The Professional Lacrosse League is back in action this weekend as the Charlotte Copperheads play the Reading Rockets on Saturday night. It’s the first game since Oct. 12 for the PLL, when the Copperheads defeated the Rockets, 18-10. It also happens to be a preview of the next PLL game, when the Copperheads travel to Reading for a Nov. 9 game. And if you’re noticing a trend here, your monitor does not need adjusting. Since the Jacksonville Bullies suspended operations on Oct. 16, it leaves the PLL with just 2 teams, Charlotte and Reading. At the very least, however, this edition of pro indoor lacrosse in Charlotte has bragging rights and it has nothing to do with the Rockets and everything to do with simply winning a game.
With a record of 2-1, the Copperheads already have doubled up the win total for the Charlotte Cobras of the old Major Indoor Lacrosse League. The Cobras were 0-10 in their only season, but the Copperheads will not share that dubious distinction.
Instead, the Copperheads and coach Tom Ryan will present a lineup stocked with some serious talent in former NLLers Nick Cotter and Ryan Hotaling. Matt Hickman and Ethan Farrell have been delivering out the front door as well, and Division III Player of the Year Sam Bradman, out of Salisbury, has tweeted that he’s jacked to play Saturday’s game in front of his dad, who is making the trip to Charlotte.
Reading counters with a solid lineup of its own, including some former NLLers in speedy transition man Ryan Macieszek and sniper Jesse Guerin, who signed with the Minnesota Swarm for the 2013 season. Andrew Lazore, Dan Deckelbaum and goalie Scotty Komer also have seen time in the NLL, so the Rockets are not lacking in talent, just luck. They’re winless in 3 games this season, but 2 of those losses have come in overtime.
The schedules for both teams list 4 games left in the season and they play each other 3 times. Reading is scheduled to play Syracuse on Nov. 17. The Stingers, who basically are the Senior B Onondaga Redhawks, hope to be a full-time PLL team next season. They lost to Charlotte, 18-10, in an Oct. 6 exhibition game.
Charlotte is scheduled to play Jacksonville on Nov. 16, so what happens for that date remains to be seen.Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at email@example.com or go to RochesterSports.com.
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