Professional Lacrosse

During the summer, there's more going on in the sports world than just baseball. The world's best lacrosse players are playing Major League Lacrosse, a league which provides some of the fastest and most exciting games of the summer.

Teams: Major League Lacrosse, also known as MLL, has six teams playing across North America: the Boston Cannons, Chicago Machine, Denver Outlaws, Long Island Lizards, Toronto Nationals and Washington Bayhawks. Each team plays 12 games and the season runs from the middle of May to early August. Last year, the Rochester Rattles won the MLL Championship. For the 2009 season, the Rattlers moved to Toronto to become the Nationals.

Key Players: MLL draws players from the top college teams in the country. Many star players from major college programs like Syracuse, Virginia, North Carolina, Princeton and Johns Hopkins go on to play Major League Lacrosse. Last season, John Grant Jr. was the leading scorer in the MLL. Grant scored 47 goals in 12 games and led the Rattlers to the MLL Championship. Grant will be teammates with Merrick Thompson, who scored 42 goals last season. Another great player is Jesse Hubbard, who plays for the Washington Bayhawks and is the league's all-time leading goal scorer with 247 career goals. Two brothers, Casey and Ryan Powell, are also two of the league's all-time greatest scorers. Casey plays for the Denver Outlaws and Ryan plays for the Nationals.

The Game: Professional lacrosse games are a little different than college lacrosse games. The biggest difference is that there is a two-point line, similar to the three-point line in basketball. If a player shoots and scores a goal from beyond the line, the goal is worth two points. Another difference is the 60-second shot clock. On offense, a team has to take a shot within 60 seconds or the other team gets the ball.

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