Here's a look at what you missed last week, what to look forward to this week and some random notes to better prepare you for the weekend.
Denver 14, Boston 10
In week 3 the Denver Outlaws continued their winning streak with a 14-10 win over the Boston Cannons who dropped to 0-3 on the season. Denver took the early lead, 3-0 with Boston responding to make it 4-2. Boston came back to tie it up in the second half and kept Denver at bay. The Cannons increased the offensive pressure throughout the game but it was not enough. Denver’s Zach Greer produced a hat trick, matched by another from the Cannon’s Matt Poskay. The real offensive honors of the night belong to Denver’s Drew Snider, named Player of the Game, scoring five goals, including one just 13 seconds into the game. Brendan Mundorf capitalized on the lead with the final goal of the game to keep the Outlaws’ win streak alive and leave Boston winless for the third consecutive week.
Chesapeake 14, Machine 5
The Chesapeake Bayhawks ran away with the lead early in the game, and were able to close out a 14-5 win over the Ohio Machine in a rain shortened game, ending after the third quarter. Ben Rubeor shined again, with 6 goals and an assist this week, leading Chesapeake to their third win of the season. With plenty of scoring opportunities both Matt Mackrides and Drew Westervelt ended the night with hat tricks. While the Bayhawks dominated, Steele Stanwick still put together a solid performance for Ohio, dishing out three assists. Chesapeake continues their win streak, going 3-0 and leaves Ohio without a win yet this season.
Hamilton 12, New York 11
The Hamilton Nationals stole one away from the New York Lizards in a 12-11 victory on Saturday night. With four seconds left on the clock Hamilton’s Kevin Crowley scored the game winning goal. The Nationals’ Brett Queener suffered a knee injury early, putting Evan Kirk into the game, who made 10 saves providing a defensive effort that won the game for Hamilton. The Lizards still put together an excellent performance regardless of the loss with the return of Mark Matthews, David Earl, and Matt Gibson, including a hat trick from Matthews. New York managed to close the third quarter with a 10-8 lead but the Nationals battled back to a 12-11 win thanks to Crowley’s 2-point goal. This is New York’s second loss of the season while Hamilton improves to 2-0 for the first time in team history.
Rochester 13, Charlotte 10
The Rochester Rattlers took one from the Charlotte Hounds on Saturday night with a final of 13-10. While the Rattlers walked away with the win, the Hounds’ Ryan Young was named Player of the Game, making 7 goals for a personal and franchise record. This back-and-forth game saw five ties in just the first half alone. Tied heading into the second half the Rattlers turned up their offense. Rochester’s Jordan MacIntosh came up big in the third quarter with three goals, giving him a total of four in the game. There was also some brother action for Rochester, with a goal from Mike Leveille in the first, and an assist to his brother, Kevin Leveille, in the third. In this close game Rochester came out on top, after losing to Charlotte last week, putting both teams at 1-2 on the season.
Last week there were four scoring leaders in the league, and heading into week four we’re left with just one, Chesapeake Bayhawks’ Ben Rubeor. Rubeor has been unstoppable and sits atop the league with 14 points on the season.
During Saturday’s Boston vs. Denver game, Boston’s own Ryan Boyle became the all-time league leader in points, with a career 400 points. Prior to the game Casey Powell of the Chesapeake Bayhawks held the record at 399 points. Powell is likely to defend his title and play this week as the two career-point-leaders battle it out.
Kyle Dixon played his 80
th game in a Chesapeake Bayhawks uniform this past weekend, breaking a franchise record, previously held by Tom Marachek.
Chesapeake Bayhawks’ Kip Turner boasts the title of goalie with the lowest goals against average. After playing two games he’s allowed an average of just 4 goals.
Both the Denver Outlaws and Chesapeake Bayhawks won with 14 points in their week 3 matchups. Denver won with a final of 14-10 and Chesapeake’s final score was a 14-5 defeat of the Ohio Machine.
Drew Snider, Kevin Crowley, Ned Crotty, and Kyle Dixon all have 10 points on the season. This makes them all tied for fourth in the league for scoring leaders.
Currently Peet Poillon, Matt Striebel, and Ben Hunt all have two 2-point goals on the season. Kyle Dixon leads the league with three 2-point goals.
The Chesapeake Bayhawks and Denver Outlaws both remain undefeated at 3-0 on the season, while the Boston Cannons are yet to win one and head into week four at 0-3.
Drew Adams of the New York Lizards is the only goalie to have played in 3 whole games, totaling 180 minutes of playtime, the most in the league. This week’s Defensive Player of the Week, Jesse Schwartzmann is just 11 seconds behind with 179:49 played over 3 games.
Charlotte at Hamilton
Friday, May 17
11:00 am EST
The Charlotte Hounds head to Hamilton this weekend to take on the undefeated Hamilton Nationals. The Nationals’ win over New York last Saturday was not easy and the Hounds played closely behind the Rochester Rattlers throughout the entire game this past week. Both teams have seen pretty even matchups as we close out week three and look to week four. There’s no doubt that the Nationals will be weary of Ryan Young, making sure they keep him protected in the game after he scored 7 goals for the Hounds in last week’s matchup. This could be anyone’s game.
Last season’s record:
Hamilton 18, Charlotte 17
Charlotte 11, Hamilton 9
Chesapeake at Boston
Saturday, May 18
7:00 p.m. EST
TV: Altitude, TWC SportsChannels (Kansas City Metro Sports, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin), CSNNE, CSNMA, Cox Sports.
Check local listings
Web: ESPN3, WatchESPN
The Chesapeake Bayhawks are without a doubt on a tear this season, putting up a 14-5 win in week three, everything seems to be going right. At the same time Boston is struggling at 0-3 and will have to make some big changes to avoid going 0-4. While this matchup seems lopsided there is still potential for a great upset with a lot of veteran talent on Boston’s roster. With players like Paul Rabil and Mike Stone, the Cannons are expected to gain momentum, but they must do so soon. Chesapeake’s Ben Rubeor continues to put up points and will need to be stopped if the Cannons want a shot at a “W” this weekend. This week’s game could also include the battle for the MLL all-time points leader, as Boston’s Ryan Boyle (400 career points) stripped Chesapeake’s Casey Powell of the title in week three. Now Powell, just one point behind at 399, will be playing to recapture his title.
Last season’s record:
Chesapeake 14, Boston 13
Boston 16, Chesapeake 13
New York at Ohio
Saturday, May 18
8:00 p.m. EST
Where to watch:
The New York Lizards and Ohio Machine are both looking to bounce back after week three losses. Ohio’s offense will be taking the week to recharge and put up more than last week’s five goals, while New York will continue what they have been doing, but they need to make sure they can close out the game, something they could not do against Hamilton, giving up a two point goal with just seconds left. Both New York and Ohio have not seen the emergence of an offensive star but New York’s Mark Matthews showed some real life with a hat trick in his 2013 debut, and is expected to continue making an impact for the Lizards.
Last season’s record:
New York 20, Ohio 10
New York 16, Ohio 12
Rochester at Denver
Saturday, May 18
9:00 p.m. EST
TV: CBS Sports Network
In the first nationally broadcast MLL game, both The Rochester Rattlers and Denver Oulaws are fresh off wins, and Denver will be trying to keep their undefeated season alive as they head to week four. Denver’s Chris Bocklet and Drew Snider are both players to watch for in this matchup, and Rochester will need an answer for both men in order to minimize the Outlaws’ scoring efforts. This will not be an easy game for Denver either, with this week’s Warrior Offensive Player of the Week, Rochester’s Ned Crotty, on the field. Rochester could serve Denver their first loss of the season if their offense can click and they can stop the likes of Bocklet and Snider right from the beginning of the game.
Last season’s record:
Denver 16, Rochester 12
Denver 17, Rochester 12
Last week Brian Langtry retired after spending twelve seasons in the MLL. He most recently played for the New York Lizards, playing as recently as week 1 of the 2013 season. Over his career, Brian Langtry recorded 167 goals and 111 assists in 113 games played.
Brett Queener left Saturday’s game early with a knee injury, leaving Evan Kirk to take over for the Hamilton Nationals. Queener only allowed 8 goals in his first game of the season, during week 2. Watch this Saturday to see if Queener returns to play his third game of the season.
The New York Lizards’ Matt Gibson is back, and already with two goals on the season in his 2013 debut. Gibson was the 2012 CascadeRookie of the Year and expected to get plenty of playing time in the coming weeks. The Ohio Machine should be prepared as they look to the weekend when Gibson comes to town with the Lizards.
The Boston Cannons who are still looking for their first win of the season are also looking to give the Chesapeake Bayhawks their first loss of the season. These two teams head into week four with entirely opposite records, Chesapeake at 3-0 and Boston at 0-3. There is still potential for a major upset.