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MLL News and Notes: Week 11

March 18, 2016
MLL Statistics: Standings | Scoring Leaders | Goalkeeper Leaders | Schedule
Team-by-Team Statistics: Boston | Charlotte | Chesapeake | Denver | Hamilton | Long Island | Ohio | Rochester

MLL Weekly Award Winners

Offensive Player of the Week
Garrett Billings, Hamilton Nationals

Billings, who was named as the MLL Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career, helped the Nationals earn a split of a weekend home-and-home series with the Ohio Machine. After scoring three goals in the Nationals’ 13-12 loss on Friday, he led Hamilton to a 14-12 victory over the Machine by scoring three goals with two assists. After scoring just 12 goals in his first two seasons, Billings has tallied 13 goals in eight games this year and ranks third on the Nationals with 22 points.

Defensive Player of the Week
CJ Costabile, Long Island Lizards

Costabile anchored a Long Island defense that limited Boston to just 11 goals on Saturday night as the Lizards earned a season sweep over the Cannons with a 14-11 win at Shuart Stadium. In addition, Costabile limited midfielder Paul Rabil, the MLL’s leading scorer, to just two assists and snapping a streak of 27 straight games with a goal. Costabile, who earned his first career MLL Defensive Player of the Week award, has recorded 16 ground balls in six games this season.

Cascade Rookie of the Week
Mark Matthews, Denver Outlaws

Honored as the Cascade MLL Rookie of the Week for the second time this season, Matthews scored four goals and added two assists as the Outlaws earned a convincing 21-7 victory over the Charlotte Hounds in their home finale at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Saturday night. Matthews scored three of his four goals in the first quarter as Denver sprinted out to a 10-1 lead. Matthews, who has played in five games this year for the Outlaws, ranks seventh on the team with 14 points.

Last Week’s Game Recaps

OHIO 13, @ HAMILTON 12: Goalkeeper Brian Phipps made 18 saves, including a key stop in the closing seconds of regulation, as the Ohio Machine held off a late rally by the Hamilton Nationals to earn a 13-12 victory at Ron Joyce Stadium. Led by Phipps, the Machine snapped a five-game losing streak en route to their second win of the season. Meanwhile, the Nationals had their losing streak extended to four straight games. While Phipps led the Machine to the victory en route to Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors, three different players each scored two goals for the Machine. The Nationals had four different players score two goals with an assist while midfielder Matt Dolente won 19 of 27 face-offs with seven ground balls.

@ DENVER 21, CHARLOTTE 7: Attackman Mark Matthews scored three of his game-high four goals in the first quarter as the Denver Outlaws exploded for a season-high 21 goals en route to a convincing 21-7 victory over the Charlotte Hounds in the Outlaws’ home finale at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Matthews, who matched his season high with a six-point effort, led a Denver offense that erupted for 10 goals in the first quarter while building a 10-1 lead. Matthews earned Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors with his four goals and two assists while midfielder Anthony Kelly contributed a goal with an assist while winning 23 of 30 face-offs with nine ground balls. Attackman Jeremy Boltus led Charlotte with a two-point goal and two assists in a losing effort.     

CHESAPEAKE 13, @ ROCHESTER 7: Attackman Danny Glading scored two goals and added two assists as the MLL-leading Chesapeake Bayhawks remained in first place with a 13-7 victory over the Rochester Rattlers at Sahlen’s Stadium. The win allowed the Bayhawks to improve to 8-2 this season while avenging a loss to the Rattlers from earlier this season. Glading, who was named as the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game, led Chesapeake with his four-point performance while midfielder Michael Kimmel posted a goal with two assists. Attackman Kevin Leveille led Rochester with a game-high three goals while attackman Ned Crotty added a goal with an assist.

HAMILTON 14, @ OHIO 12: Attackman Garrett Billings scored three goals and contributed two assists as the Hamilton Nationals snapped a four-game losing streak by earning a 14-12 victory over the Ohio Machine at Selby Stadium, salvaging a split of the weekend home-and-home series. While the Nationals snapped their losing streak, the Machine lost for the sixth time in the last seven games. Billings, who was named as the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game, led the Nationals with his five-point performance while midfielder Cody Jamieson had three goals with an assist. Midfielder Matt Casey led Ohio in a losing effort with two goals, including a two-point marker.

@ LONG ISLAND 14, BOSTON 11: Led by midfielder Greg Gurenlian, the Long Island Lizards overcame a two-goal half-time deficit to snap a two-game losing streak with a 14-11 victory over the defending MLL champion Boston Cannons at James M. Shuart Stadium. Gurenlian, who was named as the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game, won 19 of 28 face-offs while recording 10 ground balls. He also scored a goal in the victory. While Gurenlian led the Lizards to the victory, midfielder Stephen Peyser scored three goals with an assist while attackman Tommy Palasek contributed two goals with an assist. Attackman Matt Poskay led Boston in a losing effort by scoring five goals, upping his MLL-leading total to 28 goals this season.

MLL News and Notes

WIN AND YOU’RE IN: Entering Week 11 of the MLL season, the Chesapeake Bayhawks are the only team that can clinch a spot in the 2012 MLL Championship Weekend presented by Warrior. All it takes for the Bayhawks is a victory over the Ohio Machine on Saturday night.

SUMMIT MEETING: Thursday night’s meeting between the Boston Cannons and the Denver Outlaws will feature the top two goal-scoring offenses in the MLL. Denver leads the MLL with 151 goals while Boston has scored 145 goals.     

30 SOMETHING: Despite being held without a goal last week, Boston Cannons midfielder Paul Rabil recorded two assists to increase his MLL-leading total to 31 assists in 10 games. Rabil, who also leads the MLL with 53 points, is now tied for ninth place with Ryan Powell (2001) and Ryan Boyle (2007) on the MLL’s single-season assists list.

DEUCES: Chesapeake Bayhawks midfielder Kyle Dixon tied the MLL single-season record with his 11th two-point goal of the season in last week’s win at Rochester. It is the fourth time in MLL history that a player has tallied 11 two-point goals in a season; Dixon has now done it twice.

ALONE AT THE TOP: Rochester Rattlers midfielder Matt Striebel is expected to set the MLL record on Saturday night when he plays in his 133rd career regular season game. Striebel, who is in his 12th MLL season, will pass the record of 132 games that is held by former Long Island Lizards attackman Tim Goettelmann.

MOVING UP THE LADDER: With three goals in the Rochester Rattlers’ 13-7 loss against Chesapeake last week, attackman Kevin Leveille moved into third place on the MLL’s all-time list with 240 career goals. Leveille is in his ninth MLL season and needs 29 goals to become the MLL’s all-time leader.

MLL Career Goals Leaders
1. Tim Goettelmann - 268
2. Jesse Hubbard - 247
3. Kevin Leveille - 240
4. Mark Millon - 239
5. Scott Urick - 238
6. John Grant, Jr. - 226
7. Casey Powell - 203
8. Matt Poskay - 198

THE PURSUIT OF 200: Boston Cannons attackman Matt Poskay enters Thursday’s game against the Denver Outlaws needing just two goals to become the eighth player in MLL history to record 200 career goals. Poskay, who leads the MLL with 28 goals this season, has scored 103 goals over the last three years.

MLL will host its 2012 Championship Weekend presented by Warrior on August 25 and 26 at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Mass. It will be a battle of the top four teams and will include two semi-final games on Saturday followed by the championship game on Sunday. Tickets are available now via To learn more about the 2012 MLL Championship Weekend presented by Warrior  click here. The games will be televised live on ESPN2.