Brine Lacrosse announced today that it has signed Boston Cannons defenseman Brodie Merrill to its Brine Team Elite.
The 32-year old Canadian international joined the MLL in 2005 earning Rookie of the Year honors with eventual champion Baltimore Bayhawks. Since then he spent three seasons with the Rochester Rattlers (06-08) and the following five with the Nationals in Toronto and Hamilton (09-13) before being traded to the Cannons in the off season.
Merrill leads the league in ground balls with 715 over 104 games and has scored 41 goals adding 75 assist along the way. He has won the Steinfeld Trophy three times with three different teams (Baltimore 05, Rochester 08 and Toronto 09). Merrill has also won the MLL Defensive Player of the Year six years in a row.
Merrill was a standout high school lacrosse player in Connecticut and was eventually elected a First-Team High School All-American. His athletic prowess earned him a spot at Georgetown University.
At Georgetown, Merrill worked his way to becoming an All-American yet again, this time for two years in a row, during his junior and senior seasons. His senior year, he won the prestigious Schmeisser Award, which is given to the best defensive player each year in college lacrosse.
Internationally, Merrill led the Canadian national lacrosse team to a historic win at the World Lacrosse Championship in London, Ontario in 2006. He was named Best Defender and earned All-World honors.
Merrill says he looks forward to being a brand ambassador for Brine and continuing to promote his defense-first strategy in mainstream lacrosse.
Headquartered in Warren, Michigan, Brine has been rooted in the game of Lacrosse since 1950. The successor to the original W.H. Brine Company founded in 1922, Brine was a pioneer in creating a more durable, powerful stick for the masses. Brine prides itself on being a brand dedicated to commitment, hard work and most importantly – the game of Lacrosse. For over 60 years, Brine has been innovating and improving the game of Lacrosse. Stick by stick. Head by head. Victory by victory.