The Washington Post

Longtime star Rabil announces retirement

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Lacrosse legend Paul Rabil, a Montgomery County native who starred at Dematha and led Johns Hopkins to a pair of national titles, retired Tuesday after a decorated 14-year profession­al career in which he became outdoor lacrosse’s alltime leading scorer.

The 35-year-old midfielder will continue his executive role with the Premier Lacrosse League, which he co-founded with his brother, Mike, three years ago.

“It comes with unending gratitude and the heaviest of hearts that I will be retiring from profession­al lacrosse,” Rabil said at Audi Field.

Rabil, The Washington Post’s 2004 All-met Player of the Year, was the No. 1 pick of Major League Lacrosse’s Boston Cannons in 2008 after leading Johns Hopkins to its second title in three years in 2007. That same year, he was the No. 2 pick of the National Lacrosse League’s San Jose Stealth. Thanks to his massive social media following and endorsemen­t deals with companies such as Red Bull, New Balance and Under Armour, Rabil would become the rare lacrosse player who made a full living playing the sport.

— Scott Allen

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