ft 1 in 185 lb Johns Hopkins
11 Joel White United States D 6 ft 1 in 186 lb Syracuse
12 Kyle VanThof United States M 6 ft 0 in 191 lb Penn State
13 Kip Orban United States M 6 ft 2 in 200 lb Princeton
15 John Galloway United States G 6 ft 0 in 188 lb Syracuse
16 Jeremy Boltus United States A 6 ft 1 in 180 lb Army
17 Drew Simoneau United States M 5 ft 7 in 185 lb Nazareth
19 Jesse King Canada M 6 ft 3 in 200 lb Ohio State
21 Brian Dailey United States M 5 ft 11 in 170 lb Duke
22 Ned Crotty United States A 6 ft 2 in 185 lb Duke
23 Mike Tota United States A 5 ft 8 in 190 lb SUNY Cortland
24 Mike Lazore Iroquois M 6 ft 2 in 185 lb Hobart
25 Kyle Denhoff United States M 6 ft 0 in 190 lb St. John Fisher
28 Will Koshansky Russia United States D 6 ft 2 in 195 lb Penn
29 Jordan MacIntosh Canada M 6 ft 2 in 195 lb RIT
31 John Ranagan United States M 6 ft 3 in 218 lb Johns Hopkins
32 Jordan Wolf United States A 5 ft 9 in 170 lb Duke
40 John Lade United States D 5 ft 10 in 195 lb Syracuse
42 Thomas Guadagnolo United States D 5 ft 11 in 189 lb Syracuse
80 Donny Moss United States D 6 ft 2 in 200 lb Adelphi
91 Ty Thompson Iroquois A 6 ft 0 in 185 lb Albany
92 Mike Poppleton United States M 6 ft 1 in 200 lb Johns Hopkins
99 Jason LaShomb United States G 5 ft 9 in 160 lb Mercyhurst


  • updated 2016-05-22

MLL Award Winners[edit]