By Jessica Braveman | 8/14/14 11:40 AM
Rookie Roundup Week 14
As we enter the first round of the 2014 Major League Lacrosse playoffs, only four teams remain. Rochester, Denver, New York and Ohio will fight for a spot in the Championship Game on August 23 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennessaw, Ga. (Tickets HERE). Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s take a look at how the rookies on all eight MLL teams performed this past weekend:
The only Ohio Machine rookie to make an appearance this past weekend was Rob Guida. The rookie midfielder made his fourth appearance of the season with the Machine, and had three shots in the game.
The Rochester rookies Jordan Wolf and Miles Thompson opened up the game last week with two goals each in the first quarter. Wolf managed to net one more in the fourth, and Thompson went on to score an additional three goals, earning himself Coca-Cola Player of the Game. Mark Cockerton showed up in the fourth quarter, notching two goals for the Rattlers. John LoCascio tallied one assist and picked up five groundballs. The Rochester rookies continue to impress and look solid heading into playoffs.
Two weeks in a row Joe Fletcher has had an outstanding performance on defense. Fletcher had six groundballs and managed to keep up with powerful veterans in New York’s 13-12 OT victory over the Outlaws. Brandon Mangan also made an appearance for the Lizards, scoring the first goal of the second quarter, putting New York back in the game after falling behind.
Newly named Cascade Rookie of the Year, Kieran McArdle tallied three goals and one assist last week, breaking the MLL rookie points scoring record. His final numbers this season leave him at 34 goals and 15 assists for a total of 49 points. Joe Meurer also saw playing time, notching one goal and picking up three groundballs.
Brent Hiken and Colin Dunster were the only rookies out on the field last week for the Outlaws. In a game that went back and forth down to the wire, every goal counted. Dunster made his mark on the scoreboard with an unassisted goal in the third quarter. Hiken was responsible for scooping up two ground balls.
Six Charlotte rookies played in this past weekend’s 19-13 loss to the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Rookie defender Michael Ehrdhardt scored his first career MLL goal, and picked up two groundballs. Henry Lobb and Pat Laconi also represented the Hounds on defense, with Lobb picking up two groundballs and Laconi picking up one. Attackman Justin Ward and midfielder Mike Channenchuck were both denied goals; Ward only had one assist and Channenchuck had three shots. Rookie faceoff man Brendan Fowler went 16 for 35 at the X and picked up six groundballs in the loss.
This past weekend’s 17-8 loss to the Rochester Rattlers had four rookies in the line-up. Goalie Austin Kaut split time with starter Jordan Burke, playing for 30 minutes and making eight saves. Rob Emery had one goal, and collected two groundballs. Defenders Scott McWilliams and Jack Reilly performed well with the Cannons defense; McWilliams with three groundballs and Reilly with one.
The Bayhawks ended their season on a high note, defeating the Charlotte Hounds 19-13. Two rookies, midfielder Mark McNeil and goalie Jack Runkel, had a hand in the team’s positive end to the season. McNeil had one goal and two groundballs, and Runkel played 30 minutes in the net (splitting the time with starter Tyler Fiorito), making eight saves in the process.