2001 Major League Lacrosse season

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The 2001 Major League Lacrosse season was the inaugural season of the new semi-professional men's field lacrosse league. The league began play with six founding teams: Baltimore Bayhawks, Boston Cannons, Bridgeport Barrage, Long Island Lizards, New Jersey Pride and Rochester Rattlers. Each team played a 14-game regular season schedule that ended with a championship game on September 3, 2001.

Major League Lacrosse (MLL) played its first game on June 7 when Baltimore defeated Long Island 16–13 score at Homewood Field in Baltimore. Baltimore's Chris Turner scored the first goal in MLL regular season history. Those same two teams met in the Steinfeld Cup, the championship trophy named for co-founder Jake Steinfeld, with the Lizards turning the tables and beating the Bayhawks 15–11.

Regular season[edit]

Qualified for playoffs
American Division
Team W L PCT PF PA
Long Island Lizards 10 4 .714 216 196
Boston Cannons 3 11 .214 183 221
Bridgeport Barrage 3 11 .214 190 216
National Division
Team W L PCT PF PA
Baltimore Bayhawks 10 4 .714 195 172
Rochester Rattlers 8 6 .571 185 159
New Jersey Pride 8 6 .571 197 199

Boston beat Bridgeport in 3 of 4 regular season games, Rochester beat New Jersey in 3 of 4 regular season games.

All Star Game[edit]

The National division team beat the American division 24-18 at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, Connecticut on August 2, 2001. Mark Millon was the game's MVP.

Playoffs[edit]

The top two teams from each division qualified for the playoffs. The 1st place team from one division would play the 2nd place team from the other division in the semifinals. All games were played at John F. Kennedy Stadium in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

The format resulted in Boston (3–11) making the playoffs while New Jersey (8–6) did not. The format was changed the following season, so the two division winners and the next two best teams regardless of division made the playoffs.

Semifinals
September 1
Steinfeld Cup Final
September 3
      
Long Island (10–4) 13
Rochester (8–6) 12
Long Island 15
Baltimore 11
Baltimore (10–4) 12
Boston (3–11) 11

Awards[edit]

Award Winner Team
MVP Award Ryan Powell Rochester
Rookie of the Year Award Keith Cromwell Bridgeport
Coach of the Year Award John DeTommaso Long Island
Defensive player of the Year Award Rob Doerr Baltimore
Offensive player of the Year Award John Grant, Jr. Rochester
Goaltender of the Year Award Greg Cattrano Baltimore
Iron Lizard Award Joe Ghedina Long Island
Weekly Awards
Week Offensive Defensive
1 Jesse Hubbard Rob Doerr
2 Casey Powell Jim Mule
3 Ryan Powell Brian Dougherty
4 D'Arcy Sweet
Terry Riordan
Steve Koudelka
5 D'Arcy Sweet Greg Cattrano
6 Mark Millon Greg Cattrano
7 Jay Jalbert John Gagliardi
8 John Grant, Jr. Brian Dougherty
9 David Curry Bill Daye
10 John Grant, Jr. Regy Thorpe
11 John Grant, Jr. Rob Doerr
12 Greg Traynor Sal LoCascio
13 Paul Gait Pat McCabe

Statistics Leaders[edit]

Stat Player Team Number
Goals Jesse Hubbard New Jersey 44
Two-Point Goals David Evans Boston 6
Assists Jon Hess New Jersey 39
Points Ryan Powell Rochester 63
Face-off Pct Andy Towers Boston .580
Save Pct Greg Cattrano Baltimore .583
GAA Brian Dougherty Rochester 11.7