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The Atlanta Blaze is a semi-professional men's field lacrosse team in Major League Lacrosse MLL The Blaze became the ninth team in MLL as an expansion team for the 2016 season The team plays its home games at Fifth Third Bank Stadium, located in Kennesaw, Georgia1


  • 1 Franchise history
    • 11 2016 inaugural season
    • 12 2017—present
    • 13 Attendance
  • 2 Season-by-season
  • 3 Head Coaching History
  • 4 Roster
  • 5 Draft history
    • 51 First round selections
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Franchise historyedit

On August 7, 2015, the MLL granted an expansion franchise to Atlanta, Georgia for the 2016 MLL season The league had previously held several games there before including the 2014 and 2015 championship games which drew 8,149 and 8,674 people the latter is a Steinfeld Cup record

2016 inaugural seasonedit

The Blaze hosted the first game in franchise history on Saturday, April 23, 2016 against the storied Chesapeake Bayhawks Kevin Rice scored the first goal in franchise history only 44 seconds into the game, and Conrad Oberbeck scored 14 seconds later as Atlanta took a 6-0 lead to start the game Despite the great start, the Blaze were not able to finish it out and lost 16-13 in front of 4,145 fans After losing in Boston, the Blaze came back home on May 14 where they smoked the Denver Outlaws for their first win in franchise history by a score of 23-122

The rest of the Blaze's first year included some very questionable moves On June 14, the Blaze traded their top draft pick, Myles Jones, to the Bayhawks after Jones had only played two games for the Blaze3 On July 21, the team released Hall of Fame head coach John Tucker and replaced him with assistant coach David Huntley after a 3-7 start The Blaze finished their inaugural season in eighth place at 4-10, ahead of only the Florida Launch Former Atlanta Hawks and Thrashers executive Jim Pfeifer was named the team's new president on December 294


In 2017, the Blaze returned much more competitive The team still had playoff hopes as they entered the second-to-last week of the regular season, but a loss to the Rochester Rattlers eliminated them However, they were still able to post an improved 6-8 record Highlights from the season included a 17-4 drubbing of the Florida Launch on July 1, playing in their first Fourth of July game in Denver, and Kevin Rice becoming the first Atlanta Blaze player to score 100 points in a Blaze uniform

On December 18, 2017, Blaze coach and lacrosse legend Dave Huntley passed away unexpectedly at the age of 605


Despite drawing near sellouts for the 2014 and 2015 Steinfeld Cup championship games, the Blaze have so far failed to draw similar numbers for their home games6

Season Home Games Total Attendance Attendance Per Game Season High
2016 7 23,194 3,313 4,297
2017 7 14,259 2,037 2,811


Atlanta Blaze
Year W L  % Regular season finish Playoffs
2016 4 10 286 8th in League Didn't qualify
2017 6 8 429 8th in League Didn't qualify
Totals 10 18 357 Total Playoff Record 0-0
Playoff Win % = 000

Head Coaching Historyedit

# Name Term Regular Season Playoffs
1 John Tucker 2016 10 3 7 300 - - - -
2 David Huntley 2016–2017 18 7 11 389 - - - -


2018 Atlanta Blaze
# Name Nationality Position Height Weight College
2 Scott Ratliff LSM 5 ft 11 in 190 lbs Loyola
5 Deemer Class M 5 ft 11 in 200 lbs Duke
6 Brian Sherlock M 5 ft 10 in 190 lbs Loyola
8 Adam Ghitelman G 5 ft 9 in 185 lbs Virginia
10 Callum Robinson D 6 ft 4 in 245 lbs Stevenson
14 Justin Pennington M 5 ft 11 in 210 lbs Rutgers
18 Graeme Hossack D 6 ft 2 in 220 lbs Lindenwood
19 Jesse King M 6 ft 3 in 200 lbs Ohio State
21 Jeff Reynolds M 6 ft 1 in 190 lbs Maryland
22 Kevin Rice A 5 ft 9 in 180 lbs Syracuse
30 Brent Hiken FO 5 ft 10 in 205 lbs Stevenson
32 James Pannell A 5 ft 9 in 190 lbs Virginia
39 Matt Mackrides M 5 ft 10 in 185 lbs Penn State
41 Eddy Glazener D 6 ft 4 in 215 lbs Notre Dame
45 Randy Staats A 6 ft 2 in 200 lbs Syracuse
52 Garrett Epple D 6 ft 1 in 210 lbs Notre Dame
60 John Uppgren A 5 ft1 11 in 190 lbs Tufts
66 Matt Gibson A 5 ft1 0 in 170 lbs Yale
68 Patrick Conroy D 5 ft 10 in 185 lbs Towson
80 James Fahey LSM 6 ft 4 in 215 lbs Lafayette
81 Jake Withers FO 5 ft 11 in 192 lbs Ohio State
82 Tate Jozokos M 6 ft 0 in 210 lbs North Carolina
84 Tommy Palasek A 5 ft 11 in 185 lbs Syracuse
  • Off-season 23-player protected roster updated 2017-11-26

Draft historyedit

First round selectionsedit

  • 2016: Myles Jones, Duke 1st overall7
  • 2017: Jake Withers, Ohio State 9th overall


  1. ^ "Atlanta Blaze Stadium Page" wwwatlantablazecom Retrieved 2016-03-14 
  2. ^ Atlanta Blaze Grabs First Franchise Win
  3. ^ Blaze Trade No 1 Pick Myles Jones to Bayhawks
  4. ^ Atlanta Blaze Name Jim Pfeifer Team President
  5. ^ Blaze coach Dave Huntley passes away
  6. ^ League Attendance
  7. ^ http://wwwmajorleaguelacrossecom/press-release/12859/2016-mll-collegiate-draft-live-updates/

External linksedit

  • Official website
  • majorleaguelacrossecom

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