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The Florida Launch is a semi-professional men's field lacrosse team based in Boca Raton, Florida They joined Major League Lacrosse MLL as an expansion team for the 2014 season The team plays its home games at Florida Atlantic University Stadium1 The team is owned by Jim Davis, founder and chairman of New Balance, an early investor in the MLL2

Contents

  • 1 Franchise history
    • 11 2014-2016: New beginnings
    • 12 2017: Playoff breakthrough
  • 2 Season-by-season
    • 21 Current season
  • 3 Roster
  • 4 Head coaching history
  • 5 Award Winners
    • 51 Most Valuable Player
    • 52 Rookie of the Year
    • 53 Defensive Player of the Year
    • 54 Offensive Player of the Year
  • 6 Draft history
    • 61 MLL Collegiate Draft
      • 611 First round selections
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Franchise historyedit

2014-2016: New beginningsedit

In November 2013, MLL granted an expansion franchise to Palm Beach County, Florida for the 2014 MLL Season The formation of the Launch coincides with the dissolution of the Hamilton Nationals, and former National players have become members of the inaugural Launch squad3 Former Denver Outlaws assistant Stan Ross was named as the team's first coach

Ross faced his former team in the Launch's inaugural game on Saturday, April 26, 2014 in their home opener4 The Launch lost their first game to the Outlaws 14-10 Josh Amidon scored the first goal in franchise history5 The team's first victory came in their second game, an 11-8 win over the Charlotte Hounds6

After coaching the Launch to a combined 13-29 record over their first three seasons, Ross resigned on November 17, 20167 Tom Mariano, former assistant coach for the Chesapeake Bayhawks, was announced his replacement on December 78

2017: Playoff breakthroughedit

When the 2017 schedule was announced on November 15, 2016, the Launch also announced that their first three homes games would be played at various cities in Florida as a part of their 2017 Florida Tour to grow the game of lacrosse throughout the state9 Due to field renovations at FAU Stadium finishing sooner than expected, the Launch scheduled the home opener on May 13, 2017 after playing two games at Spec Martin Stadium in DeLand, Fla10

The Launch started the 2017 season with an unimpressive 2-3 record On May 28, with the first pick in the year's collegiate draft, the Launch selected Dylan Molloy, attack from Brown University11 Following the pick, the Launch rattled off three straight victories, including two over the New York Lizards to match their franchise high for victories in a season with five only eight games into the season The Launch would then go on to lose three of their next four, including an embarrassing 17-4 defeat to the Atlanta Blaze

On July 29, the Launch entered their last game of the season controlling their own postseason fate At 7-6, they entered Harvard Stadium to play the last-place Boston Cannons, who defeated them in the first week of the season in overtime The Launch controlled the game for over 37 minutes, scoring the first six goals of the game and led 16-6 more than midway into the third quarter The tides turned quickly however, and the Cannons rattled off 11 straight goals to take a 17-16 lead with 8:43 remaining The Launch were able to recover though Kieran McArdle tied the game a minute and a half later, and rookie Nick Mariano won the game with a goal with less than five minutes to go12 The Launch would finally clinch their first postseason berth in team history with an 18-17 win over the feisty Cannons and head into the final week of the season with a bye13

Season-by-seasonedit

Florida Launch
Year W L  % Regular season finish Playoffs
2014 5 9 357 7th in league Didn't Qualify
2015 5 9 357 7th in league Didn't Qualify
2016 3 11 214 9th in league Didn't Qualify
2017 8 6 571 3rd in league Lost semifinal vs Ohio Machine, 18-13
Totals 21 35 375 Total Playoff Record 0-1 000

Current seasonedit

See: 2017 Florida Launch season

Rosteredit

2017 Florida Launch
Number Player's Name Nationality Position Height Weight College
0 Steve Pontrello A 5 ft 9 in 200 lb University of North Carolina
1 PT Ricci D 5 ft 10 in 195 lb Loyola
2 Reagan Harding M 6 ft 1 in 210 lb Lake Erie
3 Will Gural FO 5 ft 9 in 170 lb Brown
4 Dylan Molloy A 6 ft 0 in 220 lb Brown
5 Austin Geisler G 5 ft 10 in 195 lb High Point
6 Kieran McArdle A 6 ft 1 in 175 lb St John's
7 Jovan Miller M 6 ft 0 in 205 lb Syracuse
10 Greg Melaugh M 5 ft 7 in 160 lb Merrimack
12 Duncan Clancy M 6 ft 2 in 235 lb Jacksonville
14 Austin Kaut G 6 ft 1 in 200 lb Penn State
15 Sean Meagher D 6 ft 4 in 195 lb Robert Morris
16 Pat Farrell D 6 ft 2 in 185 lb High Point
17 Martin Bowes M 6 ft 2 in 185 lb Hartford
20 Connor Buczek M 6 ft 2 in 190 lb Cornell
21 Liam Byrnes M 6 ft 3 in 195 lb Marquette
24 Chazz Woodson A 5 ft 10 in 170 lb Brown
25 Alec Tulett D 6 ft 3 in 185 lb Brown
28 Jimmy Dailey A 5 ft 9 in 162 lb Stevenson
36 Tim Muller D 6 ft 1 in 215 lb Maryland
43 Mark Mcneill M 6 ft 4 in 215 lb North Carolina
44 Steven Brooks M 6 ft 1 in 190 lb Syracuse
51 Tucker Durkin D 6 ft 2 in 210 lb Johns Hopkins
55 Jason Crane D 6 ft 2 in 205 lb Loyola
65 Chris Mattes FO 6 ft 2 in 195 lb Rutgers
77 Mike Unterstein M 5 ft 11 in 195 lb Hofstra
99 Evan Connell D 5 ft 11 in 190 lb North Carolina
  • updated 2016-05-18

Head coaching historyedit

# Name Term Regular Season Playoffs
GC W L W% GC W L W%
1 Stan Ross 2014-2016 42 13 29 310 - - - -
2 Tom Mariano 2017- 14 8 6 571 - - - -

Award Winnersedit

Most Valuable Playeredit

  • Casey Powell: 2014

Rookie of the Yearedit

  • Kieran McArdle: 2014

Coach of the Year

  • Tom Mariano: 2017

Defensive Player of the Yearedit

  • Tucker Durkin: 2017

Offensive Player of the Yearedit

  • Casey Powell: 2014

Draft historyedit

MLL Collegiate Draftedit

First round selectionsedit

  • 2014: Kieran McArdle, St John's 4th overall14
  • 2015: Lyle Thompson, Albany 1st overall; Connor Buczek, Cornell 2nd overall15
  • 2016: Matt Landis, Notre Dame 3rd overall
  • 2017: Dylan Molloy, Brown 1st overall; Nick Mariano, Syracuse 4th overall; Sergio Salcido, Syracuse 8th overall

Referencesedit

  1. ^ "MLL places team in Florida" Press release Major League Lacrosse November 21, 2013 Retrieved November 22, 2013 
  2. ^ Wagner, Bill July 19, 2017 "Bayhawks owner likes team, future of MLL" Capital Gazette Retrieved 28 November 2017 
  3. ^ "Major League Lacrosse finally lands its long-desired South Florida franchise" Sun-Sentinel November 22, 2013 Retrieved November 26, 2013 
  4. ^ "MLL Places Team in Florida" Major League Lacrosse November 21, 2013 Retrieved November 26, 2013 
  5. ^ "Florida Launch lacrosse team rockets into fans' hearts" tribunedigital-sunsentinel Retrieved 2016-06-08 
  6. ^ "Florida Launch ignites to first pro lacrosse win" tribunedigital-sunsentinel Retrieved 2016-06-08 
  7. ^ Florida Launch accept resignation of head coach Stan Ross
  8. ^ Florida Launch Hire Tom Mariano
  9. ^ Florida Launch announce 2017 schedule
  10. ^ Launch, Florida "Major League Lacrosse, Florida Launch to Play Two Games i | Florida Launch" Florida Launch Retrieved 2017-05-09 
  11. ^ Dylan Molloy No 1 to Launch
  12. ^ Florida at Boston boxscore
  13. ^ Florida Launch clinch playoff berth
  14. ^ Lacrosse, Major League "2014 Collegiate Draft Results | Major League Lacrosse" Major League Lacrosse Retrieved 2016-06-08 
  15. ^ Lacrosse, Major League "2015 Collegiate Draft Results | Major League Lacrosse" Major League Lacrosse Retrieved 2016-06-08 

External linksedit

  • Official website
  • 2017 Media Guide

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