Paul Rabil

Paul Rabil (born December 14, 1985), is an American professional lacrosse player with the Atlas Lacrosse Club of the Premier Lacrosse League, which he co-founded. He formerly played for the Boston Cannons and the New York Lizards of Major League Lacrosse.

Paul Rabil
Born (1985-12-14) December 14, 1985
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Nationality United States
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight220 pounds (100 kg)
NCAA teamJohns Hopkins University (2008)
NLL draft2nd overall, 2008
San Jose Stealth
NLL teamsSan Jose Stealth
Washington Stealth
Philadelphia Wings
MLL draft1st overall, 2008
Boston Cannons
MLL teamsBoston Cannons
New York Lizards
PLL teamAtlas L.C.
Career highlights


  • 1x PLL All-Star


  • 2x NCAA Champion (2005, 2007)




Rabil was born in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He started playing lacrosse at the age of 12.[1] He attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. He then played collegiate lacrosse at Johns Hopkins University. [2]

MLL career

Rabil was selected 1st overall by the Boston Cannons in the 2008 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft.[3] That year, he also competed in the MLL All-Star Game.

In 2009, Rabil was named the MLL MVP and MLL Offensive Player of the Year.

In 2010, Rabil competed in his third consecutive All-Star team, and was named First-Team All-Pro.

In 2011, Rabil was named the MLL MVP and MLL Offensive Player of the Year for the second time. He also won the MLL Bud Light Skills Competition in 2011, making him the first player to have won both the Skills Competition and the MLL Fastest Shot competition. Many have named him the best lacrosse player in the world.[4]

In 2012, Rabil was declared the MLL Offensive Player of the Year for the third time, tying the league record for most season-ending awards by a player. He also set the single-season points record (72) while playing midfield for the Boston Cannons.[5]

In 2014, Rabil was named to his seventh consecutive All-Star team, and named MLL First-Team All-Pro for the sixth consecutive year.

On January 5, 2015, Rabil was traded to the New York Lizards, along with fellow midfielder Mike Stone for veteran Max Seibald and draft picks.

Rabil played in and started 12 out of the 14 regular season games. He had 24 goals, 15 assists, and three two-point goals in the regular season. On August 1, 2015, Rabil had two goals and two assists in a semifinal playoff games against the Boston Cannons. New York would win in overtime 16-15. On August 8, 2015, Rabil had three goals and three assists as the Lizards defeated the Rochester Rattlers 15-12 in the MLL Steinfeld Cup Championship game. This made Paul Rabil a two time Steinfeld Cup Champion as he finished off the season with a total of 29 goals and 20 assists. He was named the Coca-Cola Player of the Game MVP of the championship.

NLL career

Rabil was drafted 1st overall in the 2008 National Lacrosse League entry draft.[6] Paul was a part of the 2010 Washington Stealth National Lacrosse League Champion's Cup team, defeating the Toronto Rock. Paul scored 2 goals in the championship game.

In 2010, Rabil set the Washington Stealth team record for loose balls in a season, snagging 153 in 16 National Lacrosse League games.[7]

In January 2012, Rabil was selected to his second consecutive National Lacrosse League All-Star game. Since entering the NLL, he has been selected to every All-Star game in each season he has played.[8]

In February 2012, Rabil was traded to the Edmonton Rush in exchange for Athan Iannucci,[6] but subsequently refused to report to the Rush.[9] He was placed on the hold-out list and did not play the rest of the 2012 season.

On July 27, 2012 Rabil was traded to the Rochester Knighthawks for Jarrett Davis.[10] After he did not report to training camp, he was traded along with three other players to the Philadelphia Wings for Dan Dawson, Paul Dawson, and a first round draft pick.[11]

Rabil has not played in the NLL since 2013. [12]

Premier Lacrosse League Founder

Paul Rabil and his brother, Mike Rabil, founded the PLL with known investors The Chernin Group and The Raine Group as direct competition to the MLL. Rabil, who was one of the only lacrosse players at the time to make a living of the sport, campaigned for higher wages, stock, and benefits to the players to try and make the game their full-time jobs. The league's inaugural season debuted June 1, 2019. He was selected to the league’s first All-Star game in Los Angeles, California and was showcased on SportCenter Top 10 for an impressive around-the-world pass [13].

Rabil is a midfielder for the Atlas Lacrosse Club. [14]

Awards and achievements

High school



  • 2010 World Lacrosse Championship Best Midfielder
  • 2010 World Lacrosse Championship All-Tournament Team
  • 2010 World Lacrosse Championship MVP
  • 2010 World Lacrosse Championship Winner United States of America
  • 2014 World Lacrosse Championship FIL Best Midfielder
  • 2014 World Lacrosse Championship All-Tournament Team
  • 2018 World Lacrosse Championship All-Tournament Team
Preceded by
Joe Boulukos & Kyle Dixon
McLaughlin Award
Succeeded by
Steven Brooks
Preceded by
John Grant, Jr.
Major League Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Matt Poskay
Preceded by
Matt Poskay
Major League Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Major League Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Kevin Crowley
Preceded by
John Grant, Jr.
Major League Lacrosse MVP
Succeeded by
Matt Poskay
Preceded by
Matt Poskay
Major League Lacrosse MVP
Succeeded by
Brendan Mundorf


Paul Rabil held the record for the world's fastest lacrosse shot, by clocking in a 111 mph shot at the Major League Lacrosse Game. This was broken by Zak Dorn at the 2014 Fastest Shot Competition.[15][16]


2019Atlas LC101111123
PLL Totals101111123


2009San Jose16161834606
NLL totals52447912332499


2015New York12293205282.5
2016New York144362372262.5
2017New York142631948154
2018New York12292144592.5
MLL totals13431246213571 17133.5


2005Johns Hopkins16231437
2006Johns Hopkins14251338
2007Johns Hopkins16272653
2008Johns Hopkins16361450
College totals6211267178


  2. "Paul Rabil Blue Jays Player Bio". Retrieved 2007-05-21.
  3. "Paul Rabil selected with #1 Overall Pick". May 28, 2008. Archived from the original on June 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-10.
  4. "Major League Lacrosse: Paul Rabil Wins Bud Light Season MVP". August 25, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-25.
  5. "Major League Lacrosse: Paul Rabil Sets Single Season Points Record". August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on August 19, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  6. "Rabil & Iannucci moved in West Division blockbuster". February 13, 2012. Archived from the original on December 11, 2013. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  7. "Paul Rabil". 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2012-04-13.
  8. Herald Staff (February 8, 2012). "Stealth's Duch, Rabil named NLL All-Stars". HeraldNet. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
  9. Moddejonge, Gerry (May 9, 2012). "Rush NLL's Rabil rousers". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  10. "Rochester acquires rights to Paul Rabil from Edmonton". July 27, 2012. Retrieved Sep 21, 2012.
  11. "Wings acquire Paul Rabil, move Dawsons in big trade". December 14, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
  14. "Player Detail - Paul Rabil". Premier Lacrosse League. January 17, 2019. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  15. Ingemi, Marisa (June 27, 2014). "Chicago Outlaws Player Zack Dorn Wins Hardest Shot Contest". In Lacrosse We Trust. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  16. "The Shot: Zack Dorn". Epoch Lacrosse. July 17, 2014.
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