After ten seasons and one championship victory in Major League Lacrosse, midfielder Terry Kimener has announced his retirement from the league. He played for five different franchises in his career, most recently, the Atlanta Blaze.
“I still feel like I’m young and I still like I could play,” said Kimener, who turned 33 this past December.
“The talent is spread out and there’s just so much talent across all nine MLL teams, it’s so hard to get on a roster and to make that 19-man dress list. It’s getting harder and harder, just because the talent is getting better and better every year.”
Kimener logged 92 games in his career and appeared in four postseason games. He totaled 89 goals, 68 assists, 159 points and 81 groundballs in a decade of pro lacrosse. His career included stops in Chicago, Toronto, Denver, Charlotte and Atlanta.
The Denver years, in particular, stand out for Kimener. He was on the 2013 Outlaws squad that remains the only team in league history to go undefeated in the regular season. He also won the lone championship of his career with Denver in 2014.
“To play in an NFL stadium and the way that they treated the guys there was top notch,” said Kimener. “It’s just a well-organized, well-run team and to be owned by the Broncos was awesome.”
Coming out of UMBC, Kimener was the eighth-overall selection in the 2008 Collegiate Draft – arguably the most talent-laden draft in the history of the league – which featured Paul Rabil, Matt Danowski, Mike Leveille, Stephen Peyser and Kevin Buchanan all going in the first round.
He spent the first three seasons of his career with the Chicago Machine, a team that traveled extensively during his third year there in an effort to identify potential expansion markets for the league.
“We were kind of the traveling road show,” Kimener said.
He enjoyed the two best seasons of his career with Denver in 2012 and 2013, recording 36 and 32 points, respectively. After the championship season of 2014 with the Outlaws, he landed with Charlotte. Kimener was one of the first players in league history to file for Player Movement after the 2016 season and signed a one-year deal with the Blaze, the final stop of his career.
The Maryland native is currently the head varsity lacrosse coach at Frisco High School in Frisco, Texas, where he has contributed to the seismic growth of the sport in the area. That growth factored into the 2017 MLL Championship Game being held at Ford Center at The Star and the Rattlers moving from Rochester to Frisco.
“It’s been a heck of a ride,” Kimener said. “10 years. It kind of went by fast, too. I think the biggest takeaway is the camaraderie in the locker room. I think that’s what I’m going to miss the most, being in the locker room with the guys and hanging out.”