2019 Premier Lacrosse League season
The 2019 Premier Lacrosse League season was the inaugural season of the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL). The season began on Saturday, June 1 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts and culminated with a championship game played on Saturday, September 21 at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which the Whipsnakes Lacrosse Club won against Redwoods Lacrosse Club.
|2019 PLL season|
|League||Premier Lacrosse League|
|Duration||June 1 - September 21|
|Number of teams||6|
|Season MVP||Matt Rambo|
|Top scorer||Marcus Holman (23)|
|1||June 1||Archers 13–12 (OT) Chrome||1:00 pm||Gillette Stadium||Foxborough, MA||13,681 over two days|
|Whipsnakes 15–14 (OT) Chaos||4:00 pm|
|June 2 (‡)||Atlas 9–11 Redwoods||1:30 pm|
|2||June 8||Chrome 11–12 (OT) Whipsnakes||1:00 pm||Red Bull Arena||Harrison, NJ||10,773 over two days|
|Archers 10–9 Redwoods||4:00 pm|
|June 9||Atlas 13–18 Chaos||2:00 pm|
|3||June 15||Redwoods 11–12 (OT) Chaos||2:00 pm||SeatGeek Stadium||Bridgeview, IL (Chicago)||11,398 over two days|
|Whipsnakes 11–10 (OT) Archers||5:00 pm|
|June 16||Chrome 12–13 Atlas||2:30 pm|
|4||June 22 (‡)||Chrome 11–13 Redwoods||1:00 pm||Homewood Field||Baltimore, MD||16,701 over two days|
|Whipsnakes 15–10 Atlas||7:30 pm|
|June 23 (‡)||Archers 13–14 Chaos||3:30 pm|
|5||June 28||Atlas 13–12 Archers||8:00 pm||Georgia State Stadium||Atlanta, GA||11,212 over two days|
|June 29||Chaos 15–14 (OT) Chrome||1:00 pm|
|Whipsnakes 11–14 Redwoods||4:00 pm|
|6||July 6||Archers 8–9 Redwoods||5:00 pm||Audi Field||Washington, DC||14,209 over two days|
|Whipsnakes 11–9 Atlas||8:00 pm|
|July 7||Chrome 19–11 Chaos||3:00 pm|
|PLL All-Star Game||July 21||Skills Competition||5:00 pm||Banc of California Stadium||Los Angeles, CA||8,189|
|Team Baptiste 17–16 Team Rambo||8:00 pm|
|7||July 27||Atlas 18–15 Redwoods||5:00 pm||Dick's Sporting Goods Park||Commerce City, CO (Denver)||12,892 over two days|
|Chaos 13–12 Whipsnakes||8:00 pm|
|July 28||Archers 9–7 Chrome||4:00 pm|
|8||August 10||Redwoods 10-13 Chaos||4:00 pm||Avaya Stadium||San Jose, CA||11,317 over two days|
|Chrome 20–16 Whipsnakes||7:00 pm|
|August 11||Archers 15–11 Atlas||7:30 pm|
|9||August 17||Chaos 11–10 Archers||12:30 pm||Tim Hortons Field||Hamilton, ON||10,097 over two days|
|Chrome 14–17 Atlas||3:30 pm|
|August 18||Whipsnakes 17–4 Redwoods||6:00 pm|
|10||August 24||Atlas 12–9 Chaos||8:00 pm||Tom & Mary Casey Stadium||Albany, NY||12,522 over two days|
|August 25||Redwoods 18–7 Chrome||1:30 pm|
|Whipsnakes 8–11 Archers||4:30 pm|
|Playoffs (Round 1)||September 6||Redwoods 16–12 Archers||7:00 pm||Mapfre Stadium||Columbus, OH||11,778 over two days|
|September 7||Chrome 8–17 Atlas||3:00 pm|
|Whipsnakes 15–7 Chaos||6:00 pm|
|Playoffs (Round 2)||September 14||Chrome 10–12 Archers||5:00 pm||Red Bull Arena||Harrison, NJ||10,572|
|Redwoods 10–7 Chaos||8:00 pm|
|PLL Championship||September 21||Draft Pick Game: Atlas 7–25 Archers||11:30 am||Talen Energy Stadium||Chester, PA (Philadelphia)||12,556|
|Championship Game: Whipsnakes 12–11 (OT) Redwoods||2:30 pm|
‡ = joint event with the Women's Professional Lacrosse League
The collegiate draft occurred on April 23rd and was broadcast on NBCSN at 6:00 PM EDT. It was hosted by sportscaster Paul Burmeister with help from draft analyst Ryan Boyle. A draft lottery was released on the league's YouTube channel on April 8th to determine the top six picks.
- Each club was awarded four picks.
- The draft order was selected at random and reversed each round until the draft was completed. (The first team with the first pick went last in round two, giving the team who went last in round one to go first in round two). A one minute countdown clock was started for picks.
- Eligible players must currently be in their senior season.
- No current picks could be traded for picks in a future draft.
- No trading of players already on rosters for draft picks.
All Star Game
The inaugural 2019 All-Star Game took place on Sunday, July 21 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California. It was broadcast on NBCSN. The two teams captains were Matt Rambo (Whipsnakes) and Trevor Baptiste (Atlas) Team Baptiste won with a score of 17–16 over Team Rambo. The MVP award went to goalie Jack Concannon who had 13 saves in the second half comeback win.
The Whipsnakes outlasted the Redwoods 12–11 in overtime to claim the inaugural PLL Championship. The ninth overtime game of PLL season was the most exciting.
After a defensive first quarter with a 1–1 tie, the game heated up in the second quarter when the Whipsnakes went on a 5–0 run.
After halftime, the Whipsnakes continued their goal streak with a 4–0 run. However, being down by 7 goals, the Redwoods mounted an amazing comeback when they scored 6 goals (including a 2-point shot), pulling within 2 points if the Whipsnakes (10–8) in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter saw the Redwoods tie it up with 5:49 left to play. Then the Redwoods scored one more to pull ahead. But local product and league MVP Matt Rambo tied it with just 21.2 seconds remaining. The Whipsnakes won it in overtime and Rambo who scored the winning goal earned the Championship MVP.
|Player||Team||Points||Average (per game)|
|Player||Team||Goals||Average (per game)|
|Player||Team||Assists||Average (per game)|
|Jim Brown Most Valuable Player||Matt Rambo||Whipsnakes||Attack|
|Eamon McEneaney Attackman of the Year||Matt Rambo||Whipsnakes||Attack|
|Gait Brothers Midfielder of the Year||Tom Schreiber||Archers||Midfield|
|Dave Pietramala Defensive Player of the Year||Jarrod Neumann||Chaos||Defence|
|Oren Lyons Goalie Player of the Year||Blaze Riorden||Chaos||Goalie|
|Brodie Merrill Long Stick Midfielder of the Year||Michael Ehrhardt||Whipsnakes||LSM|
|PLL Rookie of the Year||Tim Troutner||Redwoods||Goalie|
|Dick Edell Coach of the Year||Andy Towers||Chaos||Coach|
|Paul Cantabene Face Off Athlete of the Year||Trevor Baptiste||Atlas||Face-off|
|George Boiardi Hard Hat Award (SSDM)||Dominque Alexander||Archers||SSDM|
|Welles Crowther Humanitarian Award||Scott Ratliff||Archers||LSM|
|Brendan Looney Leadership Award||Kyle Harrison||Redwoods||Midfield|
|Jimmy Regan Teammate Award||Mark Glicini||Chaos||Midfield|
|Dave Huntley Sportmanship Award Award||Connor Farrel||Chrome||Face-off|
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