By Natalie Johnson | 5/21/14 11:00 AM
There won’t be any MLL action this weekend, but last Saturday’s outstanding games deserve a second look.
Boston Cannons 14, Charlotte Hounds 6
It was a one-sided affair at Harvard Stadium, as the Cannons dominated every aspect of the game en route to a 14-6 victory over the Hounds. Paul Rabil had a six-point game (3 G, 3 A), and Boston also got two goals each from Will Manny, Stephen Berger, Owen Blye, and Kevin Buchanan. Hounds’ goalkeeper Adam Ghitelman struggled in his first game of 2014, but Josh Hawkins and John Haus were each able to tally two goals for Charlotte. Chris Eck dominated the X for Boston, winning 19 of 24 face offs.
Florida Launch 15, Chesapeake Bayhawks 12
The Launch were able to withstand a late run from Chesapeake and hang on for a 15-12 win in their first road game of the season. Kieran McArdle recorded five goals in just his second MLL game, and Garrett Thul scored three goals. Casey Powell’s 7-point game (1 G, 6 A) moved him into first place on the MLL All-Time Scoring list, a position he held previously from 2008 to 2013. On the bright side for Chesapeake, they nearly came back from a nine-goal deficit, and Steven Brooks had a strong game, with 3 goals, including one 2-point goal.
New York Lizards 11, Ohio Machine 9
The Machine’s home opener was a tight one, but New York used a big third quarter and 4 second-half goals from Tommy Palasek to defeat Ohio 11-9. Drew Adams recorded 12 saves for the Lizards, and Joe Fletcher was named Warrior Defensive Player of the Week in his first MLL game for his work containing the Ohio offense. Peter Baum and Tom Schreiber each scored three goals for the Machine.
Denver Outlaws 14, Rochester Rattlers 8
Denver improved to 4-0 on the season with their 14-8 victory over Rochester on Saturday night, using a hat trick from Drew Snider and 14 saves on 22 shots by Jesse Schwartzman to secure the win. Although the teams were fairly even statistically, the Outlaws’ six goals in the 4th quarter proved to be too much for the Rattlers to overcome. Steven Boyle and Sam Bradman led scoring for Rochester, each notching two goals.
6: The number of Tewaaraton Award winners that played in the New York-Ohio game last weekend. Kyle Harrison (2005 winner), Steele Stanwick (2011), and Peter Baum (2012) took the field for the Machine, while Max Seibald (2009), Ned Crotty (2010), and Rob Pannell (2013) appeared for the Lizards.
.792: The face off winning percentage of Boston’s Chris Eck last weekend, who went 19-for-24 and absolutely dominated the Charlotte Hounds at midfield. That is the highest single game winning percentage this season.
22: Ryan Young has scored at least one point in his last 22 games, a streak that dates back to August 11, 2012. He continued his streak last week with an assist to John Haus in the third quarter.
Trading Places: Casey Powell’s return to the top of MLL All Time Scoring list has been well documented this week. Powell first broke the record on June 10, 2008, and held the title until Ryan Boyle set a new record on May 11, 2013. Now Powell is back in front, but with Boyle just one point behind, we could be seeing these two trade places on the list multiple times this season.
Tewaaraton Finalists: The 2014 Tewaaraton Award will be given out next Thursday, May 29, in Washington D.C. Among this year’s finalists are two MLL rookies: Ohio M Tom Schreiber, who has already recorded five points through his first two MLL games, and New York D Joe Fletcher, who was named Warrior Defensive Player of the Week after his first professional game last week. In addition, two MLL draftees are finalists: Jordan Wolf of Duke and Miles Thompson of Albany.
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