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MLL News and Notes: Week 8

March 18, 2016
Complete Release in PDF Format

Weekly Award Winners

Offensive Player of the Week
Brendan Mundorf, Denver Outlaws

Honored as the MLL Offensive Player of the Week for the sixth time in his career, Mundorf scored a season-high six goals and added two assists as the Outlaws posted a 16-12 victory over the Rochester Rattlers on Saturday night. He earned his 13th career Bud Light MLL Player of the Game after scoring three goals in each half. The former UMBC attackman is second in the MLL this season with 30 points, including 17 goals and 13 assists.

Defensive Player of the Week
Jordan Burke, Boston Cannons

While leading the Cannons to a 16-8 victory over the Charlotte Hounds on Saturday night, Burke made 15 saves and allowed just four goals in 53 minutes. He made eight of his saves in the third quarter as Boston outscored the Hounds by a 4-1 margin. Burke, who earned the fifth Defensive Player of the Week award of his career, leads the MLL with a 9.36 goals against average along with a league-high 91 saves and .583 save percentage.

Cascade Rookie of the Week
Tommy Palasek, Long Island Lizards

Palasek earned the Cascade MLL Rookie of the Week award after scoring a season-high four goals in Long Island’s 16-12 victory over the Ohio Machine on Saturday night at Selby Stadium. Palasek, who earned his first career Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honor, scored three of his goals in the second half as Long Island overcame an 8-7 half-time lead. The 28th overall pick in the 2012 Collegiate Draft, Palasek has seven goals and one assist in three games this season.

Last Week’s Game Recaps

@ CHESAPEAKE 16, HAMILTON 15: Led by attackman Danny Glading, the Chesapeake Bayhawks held off a fourth quarter rally by the Hamilton Nationals to earn their fourth straight win, a tense 16-15 victory in front of 9.832 fans at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday night. The loss snapped the Nationals’ two-game winning streak while keeping the Bayhawks in sole possession of first place in the MLL standings. For the second straight week, the Bayhawks used a strong first quarter to take an early lead, but Hamilton nearly pulled the upset by scoring eight points in the fourth quarter. Glading tallied three goals, including a two-point marker, with an assist for Chesapeake while midfielder Stephen Keogh had four goals in a losing effort for Hamilton.      

BOSTON 16, @ CHARLOTTE 8: Goalkeeper Jordan Burke made 15 saves, including eight stops in the third quarter, and allowed just four goals in nearly 53 minutes as the Boston Cannons remained in a tie for second place in the MLL standings with a 16-8 victory over the Charlotte Hounds in front of 7,034 fans at American Legion Memorial Stadium. The Cannons broke a 3-3 tie in the first half by scoring six unanswered goals to take a 9-3 advantage they did not relinquish. Attackman Matt Poskay scored five goals to lead the Cannons offense while attackman Ryan Boyle had two goals with three assists. Attackman Jeremy Boltus paced the Hounds with two goals.      

@ DENVER 16, ROCHESTER 12: Led by a season-high six goals and two assists from attackman Brendan Mundorf, the Denver Outlaws remained in a tie for second place in the MLL standings by posting their second straight win, a 16-12 victory over the Rochester Rattlers in front of a season-high 8,044 fans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mundorf, who earned the 13th Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honor of his career, scored three of his goals in the first half as the Outlaws built a 9-6 lead en route to the victory. While Mundorf led the Outlaws with his season-high eight-point effort, midfielder Jordan McBride added three goals with an assist while midfielder Peet Poillon contributed a goals with three assists. Midfielder Brad Ross scored three goals, including a two-point marker, in his first game with the Rattlers after being traded from Boston.    

LONG ISLAND 16, @ OHIO 12: Attackman Tommy Palasek scored a season-high four goals, including three goals in the second half, as the Long Island Lizards used a strong second half to earn their fourth consecutive win, a 16-12 victory over the Ohio Machine at Selby Stadium. After opening the season with back-to-back losses, the Lizards are in fourth place in the MLL standings with a 4-2 record while Ohio dropped its third game in a row. Palasek, who earned the first Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honor of his career, posted his first career “hat trick” in the victory with four goals while midfielder Ryan Young had two goals with two assists. Making his MLL debut, Ohio attackman Steele Stanwick had two goals with an assist.

MLL News and Notes

SWEET 16: All four winning MLL teams scored 16 points last week in their victories. Of those four teams, three of them had at least one two-point goal en route to the victory; Denver was the only team that won last week without scoring a two-point goal.   

CREAM OF THE CROP: After recording 15 saves in the Cannons’ 16-8 victory over Charlotte last week, goalkeeper Jordan Burke has taken over the top spot in all three of the major statistical categories for goalkeepers. Burke, who has played all but six minutes this season for the Cannons, has a 9.36 goals against average with 91 saves and a .583 save percentage.     

CONNECT FOUR: Both the Chesapeake Bayhawks and the Long Island Lizards enter this week’s games with a four-game winning streak. The Lizards opened the season with back-to-back losses before their current win streak while the Bayhawks have overcome their lone loss of the season against Rochester to win four games in a row.   

SUMMIT MEETING: Saturday’s game between the Cannons and the Bayhawks will feature two of the top scoring offenses in the MLL. While the Cannons lead the MLL with 109 goals and rank third with 112 total points, the Bayhawks have a league-high 15 two-point goals and are tied with Denver for the league lead with 113 points. In addition, three of the top five point scorers this season will be featured in Saturday’s game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

CENTURY MARK: Entering Saturday’s game against the Rochester Rattlers at Sahlen’s Stadium, Hamilton Nationals midfielder Joe Walters needs just five points to become the first player in team history to record 100 points as a National. Walters, who recorded his 200th career point last week, is the team’s all-time leader with 48 goals and 44 assists.