By Natalie Johnson | 6/4/14 12:30 PM
Four games on hand this weekend, starting with tomorrow's clash between Rochester and Chesapeake. Here's your primer to get you ready.
New York Lizards 11, Boston Cannons 10
It was a back-and-forth affair at Shuart Stadium, as neither team ever led by more than two goals. Ultimately, the Lizards came out on top, thanks in part to a five-point game from Ned Crotty, who scored the game-winning goal to complete his hat trick. Despite two goals and four assists from Paul Rabil, as well as multi-goal games from Will Manny and Stephen Berger, the Cannons fall to 2-3 on the season. New York is now 3-2.
Denver Outlaws 13, Charlotte Hounds 11
Despite holding a brief fourth-quarter lead over Denver, the Hounds (1-4) couldn’t come up with enough late-game offense to end the Outlaws’ winning streak, which now moves to 25. John Grant Jr. was named Coca-Cola Player of the Game after recording four goals and an assist for the Outlaws (5-0), and Eric Law added a hat trick of his own. John Haus and Mike Sawyer each scored twice for Charlotte, and Adam Ghitelman had 17 saves.
Ohio Machine 15, Chesapeake Bayhawks 11
Ohio used a 7-point run in the second half to put the game away and finally record their second win of the season, while Chesapeake fell to 1-4 on the year. Marcus Holman had four goals, including a 2-point power play goal, which earned him Warrior Offensive Player of the Week honors. The Machine also got hat tricks from Peter Baum and Logan Schuss, while Brendan Mundorf recorded three goals for Chesapeake.
Rochester Rattlers 18, Florida Launch 11
The Rattlers (3-2) put a stop to Florida’s three-game win streak and shut down the Launch (3-2) in the second half, allowing just three goals after halftime. Rochester took their first lead of the game at the end of the second quarter, and they never looked back. Jordan MacIntosh had four goals, while Kevin Leveille and Dave Lawson each had three. John Ortolani was dominant at the X, winning 21 of 33 face offs for Rochester. Kevin Crowley and Jordan Hall each recorded four points for the Launch, and Garrett Thul also added three goals.
12: The number of penalties in the Ohio-Chesapeake matchup, which was the most in any game this season. The Machine were 4-for-7 on the man up advantage, while the Bayhawks were 1-for-5.
3: After scoring three goals in last week’s game against Florida, Rochester’s Kevin Leveille is now just three goals away from breaking the all-time MLL record, which is currently held by Tim Goettelmann at 270.
2: The number of ground balls picked up by New York defenseman Tim Henderson in his first game since returning from a year of military duty in Afghanistan. Henderson played 11 games for the Lizards in 2012 after graduating from the United States Military Academy.
Chesapeake Bayhawks at Rochester Rattlers
When: Thursday, June 5 @ 7:30 PM EST
Watch: CBS Sports Network
Last time they met: Chesapeake 12, Rochester 8 (August 3, 2013 in Annapolis)
The Bayhawks’ struggles continued last week against Ohio, but perhaps the anticipated return of Joe Walters (NLL commitments) will spark the club and get the offense going. However, the Rattlers are coming off an impressive win against the Launch, and with the addition of some highly touted rookies, Rochester is clearly a team that’s on the rise. The Bayhawks have had several great quarters and a few near-wins, but they’re still looking for that complete game effort to notch their second win of the year. The Bayhawks’ defense will have to step up if they want to have a chance, though– the Rattlers are second in the league in goals scored, while Chesapeake has given up a league-worst 66 goals this year.
Boston Cannons at Ohio Machine
When: Friday, June 6 @ 8:00 PM EST
Watch: CBS Sports Network
Last time they met: Ohio 16, Boston 12 (August 3, 2013 in Boston)
Ohio has now matched their win total from each of the past two seasons, but Bear Davis’ squad won’t be satisfied with that. They’ll welcome the Cannons to Selby Stadium on Friday, and Boston is looking to bounce back after a narrow loss last week. Chris Eck seems poised to have a strong game at the X, as he’ll be looking for redemption following last week’s 9-for-25 performance. Meanwhile, Ohio is coming off a game in which most of their offensive weapons were firing, as Marcus Holman, Peter Baum, Kyle Harrison, and Logan Schuss each scored multiple goals. It will be interesting to see if that performance can be repeated this week when they encounter Jordan Burke and his league-best 8.86 goals against average.
New York Lizards at Florida Launch
When: Saturday, June 7 @ 5:30 PM EST
Watch: CBS Sports Network
Last time they met: first meeting
The Launch return home after a tough loss on the road, but the New York Lizards will be coming into town on a two-game win streak. Neither team’s goalie played as well as usual last week, but both Drew Adams and Brett Queener are veteran netminders who can return to form quickly. Meanwhile, Florida will need to start executing more quality possessions, as they are currently last in the league in shots on goal. They might have even fewer chances than usual this week, as they’ll be dealing with Gurenlian at midfield.
Denver Outlaws at Charlotte Hounds
When: Saturday, June 7 @ 7:30 PM EST
Syndicated: Altitude2, MSG+, Prime Ticket, SportSouth, SportsTime Ohio
Last time they met: Denver 13, Charlotte 11 (May 30, 2014 in Denver)
Charlotte and Denver will meet for the second time in nine days, although this time the Hounds will have home field advantage. Last week’s game was a little closer than anticipated, so look to see if the Hounds will use that momentum and challenge the Outlaws two weeks in a row. If Charlotte wants to record their second win of the season, they’ll have to get past Anthony Kelly at the X and Jason Schwartzman in the net, as both of those Outlaws had their way with the Hounds last week.
Home Sweet Home: This season, home teams have a combined winning percentage of .700 in MLL matchups. Three teams are undefeated on their own turf, while only Ohio has yet to win a home game.
Nearing a Milestone: Greg Gurenlian needs just 27 more face off attempts to reach 2,000 for his career. He has taken an average of 28 face offs per game this year, so the milestone could be reached this weekend. Only Denver’s Anthony Kelly has taken more face offs in the history of the league, with 2,563.
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