By Patty Shields | 8/21/14 3:40 PM
Denver 14, New York 13
The Outlaws came out on top, 14-13, in their third game against New York this season, after having lost 12-11 in OT during Week 14. It was a back and forth battle between the two teams, Denver only sealing the win late in the 4th quarter after back-to-back goals by Snider and Sieverts, who both had 2 on the night. John Grant Jr. led the scoring with 7 points (4g, 3a), earning him Coca Cola Player of the Game. Greg Gurenlian won the battle at the X, winning 18 of 31 face-offs, but it was just not enough to defeat the tenacious Denver defense. Palasek had 3 for New York, while Kevin Unterstein, Pannell and Seibald all added 2. However, the Lizards were not able to amass enough points to out-do veteran goalkeeper, Jesse Schwartzman.
Rochester 15, Ohio 11
Rochester came back late in the game to secure a 15-11 victory over the visiting Ohio Machine. The Machine came out early with a 4-0 lead, and held their advantage through the beginning of the 4th. Impressive performances by Logan Schuss and Peter Baum helped Ohio get out ahead, but in the end were just not enough to come out on top. Kevin Leveille led the scoring for the Rattlers, scoring 6 goals on the night. Jordan Wolf (3g, 2a) and Dave Lawson (2g) also put up good numbers for the winning side, and were backed up by a rock-solid 16 save game from Warrior Goalie of the Year, John Galloway.
11.16- Goalie of the Year John Galloway’s impressive goals against average
10- The Rattlers and the Outlaws have met 10 times, the record currently being tied at 5-5
8- Number of times the Outlaws have made playoff appearances, but have yet to win the Steinfeld Trophy
5- This is Denver’s fifth trip to the Championship game
1- Only one game left in the 2014 season
Denver Outlaws at Rochester Rattlers
When: Saturday, August 23rd @ 7PM ET
Watch: CBS Sports Network
Last time they met: Rochester 19, Denver 14
Rochester defeated the Outlaws 19-14 during Week 9. Despite Denver scoring the first goal of the matchup, Rochester went into half time leading the visiting Outlaws 11-3. Ohio would eventually cut the lead to four during the 4th quarter, but a six-goal performance from rookie Mark Cockerton proved to be too much for Denver to beat out. It would be the first time during the 2014 season that Denver was trailing after the first quarter and at the half. The two teams have now faced each other a total of 10 times, both winning 5 of those match-ups.
The Battle for the Steinfeld Trophy: This year’s Championship Game will feature the Denver Outlaws and the Rochester Rattlers, the first and second place teams after the 2014 regular season. The game will be a rematch of the 2008 MLL Championship Game, where the Rattlers came out with the Steinfeld Trophy after a 16-6 victory over Denver.
A Year of Good Sports: This year’s US Lacrosse/MLL Sportsmanship of the Year awards have been giving to Chesapeake’s Matt Abbott and the Rochester Rattlers. Abbott, a six-year veteran, is known on and off the field for his sportsmanship. His willingness to adapt to new positions to help his team succeed, and success as an assistant coach during the off-season have made him known throughout the lacrosse world. The Rattlers were previous monthly winners of the Sportsmanship Award, having demonstrated a high level of play and class throughout the 2014 season.
A Rock in the Net: The 2014 Warrior Goalie of the Year Award has been given to the Rochester Rattlers John Galloway. Galloway led the Rattlers to a 10-4 regular season, and played a large role in their semi-final victory over Ohio. He held a season and career best 11.6 GA average, and recorded 194 saves in his 14 games.
Coaching to Succeed: Rochester has had an impressive season across the board, led by this year’s Brine Coach of the Year, Tim Soudan. Soudan has led the Rattlers to a 10-4 regular season, including winning the US Lacrosse/MLL Sportsmanship Award. A former Rattler himself, playing from 2001-2003, Soudan hopes to lead his team to victory this week during the MLL Championship Game.
Turri’s Impressive Improvements: Another member of the Rattlers team taking an award this year is Justin Turri, receiving this year’s Warrior Most Improved Player honors. Turri was drafted by the Hounds in 2012, and has spent time on three different MLL teams before landing in Rochester. Over his first two seasons, he amassed 24 points (13g, 2 2pt, 9a) in 22 games. This season alone, Turri has 34 points (19g, 2 2pt, 13a) in his 14 games.