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News and Notes

By Natalie Johnson |  6/25/14 1:00 PM

News and Notes


Last week saw another thrilling overtime game and some incredible individual performances, but this week promises even more action. We’ve got four intriguing games, but before that, there will be some bonus lacrosse coming your way on Thursday night.

Rochester 18, Florida 13

The Launch (4-4) found it difficult to stop Rochester (5-3) last Friday night, as six different Rattlers scored multiple goals, including a huge seven-point night from rookie Jordan Wolf. The game entered halftime tied 9-9, but Florida struggled after that point, scoring just two goals in each of the final two quarters. Much like the first time these teams met in Week 5, Florida’s leading scorers, Casey Powell and Kieran McArdle, were largely contained by Rochester, while Jordan Hall stepped up for the Launch and recorded the team’s only hat trick. In addition to Wolf’s two goals and five assists, the Rattlers also got five points from All-Star Justin Turri, as well as three goals from MLL all-time leading goal scorer Kevin Leveille.

 

Denver 9, Chesapeake 6

The Outlaws (7-1) were held to single-digit goals for the first time this season, but unfortunately for Chesapeake (2-6), Denver’s Jesse Schwartzman was at his best on Saturday night, allowing just one first-half goal and recording a season-high 28 saves. Denver had a five-goal lead before Chesapeake ever found the back of the net, and that deficit proved to be too much for the Bayhawks to overcome. MLL All-Star Eric Law and Justin Pennington each scored twice for Denver, while Joe Walters and Peet Poillon led Chesapeake with one goal and one assist each. After starting goalie Kip Turner left with a hand injury, Chesapeake backup Tyler Fiorito had an impressive second half, recording 9 saves on 11 shots on goal. Nevertheless, he was charged with the loss, as the Bayhawks couldn’t quite complete the comeback.

 

New York 14, Charlotte 12

The Lizards (4-4) entered last week’s matchup on a two-game losing streak, but they were able to reverse their fortunes against Charlotte (3-5). The Hounds looked ready to play early, scoring the first two goals, but the Lizards answered that with five unanswered points of their own. New York outscored the Hounds 8-5 in the second half to secure the victory, and Rob Pannell matched his career high with six goals. Max Seibald also had six points for New York, including two 2-point goals, and Drew Adams recorded 15 saves in the win. John Haus led Charlotte scorers with four points, while Matt Danowski added two goals and an assist for the Hounds.

 

Boston 17, Ohio 16 (OT)

It took 107 seconds of extra play, but the Cannons (4-4) got the victory over Ohio (3-5), remaining undefeated against the Machine in 2014 and moving back to .500 on the season. Will Manny scored the overtime goal that finally put Boston on the winning side of a one-goal game, something the Cannons had yet to do this season. Ohio put on another offensive clinic, getting goals from ten different players, but Boston’s stars countered, as Kevin Buchanan and Manny each had six points, and Paul Rabil recorded a season-high nine points. The Machine’s points were more evenly distributed, as Brian Farrell, Kyle Harrison, Marcus Holman, and Logan Schuss each ended the night three points. Chris Eck had another dominant performance at the X for Boston, winning 22 of 34 face offs.

1: Florida is now the only team to have scored at least ten points in every game this season. This might come as somewhat of a surprise, given that the Launch only rank fifth in the league with 93 total goals scored.

 

9: Paul Rabil’s nine points last week were the most for any player in a single game this season. The Boston midfielder scored 3 goals, including one 2-point goal, and had five assists. That performance gave him 40 points on the season, moving him past Casey Powell and into first place on the league scoring leaderboard.

 

8.50: Jesse Schwartzman lowered his goals against average to an incredible 8.50 last week, giving him the lead in that category by a wide margin. No MLL goalie has ever finished the season with a GAA below 9.00. Schwartzman himself set the single-season record last year, with a 9.67 GAA.

 

7: Jordan Wolf’s seven-point game last week was the best performance by a rookie this season. The recent Duke graduate and current Rochester attackman was named Cascade Rookie of the Week after each of his first two MLL games.

2014 MLL All-Star Game

When: Thursday, June 26 @ 7:30 PM ET

Watch: CBS Sports Network

 

There will be pride, bragging rights, and for some, roster spots on the line tomorrow night as Team MLL faces off against Team USA in the 2014 MLL All-Star Game. Team USA will make their final personnel cuts after the game, so those players will be fighting for a chance to represent their USA at the World Championships next month. However, they’ll encounter some of the league’s best players on Team MLL, and we’re guaranteed to see an incredibly high level of play. In the two previous All-Star Games with MLL vs. USA format, Team USA is 2-0, so the MLL All-Stars are going to be highly motivated to finally defeat their counterparts.

 

Ohio Machine at New York Lizards

When: Saturday, June 28 @ 7:00 PM ET

Watch: ESPN3

Syndicated: MSG+, Prime Ticket, SportSouth, SportsTime Ohio, TWC Wisconsin

Last time they met: New York 11, Ohio 9 (May 17, 2014 in Ohio)

 

The Machine are coming off a heartbreaker, but they’ll need to recover quickly as they travel to New York this weekend to face the Lizards, a team that has shown flashes of brilliance but struggles with consistency. Drew Adams and the New York defense will have their work cut out for them, as the Ohio attack seems to be improving each week, and they lead the league in goals scored. That being said, the Machine have only been able to translate their offensive firepower into three wins this season, which is a sign of trouble for Ohio.

 

Chesapeake Bayhawks at Florida Launch

When: Saturday, June 28 @ 7:00 PM ET

Watch: YouTube

Last time they met: Florida 15, Chesapeake 12 (May 17, 2014 in Annapolis)

 

Both Chesapeake and Florida struggled last week, so this game will determine who can right the ship and notch a much-needed win. McArdle and Powell each exploded with huge numbers against Chesapeake in Week 4, but the Bayhawks have definitely improved since that matchup. They’ve also added Joe Walters, who spent the last three seasons playing in Hamilton alongside many of the Launch players. The veteran midfielder has made a difference in each of his three games with Chesapeake, so we’ll see if he can help the team again this week against his former teammates.

 

Boston Cannons at Charlotte Hounds

When: Saturday, June 28 @ 7:00 PM ET

Watch: YouTube

Last time they met: Boston 14, Charlotte 6 (May 17, 2014 in Boston)

 

Despite being 4-4 on the season, Boston has yet to win consecutive games. They’ll attempt to change that this week against the Hounds, who were recently brought back to earth with a loss to New York. Charlotte allowed two different Lizards to score six points last week, so they’ll have to tighten up their defense before facing all the dangerous players Boston puts on the field each week. The Cannons also had a huge advantage at the X when these two teams met earlier in the season, as Chris Eck won almost 80% of the face offs. If Charlotte can contain the Boston offense and execute quality possessions of their own, this could be an outstanding game.

 

Denver Outlaws at Rochester Rattlers

When: Sunday, June 29 @ 1:00 PM ET

Watch: CBS Sports Network

Last time they met: Denver 14, Rochester 8 (May 17, 2014 in Denver)

 

Denver and Rochester have each scored 99 goals this season, but the difference in the 7-1 Outlaws and the 5-3 Rattlers is their goals allowed total. Denver has only let in 81 goals, while Rochester has allowed 96. If Jesse Schwartzman has another huge game, it could be a long day for the Rattlers. That being said, Rochester’s John Galloway currently leads the league in saves, with 116, so he’s not going to be easy to score on either. The Outlaws easily defeated Rochester in their first meeting of 2014, but the Rattlers played that game without any of their outstanding rookies. Will the new guys make enough difference to help Rochester split the season series?

Not Too Late: If you haven’t yet gotten tickets for tomorrow night’s All-Star Game, there’s still time! The game, which starts at 7:30 PM, will be played at Harvard Stadium in Boston, MA. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or by calling 617-746-9933.

High-Octane Offense: Ohio has now scored at least fifteen goals in their last four games, but they are only 2-2 in those games. As their offense starts clicking, this team is becoming incredibly entertaining to watch, but if they can’t convert those points into wins, we won’t be able to see what this team can do in the postseason.

Too Close for Comfort: This weekend’s games are all rematches from Week 4, which was the last week all games were decided by two or more goals. However, since that time, almost every team has made changes to their roster and added some impressive rookies, so it might be another weekend of last-second thrillers.

Item of the Week: If you’re a New York Lizards fan, make sure everyone knows it with this eye-catching shirt from the MLL Shop. The shirt comes in both youth and adult sizes, so there’s no reason you shouldn’t buy it today! Get yours here or by clicking the image to the right.

 



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