Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Rabil won championships at Hopkins in 2005 and 2007. As a Bluejay, he received the McLaughlin Award given to the nation's most outstanding NCAA lacrosse midfielder in 2007 and was nominated for the Tewaaraton Trophy, awarded to the "Most Outstanding" collegiate lacrosse player in the United States, in 2007 and 2008.
The Boston Cannons took Rabil with the first overall pick in the 2008 Major League Lacrosse draft. He currently endorses Maverik sticks and pads and Under Armour shoes and apparel.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
|1||Philadelphia||Buffalo||Sat, Jan 03||7:30 pm||HSBC Arena|
|2||Toronto||New York||Sat, Jan 03||7:30 pm||BankAtlantic|
|3||Minnesota||Portland||Sat, Jan 03||10:30 pm||Rose Garden|
|4||Colorado||Portland||Fri, Jan 09||10:30 pm||Rose Garden|
|5||Calgary||San Jose||Fri, Jan 09||10:30 pm||HP Pavilion|
|6||Philadelphia||Rochester||Sat, Jan 10||8:05 pm||Blue Cross|
|7||San Jose||Minnesota||Sat, Jan 10||8:00 pm||Xcel Energy|
|8||Buffalo||Toronto||Sat, Jan 10||7:00 pm||Air Canada Ctr|
|9||Boston||New York||Sat, Jan 10||7:30 pm||Prudential|
|10||Portland||Colorado||Sat, Jan 10||9:00 pm||Pepsi Center|
|11||Edmonton||Calgary||Sat, Jan 10||9:00 pm||Saddledome|
|12||Rochester||Buffalo||Fri, Jan 16||7:30 pm||HSBC Arena|
|13||Portland||Edmonton||Fri, Jan 16||9:30 pm||Rexall Place|
|14||Calgary||Toronto||Sat, Jan 17||7:00 pm||Air Canada Ctr|
|15||New York||Boston||Sat, Jan 17||7:30 pm||TD Garden|
|16||Rochester||San Jose||Sun, Jan 18||8:30 pm||HP Pavilion|
|17||Boston||Philadelphia||Fri, Jan 23||8:00 pm||Wachovia Center|
|18||Edmonton||Portland||Fri, Jan 23||10:30 pm||Rose Garden|
|19||Philadelphia||Boston||Sat, Jan 24||7:30 pm||TD Garden|
|20||New York||Rochester||Sat, Jan 24||7:35 pm||Blue Cross|
|21||Edmonton||Colorado||Sat, Jan 24||8:00 pm||Pepsi Center|
|22||Buffalo||Minnesota||Sat, Jan 24||8:00 pm||Xcel Energy|
|23||San Jose||Calgary||Sat, Jan 24||9:30 pm||Saddledome|
|24||Buffalo||Edmonton||Thu, Jan 29||9:00 pm||Rexall Place|
|25||Edmonton||San Jose||Sat, Jan 31||3:30 pm||HP Pavilion|
|26||Portland||Boston||Sat, Jan 31||7:30 pm||TD Garden|
|27||Toronto||Rochester||Sat, Jan 31||7:35 pm||Blue Cross|
|28||New York||Colorado||Sat, Jan 31||9:00 pm||Pepsi Center|
|29||Buffalo||Philadelphia||Fri, Feb 06||8:00 pm||Wachovia Center|
|30||Minnesota||Calgary||Fri, Feb 06||9:30 pm||Saddledome|
|31||Edmonton||Toronto||Sat, Feb 07||3:30 pm||Air Canada Ctr|
|32||New York||Boston||Sat, Feb 07||7:30 pm||TD Garden|
|33||Colorado||Minnesota||Sat, Feb 07||8:00 pm||Xcel Energy|
|34||San Jose||Portland||Sat, Feb 07||10:30 pm||Rose Garden|
|35||Philadelphia||New York||Sun, Feb 08||7:00 pm||Prudential|
|36||Boston||Philadelphia||Fri, Feb 13||8:00 pm||Wachovia Center|
|37||Toronto||Buffalo||Sat, Feb 14||7:30 pm||HSBC Arena|
|38||Calgary||Colorado||Sat, Feb 14||9:00 pm||Pepsi Center|
|39||Rochester||New York||Sun, Feb 15||8:00 pm||MSG|
|40||Buffalo||Toronto||Fri, Feb 20||7:00 pm||Air Canada Ctr|
|41||Boston||Minnesota||Fri, Feb 20||8:00 pm||Xcel Energy|
|42||Minnesota||Philadelphia||Sat, Feb 21||7:30 pm||Wachovia Center|
|43||New York||Rochester||Sat, Feb 21||7:35 pm||Blue Cross|
|44||Colorado||San Jose||Sat, Feb 21||10:30 pm||HP Pavilion|
|45||Boston||Calgary||Sun, Feb 22||5:00 pm||Saddledome|
|46||Colorado||Edmonton||Sun, Feb 22||8:00 pm||Rexall Place|
|47||Minnesota||Toronto||Fri, Feb 27||7:30 pm||Air Canada Ctr|
|48||Philadelphia||Edmonton||Fri, Feb 27||9:30 pm||Rexall Place|
|49||Calgary||New York||Sat, Feb 28||12:30 pm||MSG|
|50||Minnesota||Buffalo||Sat, Feb 28||7:30 pm||HSBC Arena|
|51||San Jose||Boston||Sat, Feb 28||7:30 pm||TD Garden|
|52||Toronto||Rochester||Sat, Feb 28||7:35 pm||Blue Cross|
|53||Philadelphia||Portland||Sat, Feb 28||10:30 pm||Rose Garden|
|54||San Jose||New York||Sun, Mar 01||7:30 pm||Prudential|
|55||Calgary||Edmonton||Fri, Mar 13||9:30 pm||Rexall Place|
|56||Colorado||San Jose||Sat, Mar 14||3:30 pm||HP Pavilion|
|57||Toronto||Boston||Sat, Mar 14||7:30 pm||TD Garden|
|58||Minnesota||Philadelphia||Sat, Mar 14||7:30 pm||Wachovia Center|
|59||Buffalo||Rochester||Sat, Mar 14||7:35 pm||Blue Cross|
|60||Rochester||Toronto||Sat, Mar 21||7:00 pm||Air Canada Ctr|
|61||Portland||Buffalo||Sat, Mar 21||7:30 pm||HSBC Arena|
|62||Colorado||Calgary||Sat, Mar 21||9:30 pm||Saddledome|
|63||Minnesota||San Jose||Sat, Mar 21||10:30 pm||HP Pavilion|
|64||Minnesota||Colorado||Sun, Mar 22||8:00 pm||Pepsi Center|
|65||Toronto||Calgary||Fri, Mar 27||9:00 pm||Saddledome|
|66||Portland||San Jose||Sat, Mar 28||3:30 pm||HP Pavilion|
|67||New York||Buffalo||Sat, Mar 28||7:30 pm||HSBC Arena|
|68||Colorado||Philadelphia||Sat, Mar 28||7:30 pm||Wachovia Center|
|69||Boston||Rochester||Sat, Mar 28||7:35 pm||Blue Cross|
|70||Calgary||Minnesota||Sat, Mar 28||8:00 pm||Xcel Energy|
|71||Toronto||Edmonton||Sat, Mar 28||9:00 pm||Rexall Place|
|72||San Jose||Portland||Sun, Mar 29||6:00 pm||Rose Garden|
|73||Boston||Toronto||Fri, Apr 03||7:30 pm||Air Canada Ctr|
|74||Rochester||Colorado||Fri, Apr 03||9:00 pm||Pepsi Center|
|75||Calgary||Edmonton||Fri, Apr 03||9:00 pm||Rexall Place|
|76||Philadelphia||New York||Sat, Apr 04||7:30 pm||Prudential|
|77||Buffalo||Boston||Sat, Apr 04||7:30 pm||TD Garden|
|78||Edmonton||Minnesota||Sat, Apr 04||8:00 pm||Xcel Energy|
|79||Rochester||Calgary||Sat, Apr 04||9:00 pm||Saddledome|
|80||Colorado||Portland||Sat, Apr 04||10:30 pm||Rose Garden|
|81||New York||Philadelphia||Sun, Apr 05||2:30 pm||Wachovia Center|
|82||Rochester||Buffalo||Fri, Apr 10||7:30 pm||HSBC Arena|
|83||Portland||Calgary||Fri, Apr 10||9:30 pm||Saddledome|
|84||Edmonton||San Jose||Fri, Apr 10||10:30 pm||HP Pavilion|
|85||Toronto||Philadelphia||Sat, Apr 11||7:30 pm||Wachovia Center|
|86||Buffalo||New York||Sat, Apr 11||7:30 pm||Prudential|
|87||Rochester||Boston||Sat, Apr 11||7:30 pm||TD Garden|
|88||Portland||Minnesota||Sat, Apr 11||8:00 pm||Xcel Energy|
|89||San Jose||Colorado||Sat, Apr 11||9:00 pm||Pepsi Center|
|90||Edmonton||Colorado||Fri, Apr 17||9:00 pm||Pepsi Center|
|91||Calgary||Portland||Fri, Apr 17||10:30 pm||Rose Garden|
|92||San Jose||Toronto||Sat, Apr 18||7:00 pm||Air Canada Ctr|
|93||Boston||Buffalo||Sat, Apr 18||7:30 pm||HSBC Arena|
|94||Philadelphia||Rochester||Sat, Apr 18||7:35 pm||Blue Cross|
|95||New York||Minnesota||Sat, Apr 18||8:00 pm||Xcel Energy|
|96||Portland||Edmonton||Sat, Apr 18||9:30 pm||Rexall Place|
Monday, December 29, 2008
In: F Kevin Buchanan, F Andrew Watt, D Kevin Fines, D Joe Out: F Andy Secore (drafted), F Keith Cromwell (unsigned), D Ian Rubel (unsigned)Minnesota returns 17 players from their 2008 squad, a team that went 10-6 and had a share of first-place in the East Division. The Swarm used a balanced attack in 2008, and the same is expected in 2009. All-Star Ryan Ward and 2008 Rookie of the Year Craig Point lead the charge, with 20 goal scorers Chad Culp and Sean Pollock returning as well. Back-to-back Defenseman of the Year Ryan Cousins, transition star Ryan Sharp, and pure defender Jon Sullivan are all returning in front of All-Star goalkeeper Nick Patterson. Not much has changed (besides the division, the Swarm will play in the West in 2009) in Minnesota, but the Swarm are hopeful that first-round rookies Kevin Buchanan, Andrew Watt and Joe Cinosky can contribute quickly. Travis Hill is expected to continue to take the majority of faceoffs for the Swarm.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
My mom was into sports, but rarely had time to sit and watch anything. My dad pretty much hated all athletics and encouraged the rigorous mathematics and science based lifestyle of my older brother. Needless to say, there were not many opportunities in my house to watch a ton of sports at a young age. Luckily games were always on at the relatives' homes.
I liked the big three (football, baseball, and basketball) from the start because they were readily available; one cousin was always watching the Hawkeyes and another always had the Cubs on WGN. Once I had my own TV (as opposed to the family's tube), I discovered hockey. So long basketball...I will say that soccer was instilled in me at an early age. The same Hawkeyes watching cousin played soccer and lived on the same side of town as me. My dad responded by putting me in soccer. Unfortunately I was a chubby kid and did not like to run. Plus my friends all played baseball. I begged him to let me switch. After the first couple of games, I realized how boring baseball really is.
Since ice hockey was extremely limited and expensive when I was younger, I played a lot of roller hockey. We created our own league and played at a few locations on the south side of Des Moines all the way through high school. I continued playing recreational ice hockey at Iowa State and still play to this day.I started getting back into soccer around the turn of the millennium. The Des Moines Menace were highly influential in that decision. For less money than an Iowa Cubs game, I could watch fairly decent soccer in a great atmosphere. I got to know several players over the years, including current Columbus Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum. This also led me to getting an expanded cable package, which included Fox College Sports.
It was on FSC that I really discovered lacrosse. Of course I had seen lacrosse on TV before and knew of it from American Pie (like everyone else in the free world). But FSC featured many games every week and I got to witness Hopkins lacrosse on a regular basis, including a certain guy wearing number 18. This led to me to adopt the Blue Jays as my lax team since there would be no loyalty concerns with other schools (like Michigan, ISU, and Florida) in other sports. I watched them lose the NCAA championship in 2003 and win it all in 2005 and 2007 (only to be disappointed again this year).Those early games hooked me. Soon I discovered Major League Lacrosse and the Long Island Lizards. As the league expanded westward, I became a bigger lacrosse fan. I realized that lax is the closest thing, in terms of play and speed, to playing ice hockey on grass.
As I watched more and more lacrosse, I realized that I would very much like to try it. I bought some kiddie sticks to mess around with and discovered how much fun just throwing and catching could be. That led me to get some adult stuff and find a way to bring lax to Des Moines. I researched area leagues and teams before I began this blog. Now, after almost three months, I feel like I have really started something here. There seems to be consistently growing interest in lacrosse in Des Moines at the adult and teen levels. I am getting better responses to my polls and have a very strong feeling that there will be some sort of men's league this summer.
Thank you for your continued dedication and support. Together we will make lacrosse a permanent fixture in Des Moines and Central Iowa from this day forward. Have a Happy New Year.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
But I would gladly take these Brine Exodus gloves (also adorned with the Lizards' color and logo)
A Long Island Lizards Cascade Pro-7 would be nice
And what Long Island Lizards collection would be complete without a Nicky Polanco Jersey?
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Either of these Warrior Woodrow Shafts would be awesome
Of course a White Cascade Pro-7 is my lid of choice
The white and red Warrior Superflys would go great with the Demons' colors
Warrior Burn detachable mid cleats would be so sweet on my feet
For bodily protection, I'd like the Warrior Players Club Shoulder Pads and Arm Pads
What does this have to do with lax? You may not know this, but lacrosse has jumped across the pond. Europe has its own championships and European clubs even compete in the world championships.
This post is to make you aware that lacrosse is even bigger than you realize. It also serves to show you that people everywhere are picking the game up. Of course the pics I have posted are of Germany and the British home nations in action, but astute readers will see some Italians in action as well...
Thursday, December 18, 2008
The subscription link has been moved to just under the week's articles. I moved the archive link to just under the current articles. I am hoping that this slight tweak will be beneficial to my readers.
I have a couple of more ideas in mind and may change things up a bit more in January, but time will tell. If you have any suggestions post them below or drop me a line.
Thanks for reading!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
In our two brief email conversations, we talked about our options for getting men's lax up and running this summer in the Des Moines metro. One idea is to have scheduled scrimmage practices at a reserved location (which I am not yet at liberty to name) and another is to have a full blown men's beginner lax league. Our shared vision incorporates teenager players with adults to fill out teams. Based on Zach's predictions and the response I have so far received, we could be looking at four teams. The games would most likely be weekly at the location mentioned above. I do not have cost figures as of right now, but I have no plans to profit from this league. Ultimately it will come down to whether we will have to pay for field time, goals, etc.
For the time being, we are planning to ignore NCAA and NFHS regulations and allow players to wear hockey gear if that is what they have. Full face masks (cage style) will be required of course...
Some sort of liability waiver will probably have to be created. A method of arranging teams to balance the novices/experienced players and the teens/adults will have to be devised as well. That will happen as the time draws closer. Some sort of "uniform" system will be decided upon too. Again, I want to create a league that is as close to free as possible. The plan is to have enough men with at least a year of experience under their belt to field a GPLL travel team. That bridge will be crossed when we come to it...
In the mean time, Valley is planning on playing more lax games this spring. I believe most will be against Omaha area schools, but will know more once I get the info from Zach. All of that info will be posted on this site as it becomes available.
With the holidays rapidly approaching, I will not be doing a lot of extensive blogging. I do have an interview that I have to write up, but that will probably not happen until after Christmas (unless we get a super bad ice storm or something that cancels work and/or my family's plans on Saturday). This time it is an ISU player. I will have some exciting news sometime within the next week, but cannot divuldge that information until I have been given the authorization to do so. After that, who knows?
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
League officials blame the economy and quietly redid the schedule. The truth is that the franchise has been for sale for over a year and was not drawing the type of crowds expected in a market like Chi-town. The owners were located on the west coast and found it difficult to run the team from afar.
Hopefully the team will rebound in a year...