In case you’ve been living under a rock where’s there no lacrosse or news, you’ve already heard about the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL).
A new, tour-based professional men’s outdoor league spearheaded by Paul Rabil. The PLL has attracted the top professionals with increased pay, equity in the league, and them sweet, sweet healthcare bennies!
The league will start in June of 2019.
The players have already been announced and sometime before that there will be a draft to determine the rosters of the 6 teams.
The PLL Goalies
Here are the goalies announced who will be participating in PLL:
A couple of immediate thoughts.
Seems like they’re missing a goalie, no? If there are 6 teams, you should have a starter and a backup for each team. I only count 11 goalies.
The PLL has made the claim that they’re getting the best talent in the world. Going through this list, that’s a pretty accurate claim.
All of these guys are goalies who have proven themselves either at the college level, the pro level, the international level, or all three.
That’s a solid group of goaltenders and it’s interesting to think that half of these guys will be backups. Perhaps we’ll see some splitting of halves or splitting of games when the PLL comes to town.
A few other goalies that I think are the top in the sport right now that I’m surprised didn’t make the move – Brian Phipps, Dillon Ward, Nico Amato, and Austin Kaut.
PLL Goalie Draft Order
So here’s my prediction of how the draft order goes in terms of the order of just goalies. As I mentioned the list is stacked.
1. John Galloway
Simply put John Galloway is at the top of his game right now.
Galloway is a 3-time MLL goalie of the year winning his most recent award just last year.
He also stepped into the starter role and helped Team USA win a gold medal in the 2018 world games.
Anyone who watches Galloway plays knows that’s he a great ball stopper, a great leader, and brings a ton of energy to the game!
Watching his highlights, you can just feel the energy he brings to the team:
At just 29 years of age, you gotta figure the ex-Syracuse star will still be in his prime years for a few more seasons.
He’s the head coach of the Jacksonville University Dolphins lacrosse program so we know he understands the game and how to lead men.
If I was building a PLL team John Galloway would be my top pick for a goalie.
2. Jack Kelly
For the last two years, Jack has earned the top ranking amongst goalies for all players in the MLL.
He was the starter on Team USA until he suffered a knee injury. But that injury didn’t stop him from helping the team win gold…
Something on my mind since returning home — @JLKelly94’s contributions post injury. His energy, focus, & mental toughness were contagious down the stretch. Made himself as valuable as anyone on the field. Truly the epitome of a great teammate. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/Qy7g08K6Gj
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About Coach Damon
Lacrosse is my passion! The game has given me so much and this blog is my way of giving back to the lax community. Specifically the most bad a$$ part of that community - the goalies! After learning to play goalie from scratch, I wanted to create a site where I could share what I learned with others so they too can become champions in the crease and in life. Learn more about Coach Damon.