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Charlotte Hounds

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The Charlotte Hounds are a Major League Lacrosse MLL semi-professional men's field lacrosse franchise that began play in the 2012 MLL season The team's home games are played at American Legion Memorial Stadium1


  • 1 Franchise history
    • 11 2013: Quick start
    • 12 2014-15: Team struggles
    • 13 Road to recovery
  • 2 Season-by-season
  • 3 Roster
  • 4 Head Coaching History
  • 5 Award Winners
    • 51 Coach of the Year
    • 52 Rookie of the Year
    • 53 Most Improved Player
  • 6 Draft history
    • 61 First round selections
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Franchise historyedit

In January 2011 the MLL voted to grant expansion franchise to Charlotte and Columbus, Ohio for the 2012 MLL Season12 The team is headed by Jim McPhilliamy, a former Charlotte Bobcats marketing executive3 The team names had been narrowed down to the Hounds, Legion, and Monarchs with the Hounds eventually winning the fan vote by a mere 21 votes over the Legion The Name the Team Campaign was heavily supported by OrthoCarolina, the official team physician of the Hounds, and was heavily run via Facebook First, fans pitched in ideas for the team name and location identity Charlotte, Carolina, Queen City, etc Then, fans voted on the location ID, choosing Charlotte easily over Carolina The next stage was mostly on the team staff, in choosing 6 finalists for team names and logo prototypes Fans then voted on those, narrowing it down to the final three, Hounds, Legion, and Monarchs A final vote was held, and Hounds won On June 21, 2011 the team name was announced to be the Charlotte Hounds and their colors to be navy blue and tan On September 29, 2011 the team announced the hiring of head coach Mike Cerino On February 10, 2012, the team announced the hiring of assistant coaches JB Clarke, Chris Phenicie, and Brad Touma

The Hounds announced on February 7, 2012 that they had signed a landmark deal with WMYT MyTV12 Charlotte to broadcast 7 of the 14 scheduled games The TV broadcasts will alternate with the Radio games on WFNZ, with the exception of the home opener and season finale, which will be covered by both stations WFNZ will air all home games, while WMYT will broadcast the away games as well as the home opener and season finale The local TV deal with WMYT is the first of its kind in major league lacrosse, as WMYT will be the only local broadcast station in the nation to offer Major League Lacrosse Broadcasts4

On May 12, 2012 the Charlotte Hounds beat the Ohio Machine 18-15 at American Legion Memorial Stadium to earn their first win in franchise history

2013: Quick startedit

On August 3, 2013, the Charlotte Hounds clinched a playoff spot in just their second season after defeating the Hamilton Nationals, 14-115 On August 24 in the semifinals, Charlotte defeated top seed Denver, 17-14 for their first playoff win and championship berth in team history6 Before that, the Denver Outlaws were the first team in league history to complete a perfect 14-0 regular season On August 25, the Hounds took on the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the Steinfeld Cup The Hounds lost 10-9 to the Bayhawks, who won their league-record fifth championship

2014-15: Team strugglesedit

The Hounds struggled out of the gate in 2014 starting 1-4 But on June 7, the Hounds defeated the Outlaws again, 18-15 at home The loss for Denver snapped a 25 regular season game win streak for the Outlaws7 Charlotte would finish 4-10 in 2014 for the worst record in the team's three-year history Things didn't get better in 2015, the Hounds actually posted a worse record: 3-11, the worst record in 2015

Road to recoveryedit

Before the 2016 season, the Hounds announced head coach Mike Cerino would take more of a front office role for the team Jim Stagnitta was announced as the team's new head coach The Hounds would also benefit from starting the year out with three straight home games against the Boston Cannons, Rochester Rattlers, and Florida Launch As a result, the team got off to a 3-0 start for the first time in franchise history

On August 6, the Hounds came back from an 11-6 deficit to defeat the Chesapeake Bayhawks, 15-13 to clinch not only their second playoff berth in franchise history, but their first winning record in franchise history at 8-6 On August 13 in Minnesota, the Hounds' season would be ended after a 16-10 loss to the top-seeded Ohio Machine

In 2017, things would hit a speed bump The Hounds would get off to an 0-3 start thanks to two meetings with the defending champion Outlaws Despite being able to win five of their next eight and put themselves in the top four in the league, the Hounds were not able to finish the season strong Charlotte posted a 6-8 record in their 2017 campaign, finishing in seventh place One highlight from the year including drafting of Maryland attackman Matt Rambo, who led the Terrapins to their first NCAA championship since 1975 and won the 2017 Tewaaraton Award8


Charlotte Hounds
Year W L  % Regular season finish Playoffs
2012 5 9 357 6th in League Didn't Qualify
2013 7 7 500 4th in League Won semifinal 17-14 over Denver Outlaws
Lost championship 10-9 to Chesapeake Bayhawks
2014 4 10 286 8th in League Didn't Qualify
2015 3 11 273 8th in League Didn't Qualify
2016 8 6 571 4th in League Lost semifinal 16-10 to Ohio Machine
2017 6 8 429 7th in League Didn't Qualify
Totals 33 51 393 Total Playoff Record 1-2
Playoff Win % = 333


2018 Charlotte Hounds
# Name Nationality Position Height Weight College
1 Matt White M 5 ft 11 in 180 lb Maryland
3 Brendan Fowler M 6 ft 0 in 210 lb Duke
6 Will Haus M 6 ft 1 in 185 lb Duke
9 Matt Rambo A 5 ft 10 in 210 lb Maryland
11 Joey Sankey A 5 ft 5 in 160 lb North Carolina
21 Kevin Crowley M 6 ft 4 in 200 lb Stony Brook
22 Joe McCallion M 5 ft 11 in 200 lb Penn
25 Charlie Cipriano G 5 ft 11 in 185 lb Farifield
26 John Haus M 6 ft 0 in 190 lb Maryland
28 Michael Ehrhardt D 6 ft 5 in 210 lb Maryland
33 Pierce Bassett G 6 ft 3 in 200 lb Johns Hopkins
41 Kevin Massa M 5 ft 10 in 200 lb Bryant
44 Brett Schmidt D 6 ft 0 in 181 lb Maryland
  • Off-season 23-player protected roster updated 2017-11-26

Head Coaching Historyedit

# Name Term Regular Season Playoffs
1 Mike Cerino 2012–2015 52 19 37 339 2 1 1 500
2 Jim Stagnitta 2016– 28 14 14 500 1 0 1 000

Award Winnersedit

Coach of the Yearedit

  • Jim Stagnitta: 2016

Rookie of the Yearedit

  • Joey Sankey: 2015

Most Improved Playeredit

  • Mike Chanenchuk: 2016

Draft historyedit

First round selectionsedit

  • 2013: Tucker Durkin, Johns Hopkins 3rd overall; Mike Sawyer, Loyola 8th overall 9
  • 2014: Michael Ehrhardt, Maryland 7th overall 10
  • 2015: Will Haus, Duke 3rd overall
  • 2016: Dylan Donahue, Syracuse 2nd overall, Ryan Brown, Johns Hopkins 4th overall 11
  • 2017: Matt Rambo, Maryland 3rd overall


  1. ^ a b Babo, Zach January 21, 2011 "MLL Expanding to Charlotte, Columbus for 2012 Season" Inside Lacrosse Retrieved February 7, 2011 
  2. ^ McLean, Derek January 21, 2011 "Major League Lacrosse To Add Two New Franchises in 2012" Major League Lacrosse Retrieved February 7, 2011 
  3. ^ Scott, David January 24, 2011 "Charlotte getting a pro lacrosse team" Charlotte Observer Retrieved February 7, 2011 
  4. ^ http://charlottehoundscom/press-release/4491/wmyt-mytv12-to-broadcast-charlotte-hounds-games/
  5. ^ Hounds punch ticket to postseason with 14-11 win over Nationals
  6. ^ Hounds stun Outlaws in Semifinals, 17-14
  7. ^ Charlotte 18, Denver 15
  8. ^ 2017 Draft summary
  9. ^ http://wwwmajorleaguelacrossecom/news/6531/2013-collegiate-draft-results/
  10. ^ http://wwwmajorleaguelacrossecom/news/8798/2014-collegiate-draft-results/
  11. ^ http://wwwmajorleaguelacrossecom/press-release/12859/2016-mll-collegiate-draft-live-updates/

External linksedit

  • Official site

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