Florida Launch to Honor MSD Students at Home Opener Saturday

April 25, 2018 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) - Florida Launch News Release

This weekend the Florida Launch will take on the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the second game of the 2018 MLL season. Saturday, April 28 the Launch will play their home opener at FAU Stadium, kicking off a five-game home stand through the month of May. Face-off is set for 7PM.

HONORING MSD:

At our home opener we will be honoring the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students from Parkland, Florida. The Stoneman Douglas boys and girls lacrosse teams will be in attendance to meet all of the players and coaches during warmups and be on the field with both professional teams for the National Anthem. The MSD JROTC will be presenting the color guard to start the game and Andy Pollack (father of victim Meadow Pollack) will be doing the ceremonial face-off. The entire MLL will be supporting Marjory Stoneman Douglas students by wearing helmet decals from Cascade all season. In addition, we are also giving all MSD students free tickets to all Launch home games this 2018 season. Students would just have to present their student ID's at the gate.

The Launch are coming into town following a huge win against the Atlanta Blaze last Sunday. Dylan Molloy tallied a team-high four points, while Sergio Salcido, Ryan Drenner and Nick Mariano all contributed three points in the 13-10 win. The Bayhawks, on the other hand, started the year 0-1 after a 15-9 home loss against the Dallas Rattlers. The Bayhawks boast a threat in the midfield with two younger players, Colin Heacock and Myles Jones.

The offense was firing on all cylinders last weekend, with eight players scoring points accounting for 13 goals in the game. The offensive will have to be accurate and precise when going against the Bayhawks starting goalkeeper, Brian Phipps. The veteran goalie stopped 22 shots in their home opener last week.

Players to Watch:

Steven Brooks - one goal away from second in franchise history in goals scored as a Launch player (passing Casey Powell). Can jump to 11th place all-time with one more two-point goal.

Austin Kaut - broke 500 career saves in the win against Atlanta. Ranks third in the league with a .69 Save Percentage.

Dylan Molloy - team-high four points last week including the first two goals of the game

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