By Jackie Loson | 6/21/13 12:20 PM
Rochester Rattlers @ Hamilton Nationals
Saturday, June 22 - 7:00 p.m. (ET) Florida Atlantic University [FAU] Stadium, Boca Raton, FL
Florida Atlantic University [FAU] in Boca Raton, FL, will host this weekend’s MLL match-up between the Hamilton Nationals (5-2), and the Rochester Rattlers (3-4). Both teams are coming off a loss from last week, and will look to turn things around as the League enters the second half of the season.
This will be the 6th all-time meeting between the two franchises, with Hamilton holding a commanding 4-1 advantage in the series. Last season, the two teams split their meetings, each taking a win at their home field. Hamilton got the first on June 9, defeating the Rattlers 17-8, fueled by an eight goal production in the second quarter. Two weeks later Rochester rallied to take down the Nationals 17-10, behind a six point performance by Player of the Game Jordan MacIntosh.
The Rattlers will hope for a similar outcome as they enter their third, and final destination game this season. The team is 1-1 in neutral site games so far this year, and averaging 15 points in those match-ups. Rochester has lost their past two road games, most recently giving up a 13-11 decision to the Ohio Machine last weekend.
The trouble has come mostly in the offensive end as Rochester is ranked sixth in the League with 10.57 goals per game. Goaltender John Galloway is the bright spot, boasting an average of 21.33 saves over the last three outings. The defense will need to limit shots though, as Galloway is seeing nearly 30 per game.
Hamilton enters the weekend on a two game slide after starting the season 5-0. The game in Boca Raton will be their fifth consecutive trip away from Ron Joyce Stadium. After missing Brett Queener and Brodie Merrill in their 12-10 loss to New York last weekend, the two veterans should be back.
Queener is currently ranked second in the League with a .594 save percentage, and is limiting teams to an average of 11.33 goals per game. Merrill has vacuumed up 41 ground balls, while also posting five points on the season. The two add leadership and stability to the back end. Hamilton is seeing MVP like play out of Kevin Crowley, as the midfielder is leading the League with 32 points and 23 goals.
Visit www.YouTube.com/mll to see these two teams duke it out this Saturday, June 22, at 7 p.m. (ET).