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Blaze Features

Rookie Midfielder Austin Sims Discusses Adaptation, Leadership, and Hard Work

Perspective often eludes even the most experienced interpreter and to provide insight at the tender age of 21 is somewhat unanticipated. Austin Sims, the two-way midfielder from Princeton University, shared his thoughts about what he learned on the field and off it at the prestigious Ivy League school on the eve of his expected Major League Lacrosse (MLL) debut for the Atlanta Blaze.

Brent Hiken: The Reward is in the Victory

The adage that “It’s a dirty job but someone’s got to do it” is certainly apropos when it describes a faceoff specialist. Known as a FOGO in the trade, they kneel at the center of the field to start the game or quarter and after every goal. They genuflect, then scrape, scrap, grunt, twist, turn, slash, pursue or flee in an attempt to secure the orange ball. If successful, then they pass the ball to a gifted scorer. The process can take as little as three seconds or as long as 15 to 20. Typically, a FOGO then dashes to the sideline amidst cheers or jeers and is replaced by a midfielder.

MLL Commissioner Plans to Wield Marketing Fundamentals to Woo Fans and Sponsors

Alexander P. “Sandy” Brown played lacrosse at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va., and represented his university at the prestigious 1985 USILA North-South Game. Since stepping off the field he has compiled a detailed resume in sports media, However, when it comes to discussing the fundamentals of his new post as commissioner for Major League Lacrosse (MLL), Brown pulled from an old football playbook during his visit to Kennesaw for the Atlanta Blaze’s home opener against the Florida Launch.

Gudger's Background Steeped in Work Ethic and Solid Business Principles

Andre Gudger, the new owner of the Atlanta Blaze, was raised on his grandfather’s tobacco farm in Hughesville, Md. The rural hamlet located 40 miles or so southeast of our Nation’s Capitol is best known for giving birth to looseleaf tobacco auctions before World War II, due to its proximity to the Southern Maryland Railroad.

Old Faces. New Aces. Attacking at Different Paces

“I am really excited about where our team is right now,” Ghitelman said. “With the type of personalities and the level of character we have on our team, I think it’s really going to pay dividends this year.”

Resolute James Fahey Seeks Affirmation in Third MLL Season

Even the most knowledgeable lacrosse fans in New England may not recognize his name. He graduated with a degree in kinesiology, completing his requirements during a fifth year at UMass while helping the Minutemen as a volunteer assistant coach during the 2015 season. Currently, James Fahey is working on his associate's degree in physical therapy and looks forward to working in private practice one day, but his desire to play ball has never dissipated. Despite playing in the North-South All-Star Game after graduation, his only avenue to making a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) team was through an open tryout.

If the Script Includes Creativity, Matt Gibson Can Play the Lead

Matt Gibson took a ball, a crosse and a predictable wall to create compelling digital videos for those who crave stimuli. Whether or not those who have watched them will ever see his full talents on display in a game is subject to question. Watching the professional lacrosse player, the authentic Gibson, the attackman for the Atlanta Blaze should be an enlightening experience for all who have not. His stick becomes like an extension of an appendage. His vision is seemingly a forecast of what’s to come. His temperament enthusiastically pinpointed on team results.

Is Dylan Donahue on the cusp of a Breakout Season?

If the Atlanta Blaze’s Dylan Donahue bleeds orange, it’s easy to understand why. He grew up in Camillus, N.Y., 12 miles from the Carrier Dome where Syracuse University’s lacrosse team plays its home games. His father, Kevin, a 1979 graduate of the university, has been an assistant coach for the Orange for 30 years.

Liam Byrnes: Defenseman. Coach. Trailblazer.

Truly, there is the first time for everything! In 2012, Atlanta Blaze defenseman Liam Byrnes signed on to be one of the lacrosse trailblazers at Marquette University in Milwaukee, one of just five schools in the Great Lakes region playing the sport at the Division I level.

Excitement Greets Players and Coaches at Blaze's First Training Camp Session

New Atlanta Blaze head coach Liam Banks ushered in the new era of Blaze lacrosse by welcoming players to training camp at Kennesaw State University on the final two days of March.

Divergent Paths Lead Blaze Goalies to a Similar Destination

Two of the courageous lads competing to defend the Atlanta Blaze goal this season, incumbent Adam Ghitelman and sojourner Ronnie Fernando, may have many of the same traits on the field, but their individual paths to Major League Lacrosse (MLL) are as incongruent as where they grew up as kids. Their routes will intersect as the Blaze opens training camp this weekend.

Banks and Ford Shared Lacrosse Spotlight in Pre-MLL Days

A look at the early playing careers of Atlanta Blaze head coach Liam Banks and general manager and assistant coach Spencer Ford show a striking similarity of individual and team success.

Atlanta Blaze Setting New Course for the 2018 Season

There are some that might argue the point but if you’re trying to build a successful Major League Lacrosse (MLL) team, equipping your front office and coaching staff with guys who have been steeped in the nuances of the game from an early age seems quite logical.

Frankie Kelly: Part of Baltimore's Lacrosse Legacy Tries to Blaze a Trail in Atlanta

When your surname is Kelly and you’ve played lacrosse at Calvert Hall College H.S. in Baltimore, and then at the Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), the legacy is so rich it’s nearly regal.

Committed to the Cause

Atlanta Blaze Players and Coaches Discuss Paying the Price to Compete in Major League Lacrosse