DENatNYL

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ABOUT THE OUTLAWS: Denver has played in each of the last two MLL Championship games. If they advance to the final game this season, they will be the first team to play in three straight championships since the Lizards and Bayhawks met in the championship each year from 2001-03. The Outlaws are 9-3 all-time in opening games and have won six of their last seven season openers.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: 

  • Eric Law: 32 goals, 20 assists, 52 points in 2017
  • Matt Kavanagh: 24 goals, 19 assists, 43 points in 2017
  • Drew Snider: 18 goals, six assists, 24 points, 30 groundballs in 2017
  • Jack Kelly: 11.82 goals against average, 194 saves, .548 save percentage

ABOUT THE LIZARDS: They added Brendan Fowler (FO), Matt Landis (D) and Mike Bocklet (A) via trade this offseason. Fowler (2) and Bocklet (1) have combined for three All-Star Game appearances in their careers and Bocklet has ranked among the top 10 scorers in the league in two of the last three seasons.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: 

  • Rob Pannell: 23 goals, 26 assists, 49 points in 2017
  • Will Manny: 35 goals, 13 assists, 48 points in 2017
  • Paul Rabil: 26 goals, three two-point goals, 19 assists, 48 points in 2017
  • Joe Walters: 23 goals, one two-point goal, 18 assists, 42 points in 2017

 

DALatCHE

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ABOUT THE RATTLERS: 2018 marks the Rattlers’ first season playing in Dallas after MLL announced their relocation last Nov. 16...The franchise played 15 MLL seasons in Rochester from 2001-17. They are the 1st MLL team to call the state of Texas home and the only MLL team to play its home games indoors.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: 

  • Jordan Wolf: 29 goals, 15 assists, 44 points in 2017
  • Ned Crotty: 8 goals, one two-point goal, 24 assists, 33 points in 2017
  • Chris Bocklet: 22 goals, six assists, 28 points in 2017

ABOUT THE BAYHAWKS: Last season the Bayhawks led MLL with 211 goals scored. They were the only team in the league to surpass 200 goals. Chesapeake had four different players score 20 goals in 2018, only the Hounds had more players with at least 20 goals (5).

PLAYERS TO WATCH: 

  • Myles Jones: 23 goals, two two-point goals, 14 assists, 39 points in 2017
  • Matt Danowski: 20 goals, two two-point goals, 13 assists, 35 points in 2017
  • Jake Froccaro: 15 goals, two two-point goals, 10 assists, 27 points in 2017

 

BOSatCHA

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ABOUT THE CANNONS: Davey Emala enters this season eight goals shy of 100 for his career. He was the only Cannons player to appear in all 14 games last season and has played in every game since joining the team in 2015. Emala has totaled exactly 37 points in each of the past two seasons.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: 

  • Kylor Bellistri: 25 goals, 14 assists, 39 points in 2017
  • Davey Emala: 32 goals, five assists, 37 points in 2017
  • James Pannell: 21 goals, one two-point goal, 12 assists, 34 points in 2017

ABOUT THE HOUNDS: Last season the Hounds had five different players score at least 20 goals, the most 20+ goal scorers in the league (Ryan Brown, John Haus, Joey Sankey, Mike Chanenchuk, Kevin Crowley). Brown led the team with 34 goals.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: 

  • John Haus: 30 goals, 16 assists, 46 points in 2017
  • Ryan Brown: 34 goals, one two-point goal, eight assists, 43 points in 2017
  • Mike Chanenchuk: 20 goals, four two-point goals, 12 assists, 36 points in 2017

 

FLAatATL

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ABOUT THE LAUNCH: Last season, the Launch had seven players age 23 or younger record at least one point. Dylan Molloy was the
youngest player on the team and finished the season with the 4th-most points on the club despite appearing in eight games (21 G, 6 A). Florida qualified for the postseason for the first time in franchise history last year. 

PLAYERS TO WATCH: 

  • Connor Buczek: 20 goals, four two-point goals, six assists, 30 points in 2017
  • Dylan Molloy: 21 goals, six assists, 27 points in 2017
  • Nick Mariano: 16 goals, four assists, 20 points in 2017
  • Austin Kaut: 14.05 goals against, 256 saves, .566 save percentage

ABOUT THE BLAZE: Former MLL player Liam Banks was named the third head coach in Blaze history on Jan. 15, replacing the late
Dave Huntley. Banks had 74 goals, 65 assists and 140 points in 52 games from 2004-09. This marks his first head coaching job in MLL.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: 

  • Kevin Rice: 26 goals, one two-point goal, 20 assists, 47 points in 2017
  • Matt Gibson: 26 goals, one two-point goal, seven assists, 34 points in 2017
  • Tommy Palasek: 14 goals, eight assists, 22 points in 2017
  • Scott Ratliff: five goals, two two-point goals, eight assists in 2017

 

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