Bayhawks trade Poillon to Denver for Hardy

New indoor league forming

May 11, 2011|By From Sun staff reports

The Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse traded midfielder Peet Poillon (UMBC) to the Denver Outlaws for midfielder Dan Hardy on Tuesday.

Poillon tied for third in the MLL with 24goals and ranked fourth with 15 assists, finishing with 41 total points in 2010.

Hardy played 10 games in 2010 for Denver, scoring 15 goals. He ranked second on the team with 14 assists. In 2009, his first MLL season, he was named Cascade Rookie of the Year.

"Dan Hardy is, in our opinion, one of the top three midfielders in this league," Bayhawks general manager Spencer Ford said. "He fits the mold of our team with his unselfish play, and he can do many things on the field. He dodges very well, shoots very hard and has unbelievable vision, which makes him almost impossible to stop."

The Bayhawks will open their season May 14 against the Rochester Rattlers at 7p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

•The North American Lacrosse League, a new professional indoor league, will begin play in January 2012.

Phil Evans, who was president of the NBA D-League the past five seasons, was named commissioner Tuesday.

Teams will play a 12-game schedule, with additional exhibition games against international squads such as Team USA.

"We currently have five cities ready to announce, but we may very well add one or two more prior to our cutoff date of June 15," Evans said.

U.S. Indoor Lacrosse reported Monday that the league could have up to seven teams by the summer, from among the following cities: Albany, N.Y.; Allentown, Pa.; Charlotte, N.C.; Hershey, Pa.; Lexington, Ky.; New York; Orlando, Fla.; Richmond, Va.; Syracuse, N.Y.; Wilkes Barre, Pa.; and Winston-Salem, N.C.

The report said the league will not compete with the National Lacrosse League for players. The season will run concurrently with the NLL's but start a bit later, allowing for NLL clubs to set their rosters.

Playoffs are expected to end before the outdoor Major League Lacrosse season begins in May.

U.S. Indoor Lacrosse reported that costs will be kept lower than the NLL's, with expansion fees set at $250,000 and annual budgets of about $500,000 to $600,000. Player salaries will range from a few hundred dollars up to about a thousand dollars per game.

Chip Saynte, the NLL's outside financial accountant for six years, was named the NALL's chief financial officer.

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