The Maritime University Field Lacrosse League announced it has awarded a franchise to the universities of Mount Allison (MTA) and University of New Brunswick (UNB) for the 2006 season. The MTA and UNB team’s becomes the league’s fifth and sixth teams, and will play there home games in Sackville, NB and Fredericton, NB.
“After a successful first season the MUFLL is excited to add to new teams for the 2006 season. Expansion into New Brunswick is even better and continues to help us achieve our goals of promoting and expanding the game of lacrosse in the Maritimes,” said Commissioner Brendon Smithson.
The MTA team has been under the head of 1st year student Matt Kinney. Matt’s lacrosse career began with the Moncton Roadrunners as a goalie. He is a master in using the lacrosse goalie sticks. This will be first venture into the field game, but is hoping that he will have some great results. Matt has spent ours working with the MTA athletic department to but this team together and also hired a head coach Nick Bradley.
Nick has made his mark on the MUFLL starting the Acadia Laxmen team in 2004. Nick played field lacrosse in high school for Hebron Lumberjacks. This will be Nick’s first venture into the coaching ranks and hopes to bring a winner reputation to MTA. With Nick on the side lines for MTA, there is sure to be a rivalry when Acadia travels to Sackville in there only match up of the season.
UNB is being run by Wayne Mallet the director of field lacrosse in New Brunswick. Wayne has been a big part to the success of Fredericton lacrosse and will be continuing to coach many of the Fredericton players in University as well. Wayne and the UNB varsity Reds will be waiting for the battle of New Brunswick between MTA. These two will meet twice during the season, once in Sackville and once in Fredericton.
”Lacrosse New Brunswick is very excited with the possibility of two of its members (UNB & MTA) participating in the MUFLL,” said Bruce Logan, President of Lacrosse New Brunswick. “This brings a new dynamic to growing our game in many different areas. From a minor box perspective, it gives tremendous added value to the kids aspiring to bigger and better things and is a natural extension to graduating Intermediate and Junior players looking to continue in the game while furthering their educational experience.”
Bruce continued on to say “Our member’s participation in the MUFLL will enhance the game of lacrosse, provide tremendous opportunities to our members and will act as a catalyst to the recruitment and retention to top athletes. Congratulations to the organizers and leadership of the MUFLL for bringing Men’s Field to the Maritimes.”
With the added team the MUFLL will form into two divisions. For the 2006 season the pool will be as follows North Division: MTA, StFX and UNB South Division: Aca, Dal and SMU. The regular season schedule consists of 21 games, to be played over seven weekends. Each of the league’s six teams will play seven regular season games, 4 divisional game and 3 non-divisional games. The regular season begins on September 8th and concludes on October 29th, with the Scotia bank Cup Weekend to follow.