MLL Notebook: Machine to Play at Soldier Field
from staff reports
Friday, May 29 - Long Island at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Scores Four; Lizards Win
Saturday, May 30 - Boston at Chicago, 4 p.m.; Washington at Denver, 7 p.m.
The Chicago Machine will be playing its home opener in Soldier
Field, the home of the Chicago Bears. This is the first time
the Machine will be playing in this historic stadium.
I Am Legend
Lacrosse legend Gary Gait (Toronto) returned to the MLL for his
first game since 2005 by scoring two goals against Chicago.
In only the second week of the season, the MLL witnessed its
first overtime game of 2009 between the Washington Bayhawks
and the Long Island Lizards. The Bayhawks pulled out with a victory
after the golden goal from Bud Light MVP Kevin Huntley.
Chicago's Leveille brothers combined for 10 points for the
Machine this past weekend against Toronto. Big brother Kevin
claimed seven of those points while baby brother Mike tallied the
other three points. Look for the two brothers to battle for most
points this weekend against Boston.
Man of the Century
Lizards veteran Tim Goettelman hit his century mark, playing in
the 100th game of his career. He is the first-ever player in the
MLL to play 100 games. Scott Urick of the Bayhawks is not far
behind, as he will reach the same mark this coming week.
And with the first selection...
For the first selection of the 2009 collegiate draft, the
Chicago Machine picked Kenny Nims, the outstanding attackman from
Syracuse. Nims was the No. 1 scorer in the NCAA this season.
Of the top 10 selections in Wednesday's draft, four came from
Syracuse, the 2009 NCAA champs, including Kenny Nims to Chicago,
defenseman Sid Smith (sixth overall to Toronto), midfielder Dan
Hardy (eighth to Denver) and midfielder Matt Abbott (ninth to
Entering the third weekend of games, there is only one team to
remain undefeated, the Toronto Nationals, the first Canadian team
to play in the MLL. The Nationals play the Long Island Lizards on
For Springfield attackman Jake Beebe, selected with the 40th
overall pick in the 5th Round by the Boston Cannons, this is a
return of sorts to both the MLL and the Cannons. Beebe was a
ballboy back in the Cannons first season when they played in
Lowell, Mass. He also interned for Major League Lacrosse during the
2008 season. Beebe joins defenseman Colin Hulme, currently a member
of the Cannons practice squad, as former MLL interns who were later
selected in the draft the following season.
Unlike last year's MLL collegiate draft, which saw a number of trades happen throughout the day and during the draft itself, Wednesday was a pretty quiet day, with very little in the way of transactions. The only action occurred during the draft, when the Boston Cannons traded the seventh overall pick in the first round to the Denver Outlaws in exchange for Outlaws midfielder Greg Downing. The Outlaws selected Shane Walterhoefer (North Carolina) with the pick.
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