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Power Rankings Week 1

By MLL Insider |  4/29/14 1:30 PM

Power Rankings Week 1


 

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.

Ranking

Team

Last Week

Power Ranking

Comments

1

Denver Outlaws

 2

90

The Denver Outlaws took what many would assume to be a safe lead over the Inaugural Florida Launch Saturday night at FAU Stadium, but were really tried in the second half of the game, and even shut out in the third quarter. Chris Bocklet was awarded Player of the Game, recording five points to keep the Launch at bay. Although their initial game seemed promising, closing out the first half 11-1, their defensive slip in the second allowed the Launch to bounce back, 14-10.

Rachel Villari | MLL Staff Writer

2

Chesapeake Bayhawks

 1

84

The Chesapeake Bayhawks were given a rude awakening back into the MLL season Sunday, falling to the Boston Cannons 15-9. Goaltender Kip Turner left the game in the second quarter with an undisclosed injury and was replaced by Tyler Fiorito, who allowed six goals on seven shots in the second. Brendan Mundorf proved to be a good offensive asset to the team, scoring two even strength goals, a power play goal, and assisting on three others.

Rachel Villari | MLL Staff Writer

3

Boston Cannons

  5

 

80

The Cannons defense contributed largely to their downfalls last year, but it looks to be a stregth in 2014. Brodie Merrill helped keep the Bayhawks in single-digits and Kevin Buchanan showed he's a legit scorer with a career-high seven goals. Boston had a tough draw facing the defending champs on 2014 Faceoff Weekend, but they handled it with flying colors.

Paul Ryan | MLL Staff Writer

4

  4

 

77

The New York Lizards might've won their first of the season, but just marginally. Rob Pannell made a big impact for the team offensively, netting a game-high six goals, currently sitting pretty second in the League in scoring behind Boston Cannon's Kevin Buchanan. Greg Gurenlian was also a force to be reckoned with, taking a little over half of his faceoffs but charging to the net himself once won. The Lizards performed when needed, most notably after the first half when they were trailing by a goal. They came out for the second fired, scoring seven consecutive goals.

Rachel Villari | MLL Staff Writer

5

Charlotte Hounds

  3

 

75

There weren't too many positives for the Hounds in their first game this season, but it's still plenty early and I'm sure there was some rust coming into the opener. Again, this team might have a rough go of it in the first several weeks, but if their collegiate draft picks join the team around Weeks 4 or 5, this team will get another gear down the stretch.

Paul Ryan | MLL Staff Writer

6

Ohio Machine

 6

 

73

In Saturday’s win over Charlotte, the Machine looked like – well, a Machine. Kyle Harrison alone makes this team twice as good as last year and that doesn’t even factor in his leadership skills. Peter Baum also looked fantastic in his first MLL game and Chad Wiedmaier had a performance worthy of Warrior Defensive Player of the Week. Not to mention the team still doesn’t have Steele Stanwick.

Paul Ryan | MLL Staff Writer

7

7

 

67

Florida did not come out of the gate strong in their first-ever game, trailing 11-1 at halftime. However, the team outscored Denver 9-3 in the second half and goaltender Adam Fullerton proved the Launch have two viable options in net this season. The Launch are now in the middle of a three-game homestand.

Paul Ryan | MLL Staff Writer

8

Rochester Ratlers

 8

59

The Rochester Rattlers certainly gave the New York Lizards a run for their money in their opening game this past weekend. In the first half they were able to match their state rivals almost goal for goal with offensive contributions from Justin Turri and Daniel Hardy, who both scored a hat tricks (one of Turri's three was a 2-pointer). The Rattlers, however, were unable to contain the Lizards' halftime revamp, letting them rush through defense for seven consecutive goals. 

Rachel Villari | MLL Staff Writer

 

 

 



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