By Patty Shields | 8/13/14 11:50 AM
New York 12, Denver 11 (OT)
The Lizards came up with an overtime W in their final regular season game, fighting against a tough Denver Outlaw team. Each quarter was a battle between both sides, each of whom were vying for home field advantage in the upcoming week of playoffs. New York was able to come out on top after a goal by long pole defenseman Kyle Hartzell, just over two minutes into sudden victory play. However, due to goal differentials, the Outlaws still find themselves with the higher seed, and the two teams will face each other in the semifinals at Denver this weekend.
Rochester 18, Boston 8
Rochester clinched the 1st seed after a convincing 18-8 win over Boston. The Cannons came out with the first goal of the game, but were unable to come back from a 12-2 deficit after the first half. Miles Thompson led the red-hot Rattler offense, scoring 5 goals and adding an assist. The Cannons did their best to battle back in the second half, but certainly missed the offensive presence of Paul Rabil during their final game of the 2014 season. The Rattlers will take on the Ohio Machine at home during the semifinals.
Chesapeake 19, Charlotte 13
The Bayhawks came out on top during their final game of the 2014 season, using their home field advantage to pull out a final win against the Hounds. The Bayhawks win will put them 5-9 for the season, and leaves the Hounds winless on the road in 2014. Coca-Cola Player of the Game, Drew Westervelt, led Chesapeake with a six point performance (3g, 3a), edging out Matt Danowski’s three goal game, including a 2-pointer.
Ohio 14, Florida 10
The Machine secured the fourth and final place in the playoffs after their 14-10 win over the Florida Launch, finishing the regular season on a five-game win streak. Kieran McArdle lead the Launch in scoring, breaking the MLL rookie scoring record with his goal in the first quarter. He finishes an impressive rookie year with 34 goals and 15 assists. Marcus Holman led the Machine to the playoffs with his four goal performance, backed up by Stanwick and Baum both adding two goals on the night. The Machine will head to the semifinals to take on the Rattlers in Rochester this weekend.
201- Number of face-offs won by this year’s FOGO of the year, Greg Gurenlian
37- Highest number of goals scored this season, held by Marcus Holman
34- Number of goals scored by Florida rookie, Kieran McArdle, to break the MLL rookie scoring record
4- Number of teams left as we head into post-season play
Ohio Machine at Rochester Rattlers
When: Saturday, August 16th @ 3PM ET
Watch: CBS Sports Network
Last time they met: Ohio 17, Rochester 15
Despite being the 1v4 matchup in this years post-season, it is certainly too soon to count out Ohio. During both times they have met this year, the Machine have found themselves victorious, winning both at home and at Rochester. Despite Rochester having the home field advantage for the semifinals, they will certainly have to come out swinging to defeat this tenacious Ohio team, who is going into the post-season with a five-game win streak. The winner of this matchup will face the winner of New York-Denver in the Championship Game on August 23rd.
New York Lizards at Denver Outlaws
When: Saturday, August 16th @ 5:30PM ET
Watch: CBS Sports Network
Last time they met: New York 12, Denver 11 (OT)
The Lizards and the Outlaws will face off for the second consecutive week, this time at Denver. Last week, the Lizards came out on top after an over time goal just over two minutes into sudden victory. Earlier in the season, it was the Outlaws who got the W, with a convincing 16-11 win at home. The winner of this week’s game will face the winner of Rochester-Ohio in the Championship Game on August 23rd.
Onto the post-season: The final four teams have been chosen, and Week 15 marks the semifinals of the 2014 season. Rochester secured the #1 seed, and will face #4 Ohio at home in the first game. #3 New York will play at #2 Denver, facing off for the second consecutive week. The winner of each game will meet up in this year’s Championship Game held at Kennesaw State University. Tickets start at just $20 and can be found HERE.
FOGO on top: This year’s first award went to New York’s Greg Gurenlian, who has officially earned 2014 FOGO Award, presented by The Faceoff Academy. This season Gurenlian beat out tough competition at the X, mainly his World Team teammate Chris Eck, to be the leading FOGO in the league. He finishes the season winning 207 of 329 face-offs, and leads the league in ground balls with 101.
McArdle takes the title: An undeniable standout this year, rookie Kieran McArdle has taken the title of Cascade Rookie of the Year for the 2014 season. With some tough shoes to fill after Rob Pannell took the title last season, McArdle broke the Rookie Scoring Record during his final regular season game, ending the 2014 season with 34 goals, a title that had been held since 2008 by Kevin Huntley. McArdle will certainly be a forced to be reckoned with in the 2015 season.
Holman ends in first: Marcus Holman came up big in the Ohio victory this week, leading the team with four goals on the night. This final regular season performance put Holman in the number one spot for goals scored this year (37), beating out Eric Law by only 1 (36). Holman will need another big performance this week against Rochester to help his team stay alive.
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