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Pride Trade Jesse Hubbard To Los Angeles

May 2, 2008 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) News Release

Boston, MA - Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, today announced that the New Jersey Pride have traded attackman Jesse Hubbard to the Los Angeles Riptide, according to MLL Commissioner David Gross.

In exchange for Hubbard and their second round pick in the 2009 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft, New Jersey will receive a the Riptide's first round pick in the 2009 Collegiate Draft.

Hubbard, 32, played collegiately at Princeton University, winning NCAA Championships in 1996, 1997, and 1998. With 163 goals, he holds Princeton's all-time goals scored record.

Hubbard has played in the League since 2001 and has spent his entire MLL career as a member of the Pride. Only Tim Goettlemann, Chris Schiller, and Scott Urick, have played in more MLL games. In the 84 MLL games in which he has played, Hubbard has scored 221 career goals to earn the number two spot in all-time goals scored. Hubbard is also currently fifth in all-time points scored in the League with 311..

Hubbard had his best season for the Pride in 2002, scoring 54 goals, 4 two-pointers, and 9 assists for a total of 67 points. Last season, Hubbard was second on the team in scoring with 38 points.

"Jesse is one of the best lacrosse players of all time, " said Los Angeles Riptide General Manager G.W. Mix. "And while we're not anticipating the level [of play] he achieved in his younger days, he's exactly what we need right now. He knows how to win, he knows how to be a champion, he knows how to score, and he knows how to be a leader..."

Hubbard will be reunited with former New Jersey teammates Kyle Harrison and Brett Hughes, who were both traded to the Riptide in December 2007.

"Jesse is a phenomenal player and he will be deeply missed," added New Jersey Pride Head Coach Peter Jacobs. "Jesse asked to move on and we worked to accommodate those wishes. Obviously, we wish him nothing but the best and continued success."

"The New Jersey Pride organization thanks him for all that he has meant to this team. He will be missed not only for his playing abilities but for his leadership abilities as well."

The Los Angeles Riptide went 9-3 last season, making it to the NB ZIP MLL Championship Game before being defeated by the Philadelphia Barrage. In contrast, the New Jersey Pride are looking to improve upon a 4-8 regular season record in 2007.

The 2008 Major League Lacrosse season begins on Saturday, May 17th.

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