The boys of lacrosse had a huge experience meeting and hearing wisdom from professional lacrosse player, Paul Rabil. We were honored that he chose to come down South and talk to our small yet ever-growing lacrosse club to encourage both the boys and the parents. The coaches/visionaries of GBYLA (Greater Birmingham Youth Lacrosse Association) are setting up some wonderful opportunities for the boys to develop personal skills and perfect their talents by joining forces together and establishing The Lacrosse Academy of Birmingham which Elijah did this past summer and both Elijah and Morgan have already tried out for this summers camp. Trey is heavily involved as well as one of the coaches for the Oak Mountain High School Lacrosse team where Elijah is on JV and will be dressing out and playing on Varsity as well. The boys also heard from a Spain Park senior who just got a D-1 lacrosse scholarship and who will also be at this years camp as a training coach! Paul was generous with his time toward the boys even staying to sign posters and whatever else the boys had for them along with photo ops. Elijah won a Paul Rabil professional jersey which he signed and Joseph had him sign his new lacrosse stick that hasn’t even been strung! It was quite an evening, but for those who are not into lacrosse and have no earthy idea just how famous Paul Rabil is in the lacrosse world (myself included) I have pasted some Paul Rabil information that I got from my dear friend wikipedia so you can know more about him.
|Born||(1985-12-14) December 14, 1985 (age 27) Elkton, Maryland|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|NCAA Team||Johns Hopkins University|
|NLL Team F. Teams||Philadelphia Wings Washington Stealth|
|MLL Team||Boston Cannons|
Paul Rabil (born December 14, 1985, Gaithersburg, Maryland), is a lacrosse player with the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League and the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse. Rabil attended DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, MD) and played his collegiate lacrosse at the Johns Hopkins University.
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|Height||6′ 3″ (191 cm)|
|Acquired||Cannons’ first-round selection (1st overall) in the 2008 MLL Collegiate Draft.|
|Birth Date||Dec 14, 1985|
|College Experience||Johns Hopkins University ’08|
2012: Played in 14 games…Scored 27 goals (3rd on team) including seven 2-point goals…2nd on the team with 38 assists…set the record in the MLL for most total points with 72! Team Captain…Bud Light Player of the Game May 19…MLL Offensive Player of the Week, August 4…MLL All-Star
2011: Played in 11 games. MLL Bud Light Most Valuable Player….MLL Offensive Player of the Year….Scored 28 goals (4th in MLL) including four 2-point goals….4th in MLL with 18 assists…..tied for 1st in MLL with 50 total points…..collected 14 ground balls. Playoffs: Played in both games….scored 1 goal, added 4 assists and collected 1 ground ball. WON THE 2011 MLL CHAMPIONSHIP!
2010: played in 10 games for the Cannons….second on the team with 21 goals scored…second on the team with 37 points……tied for first on the team with 6 two-point goals…..has 10 assists on the season…collected 9 ground balls…..was named to the 2010 All-MLL Team. Played for Team USA at the 2010 Wold Championships and won the gold medal…was named the 2010 World Championship’s MVP.
2009: Played in all 12 games for the Cannons…Named MLL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year…Ranked 1st on the team in both goals and points with 33 goals and 53 points…Led the team in two-point goals with 8…Tied for 2nd on the team with 3 Power Play goals…Ranked 3rd on the team in assists with 12…Collected 15 ground balls…Named to MLL All-Star Team.
2008: MLL Rookie season…Played in nine games for the Cannons…Named Inside Lacrosse Player of the Year…Third on the team in goals (24) and fourth in points (31)…Led the team in two-point goals (3)…Collected 21 ground balls and five and a half penalty minutes…Named MLL’s Cascade Rookie of the Week after a five-point game (4 goals, 1 assist) against Washington on 6/19/08…Named to MLL All-Star Team.
COLLEGE: Tewaaraton Trophy finalist as a senior in 2008…Scored a career-high 50 points (36 goals, 14 assists) in 2008…Earned First Team USILA All-American honors in each of his final three seasons at Hopkins (Third Team, freshman year)…Led the team in scoring in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons (2006-2008)…McLaughlin Award winner as the nation’s top midfielder as Junior in 2007…Finished his collegiate career as the leader in goals (111) and points (178) for a Blue Jays midfielder and Hopkins’ career leader in goals (28), assists (23) and points (51) in NCAA tournament games.