Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/10/16
From Press Release and Staff Report
After suffering an on field injury during an Atlanta Blaze home game on July 1, midfielder Matt Mackrides (Malvern Prep, Penn State) will be sitting out the remainder of the 2016 Major League Lacrosse season due to a spinal injury.
Mackrides will not require surgery for the injury, but will take the necessary precautions to ensure that he does not sustain any further damage this year.
Mackrides confirmed to Phillylacrosse.com Saturday he had suffered a fractured spine and will be unable to participate in any physical activity for up to 3 months. He said doctors feel he should make a full recovery. Originally it was thought he had suffered a concussion, but those tests came out negative.
Blaze owner Peter Trematerra remarked, “Certainly the Blaze was hoping to have Matt suit up for future Blaze games this season but with that being said, I will always prioritize the health of our players over all else. In the coming weeks and months Matt will follow the recovery instructions of doctors and training staff and I am confident that he will return to the field next season better than ever.”
Mackrides was chosen to play in Saturday’s night’s MLL All-Star Game in Atlanta, but was replaced on the roster.
Mackrides’ injury occurred during the 4th quarter between the Atlanta Blaze and visiting Charlotte Hounds the week before. Mackrides took a hit after colliding with Hounds defenseman Michael Ehrhardt and fell to the ground. The Blaze medical staff and EMT on site responded to the situation and Mackrides was carted off the field on a stretcher and transported to the local hospital after being unconscious for over 2 minutes.
Mackrides is also Co-Owner and Director of Blue Ox Lacrosse and Manager of Main Line Sports Center.