2/20/12 12:00 AM


(Hamilton, February 20)… Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced that Hamilton Nationals defenseman Brodie Merrill has renewed his contract for the 2012 MLL season. The Georgetown University alumnus was the third-overall selection in the 2005 MLL Collegiate Draft by the Baltimore Bayhawks. This year Merrill enters his fourth season with the Nationals, his eighth season with the league.

"There is a different kind of excitement heading into the Nationals season,” said Merrill. “We really came together down the stretch last season and we strongly feel we can be a championship team. Last year was one of the most fun seasons I have had in the league. I am looking forward to another great summer." 

In 2011, Merrill was named as the Warrior MLL Defensive Player of the Year for the sixth straight season, a league record. With 77 ground balls in 12 games, he led MLL for the third time in his career. He scored 17 points in 12 games with the Nationals and was the team’s eighth-leading scorer (he led all MLL defenders). 

Last season was also the seventh consecutive season Merrill was honored with a seasonal award, as he was named the 2005 Cascade MLL Rookie of the Year. Merrill is a seven-time MLL All-Star and has been named to the All-MLL Team six times. Merrill ranks second in MLL history with 524 career ground balls and will enter the 2012 season needing 12 ground balls to become the league’s all-time leader. 

The Nationals will open the 2012 season against the Denver Outlaws, on Saturday, May 5that 9:00 p.m. at INVESCO Field at Mile High. Hamilton makes its home debut on Friday, May 18th with an 11:00 a.m. contest against the Chesapeake Bayhawks at Ron Joyce Stadium at McMaster University. For ticket information, contact the Nationals Ticket Office at (905) 768-2225. 

About Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, was founded by Jake Steinfeld and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Major League Lacrosse commenced play in June of 2001 and will enter its twelfth season in 2012.  MLL has continued to lead the sport of lacrosse into the mainstream of competitive team sports. The league is made up of eight teams: The Boston Cannons, Charlotte Hounds, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Denver Outlaws, Hamilton Nationals, Long Island Lizards, Ohio Machine and Rochester Rattlers.

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