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Power Rankings Week 2

By MLL Insider |  5/6/14 2:00 PM

Power Rankings Week 2


 

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

 1

92

The Outlaws proved not only they can win big, but they can also come from behind as well. Denver fired back from 11-7 down in the fourth quarter to take their 22nd straight regular season victory by the score of 14-12. The team still hasn't lost at home since June 2, 2012, which proves they're the cream of the MLL crop until someone else can knock them off.

 

Paul Ryan | MLL Staff Writer

2

Ohio Machine

 6

86

Ohio stayed low in the rankings last week because everyone wanted to make sure Week 1 wasn't a fluke -- it sure wasn't. The Machine nearly pulled the upset over the Outlaws but just fell short in the final 15 minutes. This team is dangerous and all seven other teams should take note. Ohio could also be adding No. 1 selection Tom Schreiber in the coming weeks, which would make them even scarier attacking the net.

 

Paul Ryan | MLL Staff Writer

   3

Chesapeake Bayhawks

  2

83

Chesapeake was supposed to be the undisputed top team in the league this year and they've been anything but that. A six-goal loss to Boston and an overtime win at home over the Lizards have not impressed, but it's still early and the team is still adjusting the offense to accommodate Brendan Mundorf. The team is still without Drew Westervelt and Joe Walters due to indoor commitments, so adding two top-5 point getters from last year will definitely help.

 

Paul Ryan | MLL Staff Writer

4

 4

80

New York nearly became the first team to 2-0, but former Lizard Stephen Peyser had different ideas, scoring the OT winner to give Chesapeake the 12-11 victory. New York's been pretty much as expected this year -- a team that will compete for a playoff spot that show they can compete for the ultimate prize late in the season. The big thing with New York is consistency, and a rematch against Week 1 opponent Rochester favors the Lizards.

 

Paul Ryan | MLL Staff Writer

   5

Boston Cannons

  3

76

The Cannons looked like world-beaters in their Week 1 victory over Chesapeake, but scoring seven goals in a game is never going to cut it. Granted, John Galloway was outstanding for Rochester, the Cannons have to win close games like that if they want to get back in the postseason. The good news for Boston is that Jordan Burke has regained his old form, posting a .605 save percentage and an 8.50 goals against average.

 

Paul Ryan | MLL Staff Writer

6

Rochester Ratlers

  8

74

The Rattlers did beat the Cannons this past weekend, but the Cannons are still just a hair better right now. Rochester's defense really impressed, allowing the fewest goals by a team this season. The team could really use another big offensive threat and Jordan Wolf is the perfect candidate to slip right in. Unfortunately for Rochester, should Wolf join the team, it wouldn't be until late May because of how good Duke is.

 

Paul Ryan | MLL Staff Writer

7

 7

71

The Launch won their first-ever game, downing the Charlotte Hounds, 11-8. Meanwhile, Casey Powell leads the league in points at age 39 and is really flourishing in his home state. The team might also have Kieran McArdle this weekend, which would be a massive boost to this offense. Florida will start to come around in the coming months, but right now they're still in the feeling out process.

 

Paul Ryan | MLL Staff Writer

8

Charlotte Hounds

  5

65

Speaking of feeling out process, the Hounds just look lost in the first two weeks. The team has scored just 16 goals on the year and is dead last in the league with a .167 save percentage. This will not last, as Charlotte's far better than they're playing right now, but the Hounds need to snap out of it soon or else they'll be in some big trouble soon.

 

Paul Ryan | MLL Staff Writer

 
   


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