By Natalie Johnson | 5/14/14 2:15 PM
There are four games on Saturday this week starting at 6 p.m. Here's what you need to know in advance of the weekend.
Rochester Rattlers 15, New York Lizards 9
The Rattlers were able to avenge their Week 1 loss to the Lizards, this time holding New York to just nine goals, compared to the 18 they gave up in the opening week matchup. The Lizards got out to an early 4-1 lead, but a productive 2nd quarter and strong run after halftime put the Rattlers out in front and ultimately gave them the victory. Dave Lawson and Steven Boyle recorded hat tricks for the Rattlers, while Ned Crotty had a hat trick for New York.
Charlotte Hounds 12, Chesapeake Bayhawks 7
Charlotte nabbed their first victory of the 2014 season and proved that they hadn’t forgotten about last season’s MLL Championship game loss to the Bayhawks, decisively defeating Chesapeake 12-7 on Saturday night. The two teams had to battle the elements – and a two-hour rain delay – but Charlotte began the game on a 4-0 run and never relinquished the lead. Mike Sawyer’s hat trick and an impressive 14-for-21 performance at the X by Tim Fallon helped the Hounds move to 1-2 on the season, while Chesapeake now has a record of 1-2 as well.
Denver Outlaws 10, Boston Cannons 9 (OT)
The Cannons pushed Denver to the brink, but the Outlaws were able to come out on top thanks to a heads-up play by Chris Bocklet in overtime that resulted in the game-winning goal. Eric Law had a hat trick for Denver, while Kevin Buchanan also recorded three goals for the Cannons. Jesse Schwartzman had a .727 save percentage for Denver and became the MLL’s all time winningest goalie, which also got him Warrior Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Florida Launch 10, Ohio Machine 9
Ohio had a chance in the final seconds to send the game to extra time, but Florida and goalkeeper Brett Queener remained resilient and got their second victory of the season by a score of 10-9. Warrior Offensive Player of the Week Casey Powell played a vital role in the victory, recording five goals for the Launch. The game also saw two highly touted rookies each score the first goal of their MLL careers, as No. 1 overall pick Tom Schreiber scored for Ohio in the second quarter, and No. 5 draftee Kieran McArdle added a point for Florida in the fourth.
61: The number of victories Denver goalie Jesse Schwartzman now has in his career, which makes him the all-time wins leader for MLL goalies. Schwartzman was instrumental in the Outlaws’ 10-9 overtime win vs. the Cannons on Saturday night, stopping 24 of 33 shots.
3: The number of points Casey Powell needs to tie Ryan Boyle’s MLL record for career points. The record currently stands at 424, and after his five-goal performance last week, Powell has 421. Since he has tallied at least five points in each game this season, Powell could certainly take that title this Saturday when Florida faces Chesapeake.
4:The combined number of power play goals scored by all teams this weekend, the fewest of any week this season. No team in the league has scored on more than 50% of their power play opportunities in 2014.
Charlotte Hounds at Boston Cannons
When: Saturday, May 17 @ 6:00 PM EST
Syndicated: FS Florida, FS South, SportSouth, Altitude
Last time they met: Boston 17, Charlotte 16- OT (July 6, 2013 in Boston)
The Hounds finally got their first victory of the season last week against the Bayhawks, while Boston lost a heartbreaker in overtime to the Outlaws. Jordan Burke is having an outstanding year in the net for Boston, which could be a huge problem for the Hounds, who are tied for last in the league in goals scored. Charlotte will try to get to .500, but the Cannons are also looking to finally get their second win of the year after consecutively dropping two close matches.
Florida Launch at Chesapeake Bayhawks
When: Saturday, May 17 @ 7:00 PM EST
Last time they met: first meeting
Chesapeake seems far removed from the Steinfeld Cup-winning team of last season, having struggled in the early weeks and notching only one win, an overtime victory over New York. However, the Florida Launch are on the road for the first time this week, so the Bayhawks will look to bounce back against this new team playing in an unfamiliar setting. Both teams certainly have things to improve upon in the coming weeks: Chesapeake is last in the league with a -10 goal differential, while Florida has picked up the fewest ground balls of any team in the league, snagging only 68 GBs over three games.
New York Lizards at Ohio Machine
When: Saturday, May 17 @ 8:00 PM EST
Syndicated: TWC Wisconsin
Last time they met: New York 14, Ohio 11 (August 10, 2013 in New York)
New York wasn’t able to complete the season sweep of Rochester last week, instead being held to single digits and losing their second consecutive game. The Machine are also 1-2 on the season after dropping a close game to the Florida Launch. Ohio has had trouble falling behind early in games, and New York had a big first quarter last week, so look for the opening minutes to set the tone in this matchup.
Rochester Rattlers at Denver Outlaws
When: Saturday, May 17 @ 9:00 PM EST
Watch: CBS Sports Network
Last time they met: Denver 12, Rochester 9 (July 20, 2013 in Rochester)
Denver continued their win streak last week, but just barely. Despite a dominant performance at the X and strong play in the net, the Outlaws were pushed to overtime, where they narrowly escaped the Cannons and remained undefeated. Meanwhile, Rochester continues to improve, but that progress will be put to the test this week in Denver. The Rattlers had nine different players with at least one goal last week, and they’ll need to continue that balanced offense if they want to knock off the Outlaws.
Breaking the Record: Kevin Leveille has 265 goals in his career and is just five goals away from tying the all-time MLL record for goals scored. Leveille and the Rattlers will have to face Denver’s Jesse Schwartzman this weekend, who has a goals against average of just 9.64.
Home Sweet Home: Ohio is the last team remaining to have not played a home game, but that changes this weekend. The Machine opened the season with three consecutive road games, but they finally return home to Selby Stadium this Saturday to face off against the New York Lizards.
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