By Natalie Johnson | 7/10/14 9:00 AM
New York 20, Florida 11
After an uneven start to the season, the Lizards seem to have hit their stride, winning their third consecutive game last Thursday night. New York had a 10-4 lead entering halftime, which turned into a two-hour rain delay. Following the long break, Florida matched the Lizards goal-for-goal in the third quarter, but they were never able to pull ahead. Rob Pannell’s 8-point night (4 G, 4 A) earned him Warrior Offensive Player of the Week honors, and Tommy Palasek wasn’t far behind, scoring five goals of his own. Casey Powell led the Launch with three goals and two assists, which also allowed him to reclaim first place among the season’s top scorers.
Ohio 16, Chesapeake 14
The Machine gave a clutch fourth-quarter performance to secure a win on Friday and move out of last place in the league. The lead changed hands often in the late minutes, but Ohio scored the final two goals and closed out the victory. Marcus Holman had three goals for the Machine, including a two-point goal just after halftime, and Warrior Defensive Player of the Week Brian Farrell seemed to be a ground ball vacuum while also recording a goal and an assist. Chesapeake’s Joe Walters continued his outstanding season, scoring four goals and adding four assists.
Boston 17, Denver 13
On Friday night, the Cannons accomplished something that hadn’t been done since June 2, 2012: defeating the Denver Outlaws at home. The teams were evenly matched throughout the game, but Boston was able to pull away in the fourth quarter and get back to .500 on the season. Rookie Rob Emery led the Cannons with four goals, while Will Manny added three more goals for Boston. Chris Eck dominated at the X, winning 65% of the face offs. Denver’s top scorer was Eric Law, who had four goals and now leads the league in goals scored. Zack Greer and Jeremy Sieverts also had hat tricks for the Outlaws.
Rochester 15, Charlotte 13
The Rattlers jumped out to a 10-5 in the first half and never looked back, defeating the Hounds and moving into a tie with Denver for first place in the league. Jordan Wolf continued his strong rookie campaign by scoring three goals for the Rattlers, giving him 19 points through just four games. Wolf’s fellow first-year player Mark Cockerton also added a hat trick, as did Justin Turri. Charlotte also had important contributions from young players, as Mike Sawyer and Justin Ward led the team with four points each. John Galloway was a big part of the win for Rochester, allowing just 12 goals while recording 17 saves.
72: Rochester leads the league in first-half scoring, with a total 72 goals in the first and second quarters this season. That ability to start quickly has served them well, and is a major reason why the team is 7-3 in 2014.
29,718: The number of fans who attended the Boston vs. Denver game on July 4 at Sports Authority Field. It was the most-attended game this season, as well as the third-largest crowd in MLL history.
3: The Boston Cannons have three of the league’s top six point scorers this season: Paul Rabil (44 points) ranks second, Will Manny (38 points) is fifth, and Kevin Buchanan (34 points) is sixth.
20: New York’s 20 goals in their win over Florida last week were the most by any team in a single game this season. The Lizards spread the ball around, getting goals from seven different players, including hat tricks from Matt Gibson, JoJo Marasco, Rob Pannell, and Tommy Palasek.
46: The number of MLL athletes who will be playing in the World Lacrosse Championships, which start July 11 in Denver, CO. The complete list of competing MLL players can be found here.
A Well-Oiled Machine: The Ohio Machine continue to lead the league in most offensive categories, including goals scored (134), shots on goal (270), and shot percentage (.312). The team is trying to ride that offensive momentum into the playoffs, and is hoping to make its first postseason appearance in club history.
Photo Finish: When the league returns to action next weekend, every game will be crucial, as teams have just four more opportunities to secure a playoff spot. Currently, the Charlotte Hounds, Florida Launch, and Ohio Machine are each within one game of fourth place, so the end of the season is sure to be an exciting one.
Going Global: When the World Lacrosse Championships begin Thursday night, there will be MLL players on several different teams. While Team USA is made up entirely of players from the league, there will also be MLL athletes playing for Canada, Iroquois, Israel, Germany, and Russia. Additionally, Ohio’s Tom Schreiber is an assistant coach for Team Uganda.
10 Days of Lacrosse: The MLL is taking a break, but there will still be plenty of lacrosse to watch in the coming week, starting with the USA vs. Canada game at 9:00 PM ET on Thursday, July 11, which will be aired live on ESPN2. The complete schedule of televised World Championships action is available here.
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