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PLL players are attending camps, trying to catch on with NLL teams

Greg Rogowski
Greg Rogowski

When the Professional Lacrosse League was created, a major component of its declared mandate was to help American players evolve in the box game and blaze a trail to the National Lacrosse League. With NLL teams starting to get their pre-season schedule under way, a number of PLL players are taking he first step on what they hope will be a successful journey by attending camps.

The majority will be among the contenders when the Philadelphia Wings open their camp next weekend. Seven players currently on PLL rosters are scheduled to hit the floor for Wings tryouts. Greg Rogowski, Ethan Farrell and Erik Holt of the Charlotte Copperheads will be in camp. They’ll be joined by five Reading Rockets. Dana Wilber and Bret Moyer will be on hand along with Andrew and Chris Collins. Scotty Komer is also at Wings camp looking to grab the backup goalie spot. He was a Rocket but played just two minutes before a collision drove his head into the crossbar. The resulting concussion has prevented him from playing any further with the Rockets, although he is on track to be healthy and ready to go with Philadelphia. READ MORE »


PLL: Copperheads down Rockets again; Hickman, Guerin have sock tricks


Rockets forward Jesse Guerin scored six of Reading’s twelve goals on Friday night against the Charlotte Copperheads, but Matt Hickman scored six of his own as the Snakes continued their mastery of the Rockets, winning 16-12.

Guerin, who finished with eight points, began the second quarter with a diving behind-the-back goal on Tory Stevens. Fellow Canadian and Rockets leading scorer Travis Bland chipped in eight points of his own, with a goal and seven assists. Dan Deckelbaum added a pair of goals and a pair of assists, while Brendan Muise was credited with five assists. Colton Vosburgh, and Linden Stevens had the other Rockets goals. READ MORE »


Breaking News: Jacksonville Bullies will not play the rest of the 2012 PLL season


The Professional Lacrosse League has lost another team, at least temporarily. Jacksonville Bullies owner Chris Milo has confirmed that his team will not be playing any more games this season. Milo said he is confident his team and the league will be back and will be stronger in 2013. “We’re not necessarily suspending operations. We’re going to keep moving on,” Milo told IL Indoor. “It’s just that we’ve cut our season short because of all the turmoil we went through before the season and some stuff during the season. I’m moving forward with my organization, reorganizing and looking for new sponsors, new season ticket holders and everything. So we’re still moving forward, we’re still going. We’re not shutting down.” READ MORE »


Video: Tom Ryan talks about Copperheads win over Syracuse and facing Reading tonight

Charlotte coach Tom Ryan makes his regular appearance on Copperheads Television to discuss the Snakes’ win over potential expansion franchise Syracuse Stingers and what they need to do against Reading when the Rockets come to the Bojangles Coliseum tonight.


Reading Rockets make big splash signing offensive standout Jesse Guerin

The Reading Rockets have made arguably the biggest signing in the short history of the Professional Lacrosse League. The Pennsylvania club has inked lefty forward Jesse Guerin to a contract and he’ll make his debut as a Rocket Friday night in Charlotte when Reading takes on the Copperheads. Guerin, who also recently signed with the National Lacrosse League’s Minnesota Swarm, posted his most successful of three strong summers with the Ajax Rock of Major Series Lacrosse. He finished second in the league in scoring, trailing only Shawn Williams. He was also tied for second in both goals and assists, behind only John Grant, Jr. in the former and Williams in the latter. READ MORE »


PLL: Bullies tie game in final second, secure 18-17 overtime win in Reading rematch

Travis Bland's 11 points weren't enough for Reading to overcome Jacksonville; the Bullies prevailed 18-17 in overtime.
Travis Bland's 11 points weren't enough for Reading to overcome Jacksonville; the Bullies prevailed 18-17 in overtime.

For the second week in a row, the Reading Rockets and Jacksonville Bullies went to overtime in a Professional Lacrosse League game. And for the second week in a row the Bullies prevailed, this time by a score of 18 to 17 on the concrete floor of the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

Like last week, Reading jumped ahead early. Linden Stevens, playing in his first PLL game, opened the scoring for the Rockets. His goal was followed by two in a row from Andrew Wasik to give Reading an early 3-0 lead. READ MORE »


PLL: Stingers step in for exhibition tilt in Charlotte; Reading/Jacksonville redux

The Syracuse Stingers fill the void left by New Jersey this weekend; they take on the Charlotte Copperheads in exhibition play.
The Syracuse Stingers fill the void left by New Jersey this weekend; they take on the Charlotte Copperheads in exhibition play.

For the first time this season, the weekend features a doubleheader of Professional Lacrosse League action, with one league game and one exhibition game. Things get underway with some afternoon lacrosse when the Charlotte Copperheads playhost to the Syracuse Stingers in an exhibition contest at the Bojangles Coliseum. The Stingers are taking the place of the New Jersey Rascals, who postponed their launch until next year. For the night game, the Jacksonville Bullies and Reading Rockets square off for the second week in a row, this time at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. READ MORE »


Copperheads play host to Bullies in PLL rematch

Kyle Hartzell (right) had four goals for Jax last week but it wasn't enough. The Bullies aim to hit the win column tonight in Charlotte.
Kyle Hartzell (right) had four goals for Jax last week but it wasn't enough. The Bullies aim to hit the win column tonight in Charlotte.

The Charlotte Copperheads went on the road and spoiled Jacksonville’s home opener last week in the first ever Professional Lacrosse League game. Tonight, the Bullies hope to return the favour. Charlotte downed the Bullies 19-14 in Jacksonville last Saturday thanks largely to a 6-0 second quarter. Kiel Matisz, a 23-year-old righty forward from Stoney Creek, Ontario, says his he and his Bullies teammates can’t wait to get back on the floor and have another shot at it. After the jump, see how things been going so far for the Bullies and what Matisz anticipates in Charlotte and beyond.  READ MORE »


Copperheads overcome luck of the Irish to prevail in St. Paddy’s Day tilt

Ethan Farrell and Greg Rogowski combined for 11 points on the night. (Photo: Tom Nelson)
Ethan Farrell and Greg Rogowski combined for 11 points on the night. (Photo: Tom Nelson)

There were Leprechauns O’Plenty at Bojangles’ Coliseum on Saturday night as 2107 people came out to take part in the St. Patrick’s Day exhibition between the Charlotte Copperheads and the Irish All Stars. The Irish needed more than luck as the Copperheads came to play in their first game in franchise history.

The Copperheads looked athletic and fast and controlled the tempo and time of possession throughout the night. Ryan Hotaling won 13 of 14 draws and kick-started the offense scoring 2 of the Copperheads first 3. The Irish kept it close at first closing out the 1st quarter with a score of 5-3. READ MORE »


Charlotte Copperheads win first game

The Charlotte Copperheads, who were an original member of the North American Lacrosse League before a legal dispute fractured the league, played their first game and defeated the Irish All-Stars on Saturday by a count of 24-12. The game was played at Bojangles Coliseum and was part of a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, but there was nothing St. Patrick could do against the snakes of Charlotte as the Copperheads rang up a 17-4 halftime lead. Former NLL transition man and faceoff stud Ryan Hotaling led the way for the squad coached by Tom Ryan, himself a former NLL player and coach. Currently, the NALL is playing a schedule with just 3 teams that does not include original members Charlotte, Jacksonville, Hershey and Wilkes-Barre. Those 4 teams elected to delay their season and will begin play this autumn.