Down to one team because of money woes, the North American Lacrosse League has announced that it is suspending league operations, Kentucky Stickhorses owner Anthony Chase wrote on the team's Facebook page.
Three of the league's four franchises -- the Baltimore Bombers, Boston Rockhoppers and Rhode Island Kingfish) have previously stated that they could not continue because of financial constraints.The league had completed its second season in March, with the Bombers folding before the season ended.
"Unfortunately, this leaves the Kentucky Stickhorses with only a couple options: join another 'startup' league or suspend operations as well," Chase wrote. "It is with deep regret, that I have to choose the latter. We were the last of the original five teams to announce (Wilkes-Barre, Hershey, Charlotte and Jacksonville) for year one of the league. When all four of the other teams decided to move to the fall under a different moniker (Professional Lacrosse League), we were left to construct the league from the ground up. Our commissioner, Tony Caruso, and I worked diligently to construct a four-team league for year two. For obviously different reasons and after crowning a champion of the league (Boston), we find ourselves in the same place, needing to reconstruct or join a 'startup' league. We simply cannot afford the resources to continue, year after year, to rebuild from the ground up. ... It is my personal opinion that lacrosse as a professional sport will be an enormous success some time in the future. The growth of the sport has been astounding, but we are yet to see the level of corporate support required to sustain a professional sport."
Three from Md. to play for Oregon women
Oregon announced that midfielders Isabella Pyne (South River) and Rachel Steinberg (Severn) and goalie Becca Katzen (Dulaney) have joined the program for the 2014 season.
A member of Chesapeake Club Lacrosse, Pyne helped lead her school to its first state championship in 2010 and went on to be a four-year letter-winner.
Also a member of Chesapeake Club Lacrosse and a four-year letter-winner, Steinberg was an Under Armour All-American and Maximum Exposure All-Star. She led her team in ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers last season.
Katzen joins the Ducks after splitting time with two other goalies at Dulaney. In 2013, Katzen finished with a .590 save percentage; she has played for SkyWalkers Lacrosse Club.