By Samantha Blair | 7/16/14 4:00 PM
Rochester Rattlers at Chesapeake Bayhawks
Thursday, July 17 – 7:00 PM ET – Navy- Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
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Last Time Out
Rochester: The Rattlers (7-3) are tied for first with the Denver Outlaws after an exciting 15-13 win over Charlotte. Despite a strong final effort by the Hounds, Rochester’s stellar individual and team defense proved too strong for Charlotte.
Chesapeake: The Bayhawks record fell to 3-7 after a disappointing loss to Ohio (14-16). Chesapeake and Ohio were both in the lead at certain points, but neither team was able to gain more than a three-point advantage. Ultimately, the Bayhawks were defeated in the last five minutes of the fourth quarter.
Defensive Domination: Rochester’s success against Charlotte was due mainly to their execution on the defensive end of the field. If Chesapeake hopes to score any goals, they will need to get past a thick and cohesive Rattlers defense. Rochester is known for working together both individually and as a team, using the shot clock to pressure offenses into making poor decisions. John Galloway, Rattler goalie is also known for his consistency and solid work. With a 53.8 save percentage, Galloway’s performance in net will be another obstacle the Bayhawks will face.
Spreading the Love: While Chesapeake’s record is the opposite of Rochester’s, there is no question that the Bayhawks are a well-rounded team. Their ability to attack from different angles makes them difficult to defend. In the last game, eight different Chesapeake players scored. Right now, the five top offensive players on the team are within 6 points of each other. Joe Walters leads the team with 24 points followed by Brendan Mundorf (23), Matt Mackrides (20), Ben Hunt (18) and Drew Westervelt (18). Meanwhile Justin Turri monopolizes the Rattlers offense with 30 points, 17 goals and 11 assists. Jordan Macintosh is only second behind him but has eight less points with 14 goals and 8 assists.
Rise of the Rattlers: Now tied for first in the league (7-3), the Rattlers have proven themselves a true contender close to the post season. After losing their first three away games it seemed as though Rochester was in a rut. Now on a three game winning streak, two of them away from home, it looks like the Rattlers have plans to secure the top position as their own. With a stronger record than the Bayhawks and the Outlaws on a two game losing streak, winning this game could put Rochester at number one.
Players to Watch
Rochester: John Galloway had a fantastic game last time out against the Hounds saving over 58 percent of the shots on goal. He ran a tight and focused defense that shut down some of the Hounds most difficult plays. Galloway’s goaltending forces the offense to move the ball quickly and shoot very accurately. It will be interesting to see if the Bayhawks will rise to this challenge.
Chesapeake: Joe Walters had an impressive eight points in the Bayhawks last game. With four goals and four assists he proved he can take the ball to cage as well as facilitate plays and shooting opportunities for his teammates. Seeing as Rochester has a very strong defense, Walters’ versatility will be important in this week’s game.
Rochester: Justin Turri leads the Rattlers with 30 points, while John Ortolani is first for his team for both ground balls (59) and face offs (130-264). John Galloway is tied for fourth in the league with Jordan Burke for best save percentage (.538).
Chesapeake: Joe Walters leads the Bayhawks in points with 9 goals and 15 assists. Brendan Mundorf is only a point behind him with 17 goals and 6 assists. Defenders Jesse Bernhardt and Brian Megill both own the groundballs (28), and Stephen Robarge has the greatest faceoff win percentage with 56 out o f 125 opportunities. Kip Turner has the second best save percentage in the league (.552).
The Rattlers and the Bayhawks have met once before this season on June 5th. The close game at Sahlen’s Stadium was the first double overtime game in MLL history. Rochester was able to pull off an 8-7 win over Chesapeake after Kevin Leveille scored the winning goal and broke the All-Time Goal scoring record.
-Chesapeake has only won two home games this season.
-If Rochester wins and Denver loses, the Rattlers will lead the league and the Outlaws will drop to second.
-This week’s game will be enormously affected by the players missing due to the FIL World Lacrosse Championships. Since both teams have quite a few big players on Canada, USA and the Iroquois Nationals, the teams most likely to advance this week, it will be interesting to see the starting line ups.
Chesapeake: Kyle Rubisch, Jason Noble, and Kevin Crowley are all on Team USA. David Earl, Brendan Mundorf, Matt Abbott, Dan Burns, Jesse Bernhardt, and Michael Evans are all on Team Canada.
Rochester: Jordan MacIntosh and Mark Matthews are both playing for Canada. Mike Lazore, Miles and Ty Thompson are playing for the Iroquois nation. Kevin Leveille and David Lawson are both on Team USA.
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