2006 Major League Lacrosse season

The 2006 Major League Lacrosse season was the sixth season of the league. The season began on May 20 and concluded with the championship game on August 27, 2006.

General information

The season marked the first expansion teams in the MLL. Chicago Machine, Denver Outlaws, Los Angeles Riptide and San Francisco Dragons made up the new Western Conference. The original six teams formed the Eastern Conference.

New Jersey moved its home games to Yurcak Field and Rochester moved its home games to PAETEC Park.

On April 21, MLL announced a trade involving six teams and 24 players and draft picks. MLL believes it to be the largest trade in sports history.

The June 29 game between Boston at Philadelphia was called with 13:00 remaining in the fourth quarter due to a lightning storm. Boston won the game 16-5.

The Chicago Machine became the first MLL team to go a whole season without a victory after losing in overtime to San Francisco on August 12.

Regular season

W = Wins, L = Losses, PTS = Points, PCT = Winning Percentage, GF = Goals For, 2ptGF = 2 point Goals For, GA = Goals Against, 2ptGA = 2 point Goals Against

Qualified for playoffs
Eastern Conference
Philadelphia Barrage 10220.83317271363
Boston Cannons 8416.6671771116210
New Jersey Pride 5710.4171691216615
Long Island Lizards 5710.417147121399
Rochester Rattlers 5710.4171521015910
Baltimore Bayhawks 488.3331561019714
Western Conference
Denver Outlaws 10220.8331972214814
San Francisco Dragons 7514.5831791317012
Los Angeles Riptide 6612.500148815010
Chicago Machine 0120.000126819616

New Jersey finished 3rd in the East based on overall conference record (5-5) versus (4-6) for both Long Island and Rochester. Long Island finished 4th based on total points scored margin in games against Rochester (+10).

All Star Game

July 6, 2006


Semi Finals August 25 @ Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Denver 23-14 San Francisco
Philadelphia 17-12 Boston

Championship August 27 @ Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Philadelphia 23-12 Denver


Semifinal Steinfeld Cup Final
1 Philadelphia 17
2 Boston 12
1 Philadelphia 23
Eastern Conference
3 Denver 12
3 Denver 23
4 San Francisco 14


Award Winner Team
MVP Award Ryan Powell San Francisco
Rookie of the Year Award Matt Ward Baltimore
Coach of the Year Award Tony Resch Philadelphia
Defensive player of the Year Award Brodie Merrill Rochester
Offensive player of the Year Award Ryan Powell San Francisco
Goaltender of the Year Award Brian Dougherty Philadelphia
Sportsman of the Year Award Michael Culver Chicago
Most Improved Player of the Year Award Johnny Christmas Boston
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