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MLL 2002 Season in Review

January 21, 2020 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) News Release

Flashback to 2002. The average price of gas in America was $1.36/gallon, Kelly Clarkson had just won the first season of American Idol, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was released, and Major League Lacrosse was in its second season.

The league began its second season on June 6. The teams included, in the American Division, the Bridgeport Barrage, the Boston Cannons and the Long Island Lizards. In the National Division, there were the Baltimore Bayhawks, the New Jersey Pride and the Rochester Rattlers. The beginning of this season saw some slight changes, with the Baltimore Bayhawks relocating home games to Ravens Stadium and the New Jersey pride relocating their home games to Commerce Bank Ballpark.

The second annual All Star Game took place on July 21 at Prince George's Stadium in Bowie, Maryland. The National Division came out on top that night, defeating the American division 21-16. Scott Urick was the star of the show, representing the New Jersey Pride and the rest of the National Division, posting an impressive four goals and one assist.

The regular season consisted of 14 games with the Long Island Lizards (9-5) and the Baltimore Bayhawks (10-4) leading their respective divisions heading into the postseason. The two other teams that would join the Bayhawks and Lizards in postseason play, would be the Cannons and Pride, both entering the playoffs with 7-7 records. The Barrage (3-11) and Rattlers (6-8)  missed the mark this year, with both teams falling below .500 for winning percentage.

The post season began with the Semi-Finals, which took place the weekend of August 24-25, when the Lizards faced the Pride at Hofstra Stadium in Hempstead, NY. The Lizards were able to come out on top, with a fairly considerable margin, posting a final score of 19-11 and securing their spot in the Championship game. The same weekend, the match-up between the Bayhawks and the Cannons at Ravens Stadium in Baltimore brought the home team one step closer to that championship win. The final score of that contest was 15-10, in favor of the Bayhawks.

The following weekend brought what all fans, players and coaches had been waiting for all summer: The MLL Championship. This took place September 1 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The Bayhawks continued their domination with a final score of 21-13 over the Lizards. In front of a crowd of 5,596, Bayhawks' attackman, Mark Millon earned the title of MVP for his contribution of five goals and two assists.

The 2002 season also brought impressive performances from some of our top athletes.The league leader in total points this season was the Lizards' Casey Powell, with 68 points (37 goals and 30 assists). The league leader in goals, however, was New Jersey Pride's Jesse Hubbard, who posted a whopping 54 goals, placing him 10 goals ahead of the next highest goal scorer (Mark Millon - Baltimore). There have been 17 seasons played since Hubbard's historic single-season feat of 54 goals, and it still remains the league record to this day.

Do you think this record will be broken during the 2020 season, or will Hubbard continue his reign? Let us know on Twitter who you think will be on top after this season @MLL_Lacrosse

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