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News and Notes Week Five

March 18, 2016
Here's a look back at last week's game and a look ahead at this week's four matchups. Plus some numbers and notes to tide you over til Friday

Hamilton Nationals 16, Ohio Machine 9

The Hamilton Nationals went on to become the second team of the season to go 4-0, keeping the Ohio Machine winless along the way. The Nationals defeated Ohio 16-9 last Thursday. Kevin Crowley continued his unstoppable scoring, with a career high five goals for the Nationals, but not without the help of Joe Walters. Walters put up four goals, and three assists, all to Crowley.  Ohio played a close game, trailing 7-6 heading into the second half, thanks to a pair of goals and three assists from Steele Stanwick. An eight goal run by Hamilton in the third and fourth quarters very quickly shut down the Machine’s scoring efforts, ending the game 16-9.


Two teams remain undefeated heading into week five, the Hamilton Nationals and Denver Outlaws, but both teams are threatened by their matchups this coming weekend. Resting at 4-0 on the season Hamilton and Denver both stand a chance of improving to a very impressive 5-0 record.


In week five, there will be three nationally televised games on CBS Sports Network, one each evening of May 31, and June 1 and 2.


The New York Lizards’ Drew Adams, currently has a game high 20 saves in two different games this season, coming in the low scoring 9-3 loss to the Chesapeake Bayhawks and a week four win over the Ohio Machine.

67 and 98

The Denver Outlaws lead the league with 67 goals scored this season, as expected they also lead the league in points at 98.


Four players, Ben Rubeor, Kevin Crowley, Paul Rabil, and Terry Kimener all have a current four game goal streak, meaning each player has scored at least once in each of their games this season. 


Both Ryan Young of the Charlotte Hounds, and Ben Rubeor of the Chesapeake Bayhawks currently have a season-high of 7 goals in a single game.


Kevin Crowley overtook Paul Rabil as 2013 league-leader in points this past week, after putting up five goals in the Hamilton Nationals-Ohio Machine matchup. Crowley now leads the league with 20 points on the season.


While Kevin Crowley may have stripped Paul Rabil of his title as league leading scorer, Rabil still holds the season record for most shots, at 46. Crowley rests at a distant second with 34 shots.


The Chesapeake Bayhawks have won every game in which they end the first quarter with the lead, making them 3-0 when given the early lead.


Denver has four of the top ten league leaders in scoring.  This includes Chris Bocklet, third with 17 points, Brendan Mundorf (fifth with 14 pts), Jeremy Boltus (tied in eighth with 12 pts), and Drew Snider (tied in eighth with 12 pts).

Charlotte Hounds at New York Lizards

Friday, May 31

7:30 PM EST

TV: CBS Sports Network


The Charlotte Hounds and New York Lizards are both looking to improve their records. The Hounds hope to see another win this week, as they rest at 1-3 on the season while New York has a win percentage of .500 with a 2-2 record. Charlotte expects to put up better numbers with the likely return of Matt Danowski and Ryan Young who were out in week four. The Lizards could also activate NCAA star Rob Pannell as they head into week five, making a huge difference offensively. Both New York and Charlotte are not where they wanted to be at this point in the season, however both teams are expected to come into this week stronger than they have been all season. This is anyone’s game.

Last Season’s Record:

Long Island 10, Charlotte 9

Long Island 13, Charlotte 9


Boston Cannons at Denver Outlaws

Friday, May 31

9:30 PM EST

TV: YouTube

Radio: MLL Radio


The Boston Cannons are fresh off their first win of the season but are still treading in dangerous waters, as they head to Denver to take on the undefeated Outlaws. But do not write off Boston just yet. In their first win they took on the 3-0 Chesapeake Bayhawks and pulled out a thrilling overtime win. Boston will be looking to continue their winning ways and leave Denver with their first loss. In order to do this though Boston will have to put a stop to an overpowering offense, as Denver can rely on several goal-scorers including Chris Bocklet and Brendan Mundorf. Denver should not take this matchup lightly either, Boston will still be riding the momentum of their overtime win, and the Outlaws will need to take on All-Time points leader Ryan Boyle and perennial All-Star Paul Rabil, who is second in the league with 18 points on the season.

Last Season’s Record:

Boston 17, Denver 10

Denver 17, Boston 13


Hamilton Nationals at Chesapeake Bayhawks

Saturday, May 1

7:30 PM EST

TV: CBS Sports Network


The outcome of this game is anyone’s guess, as the Hamilton Nationals enter undefeated, and the Chesapeake Bayhawks are looking to return to their winning ways after their first and only loss of the season. Both teams bring great talent to the game and will look to stop some of the league’s top scorers. Denver’s Chris Bocklet is nothing to be messed with, but Chesapeake’s Ben Rubeor has posed a threat all season.   Although the Baykawks have been served one loss, they still put together a well-played game and lost by a goal in overtime against Boston on May 18, something Hamilton will need to keep in mind. As two of this season’s offensive powerhouses meet up, this is a can’t-miss-matchup.

Last Season’s Record:

Chesapeake 20, Hamilton 10

Chesapeake 16, Hamilton 15


Ohio Machine at Rochester Rattlers

Sunday, June 2

5:00 PM EST

TV: CBS Sports Network


The 1-3 Rochester Rattlers and winless Ohio Machine are both looking to grab a win this week in an attempt to salvage their seasons and maintain any playoff hopes. This may be the Machine’s first real chance at a win this season, but they need to bring their absolute best offense and defense, and tune up their goal tending. Ohio’s Steele Stanwick and Rochester’s Ned Crotty are still forces to be reckoned with and against weaker defenses they have the chance to put up their best numbers of the season.  Rochester will also have to watch out for Rookie Marcus Holman who put up a four-point performance in his debut against Hamilton last week. While these teams may have struggled so far, this is one of the most evenly matched games of the weekend, making for a close and entertaining matchup.

Last Season’s Record:

Ohio 16, Rochester 10

Rochester 14, Ohio 13

Charlotte Adds Four Players:In the last week the Charlotte Hounds have activated John Haus (University of Maryland), longpole middie Mason Poli (Bryant University), and Michael McCormack (Yale), as well as midfielder Matt White (Virginia). They will be joining week four’s Cascade Rookie of the Week, Mike Sawyer.

Waiting on Rookies to Activate: With the NCAA season over and Duke taking the win over Syracuse, the MLL awaits the signing and activation of many college rookies, including Jake Tripucka to the Charlotte Hounds and Rob Pannell and JoJo Marasco to the New York Lizards.  Any of these players could potentially see playing time this weekend provided they sign their contracts and they are added to the active roster.

Return of Danowski:  Fresh off the NCAA Division I championship win, Matt Danowski is expected to return to the Charlotte Hounds this weekend. Danowski is Duke’s assistant coach, next to his father, John, the team’s head coach.  His return to Charlotte could be all they need to return to their winning ways against the New York Lizards.