|MLL Championship weekend is here |
Every fan of lacrosse will have their eyes on Boston this weekend as four teams vie for the Major League Lacrosse Championship title: the Boston Cannons, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Denver Outlaws and Long Island Lizards. Speculation in the lax world has abounded this week on who will win it all, from Lacrosse Magazine to blogs like Lacrosse The Web.
The Lizards, the No. 4 seed, will first face off against the Outlaws. The Lizards have had, at times, a difficult year, ending 8-6 overall. Yet, when they turn it on, they have the ability to be great. Members of the Lizards took home three of the all-season awards for the league, for Goalie, Coach, and Rookie of the Year.
Denver has been steadily ramping up to the weekend, ending their season by climbing over the Bayhawks, who had clinched their spot weeks earlier, to become the No.1 seed. If one thing is sure, they've got momentum on their side.
Then there are the Cannons and the Bayhawks. As the defending champions, the Cannons have a lot to prove this weekend, and arguably a lot more to lose. They have faltered at times this season but have some of the strongest leadership of any team. With Paul Rabil, recently named the Offensive Player of the Year, and Matt Poskay, the league's leading goal-scorer, at the helm, their driving line is hard to beat.
On the other hand, the Bayhawks have trampled nearly everyone in their path this year. A 10-4 record is not shabby at all, and they were way ahead of their competitors in clinching a playoff spot. They are sprinting at the title and it will be tough for Boston to stop them.
Regardless of their stats and season records and the predictions flying around, there is a ton of fight in these teams. It won't be over 'til it's over.