This past weekend I headed up to Boston for the Major League Lacrosse Championship. I have some friends that were playing for the championship and a bunch that met up to watch so it was a blast.
My friend from San Diego, who is the goalie for the LA Riptide, was awarded the 2008 Warrior Goalkeeper of the Year award before the games began on Saturday. Commissioner David Gross. gave out the award which was based on votes submitted by the general managers and head coaches of the ten MLL teams. It is the first time that Jarboe has earned the award in his career. Congrats Mickey!
Side Note: Six of us can be seen below wearing our "Jarboe's #1 Fan" t-shirts. Yay! Everyone in the picture played lacrosse with me at the University of Richmond and Katie in the center is my best friend from San Diego and her boyfriend just so happens to be the one and only - Mickey Jarboe. The t-shirt was an embarassing surprise for her!
I can never say no to free tickets so "Jarboe's #1 Fan's" parked it right on the sidelines in the Budweiser beer tent to watch the game from the best seats in the house.
In the first semi-final game on Saturday, the Rochester Rattlers defeated the Philadelphia Barrage in OT, 16-15. Rochester Rattlers attackman Casey Powell scored the game-winning goal just 45 seconds into overtime to give the Rattlers their first-ever play-off victory. The win also gave the Philadelphia Barrage their first-ever postseason loss after six straight prior to this year.
The second semi-final game, and the one I was looking forward to the most, was just as close as the first. Some of my good friends on the LA Riptide took a tough loss as they were defeated by the Denver Outlaws, 13-12. Denver Outlaws midfielder Jeff Sonke was on fire at the end of the game scoring the last four goals for the Outlaws, including a two-point goal with a couple minutes left to play, to give Denver the victory.
Although the LA Riptide guys were really disappointed by the outcome, they were still very grateful we were there, Mickey Jarboe especially, and were back in high spirits at the tailgate after the game.
On Sunday, the Rochester Rattlers won their first Major League Lacrosse title by defeating the Denver Outlaws with a 16-6 score. The semi-final games on Saturday were definitely way more exciting. Midfielder Joe Walters was named as the Bud Light Championship Weekend MVP after scoring six goals with five assists in the two games. He scored two goals with two assists in the championship game.