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PLL: Charlotte keeps Reading winless

Enough was enough for the Charlotte Copperheads on Saturday night. Tied 3-3 at the end of the first quarter with the visiting Reading Rockets, the Copperheads pulled away with a 6-2 run over the second quarter that sparked them to a 14-11 victory over the Rockets in a Professional Lacrosse League game at Bojangles Coliseum. “I am so proud of our guys. We showed tremendous heart in the second half,” Charlotte coach Tom Ryan told the team’s website. The Copperheads extended their halftime lead (9-5) by outscoring Reading 7-2 in the third quarter, then held Reading scoreless in the fourth to lock up the win. Ethan Farrell scored 4 goals and Sam Bradman led a group of 4 players with 2 goals each for the Copperheads, who improve to 3-1. Jesse Guerin scored 3 goals for Reading, which is 0-2-2. The teams are scheduled to play again Nov. 9 in Reading.

This weekend: Reading taking on Charlotte in search of its first PLL victory this season

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. READ MORE »

PLL: President Brett Vickers resigns; league says season will go ahead as scheduled

IL Indoor has learned that Brett Vickers has resigned as President of the Professional Lacrosse League. Vickers was originally part of the ownership group of the Jacksonville Bullies franchise. After several clubs, including the Bullies, broke away from the North American Lacrosse League last New Year’s Eve, Vickers’ role in the organization began to change. He was announced as the PLL’s President in April. Vickers says he tendered his resignation Saturday and is  leaving the position to pursue other opportunities inside and outside the sports business field.

The PLL schedule is slated to start September 14 with the Reading Rockets visiting the New Jersey Rascals. Vickers’ resignation follows the departure of Vice President of Operations Paul Stewart, who had to leave last week because of health issues. READ MORE »

PLL: Rascals tap Hallman to coach defense

Corey Hallman
Corey Hallman

The New Jersey Rascals, proud members of the Professional Lacrosse League, are proud to announce that Corey Hallman has been named Defensive Coordinator for the 2012 season. Born & raised in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Hallman brings to the New Jersey Rascals more than three decades of playing and coaching experience with indoor box lacrosse clubs. Hallman joins the Rascals after serving as the Defensive Coach for the Boston Blazers of the National Lacrosse League since their inaugural season in 2009. During his three seasons with the Blazers, his defenses finished no lower than third in goals-against. He has also served as a Scout for both the New York Titans and Calgary Roughnecks of the NLL. READ MORE »

PLL: New Jersey Rascals sign Nick Schroeder as their first player

Nick Schroeder is back in pro lacrosse with the New Jersey Rascals five years after he finished his NLL career.
Nick Schroeder is back in pro lacrosse with the New Jersey Rascals five years after he finished his NLL career.


The New Jersey Rascals, proud members of the Professional Lacrosse League (PLL) announce today they have come to terms with goaltender Nick Schroeder. Schroeder, a Vancouver, British Columbia native is a veteran of the National Lacrosse League where he suited up for the Philadelphia Wings for five seasons between 2001 and 2006 before finishing up with the New York Titans in 2007. READ MORE »

Reading Rockets add Dave Stilley to coaching staff for first PLL season

The Reading Rockets continue to build their coaching staff and they’re pretty excited about the group they’ve put together.  Reading, preparing for the first season of the Professional Lacrosse League set to start in mid-September, have added yet another experienced box lacrosse name to their staff. Three-time NLL champion Dave Stilley has been hired as the team’s Defensive Coordinator. He joins Head Coach Tom Slate and Offensive Coordinator Jake Bergey. “We have three well-known and respected guys in the lacrosse world who have been teammates and friends for years,” said GM Andy Makal. See the Rockets full press release after the jump. READ MORE »

PLL: Reading Rockets announce Tom Slate as head coach, Jake Bergey as offensive coach


Veteran Coach to lead Inaugural Season

Head Coach Tom Slate
Head Coach Tom Slate

Reading, PA – The Reading Rockets, a proud member of the Professional Lacrosse League, are pleased to announce the hiring of Tom Slate as the team’s first Head Coach.

Slate, of Downingtown, is a veteran of both indoor and outdoor lacrosse, playing for the Philadelphia Wings and the Baltimore Bayhawks in a career that also saw him represent the US at the Heritage Cup, a World Indoor Lacrosse competition. The West Chester University graduate became the first person to win a Pennsylvania State Lacrosse Championship as both a player and a Head Coach when he led Downingtown East High School to the State title in 2007, beginning a string of six consecutive league championships. READ MORE »

Professional Lacrosse League releases schedule for first season

The Reading Rockets will head on down the line to Trenton to face the New Jersey Rascals in the PLL's first-ever game.
The Reading Rockets will head on down the line to Trenton to face the New Jersey Rascals in the PLL's first-ever game.

The PLL has announced the schedule for its inaugural season. Teams will play 12 games  each. The regular season opens with the Reading Rockets visiting the New Jersey Rascals Friday September 14 and concludes with the Charlotte Copperheads at New Jersey Friday November 30. Charlotte will visit Jacksonville for the Bullies home opener the night after the league’s first game.

The league held a draft to disperse selections of the Hershey Haymakers and Pennsylvania Shamrocks (originally the Wilkes-Barre Shamrocks), two teams that did not survive the summer, on Monday night and last night held its first college draft.

PLL announces it will hold dispersal draft tonight, college draft tomorrow

The Professional Lacrosse League has announced that it will hold a draft to disperse the players on the rosters of the Hershey Haymakers and Pennsylvania Shamrocks this evening, starting at 7 pm, then will have its 2012 college draft Tuesday night. Only the two new teams, who do not yet have any players, will select for the first four rounds of the dispersal draft. The Reading Rockets will pick first and the New Jersey Rascals second for those rounds. After that, all four teams will select through another 12 rounds  or until all teams have chosen not to select any more players. READ MORE »

PLL announces two more teams, bringing first-season total to four

The Professional Lacrosse League has officially announced two new teams, bringing its total to four clubs preparing for the September launch of the league’s inaugural season. Joining the previously announced Jacksonville Bullies and Charlotte Copperheads are the Reading Rockets and the New Jersey Rascals. Reading is owned by a group headed by Ted Glynn and will play in the Sovereign Center in Reading, Pennsylvania. The Rascals will play out of the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey. The league says the four teams will play a 12-game schedule starting this September. The schedule is expected to be announced early next week. PLL anticipates adding expansion teams for the 2013 season. After the jump, see the releases announcing both teams. READ MORE »