By Jessica Braveman | 7/10/14 2:00 PM
Following the bye week, we will be heading into the final stretch of the 2014 Major League Lacrosse season. With only four regular-season games remaining, the 2014 Rookie Class will push to make final impressions, and help propel their teams into the playoffs. Here is a look at the rookies who have been making an impact so far this season:
The Ohio Machine beat the Chesapeake Bayhawks 16-14 and helped the Machine escape from last place in the MLL Standings. Rookie midfielder Tom Schreiber scored two quick goals early in the first quarter, and fellow rookie Rob Guida also managed to get the ball past Chesapeake goalie Tyler Fiorito late in the second.
The Rochester rookies have claimed the Coca-Cola Player of the Game title for three consecutive weeks, so they must be doing something right. This past weekend, first-year players scored nearly half of the Rochester goals against the Charlotte Hounds. Jordan Wolf and Mark Cockerton are still on fire after their win over the Outlaws. Cockerton earned himself a hat trick to add to his career total of 11 goals. Wolf scored three goals as well, tallying a tremendous 19 points in four games, which earned him Coca-Cola Player of the Game for the second time this season. The Rattlers are now tied with the Outlaws for first place in the league, and the boys show no sign of slowing down as they approach the playoffs.
The only New York rookie to appear in this past weekend’s victory over the Launch was Joe Fletcher. As usual, Fletcher put up an impressive performance against veteran attackman. He helped to hold the Launch to 11 goals and picked up two groundballs in the win.
The Launch added yet another first-year player to their talented rookie class, as Niko Amato made his first MLL start in the net and played for the full sixty minutes. The former Maryland goalie, who was named 2014 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and USILA First Team All-American, recorded six saves and allowed the potent New York Lizards offense to score 20 goals. On the offensive end, Kieran McArdle was the only Florida rookie to record a point, although he was held to a relatively low output, scoring one goal and one assist.
This past weekend’s loss to Boston did not feature any rookies.
Justin Ward, who scored three goals and had one assit, led the Hounds in scoring and was the catalyst for the fourth quarter comeback that fell short against Rochester. Mike Chanenchuk was held without a goal for the first game in his career and Thomas DeNapoli scored his fifth goal of the season. Michael Ehrhardt led the team with six groundballs, and he was joined on defense by Henry Lobb for their fourth consecutive game together. Lobb grabbed two groundballs in the game against Rochester. Faceoff specialist Brendan Fowler took half of the faceoffs and finished 7-15 on the day.
Rob Emery continues to pave the way for the Cannons rookies. Emery was awarded Coca Cola Player of the Game and the League's Cascade Rookie of the Week for his outstanding performance Saturday Night, netting four goals to help lift Boston to a 17-13 victory over the Denver Outlaws. Scott McWilliams continues to adjust to the professional level of lacrosse, and Austin Kaut dressed behind Jordan Burke.
Brandon Benn had two goals and one assist in the Bayhawks 16-14 loss to Ohio last weekend. The Chesapeake rookie has impressed his team with his quick ability to adapt to the professional level and play with some of the best
Be sure to check back after the bye week for the latest information on the MLL’s 2014 Rookie Class.