By Molly Shunney | 7/23/14 3:30 PM
Rochester 10, Chesapeake 7
Rochester (8-3) is the team to beat right now, winning four straight games. Rochester and Chesapeake (3-8) both suffered from displaced lineups due to the FIL World Championships. Chesapeake struggled through the first half, but midfielder Joe Walters lit the fire mid-way through the third quarter. Walters led the Chesapeake offense in outscoring the Rattlers 6-3. The Bayhawks, however, could not maintain the momentum and the Rattlers walked off with the win. Rookie Mark Cockerton had another phenomenal performance scoring five consecutive goals in the first half. He earned Coca-Cola Player of the Game for the second time this year.
New York 16, Boston 15 (OT)
New York (7-4) won their fourth consecutive game in an overtime thriller against the Boston Cannons (5-6). Both teams went back and forth taking the lead, but Coca-Cola Player of the Game JoJo Marasco made it happen for the Lizards with an unassisted power play goal in overtime. The Cannons put up a good fight with players Will Manny, Owen Blye, and Brent Adams all scoring hat tricks. Manny is now only a single goal behind the Cannon’s scoring leader Kevin Buchanan with 26 goals.
Ohio 13, Charlotte 12 (OT)
Ohio (5-6) and Charlotte (4-7) also ended in captivating OT. The Machine defeated the Hounds to tie the Boston Cannons for fourth place in the league standings. The first half started slow with only four goals for Ohio and five for Charlotte. It was not until the third quarter that both teams displayed a sense of urgency. After back-and-forth goals in the fourth and five minutes of overtime play, rookie sensation Tom Schreiber hit the game-winner.
Denver 13, Florida 10
Both teams were hungry for a win last week. Denver (8-3) came out on top, while Florida (4-7) slumped into a four-game losing streak. The Launch had control of the game during the first half, with Chris Mattes dominating at the X. Florida held a 3-point lead entering the third quarter, forcing Denver make some changes. Charlie Cipriano came off the bench to replace Jesse Schwartzman, and changed the momentum of the game in Denver’s favor. In the fourth, Jeremy Sieverts scored a 2-point goal to put the Outlaws ahead for the first time all game. Denver sustained the lead and solidified their win at 13-10.
5 – Rookie sensation Kieran McArdle scored five goals against the Denver Outlaws last week. He is the only opponent to score five goals in one game against Denver all season.
7 – Jeremy Sieverts has tallied seven 2-point goals after his performance against the Launch last weekend. He has tallied more 2-pointers individually than any other team in the league, except for Charlotte (7).
29 – It makes sense that Ohio and Charlotte went into overtime last week. Both teams took 29 shots on goal. Luckily for the Machine, rookie Tom Schreiber nailed the game winner.
1 – Only one team, the Rochester Rattlers, can say they claimed gold, silver, and bronze in the FIL World Championships. Jordan MacIntosh played for Team Canada and won gold. Kevin Leveille and David Lawson played for Team USA and won silver. Mike Lazore and Miles Thompson played for the Iroquois Nationals and brought home bronze.
Denver Outlaws at Ohio Machine
When:Saturday, July 26 @ 4:30PM ET
Watch:CBS Sports Network
Last time they met:Denver 14, Ohio 12 (May 4, 2014 in Denver)
Both teams won last week and are coming into this game refreshed and ready to go. Earlier this season, Ohio fell to Denver by only two goals. With the exception of one game against New York, Ohio’s losses do not exceed a 2-point deficit. Denver barely made it out alive against the Launch last week after a slow start in the first half, so they’ll have to be on their toes when facing the Machine. Denver is looking for that top seed security, while Ohio fights for a guaranteed spot in the playoffs. It’ll be a fight to the finish for these two.
Boston Cannons at Florida Launch
When:Saturday, July 26 @ 7:00PM ET
Syndicated:MSG+, Prime Ticket, SportSouth, SportsTime Ohio, TWC Wisconsin
Last time they met: This is their first meeting
Boston and Florida both put up a good fight last weekend, but fell short against their opponents. Boston lost by one point in overtime against New York, and Florida could not hold off the Denver Outlaws’ late-game comeback. After four consecutive losses, Florida needs a burst of momentum to remain in playoff contention. The mighty Boston Cannons will not be an easy defeat with powerhouse attackmen Will Manny, Ryan Boyle, and Owen Blye, who all had high scoring games last week.
Charlotte Hounds at Rochester Rattlers
When:Saturday, July 26 @ 7:00PM ET
Last time they met:Rochester 15, Charlotte 13 (July 5, 2014) in Charlotte
Charlotte is looking for vengeance after their loss to Rochester earlier this season. The Rattlers are a difficult team to face, but the Hounds have the potential to beat the odds. After all, they were the first team to hand Denver their first regular season loss since 2013. Charlotte will have to put their best foot forward against a team they know can execute. Rochester has yet to lose a game at home this season, and if Charlotte can find a weak-link in their system, it would be a great way to stir things up right before the playoffs.
Chesapeake Bayhawks at New York Lizards
When:Sunday, July 27 @ 3:00PM ET
Watch:CBS Sports Network
Last time they met:Chesapeake 12, New York 11 (May 3, 2014) in Chesapeake
The New York Lizards are making a statement – four consecutive wins after an unsteady start to the 2014 season. After an exhilarating OT win against the Cannons last week, New York shows no signs of slowing down. Chesapeake is looking for redemption after their second consecutive loss last week. The Bayhawks started the season on a sour note, but tallied some impressive wins against Boston and Florida. Last time these two met, Chesapeake took the win with just a one-point lead. We’ll have to see if Chesapeake can blindside the confident Lizards and make their way off the bottom-end of the league rankings.
Burn Cancer Week
Burn Cancer Week will take place starting July 31 through August 2 in support of the HEADstrong Foundation. You can expect to see MLL players wearing HEADstrong lime green shoelaces while MLL coaches sport lime green shirts. Some players will even be wearing Warrior Lacrosse equipment designed with HEADstrong elements. This is all with the intention of raising awareness and representing patients, survivors and victims. Find out more about the HEADstrong Foundation here.
There are still quite a few ties in league standings as we approach the end of the regular season. The Denver Outlaws and the Rochester Rattlers are tied for first, both eager to claim the top seed. Boston and Ohio claim fourth place, while Charlotte and Florida are tied for sixth. Every game counts and it’s still a mystery which final four will proceed to the playoffs.
Ohio Machine Foundation
The Ohio Machine recently announced the formation of the Ohio Machine Foundation. It is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the growth of lacrosse in centralized Ohio. The foundation hopes to do this by supporting programs and partnerships that are focused on community and youth development. Find out more about the Ohio Machine Foundation here.
Vote for Pannell
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Are you a Rochester fan? These custom-made socks are a stylish look on or off the field. It’s a perfect way to show pride in your Rochester Rattlers. You can find them at MLL Shop, along with lots of other team merchandise!