|During the 2014 MLL season, Major League Lacrosse will be using a power ranking system to show fans how their favorite team stacks up against the competition. A teams' power ranking is based on voting conducted by MajorLeagueLacrosse.com's contributing writers. After raw scores from the writers are combined, teams will then be rated on a scale of 1-100. That final number will represent a team's power ranking for that week.|
|| Last Week
|| Power Ranking
|| The Rochester Rattlers continue to be undefeated at home with a win against the top gun Denver Outlaws last week. Rochester dominated the first half of the game 11-4. Denver attempted a come back in the second but Rochester shut them down. Rookies Mark Cockerton and Jordan Wolf both had an impressive performance. Cockerton netted a career high of six goals and Wolf earned his second hat trick in three games. Dave Lawson led the team in game points with four goals and two assists. The Rattlers will go head to head with the Charlotte Hounds on Saturday, July 5.
Molly Shunney | MLL Staff Writer
|| Denver suffered their second loss of the season last Sunday to Rochester (14-19). Rattlers rookie Jordan Wolf has proved to be one of their most dangerous weapons, scoring three goals in this weekend's game. The Outlaws still sit at the top of the league with a 7-2 record, just in front of Rochester (6-3).
Samantha Blair | MLL Staff Writer
|| The Lizards picked up a second straight win at home against the Machine this past weekend. New York saw a mix-up on offense adding Matthew Gibson and newly acquired Michael Kimmel to the game plan. The changes seemed to work well, with eight different players scoring. New York now sits at 5-4, and is the lone team in third place.
Jessica Braveman | MLL Staff Writer
|| With a comeback victory over Boston, thanks to an eight goal 4th quarter, the Hounds are back in the playoff race. Defense continues to be an issue, but if Charlotte’s shooters stay hot, they can beat anyone. A win over Rochester this week is critical for the Hounds to keep their playoff dreams alive.
Thomas Livingston | MLL Staff Writer
|| Whether they win or lose, Boston's biggest flaw seems to be blowing leads. In their sudden victory overtime win over the Ohio Machine last weekend the Cannons lost a five-goal lead with five minutes remaining in the game--an unfortunate, very serious feat that seemed overshadowed by Will Manny's lucky game-winning goal. This past week, however, Boston was not as lucky and forced to face their imploding nature. They led by three going into the fourth against the Charlotte Hounds but completely buckled and allowed their hosts to score nine goals, ultimately falling by three points, 15-12. The Cannons better find a way to patch up these defensive holes, or their offensively dominant game plan might not extend into the offseason.
Rachel Villari | MLL Staff Writer
|| After a slow first quarter, the Bayhawks came to life and ran away with the show. With 13 goals in the middle two quarters, fans got to see the two-time Steinfeld Cup team that has been missing up until this point. The question will be whether or not they can keep this new-found team cohesion going.
Jordan Borrosh | MLL Staff Writer
|| Florida’s success in the early weeks of the season was a pleasant surprise, but the team has struggled as of late. Last week, the Launch didn’t have an answer for the suddenly hot Chesapeake Bayhawks, and they couldn’t find the net during any of their four power play opportunities, which has become a bad trend this season. That being said, the team is still tied for fourth place in league standings, so playoffs aren’t out of the question just yet..
Natalie Johnson | MLL Staff Writer
|| Looks as if the Ohio Machine are headed into another slump after losing to the New York Lizards 19-13 last Saturday night at Shuart Stadium. This was Ohio’s second straight loss. Even though the Machine came out strong they just could not finish on a high note. Faceoff man Robert Dattilo got time for the Machine and scored to tie the game at 13 in the fourth. Unfortunately, that was the last goal of the night for the Machine. Ohio needs to regain some strength as a unit in order to come out with a bang on the fourth of July when they take on the Bayhawks at on their home turf.
Ashley Kirby | MLL Staff Writer