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News and Notes Week Two

March 17, 2016


Chesapeake 9, New York 3

The Chesapeake Bayhawks topped the New York Lizards with a final of 9-3 Saturday night. Spectacular defense from Mike Evans, Nicky Polanco and Brian Spallina and 17 saves by Kip Turner held the Lizards to the fewest goals in Major League Lacrosse history.Ben Rubeorcarried Chesapeake with 7 goals while midfielder Matt Abbott dished off two assists. Even with a lack of offense, the Lizards’ Greg Gurenlian won 10 of 16 face-off’s against the Adam Rand. New York is now 1-1 on the season while Chesapeake remains undefeated at 2-0.

Denver 13, Ohio 8

The Denver Outlaws took one from the Ohio Machine on Saturday night with a 13- 8 win. Chazz Woodson’s early goal was responded to immediately with  five straight goals in the first half.  Outlaws goaltender and Player of the Game, Jesse Schwartzmanheld the Machine to just one goal in the first and third quarters. It was a night of firsts with newcomer, Jeff Ledwick scoring his first MLL goal, along with Steele Stanwick and Jim Connolly’s first goals of the season. Denver improved to 2-0, handing Ohio a loss in their first game of the season.

Hamilton 15, Boston 8

The Hamilton Nationals looked to Kevin Crowley in the 15-8 victory over the Boston Cannons this past Saturday.  A career-high, seven points from Crowley, combined with hat tricks from Kevin Ross and Martin Cahill contributed to the strong offensive efforts of the Nationals.  Heading into the second half Hamilton already held a comfortable lead at 10-3.  Brett Queener finished the game with 18 saves leaving with their first win of the season and dropping Boston to 0-2.

Charlotte 15, Rochester 8

The Charlotte Hounds walked away with their first win of the season, with a final of 15-8, led by Peet Poillon’s 5 goals.  Poillon, named Player of the Game, put up back-to-back goals in the third and recorded two 2-point goals for a seven-point total. The Rochester Rattlers kept it close, trailing 9-7 in the fourth, thanks to back-to-back strikes from Rob Rotanz and Dan Groot. Brian Carroll finished off the game with his third goal of the afternoon, while Adam Ghitelman ended with 11 saves on 19 shots and Tim Fallon 11 for 24.  The Rattlers fall 0-2 on the season and the Hounds improve to 1-1.




Currently in the MLL there are two undefeated teams in first place, the Denver Outlaws and Chesapeake Bayhawks. There are also two teams with a record of .500,  the Charlotte Hounds and the New York Lizards, and two teams that are 0-2, the Boston Cannons and Rochester Rattlers.


In week two there were three players who have each scored 7 points for their teams, the Hamilton Nationals’ Kevin Crowley, the Chesapeake Bayhawks’ Ben Rubeor, and the Charlotte Hounds Peet Poillon.


After the first two games of the season both the Chesapeake Bayhawks and the New York Lizards have 10 men on their rosters that have scored points. 


Both Ben Rubeor and Paul Rabil lead the league with 13 shots on goal over the first two weeks of the season.


Five teams have a shots-on-goal percentage of .600 or higher including The Cheapeake Bayhawks (.680), the Rochester Rattlers (.623), The Charlotte Hounds (.605), The Boston Cannons (.600), and the Hamilton Nationals lead with a .728 shots-on-goal-percentage.


Last weekend both the Charlotte Hounds and the Hamilton Nationals won their games with a final of 15-8.


Six goaltenders have played full games for their respective teams, making it six goalies who have played 60 minutes each in the 2013 season.


After Week two the league has four point leaders, all with nine points on the season.  Chris Bocklet (Denver), Ben Rubeor (Chesapeake), Peet Poillon (Charlotte), and Paul Rabil all share the title for now. 


Both the Denver Outlaws and Chesapeake Bayhawks are undefeated, making two teams that are 2-0 on the season.


The Chesapeake Bayhawk’s Kip Turner leads the league’s goaltenders, only allowing 3 goals in his first game of the season.  The Bayhawks’ game against the New York Lizards was also one of the lowest scoring games in league history.

Denver at Boston

TV: Altitude 2, Time Warner Cable SportsChannels (Kansas City Metro Sports), CSNNE,MSG+

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Web: ESPN3, WatchESPN

Radio: MLL Radio

This Saturday the Denver Outlaws look to continue their winning streak while the Boston Cannons try to snap their losing streak. Denver is coming off an 18-8 victory over the Ohio Machine as Boston comes off a disappointing Week 2 loss to the Hamilton Nationals. The Outlaws should still be weary of Boston’s goalies, combining for a save percentage of .509, and Boston’s Paul Rabil’s league-leading 72 points in 2012 are sure to remain a threat in the coming weeks.

Last Season’s Record:

Boston 17, Denver 10

Denver 17, Boston 13


Rochester at Charlotte

TV: Time Warner Cable SportsChannels (New York, Wisconsin, Ohio), MSG+ (SDD 10:30 PM), MyTV 12 (Charlotte)

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Web: ESPN3, WatchESPN

Rochester seeks their first win of the season as they head into Saturday’s game against the Charlotte Hounds. After playing in Rochester last week, this second matchup is the Rattler’s chance to learn from their mistakes.  Last week’s game remained close into the fourth, but with Charlotte’s fantastic last quarter their experience may provide all the strategy they need in this week’s game. Rochester’s Matt Streibel and Charlotte’s Matt Danowski both continue to be a threat to each team, while Rochester will continue to be wary of Peet Poillon, who put up 7 points last game.

Last Season’s Record:

 Charlotte 5, Rochester 14

Rochester 14,Charlotte 15


Ohio at Chesapeake

TV: Time Warner Cable SportsChannel (Kansas City Metro Sports), MSG+ (TD - 5/12 1:00 PM), CSNMA, SportsTime Ohio

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Web: ESPN3, WatchESPN

The Ohio Machine is looking to bounce back from their recent loss as they head to Annapolis, Md. to play the undefeated Bayhawks. Ohio will need to strengthen their defense in order to stop the surging Bayhawks. With Warrior Offensive Player of the Week Ben Rubeor putting up seven points for Chesapeake last week, Ohio will need  to find an answer to counter him. Chesapeake should be prepared to take on first year player, Jeff Ledwick, who is a potential game changer, having scored 2 goals in his MLL debut.

Last Season’s Record:

Chesapeake 23, Ohio 11

Ohio 7, Chesapeake 11


New York at Hamilton

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The New York Lizards are coming off one of the lowest scoring games in MLL history as they try to pick up the offense against the red-hot Hamilton Nationals. The Nationals do not want to return to last season’s losing ways and will count on their strong defense, with Brice Queener’s 18 saves and .720 save percentage. New York undoubtedly will have to approach this week’s game with a new strategy. With some of the league’s weakest offense taking on one of the league’s strongest defenses this game will prove to be a challenge for New York.


Last Season’s Record:

New York 19,  Hamilton 12

New York 8, Hamilton 18



Making the Big Leagues:First year player, Jeff Ledwick made his MLL debut for the Ohio Machine and made himself noticed, putting up two goals.  While Ohio fell short to the Denver Outlaws, Ledwick is expected to pose a threat this season. Taking on a stronger defense in Chesapeake this week, Ledwick will have to continue to prove himself, but his promising debut has certainly raised the bar.


Rematch: The Rochester Rattlers and Charlotte Hounds are prepared for a rematch this week after playing one another inRochesterlast week, now they make the trip to Charlotte. While the Hounds held the lead throughout the game it was not until the fourth quarter that they really separated themselves. How last week’s game will affect either team will be seen on the field this coming Saturday.


History in the Making: The Boston Cannons’ Ryan Boyle is looking to become the league’s all time leader in points, as he sits just one point behind Chesapeake Bayhawks’ Casey Powell, who currently holds the title with 399 points. Powell is expected to make his return in the next couple of weeks, creating a bit of competition as the two players battle for the title of all time leading scorer.


Winning Ways: The Boston Cannons are looking for their first win of the season as they take on the Denver Outlaws this coming Saturday. If the Outlaws win, they will remain undefeated while the Cannons would start the season 0-3 for the first time in team history. Denver’s history shows that they are a relentless team, however Boston will be playing hard to end their losing streak.