By Molly Shunney | 6/20/14 11:00 PM
The Florida Launch fell to the Rochester Rattlers 18-13 on Friday at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. The Rattlers (5-3) took sole possession of second place in the standings thanks to stellar team effort which included a seven-point performance by rookie Jordan Wolf. The Launch (4-4), unable to capitalize on home field advantage come out of Week 8 at. 500.
The first quarter began quickly with a feed from Rattlers John Ranagan and goal from attackman Justin Turri at the 1:09 mark. Launch Stephen Keogh answered right back with his fourth goal of the season.
Mark Matthews then made a cross-dive goal to beat Launch goalie Brett Queener to make it 2-1. Minutes later, Launch Garrett Thul kept the back and forth momentum scoring a goal right inside the 2-point arch to tie it up.
Matthews scored again with a feed from young gun Jordan Wolf, burying the ball behind Queener for the 3-2 lead.
Wolf, coming into his professional career with fierce intensity, came from behind the net to beat Queener for his first unassisted goal of the night.
Launch middie Jordan Hall ended the first quarter with an unassisted goal. The Canadian international kept the momentum and beat Rattlers John Galloway again 44 seconds into the second quarter.
The Launch was able to net three more goals to take a 7-4 lead. Thul score his second of the night, while rookie sensation Kieran McArdle and Mario Ventiquattro threw points up on the board as well.
Queener, one of the most entertaining goalies in the league, ran the ball up the field to attempt a point for the Launch, leaving the net empty. Unfortunately for Florida, the Rattlers took advantage and Turri score2 a goal at the 2-point line. Hall then answered quickly to put the Launch back up 8-7.
With two minutes left in the half, Rattlers rookie Mark Cockerton came in with an unassisted goal and Kevin Leveille added to his history-making career total putting the Rattlers up 9-8.
Nearly a minute later, McArdle tallied his 16th goal of the season and tied it up 9-9 to end the half.
A few minutes into the second half, defenseman Mike Manley made a crucial catch and carried the ball up the field. He passed the ball the Leveille who assisted Michael Lazore for his first goal of the season.
The Rattlers, steam rolling in the second half, love to score in transition. Leveille with his 274th career goal, MacIntosh with his 11th goal of the season, and Matthews completing a hat trick, kept the Rattlers in the lead 13-9.
Finally, Virginia rookie Chris LaPierre got the Launch on the board in the second half, with his third goal this season.
Wolf went up against Launch defender Tucker Durkin, beating him to tally his second goal of the night giving Rochester a four-point lead.
Launch veteran Casey Powell, unusually quiet during the first half, scored his first goal of the game to end the third quarter 14-11.
More than half of the last period went by before either team would find the back of the net. Keogh scored his second goal of the night, but Ranagan answered quickly with a fire shot to keep the Rattlers in the lead 15-12.
Wolf, with a quick cut, beat his defender behind the net and fed the ball to MacIntosh who scored his second goal of the night.
Goal-scoring king Leveille, founds the net for the third time to sustain the Rochester lead. A minute later, Turri set the win in stone with his 12th goal of the season fixing the score at 18-13
The Launch couldn’t get it together in time and the Rattlers walk away with their first first road win of the season.
After the 2014 MLL All-Star Game, the Rochester Rattlers will play the Denver Outlaws at home, Sunday June 29 at 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network. The Florida Launch will take on the Chesapeake Bayhawks at home as well at 7:00 p.m. ET shown exclusively on the MLL’s YouTube Channel.
- Coca-Cola Player of the Game was Rochester Rattlers Jordan Wolf with 2 goals and 5 assists.
- The game showcased 11 players who will take part in the MLL All-Star Gaem representing either Team USA or Team MLL on Thursday, June 26 at Harvard Stadium in Boston, MA.
- Rochester All-Stars include: faceoff specialist John Ortolani, Michael Manley, Joel White, and Justin Turri. Florida All-Stars include: Kevin Crowley and Brett Queener.
- Rochester Team USA players include: Kevin Leveille, David Lawson, and goalie John Galloway. Florida Team USA players include: Tucker Durkin and Garrett Thul.
- Tickets are now on sale for the 2014 MLL All-Star Game, which will feature Team MLL vs. Team USA on Thursday, June 26, at 7:30 p.m. ET at Harvard Stadium in Boston, MA. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 617-746-9933.