By Natalie Johnson | 6/18/14 3:00 PM
We’re halfway through the season, and while we’ve already seen plenty of exciting matchups and stellar performances, the best MLL action is still to come.
Ohio 18, Rochester 13
Last week, the Machine tied their all-time high with 16 goals, but this week they went one step further, breaking that record with 18 goals and ensuring their best season in club history in the process. The Rattlers impressed early, leading for much of the first half, but Ohio’s 11 goals after halftime, including 5 from Marcus Holman, proved to be too much for Rochester to overcome. MLL All-Stars Peter Baum and Logan Schuss recorded 6 and 4 points, respectively, for Ohio, while Brian Phipps had 16 saves in the win. Rochester’s leading scorers were their two highly touted rookies, Miles Thompson (3 goals) and Jordan Wolf, who was named Cascade Rookie of the Week after recording 4 goals and 1 assist in his MLL debut.
Charlotte 14, Florida 13
Charlotte built off of their huge victory over Denver to get their second consecutive win, taking a close one from the Florida Launch. The Hounds only trailed Florida for six minutes in the entire game, and it was rookie Pat Laconi’s first career goal that proved to be the game winner for Charlotte. Mike Sawyer was named Coca-Cola Player of the Game after scoring 4 points in his best game of the season, while rookie Justin Ward also recorded 4 points for the Hounds. All-Star Kevin Crowley led the Launch with 4 goals, while Casey Powell added 2 goals and 3 assists.
Chesapeake 16, Boston 15
The Bayhawks shut down Boston in the second half, allowing only four goals while scoring nine in order to narrowly attain their second victory of 2014. The game nearly went to extra time, but Stephen Berger’s goal in the final moments of the fourth quarter was disallowed due to a crease violation. Chesapeake got huge games from All-Star Joe Walters (4 assists), Brendan Mundorf (5 goals), and Warrior Offensive Player of the Week Ben Hunt (6 G, 2 A). Berger and Kevin Buchanan each had 4 points in the loss. Chris Eck had an outstanding game at the X, winning 25 of 34 face offs for Boston.
Denver 16, New York 11
Denver showed no signs of defeat after last week’s loss, and the final score wasn’t entirely indicative of just how dominant the Outlaws were, particularly through the first three quarters. The Outlaws defense, led by Warrior Defensive Player of the Week Lee Zink held New York to just five goals before the fourth quarter. On the offensive end, it was all about Curtis Dickson, scoring seven points (4 G, 3 A), and Eric Law, who had six (3 G, 3 A). Rob Pannell had six points (4 G, 2 A) for New York, and the Lizards ended the game on a 6-0 run, but it wasn’t enough to make up their early deficit.
100: The Cannons converted 100% of their man-up advantages into goals last week vs. Chesapeake. The final stat line shows Boston as 4-for-3 on power play opportunities, thanks to two quick goals from Stephen Berger and Kevin Buchanan following a non-releasable unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Nicky Polanco in the second quarter.
4: The number of goals scored last week by Jordan Wolf in his first MLL game. It was the best debut by a rookie this season, and the Rattlers’ attackman was rewarded with Cascade Rookie of the Week honors.
5: The number of 2-point goals scored by Denver’s Jeremy Sieverts this season, which is easily the highest total for any player in the league. Six of the league’s eight teams have only netted three or fewer 2-point goals this year.
102: The number of saves recorded by Rochester’s John Galloway through the first seven weeks of the season, which leads all goalies. Galloway is on pace to smash his previous season-high saves total of 172.
25: The combined number of goals scored last week by the 2014 MLL All-Stars. You can see all that offensive firepower on display next Thursday at the 2014 MLL All-Star Game at Harvard Stadium.
Rochester Rattlers at Florida Launch
When: Friday, June 20 @ 7:30 PM ET
Watch: CBS Sports Network
Last time they met: Rochester 18, Florida 11 (June 1, 2014 in Rochester)
When these teams met three weeks ago, it resulted in one of Florida’s worst games of the season. This time, both Florida and Rochester are coming off tough losses, but they’ve both shown they can rebound from defeat, as neither team has dropped two in a row this season. The last time these teams collided, Rochester held Launch scoring leaders Casey Powell and Kieran McArdle to their lowest scoring total of the season, while Brett Queener had a rough game in the net. Those guys have proved that game was the exception, not the rule, but will Rochester have their number again this week?
Chesapeake Bayhawks at Denver Outlaws
When: Saturday, June 21 @ 7:00 PM ET
Syndicated: MSG+, SportSouth, SportsTime Ohio, TWC Wisconsin
Last time they met: Denver 14, Chesapeake 12 (July 27, 2013 Denver)
Chesapeake is coming off one of their best games of the season, but they’re about to run into the dangerous Denver Outlaws, who showed very few signs of weakness in their impressive win over New York last week. If the Bayhawks can have another productive day offensively, and their defense can slow down Denver’s dynamic attackmen, this could be a great game. However, that might be easier said than done, as the Outlaws are tied for fewest goals allowed this year, and their offensive weapons like Eric Law and newcomer Curtis Dickson seem to be getting better each week.
Charlotte Hounds at New York Lizards
When: Saturday, June 21 @ 7:00 PM ET
Syndicated: Altitude, Prime Ticket
Last time they met: Charlotte 13, New York 11 (July 20, 2013 in Charlotte)
Charlotte will be coming into this game with serious momentum and rightfully-earned confidence, while the Lizards have dropped two in a row. These teams are each among the league’s worst in terms of goals scored and goals allowed, although the Hounds seem to be improving while New York is regressing. That being said, there’s a reason New York leads the league with nine players appearing in the MLL All-Star Game. With all that talent, it seems improbable that they’ll stay down for long. Although they’re coming off consecutive wins over two of the MLL’s best teams, the Hounds can’t let their guard down this week.
Ohio Machine at Boston Cannons
When: Saturday, June 21 at 8:00 PM ET
Last time they met: Boston 17, Ohio 16 (June 6, 2014 in Ohio)
Boston and Ohio will come into this game very familiar with one another, having just played two weeks ago. The Machine have been on an offensive tear as of late, scoring at least 15 points in their last three games. They’ll try to take advantage of Boston’s Jordan Burke again, who hasn’t been as sharp in recent weeks. However, the Cannons, who hold a 5-0 all-time record against the Machine, will certainly be determined to get a W after losing two consecutive games. Boston is a team loaded with experienced veterans and talented stars, so they’ve got the players they need to achieve the victory.
Eight Days Away: There’s still time to get your tickets for the 2014 MLL All-Star Game, which takes place Harvard Stadium in Boston, MA. The game is on Thursday, June 26, at 7:30 PM, and all of the league’s biggest stars will be there. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or by calling 617-746-9933.
Heartbreaking Defeat: The Cannons are now 3-4 on the season, but each of those four losses have come by a single point. Their most recent heartbreaker came last week against Chesapeake, when the last-second goal that would have forced overtime was called off for a crease violation.
Rewriting the Record Book: With three wins, Ohio has already secured their best season in team history, but they’re poised to break several other club records as well. They lead the league with 92 goals scored this year, which is on pace to surpass their 2013 total of 130 goals and their team record of 160 goals, set in 2012. In addition, three players are set to break Logan Schuss’ single-season team record of 28 goals, including Schuss himself. Steele Stanwick, who recorded an Ohio all-time high 20 assists in 2013, already has 19 assists this season.
Déjà Vu: This week’s schedule features two games between teams who have already played one another this season. To this point, teams who won the first game in the 2014 season series are 0-4 in the second meeting.
Item of the Week: One of our newest additions to the MLL Shop is this Denver Outlaws Snapback. These hats are available for every team, and are perfect for wearing to a game or anywhere else you want to display your MLL pride! Get yours here or by clicking the image to the right, and be sure check out the rest of our snapbacks in the MLL Shop.