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Rabil Traded to New York as Part of Multi-team Deal

March 18, 2016
Rabil Traded to New York as Part of Multi-team Deal Involving Cannons, Lizards and Machine

BOSTON (January 5, 2015) – The Boston Cannons and New York Lizards have executed a trade that  sends two-time MLL MVP midfielder Paul Rabil and midfielder Mike Stone to New York in exchange for veteran midfielder Max Seibald, veteran defenseman Brian Karalunas, a first and second round 2016 Collegiate Draft pick, and a first round 2017 Collegiate Draft pick.

Boston trades Karalunas and a seventh round 2015 Collegiate Draft selection to the Ohio Machine in exchange for defenseman Chad Wiedmaier and a first round 2015 Collegiate Draft pick.

Drafted as the first overall pick by the Cannons in 2008, Rabil appeared in 81 games and amassed 354 points with 185 goals and 137 assists. The Johns Hopkins product has made a huge impact on the team, playing a monumental role in the Cannon’s 2011 championship victory.  In 2014, Rabil was a member of the silver medal FIL World Championship American team.

Originally drafted by Boston in the 2010 Supplemental Draft, Stone will enter his sixth season with the League. He has appeared in a total of 50 games, recording 62 goals and 16 assists while collecting 31 groundballs for the Cannons.

Seibald is entering his seventh season with the League. Originally selected by Denver as the second overall pick of the 2009 Collegiate Draft, Seibald was acquired by New York through a 2012 trade. The Cornell product appeared in 47 games, accounting for 103 groundballs and 107 points. 

Drafted by Hamilton in 2012, Ohio acquired Wiedmaier trough a 2013 trade with the Nationals. In the span of his three year career, he has appeared in 34 games and totaled 59 groundballs.

A product of Villanova, Karalunas was drafted by the Lizards in the 2011 Collegiate Draft. During his four year tenure he has collected 135 groundballs and scored six points. In 2014 he was one of only three Lizards players to appear in all of the regular season games.

The Cannons, Lizards and Machine, as well as the other MLL teams now turn their attention of the 2015 Collegiate Draft on Friday, January 23 at 8:30 pm., where teams will look to strengthen their rosters in preparation for the 2015 season.

Team releases below.

About Major League Lacrosse

Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, was founded by Jake Steinfeld and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Major League Lacrosse commenced play in June of 2001 and will enter its fifteenth season in 2015.  MLL has continued to lead the sport of lacrosse into the mainstream of competitive team sports. The league is made up of eight teams: The Boston Cannons, Charlotte Hounds, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Denver Outlaws, Florida Launch, New York Lizards, Ohio Machine and Rochester Rattlers.

The 2015 MLL Collegiate Draft will take place on January 23, 2015 in Baltimore, MD. The 2015 season will commence on Sunday, April 12, 2015. More information about the league can be found at MajorLeagueLacrosse.com, or on Facebook or Twitter.


Cannons Stock Up on College Draft Picks in Blockbuster Deal

January 5, 2015 – (BOSTON, MA) - The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced a monumental trade today involving two teams, multiple players and future draft picks.

New York and Boston have executed a trade that will see midfielders Paul Rabil and Mike Stone go to New York in exchange for midfielder Max Seibald, defenseman Brian Karalunas, and the following college draft picks; 2016 1st round pick; 2016 2nd round pick; and 2017 1st round pick. In conjunction with the trade with NY, the Cannons have sent Karalunas and the 7th round pick in the 2015 MLL College Draft to Ohio in exchange for defenseman Chad Wiedmaier and another 1st round pick, the 5th overall pick in the 2015 MLL College Draft.

In what will go down as one of the biggest trade in MLL history, Cannons GM and Vice President, Kevin Barney weighs in on the trade decision stating, “For the past three seasons we have failed at our goal of winning the MLL Championship. Today, we made a trade that put the best short and long term interest of the team into focus. We acquired two players that can have an immediate impact come opening day in April, and top draft picks that will allow us to add the best college players to our team over the next three seasons.”

“We are gaining an incredible foothold for the future of the Boston Cannons franchise,” said Cannons Head Coach John Tucker. “The players we received will become immediate impact players and we will look for them to add athleticism and veteran leadership within our young team.”

The Cannons now have four of the top 19 picks (numbers 4, 5, 12 and 19) in this year’s college draft, which takes place on January 23rd in Baltimore, MD. In the 2016 draft, Boston currently has two 1st Round picks and two 2nd Round picks.  For 2017, the Cannons currently have two 1st Round picks.

“The draft picks we received in this deal sets up our organization for years to come,” added Barney.  “We currently have four top picks in this year’s draft and for the next two seasons we will have two extremely valuable first round picks.  We now have the flexibility to choose two of the top collegiate players each season or the assets to make a trade for a proven impact player.”

“These are exciting times ahead for the Cannons,” said Tucker. “The team we are putting together will be young, fast and aggressive.”

“I want to thank both Paul Rabil and Mike Stone for their dedication to our team and most importantly to our fan base over the past 7 years,” commented Barney on his departing players.  “Both players were part of our 2011 Championship Team that will always be a part of this team’s history.  I wish them both the best moving forward.”

“Both Paul and Mike are outstanding players and people and we will miss them dearly,” added Tucker.

About Boston Cannons
The Boston Cannons are one of the founding franchises of Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league. They began play in June of 2001, and won their first MLL Championship on August 28, 2011. For more information call 617.746.9933 or visit  www.BostonCannons.com. To purchase official Cannons merchandise, visit  ShopBostonCannons.com.



Lizards Acquire Rabil and Stone from Cannons

GARDEN CITY, NY – The New York Lizards of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) have executed a trade with the Boston Cannons that will bring Paul Rabil, widely-regarded as the best player in lacrosse, to the Lizards along with All-Star midfielder Mike Stone.

In exchange for Rabil and Stone the Cannons will receive midfielder Max Seibald, defenseman Brian Karalunas, the Lizards’ 2016 first and second round MLL Collegiate Draft picks, and their 2017 first round MLL Collegiate Draft Pick.

With the addition of Paul Rabil, a seven-time MLL All-Star and holder of the MLL single season all-time points record, the Lizards hope to add a third MLL championship and raise the Steinfeld Cup in 2015.

“We are elated,” said Lizards CEO Jeffrey Rudnick. “Paul Rabil has won everywhere he has been and now he is finally on our side.  Teaming Rabil and Mike Stone with Rob Pannell, Ned Crotty and the rest of the Lizards will certainly put us in the hunt for the Steinfeld Cup for years to come.”

“Paul is a proven winner, having won titles at the NCAA, NLL [National Lacrosse League], FIL [Federation of International Lacrosse], and an MLL level,” said Lizards’ Head Coach Joe Spallina. “To acquire him in the prime of his playing career is an opportunity the organization could not pass up.  Having coached against Paul, I consider him arguably the best player in the world.”  

“We absolutely love what Mike brings to the table,” said Spallina. “He is an incredibly underrated player that is a proven 20-goal midfielder in the MLL. He is someone we have targeted and look forward to him being a key cog in the Lizards offense.”

Max Seibald, one of two players New York is trading to Boston, is a six year MLL veteran having played three seasons with the Denver Outlaws before being traded to New York in 2012. Seibald scored a career high 39 points (24 goals, 4 2-pt. goals, 11 assists) during his first season with the Lizards in 2012 and served as a team captain in 2013. As a member of the US Men’s National Team at the FIL World Championship, Max won a gold medal in 2010 and a silver medal in 2014.

Brian Karalunas, the second New York player involved with the trade, has played all four of his seasons in the League with the Lizards. The three-time MLL All-Star was named to the Team USA 30-man training roster for the FIL World Championship and picked up a career-high 35 ground balls in 2014.

“Trading Brian and Max was such a difficult thing to do,” said Spallina. “Both players have been with me in New York since I became the head coach, and having personal relationships with both of them made it tougher.  They gave the coaching staff and the organization all they had day in and day out and it was an honor to coach both men. I wish them the best in Boston.”

Lizards CEO Jeffrey Rudnick added, "Max and Brian did so much for the organization both on and off the field.  Their professionalism and leadership will certainly be missed."

Paul Rabil was selected by the Boston Cannons with the first overall draft pick in 2008. As an MLL player his accolades include: three-time Offensive Player of the Year, two-time Most Valuable Player, seven-time All-Star, six-time first-team All-Pro, and in 2012 he set he MLL Single Season all-time points record with 72 points.  Outside of MLL competition, Rabil also played for the US Men’s National Team in 2010 and 2014 and was named the World’s Most Valuable Player by the FIL in 2010 while leading Team USA to a gold medal and was named the FIL World’s Top Midfielder in both 2010 and 2014.

Midfielder Mike Stone, also acquired from the Boston Cannons, was a member of the MLL All-Star Team in 2012 and 2013 when he scored a career-high 34 points (25 goals and 9 assists) and added 15 ground balls. 

Off the field, Paul Rabil’s dedication to spreading the sport of lacrosse to new and current audiences includes Project Nine, which brings top lacrosse coaches to train youth players, The Paul Rabil Foundation whose mission is to help children with learning differences through sports and scholarship, and The Paul Rabil Experience which provides athletes video instruction, strength and conditioning information, and nutritional advice.  Dubbed “Lacrosse’s Million-Dollar Man” by Business Week, Rabil has his own line of equipment and numerous commercial endorsements.

Rabil and Stone will have their first opportunity to join the rest of the Lizards’ roster on March 27 when training camp kicks off. The Lizards will play their first game of the 2015 season at home at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium on Sunday, April 12 against the Ohio Machine at 5:00 PM. Season tickets are available now by calling the Lizards at 1-855-NYLizards.  Single game tickets will go on sale March 1. For more information about the New York Lizards, be sure to check out NYLizards.com.

About the New York Lizards

The New York Lizards of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) were founded in 2001 as one of the league’s six original teams. Formerly the Long Island Lizards, the team won the Steinfeld Cup in its inaugural season, 2001, as well as in 2003. In 2015, the Lizards will play all seven of their home games at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium.  For more information or to purchase tickets go to NYLizards.com

The New York Lizards are owned by majority owner Medallion Financial Corp, Vice Chairman, Richard Mack, and other investors.

About Medallion Financial

Medallion Financial Corp. is a specialty finance company with a leading position in the origination and servicing of loans financing the purchase of taxicab medallions and related assets.  The Company also originates and services loans in other commercial industries, and its wholly-owned portfolio company, Medallion Bank, also originates and services consumer loans.  The Company and its subsidiaries have invested over $5 billion in small businesses.


Machine Acquires Brian Karalunas in Trade with Cannons

COLUMBUS, OHIO (January 5, 2015)– The Ohio Machine has acquired All-Star defenseman Brian Karalunas in a trade with the Boston Cannons, team Vice President & Head Coach Bear Davis announced today. The Machine also received the Cannons’ seventh round pick in the 2015 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft in exchange for defenseman Chad Wiedmaier and the fifth overall pick in this year’s Collegiate Draft.

“The addition of a three-time All-Star is crucial to advancing the level of play of our defense,” Davis said of Karalunas. “His ability to play both close defense and LSM is perfect when building a 19-man roster and he will also add a new dynamic to our wing play on face-offs.”

Karalunas was originally drafted by the New York Lizards 35 th overall in the 2011 Collegiate Draft and spent his entire MLL career in a Lizards uniform until being moved to Boston in a trade announced today. In four years in New York, Karalunas played in 53 games, two playoff games and three straight All-Star Games (2012-14). Since turning pro following a standout college career at Villanova University, Karalunas has never missed a game while posting six career points (all assists) and 135 career groundballs. 

“Brian is a great teammate and will bring a veteran defensive presence to our locker room,” Machine Associate Head Coach Tom Mariano said. “He is excellent on the defensive side of the ball in any situation and his ability to push transition will fit well with our style of play.”

In exchange for Karalunas, the Machine sent Chad Wiedmaier and the fifth overall pick in the 2015 MLL Collegiate Draft to Boston. Wiedmaier played in 25 games for the Machine during the 2013 and 2014 seasons after being acquired in a trade with the Hamilton Nationals.

“We want to thank Chad for everything he did for the Machine organization in his two seasons in Ohio,” Davis said. “Chad was a key component to our defense and helped us make the playoffs last season. We wish Chad nothing but success in Boston.”

Season tickets for the Machine’s 2015 season are now on sale and range from General Admission at $92 to a Field Level Box at $2,400 and include seven regular season home games plus a 2015 MLL playoff game. Information on 2015 season tickets can be found at www.theohiomachine.com/season-tickets or by calling 614-754-1973.

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About the Ohio Machine

The Ohio Machine, Ohio’s Major League Lacrosse team founded in 2012, beings its 2015 season on April 12 with its home opener on April 19. In 2014, the Machine finished the season with an 8-6 regular season record and clinched the club’s first-ever playoff appearance after leading MLL in offense in 2014. The Machine plays its home games at Selby Stadium in Delaware, Ohio. For more information on the Ohio Machine, visit www.theohiomachine.com, or follow the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.