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News and Notes Week 11

March 18, 2016
After a successful All-Star Game, presented by Moe's Southwest Grill, MLL returns to regular season play with four great matchups starting on Thursday with the Cannons visiting the Bayhawks.

2013 MLL All-Star Game, presented by Moe's Southwest Grill. 

Supernova 24, Eclipse 15

Supernova took a 24-15 win over Eclipse in the 2013 MLL All-Star Game presented by Moe’s Southwest Grill. Game MVP, Hamilton’s Kevin Crowley, got the scoring started for Supernova, finding the cage behind New York goalie Drew Adams. He would finish the game with five points on three goals and two assists. Supernova kept the scoring going in the first quarter, posting six points, including a two-pointer from Ohio’s Kyle Hartzell, two goals from Chesapeake’s Ben Rubeor, and only allowing three points to the Eclipse, two of which belonged to Lizards Rookie Rob Pannell. The game tightened up as Eclipse went on a three-goal run in the third, immediately followed by a four goal run from Supernova. Nationals’ midfielder Joe Walters would slash two in the third for Supernova, while Pannell completed a hat trick. The third quarter finally gave Eclipse a chance against Bayhawks’ goalie Kip Turner, opening up the second half with six straight goals, beginning with back-to-backs from Lizard Tommy Palasek, followed by a rare goal from Hamilton net minder Brett Queener. Supernova would tally just two in the third. Outlaws goalkeeper Jesse Schwartzman only allowed Eclipse a goal at each end of the fourth quarter, with nine straight goals from Supernova in-between. Rubeor and Crowley each completed a hat trick and Boston Cannons’ Kevin Buchanan would score three in the quarter for his own hat trick and to finish off an exciting All-Star Game. 


Charlotte Hounds’ Mike Sawyer, broke the world record for the fastest shot, at 114 miles per hour, eclipsing the previous 111 mph record. 


Matt Striebel made an all-time high, ninth appearance in an MLL All-Star Game, playing in every All-Star Game since coming into the League 


Five players completed hat tricks during the game, including Kevin Crowley, Kevin Buchanan, Joe Walters, Rob Pannell, and Ben Rubeor.


The goalies were all over the field in the All-Star Game, including one faceoff between Kip Turner and Brett Queener, as well as one goal from Queener.


A spectacular behind-the-back toss from Jordan Macintosh to Joe Walters in the All-Star Game, made the Sports Center Top Ten Plays of the week.


Kevin Crowley, All-Star MVP, scored three goals, and handed off two assists in the game, earning five points. 

Boston Cannons at Chesapeake Bayhawks

7:30pm ET Thursday, July 18

TV: CBS Sports Network

The Boston Cannons’ will take a trip to Maryland to play the Chesapeake Bayhawks on Thursday night, in a game that is essential for both teams, as they make a bid for the playoffs. The third-place Bayhawks will enlist the help of Drew Westervelt and Ben Rubeor to end the Cannons’ four game winning streak. Boston’s Mike Stone and Kevin Buchanan are also expected to pose a threat as they accumulatively have 43 points on the season. Both teams are built similarly with a midfield that can produce points and team players like Kyle Dixon and Ryan Boyle that also contribute with 16 and 13 assists. The Cannons will be looking to earn a winning record for the first time this season, while Chesapeake looks to improve to 7-4 on the season.

Last time they met:

Boston 15, Chesapeake 14 (May 18)

Denver Outlaws at Rochester Rattlers

1:00pm ET Saturday, July 20

TV: CBS Sports Network

The Denver Outlaws will make their way to Rochester to take on the Rattlers on Saturday afternoon, as they try to go 11-0 on the season, over a struggling Rochester team. At this point in the season, Denver just does not seem to have any flaws, and it’s up to Rochester to try and breakdown the League’s best midfield and attack, who already have 172 goals on the season.  The Rattlers will need to strengthen their defense, and step up their scoring efforts, as their leading scorer, Ned Crotty (24 pts) still has less points on the season than any of Denver’s top four scorers, Chris Bocklet (42 pts), Brendan Mundorf (36 pts), Drew Snider (35 pts), and Jeremy Sieverts (32 pts). Denver will also have to find a way past John Galloway, a very solid goalie, with an 11.92 GAA.

Last time they met:

Denver 20, Rochester 7 (May 18)

New York Lizards at Charlotte Hounds

4:00pm ET Saturday, July 20


The Charlotte Hounds will host the New York Lizards, in the MLL game of the week, on ESPN2. The Lizards (3-7) are a game back of the Hounds (4-6), but both are making a bid for a winning record before the end of the season.  Each team has shown flashes of brilliance and have key players that are making a difference for them, including Charlotte’s captain, Matt Danowski, and New York’s Rob Pannell; both are the leading scorers for their respective team. Charlotte’s faceoff man, Tim Fallon, leads the league in groundballs, but New York’s Greg Gurenlian, has the best faceoff percentage in the League, with a .613 win percentage. Both teams have something to prove, and will be looking to do so, with only four games left to turn around their seasons.

Last time they met:

Charlotte 14, New York 12 (May 13)

Ohio Machine at Hamilton Nationals

7:30pm ET Saturday, July 20

Web: YouTube

The Hamilton Nationals are scheduled to host the Ohio Machine, in a matchup that could surprise us. While the Ohio Machine trail in the standings, they played a close game against Chesapeake in week ten, and could have the advantage in this week’s game, having regrouped under the direction of new coaching and resting up during the All-Star break. However, Kevin Crowley and Joe Walters won’t let Ohio slip by with their strong offensive skills, with 74 points and 29 assists between the two of them. Hamilton’s Brett Queener also won’t let much through, as he boasts a League-best .615 save percentage. Ohio’s Steele Stanwick and Logan Schuss are going to have to find new ways to break through and put points on the board before letting the game run away from them. The Machine will be playing for their second win of the season, while Hamilton tries to hold on to second place.

Last time they met:

Hamilton 16, Ohio 9 (May 23)

Fastest shot new world record: In Saturday’s skills competition, Charlotte’s rookie, Mike Sawyer, in one swift shot broke the world record, slashing a 113 mph shot. Then in his second attempt, improved on his own new record, at 114 mph. Also competing in the event were Mike Manley (110 mph), Kyle Hartzell (109 mph), Jeremy Sieverts (98 mph).

Longest Distance: Denver's Jesse Schwartzman won the title of longest shot, in the first ever competition, beating out Ryan Flanagan, Brodie Merrill, and Kip Turner.

Freestyle Competition: The freestyle competition proves to be an entertaining affair each season, and 2013 was no different. Boston’s Kevin Buchanan won with his skeet-shooting goal, as teammate Mike Stone tossed up hats for Buchanan to shoot the ball into. Brett Queener included a procession with bongos, while Mike Stone incorporated golf and tennis into his freestyle. Pannell had some involvement from teammate Greg Gurenlian, and a young fan that sat on his shoulders in the stands.

Taking the Lead: Going back to 2009, the last four MLL All-Star games had been decided by one point, Supernova’s nine-point lead was certainly a change in pace and unexpected with the best lacrosse players in the world going head-to-head.

Hat Tricks for Everyone: During the 2013 All-Star Game, there were five players that scored at least three goals to complete a hat trick including, Kevin Crowley, Kevin Buchanan, Joe Walters, and Ben Rubeor. Rob Pannell was the single player from Eclipse that managed to put up three goals.