January 6, 2010

MLL's 10th Season Features Playoff Rematches

from press release

Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced the release of its official 2010 game schedule Tuesday, according to MLL Commissioner David Gross.  The league’s 10th-anniversary schedule features 36 regular season games between the six MLL teams, along with pre-season training camps and special events.  Training camps will begin Saturday, April 24 2010 and the first weekend of the regular season starts Saturday, May 15.
 
“We are very excited to release the 2010 schedule,” said Gross. “Building off of a successful 2009 campaign, the summer of 2010 offers fans another summer of the best lacrosse in the world.  Last summer we saw more milestones, as the Denver Outlaws again broke the attendance record with 21,952 fans on July 4 and the Toronto Nationals captured the Steinfeld Cup for being league champions in their first season of play.”
 
This summer’s slate of action features several premier matchups and big-time events.  In Week 1, the defending MLL champion Toronto Nationals begin their title defense on the road against the Chicago Machine. Despite finishing in last place in the league last summer, the Machine was able to pick up one of its wins against Toronto – a 24-19 shootout on July 4, 2009.  In the other season openers, the Long Island Lizards will head to Annapolis to take on the Washington Bayhawks, while the Denver Outlaws will open on the road against Boston at Harvard Stadium in a rematch of one of last year’s MLL semifinals.
 
There will be plenty of other exciting playoff rematches from 2009 MLL Championship Weekend throughout the 2010 season.  In Week 3, the Toronto Nationals will visit INVESCO Field at Mile High in Denver in a rematch of the championship game from a year ago.  The Outlaws will be looking for vengeance after falling for the second consecutive season in the title game.  More rematches from the semifinals will take place in Week 5 when Denver visits Boston again and in Week 11 when Long Island hosts Toronto.
 
On Thursday, July 8, the MLL’s best and brightest stars will once again be on display in the MLL All-Star Game, which will be held this summer at Harvard Stadium in Boston at 7 p.m. Eastern. Since 2010 is a year of the World Lacrosse Championships, the format of the game will pit the U.S. Men’s National Team versus the MLL All-Stars.  Twenty-two of the 23 members of the U.S. Men’s National Team have MLL experience.  At halftime, the Bud Light Skills Competition will once again provide the fans with exciting entertainment and skills shown off during competitions such as fastest shot and freestyle trick-shot.
 
The MLL’s historic 10th season will conclude once again in beautiful Annapolis, Md., with the Championship Weekend taking place over the weekend of Aug. 20-22.  Starting Friday, there will be opportunities for fans to enjoy Annapolis and all of the exciting events offered around Championship Weekend.  On Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, there are two semifinal matchups – at 12 and 3 p.m. – and the MLL Championship Game is Sunday at 1 p.m. (all times Eastern).  Admission for all three games is only $30 per person.  Fans will also be offered discounted rates at several area hotels, including the official hotel of Championship Weekend, the Loews Hotel Annapolis.  More details about all aspects of Championship Weekend will be available in the near future at www.majorleaguelacrosse.com.
 
Each team wraps up its 12-game regular season on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010.  There is a bye week for every club during the first weekend of the 2010 ILF World Championships -- the weekend of Saturday, July 17.  Following the regular season, there is also a week off before the four playoff teams compete in Championship Weekend.  The date of the MLL Collegiate Draft changes from its typical mid-week spot of years past to take place on Sunday, June 6, 2010.

2010 MLL SCHEDULE (all times local)

Week 1
Denver at Boston - Saturday, May 15 - 7 p.m.
Long Island at Washington - Saturday, May, 15 - 7 p.m.
Toronto at Chicago - Saturday, May 15 - 7 p.m.

Week 2
Washington at Toronto - Saturday, May 22 - 2 p.m.
Chicago at Boston - Saturday, May 22 - 7 p.m
Long Island at Denver - Saturday, May 22 - 7 p.m.
                                    
Week 3
Boston at Long Island - Thursday, May 27 - 7:30 p.m.
Washington at Chicago - Saturday, May 29 - 7 p.m.
Toronto at Denver - Saturday, May 29 - 7 p.m.
                                    
Week 4
Boston at Washington - Friday, June 4 - 7:30 p.m.
Denver at Long Island - Saturday, June 5 - 7 p.m.
Chicago at Toronto - Saturday, June 5 - 7 p.m.

Week 5
Denver at Chicago - Saturday, June 12 - 3 p.m.
Washington at Toronto - Saturday, June 12 - 7 p.m.
Long Island at Chicago - Saturday, June 12 - 7 p.m.
                                    
Week 6
Toronto at Long Island - Saturday, June 19 - 7 p.m.
Denver at Washington - Saturday, June 19 - 7 p.m.
Boston at Chicago - Saturday, June 19, 7 p.m.
                                    
Week 7
Toronto at Washington - Thursday, June 24 - 7:30 p.m.
Long Island at Boston - Saturday, June 26 - 7 p.m.
Denver at Chicago - Saturday, June 26 - 7 p.m.

Week 8
Boston at Toronto - Thurday, July 1 - 7 p.m.
Chicago at Long Island - Saturday, July 3 - 3 p.m.
Washington at Denver - Sunday, July 4 - 7 p.m.

MLL All-Star  Game - Thursday, July 8 in Boston - 7 p.m.
                                    
Week 9
Denver at Toronto - Saturday, July 10 - 7 p.m.
Boston at Washington - Saturday, July 10 - 7 p.m.
Long Island at Chicago - Saturday, July 10 - 7 p.m.

Week 10
Washington at Long Island - Thurday, July 22 - 8 p.m.
Toronto at Boston - Saturday, July 24 - 7 p.m.
Chicago at Denver - Saturday, July 24 - 7 p.m.
                                    
Week 11
Toronto at Long Island - Saturday, July 31 - 7 p.m.
Chicago at Washington - Saturday, July 31 - 7 p.m.
Boston at Denver - Saturday, July, 31 - 7 p.m.

Week 12
Washington at Boston - Saturday, Aug. 7 - 7 p.m.
Long Island at Toronto - Saturday, Aug. 7 - 7 p.m.
Chicago at Denver - Saturday, Aug. 7 - 7 p.m.                                 

MLL Championship Weekend in Annapolis, Md.
MLL Semifinal #1 - Saturday, Aug. 21 - 12 p.m.
MLL Semifinal #2 - Saturday, Aug. 21 - 3 p.m.
MLL Championship Game - Sunday, Aug. 22 - 1 p.m.


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