What We’re Watching: MLL and PLL Opening Weekend

It is a quick turn around for lacrosse fans as the National Champions for college lacrosse were crowned last weekend and now just a week later the biggest summer of professional lacrosse ever begins. Both Major League Lacrosse and the Premier Lacrosse League will start their seasons this weekend and it is going to be a jam packed summer of games with 6 teams playing in each league. There will be more professional field lacrosse played than ever before and many of the games will be broadcast on NBC and ESPN to national audiences. Games on NBC Gold and ESPN+ require a paid subscription. Here are the opening weekend games we cannot wait to watch as the new era of professional field lacrosse begins.

Friday 5/31

New York Lizards vs Denver Outlaws
Watch on watchstadium.com at 7:30 pm

Both teams retained several of their big stars like Rob Pannell, Mark Matthews, Dylan Molloy, and Austin Kaut for the Lizards and Zach Currier, Dillon Ward, Max Adler, and John Grant Jr, who came out of retirement, for the Outlaws while also bolstering their roster with a lot of experienced MLL players and young talent. In the first game of the MLL season, expect a great mix of the players you know and some overlooked players that will get their chance to play professional lacrosse. Will we see some classic highlight reel John Grant Jr. goals?

Saturday 6/1

New York Lizards vs Boston Cannons
Watch on Lax Sports Network at 5 pm

The Lizards will play back to back games to start the season and will have to recover quickly if they want to get by a very good Boston team. The Cannons return stars like Mark Cockerton, Zed Williams, Jake Withers, Kyle Jackson, and Kyle Denhoff for the Cannons while also adding some of this year’s best college players like Zach Goodrich and Tyson Bomberry. The Cannons will play at their new stadium in Quincy just outside of Boston.

Chrome vs Archers
Watch on NBC Gold at 1:30 pm

In the first ever PLL game, it is hard to know exactly what to expect with a different set of rules, but with so many good players it will definitely be a fast and physical game as these players will be buzzing thanks to all of the hype surrounding the new league. The Archers are headlined by Tom Schreiber, Will Manny, Adam Ghitelman, Scott Ratliff, and other star players. The Chrome will be led by John Galloway, Joel White, Jordan Wolf, Wes Berg, and company.

Whipsnakes vs Chaos
Watch on NBC Gold at 4:00 pm

In the second game of the day, the Canadian and box lacrosse heavy Chaos team will face the Whipsnakes who have a lot of Maryland University alumni that will have great chemistry early on. It will also be interesting to see how big the crowds will be since the Boston Cannons will be playing on the same day as the first PLL games that will be played at Gillette Stadium also in Boston.

Sunday 6/2

Denver Outlaws vs Atlanta Blaze
Watch on Lax Sports Network at 4 pm

The Outlaws will play their second game of the weekend against a Blaze team that is loaded with some of the best scorers in the league like Randy Staats, Shayne Jackson, and Tom Palasek as well as a talented young faceoff man in Alex Woodall.

Chesapeake Bayhawks vs Dallas Rattlers
Watch on ESPN+ at 4 pm

The Bayhawks probably have the most complete and deadly Attack line in the league made up of Lyle Thompson, Steele Stanwick, and Colin Heacock. All three play very different styles that will be able to compliment each other. Dallas on the other hand is a young roster, but returns Bryce Wasserman, Ryan McNamara, and veteran Zack Greer. This should be a great game as the Rattlers will once again play at the Ford Center, the Dallas Cowboys training facility, this season.

Redwoods vs Atlas
Watch on NBC Sports Network at 1:30 pm

The last PLL game of their inaugural weekend will feature the man who has been the face of the league Paul Rabil playing with his Atlas squad against another key figure in Kyle Harrison for the Redwoods. How will the crowds be for the second day of the two day event in Boston?

Which games are you most excited for? The MLL or PLL?

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