Sean Sconone: the Man Who Saved the Rattlers Season
Boston, MA - A native of East Islip, New York, Sean Sconone had never even been to Dallas prior to this season. After growing up on Long Island, Sconone went to college at Umass, a mere 1,700 plus miles from Dallas. Now, just a couple of months after stepping foot in the "Lone Star State" for the first time, Dallas Rattlers goalie Sean Sconone is becoming a legend in the Big D after saving the Rattlers season.
Sconone's who started his first professional game on June 27th against the Denver Outlaws, has put the Rattlers on his back, winning his last four games. Sconone has had a splendid season, leading the league in save percentage at 53.9%, and goals against average at 12.17.
Sconone's run of success is even more impressive considering he wasn't on a pro lacrosse roster to start the season. Sconone, a rookie, won the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Award as the nation's best goalie in 2019 in his senior season at Umass. Despite the honor, Sconone went undrafted in the MLL draft. Sconone acknowledged he felt disappointed, but added "winning games for Umass" was his top priority.
On May 2nd, Sconone was between the pipes in the Minutemen's loss to Drexel in the CAA Tournament semi-finals, when he believed his lacrosse career to be ending. Sconone had no professional offers, so it seemed at the very least, he would be taking the year off.
That's until Dallas Rattlers head coach Bill Warder came calling. Sconone said Warder called him in early June, after the Rattlers season had started and said, "we would love to have you come down and play for us." On June 6th, Sconone was officially announced as a member of the Dallas Rattlers.
By all accounts, the Rattlers got off to a tough start. Sitting at 0-3, with starting goalie Christian Carter Bannister struggling, Sconone got his chance. On June 27th, Sconone made his MLL debut against the Denver Outlaws at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Sconone called playing in Denver "one of the coolest experiences" of his life. Sconone added, "the atmosphere and playing in an NFL stadium was a dream come true."
Sconone's and the Rattlers lost that night in Denver, but regardless of the result, Sconone said it was cool to realize that he "made it."
Sconone and the Rattlers made another trip to the "Mile High City" on July 21st. The Rattlers were 0-7 and desperate for a win. Sconone made 22 saves in a dominant performance against the then first place Outlaws. It was Sconone's first career win and the Rattlers first win of 2019. Sconone said, "I definitely felt like I was in a zone after making a couple of good saves." Sconone also credited his defense for "keeping Denver outside the arc" and giving the Outlaws "little space" inside the arc.
Since that game in Denver, Sconone has led the Rattlers to a 4-0 record, and after a 17-12 home win over the Outlaws this weekend, Dallas is only two games out of a playoff spot.
Looking back on the last couple of months, Sconone said, "the transition to pro lacrosse has been great." He also added, "the guys here in Dallas have done a great job of welcoming me into the team."
Sconone pointed to his time at Umass as the biggest reason why he has been so successful. Sconone said, "the four years I spent at Umass really gave me the opportunity to be here today."
Sconone and the Rattlers will look to keep the good times rolling this weekend as they take on the Cannons on Saturday (LSN), before battling the Bayhawks on Sunday (Stadium.)
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