By Molly Shunney | 8/8/14 2:00 PM
Rochester Rattlers at Boston Cannons
Saturday, August 9 – 7:00 p.m. (ET) - Harvard Stadium
Last Time Out:
Rochester:Last weekend, the Rattlers fell to the Ohio Machine 17-15 in a tight match. The lead bounced back and forth throughout the game, with the Machine finishing strong in the fourth. Despite the loss, the Rattlers remain one of the top two seeds in the playoffs.
Boston: The Cannons defeated the Florida Launch at home to keep their playoff hopes alive. They played a phenomenal first half outscoring the Launch 10-5. The second half looked like it would favor the Launch, as they attempted a comeback. Boston felt the pressure and capitalized, holding them off and walking away with a tight 16-15 win.
Ratz are in
The Rochester Rattlers have proved to be one of the most consistent teams in the MLL this season. Players like Kevin Leveille, Dave Lawson, and Justin Turri have used their experience to further the team. On the other hand, the 2014 rookies have given new life to the Rattlers with powerhouses like Jordan Wolf and Mark Cockerton tallying 40 goals this season. Their ability to execute on the field earned them one of the top two seeds in the playoffs coming up. The game results this weekend will determine whether or not the Ratz get home-field advantage.
Fighting for their Lives
The Cannons have had a problem with consistency this season, which is why they are down to the wire fighting for that fourth and final playoff spot. If the Cannons win this weekend, they’re in. Any other scenario will end the Cannons season and qualify the Ohio Machine for playoffs. Will Manny, Stephen Berger, and Kevin Buchanan will have to continue their dominance on offense for a chance to get past a strong Rattlers unit.
End of the Year Awards
Eight players in this weekend’s matchup are potential End of the Year Award recipients. Boston goalie Jordan Burke, Boston attackman Will Manny, and Rochester midfielder Justin Turri are all on Most ImprovedPlayer watch. Rochester Rattlers Jordan Wolf and Mark Cockerton may potentially duel it out for Rookie of the Year. Mike Manley (Rochester) and Brodie Merrill (Boston) could walk away with DefensivePlayer of the Year for their performances this season. Last but certainly not least, Paul Rabil is on the list for OffensivePlayer of the Year. Keep an eye out for those results over the next two weeks!
Players to Watch:
Rochester:Rookie Mark Cockerton and Dave Lawson both scored four goals each last week against Ohio. John Galloway has the best Goals Against Average in the league right now with 11.49.
Boston:Will Manny, Stephen Berger, and Kevin Buchanan all acquired five points each in last week’s game against the Launch. Their accuracy will have to be on point again this week if they hope to get around Galloway. Goalie Jordan Burke walked away with Coca-Cola Player of the Game with 15 saves.
Rochester:Justin Turri has led the team in points all season. He has 34 points, including 19 goals, 13 assists, and two 2-point goals. Defenseman Joel White leads the team in groundballs (74), with face-off specialist John Ortolani trailing right behind (73).
Boston:Paul Rabil and Will Manny lead the team in points, with 54 and 51 respectively. Manny and Kevin Buchanan lead the team with an impressive 32 goals this season. Face-off specialist Chris Eck has accumulated 89 groundballs, nearly 30 more than anyone else on the team.
The Rattlers and Cannons met way back in the beginning of the season. On May 2, Rochester defeated Boston in a close game 8-7.
- The Boston Cannons recently earned the league’s monthly sportsmanship award for Weeks 9-12. The award was introduced in 2014 as part of a partnership between the MLL and US Lacrosse to promote good sportsmanship in lacrosse. The Rochester Rattlers were selected earlier this season. Both teams now have a chance to win the MLL’s Sportsmanship Team of the Year Award.
- Boston Cannon’s face-off specialist Chris Eck still comes in 2nd place for top FOGO, despite not playing last week against the Launch.
- At this point, no playoff spot is set in stone. We could be surprised from unexpected wins or losses this weekend. Check out the “Every Game Counts” article for more information.
Are you heading to the game this weekend at Harvard Stadium? Grab a Boston Cannons T-shirt. This is a great look in the stadium and out on the field. Don’t miss out!