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Preseason Power Rankings

By MLL Insider |  4/18/14 11:00 AM

Preseason Power Rankings


 

During the 2014 MLL season, Major League Lacrosse will be using a power ranking system to show fans how their favorite team stacks up against the competition. A teams' power ranking is based on voting conducted by MLL.com's contributing writers. After raw scores from the writers are combined, teams will then be rated on a scale of 1-100. That final number will represent a team's power ranking for that week.

Note: Last year’s rankings come from the end of the regular season.

Ranking

Team

Last Week

Power Ranking

Comments

1

Chesapeake Bayhawks

 2

95

It’s hard to critique a team that has won two consecutive Steinfeld Trophies and almost one third of the championship titles since the League’s inception, but if there’s a will, head coach Dave Cottle will find a way. Although the Bayhawks said goodbye to key players like John Grant Jr. and Casey Powell, they added Brendan Mundorf, who brings with him a 44-point average in six MLL seasons. With the return of Kip Turner in net, who ended the playoffs with an impressive 10.00 goals against average, the Bayhawks should be locked and loaded coming out of the gate.

Rachel Villari | MLL Staff Writer

2

Denver Outlaws

 1

87

Per usual, the Denver Outlaws will be a force to be reckoned with this season. They flaunted an untouchable record of 14-0 last regular season, but had another embarrassing early exit from the playoffs. Despite their poor post-season, the team had a league-record five players named to the 2013 All-MLL Team, only one of which--Brendan Mundorf (A)--has since been traded. With returning players such as Chris Bocklet (A), Jeremy Sieverts (M), Lee Zink (D), and goaltender Jesse Scwartzman, the Outlaws will remain a threat throughout the entire length of the field. 

 

Rachel Villari | MLL Staff Writer

3

Charlotte Hounds

  4

 

77

I’ve been saying it forever, but the Hounds had a fantastic draft in 2014. However, that may not necessarily help them in the 2014 season. The team lost the offense of Peet Poillon, but do bring back Ryan Young and Mike Sawyer who had massive postseasons. Add that with Matt Danowski and a strong core of young players and the Hounds will compete for a playoff spot once again.

Paul Ryan | MLL Staff Writer

4

  7

 

76

The New York Lizards spent majority of last season trying to stay afloat while plagued with injury and an inability to show up on the scoreboard. Their defense remains steadfast, upheld by legendary Drew Adams, who led the league with the most saves in 2013. Now, they just need to capitalize on their possession, which should be no issue since they've locked down Greg Gurenlian, even though they lost Stephen Peyser. In efforts to boost their offensive output, the Lizards acquired MLL veteran Matt Striebel and Ned Crotty.

Rachel Villari | MLL Staff Writer

5

Boston Cannons

  6

 

72

Boston has the best long pole in the history of the league on their side with their acquisition of Brodie Merrill. Their offense is another year older (good for some, bad for others) and Paul Rabil is still Paul Rabil. The biggest thing for the Cannons is a full year of leadership under head coach John Tucker.

Paul Ryan | MLL Staff Writer

6

Ohio Machine

 8

 

61

The Machine boast one of the most potent offenses in the league and bring in both Kyle Harrison and Peter Baum from LXM. They need to wait until the midway point of the season before they find out whether top selection Tom Schreiber will play with the team. Ohio should match their win totals from the first two seasons combined – at least.

Paul Ryan | MLL Staff Writer

7

NR

 

57

On paper, the Launch do not scream “playoff team,” but they don’t play the games on paper. The team adds a legend in Casey Powell to a solid attack led by 2013 scoring champ Kevin Crowley. Factor in a full season of Garrett Thul and Tucker Durkin and the Launch should make a big push in their first-ever season.

Paul Ryan | MLL Staff Writer

8

Rochester Ratlers

 5

51

The Rochester Rattlers slowly improved defensively throughout the 2013 season, but not as much so offensively. Most of their point-racking depended on young talent such as rookie midfielders Dave Lawson and John Ranagan; two players that this year, team management hopes to see continue to grow. In addition to Kevin Leveille, the Rattlers also added MLL veteran Mark Matthews in the place of Ned Crotty and Matt Striebel to add some maturity and finesse to their offense. As a result of the less-than-stellar attack force, however, Rochester had a chance to grow defensively both in depth and control of the game. Goaltender John Galloway led the fourth best defense in the league last season while posting an impressive save percentage of 0.525.

Rachel Villari | MLL Staff Writer

 

 

 



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