About the Charlotte Hounds
THE CHARLOTTE HOUNDS
In January 2011, Major League Lacrosse announced a league expansion for the 2012 season that included Columbus, OH and Charlotte, NC. The team began play in April 2012 at historic American Legion Memorial Stadium. In their first season, the Hounds averaged 5,700 in attendance and finished with a 5-9 record as an expansion team. Based on first year success, the Hounds were awarded the 2013 MLL All-Star Game. In 2013, the Hounds finished 7-7 in the regular season, claiming the fourth and final MLL playoff spot. In the semifinals, the Hounds knocked off the previously undefeated Denver Outlaws 17-14 to advance to the Championship game, losing to the defending champion Chesapeake Bayhawks 10-9.
The Charlotte Hounds finished the 2014 season 4-10 while adding eight rookies and a team of young talent heading into 2015. However, the 2015 season saw the downturn continue with the Hounds finishing with a season record of 3-11.
The 2016 season saw big changes for the Hounds including the announcement of new head coach Jim Stagnitta. The Hounds started the year out with three straight home games against the Boston Cannons, Rochester Rattlers and Florida Launch. As a result, the team got off to a 3-0 start for the first time in franchise history. On August 6, the Hounds came back from an 11-6 deficit to defeat the Chesapeake Bayhawks, 15-13 to clinch not only their second playoff berth in franchise history, but their first winning record in franchise history at 8-6. On August 13 in Minnesota, the Hounds' season would be ended after a 16-10 loss to the top-seeded Ohio Machine.
For more information, please visit www.charlottehounds.comMAJOR LEAGUE LACROSSE
During the summer of 1998, Jake “Body By Jake” Steinfeld was inspired to start a professional outdoor lacrosse league after reading a magazine article about the growth of the sport of lacrosse. Steinfeld sought out a contributor to the article, Owner and President of Warrior Lacrosse Dave Morrow, a leading lacrosse equipment manufacturer, to discuss formation of such a league.
In February 1999 Steinfeld and Morrow joined forces with Steinfeld’s friend and business associate Tim Robertson, Chairman of Bay Shore Enterprises and former CEO of the Family Channel, to form Major League Lacrosse, LLC, a Virginia limited liability company. In 2003, New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc. came on board as a Founding Member of Major League Lacrosse, as well as an Anchor Level League Sponsor.
Major League Lacrosse began play in 2001 to capitalize on the growing demand for world-class field lacrosse driven by dramatic growth in the U.S. lacrosse market. The MLL was praised and heralded for its on-field play, regarded as the best ever seen. With a year-on-year attendance increase, Major League Lacrosse has continued to lead the sport of lacrosse into the mainstream of competitive team sports.