MLL News and Notes: July 20
By MLL Statistics and Information |
7/20/11 3:31 PM
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Players of the Week
Offensive Player of the Week
Danny Glading, Chesapeake Bayhawks
Glading helped the Bayhawks move into a tie for second place in the MLL standings with a 12-11 overtime victory over the Hamilton Nationals on Saturday night at Ron Joyce Stadium. He scored two goals with two assists as the Bayhawks improved to 5-3 on the season. Glading is the Bayhawks’ leading scorer with 15 goals and 11 assists. He ranks sixth in the MLL with 26 points in eight games.
Defensive Player of the Week
Drew Adams, Long Island Lizards
Adams helped the Lizards prevent the Boston Cannons from earning a berth in Sports Authority MLL Championship Weekend with a 12-11 victory at Shuart Stadium on Saturday night. He made a career-high 24 saves, including 12 in the second half, while helping the Lizards snap Boston’s five-game win streak. Adams, who leads the MLL in minutes played (468:32) and saves (117), ranks fourth in the MLL with a 12.68 goals against average and a .542 save percentage.
Cascade Rookie of the Week
John Galloway, Rochester Rattlers
Galloway led the Rattlers to their first win of the season with a 9-8 victory over the Denver Outlaws on Saturday night at INVESCO Field at Mile High, snapping the Rattlers’ seven-game losing streak. He made a season-high 19 saves while allowing a season-low eight goals. Galloway made six saves in the second quarter while limiting Denver to one goal as the Rattlers built a 4-3 lead at the intermission.Galloway, who has appeared in six games this season, has posted a 14.45 goals against average while stopping 51.2 per cent of the shots he has faced.
MLL News and Notes
PLAYOFF POTENTIAL: A pair of teams could clinch a spot in the 2011 Sports Authority MLL Championship Weekend presented by Warrior this week. A Boston win over Hamilton will secure a playoff berth for the Cannons, who are in first place with a 6-2 record. Meanwhile, the Denver Outlaws can secure their sixth straight playoff appearance with a win and a Long Island loss against the Chesapeake Bayhawks.
ON THE OTHER HAND: While the Cannons and the Outlaws can clinch a playoff spot this weekend, the Rochester Rattlers will be eliminated from playoff consideration with a loss against the Outlaws on Saturday night. It will be the second meeting in two weeks between the two teams after Rochester edged Denver, 9-8, last Saturday night.
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT: All three games last week were decided by one-point margins, including the third overtime game of the season. While Chesapeake edged Hamilton in overtime, Long Island rallied from a five-point deficit to post a 12-11 victory over league-leading Boston. Meanwhile, Rochester snapped its seven-game losing streak with a 9-8 victory over Denver.
IT HAD TO END SOMETIME: The Boston Cannons saw an end to their five-game win streak with a 12-11 loss against the Long Island Lizards last Saturday night. It was their first loss since a 13-12 setback against Denver on May 21. During the five-game win streak, the Cannons outscored their opponents by an 84-57 margin. In addition, midfielder Paul Rabil tallied 29 of his league-high 37 points while goalkeeper Jordan Burke had a .617 save percentage and a 10.20 goals against average.
OVERTIME IS OUR TIME: With their 12-11 victory over the Hamilton Nationals on Saturday night, the Chesapeake Bayhawks extended their streak of overtime victories to eight straight games, dating back to the 2004 season. The Bayhawks have not lost an overtime game since July 24, 2004 when they dropped a 17-16 decision against Long Island at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. The Bayhawks have an outstanding 10-1 regular season record in overtime games; they lost their only postseason overtime game in 2003 with a 15-14 setback against the Lizards in the MLL Championship Game.
30 ROCK: With his two-point goal in the Bayhawks’ 12-11 overtime victory over Hamilton on Saturday night, Chesapeake midfielder Kyle Dixon became the second player in MLL history to tally 30 career two-point goals. Dixon, who has scored five goals with six assists this year, needs three more two-point goals to tie the all-time record held by Roy Colsey.
RABIL ON A RAMPAGE: Over the last four games, Boston Cannons midfielder Paul Rabil has been on a scoring tear with 22 points. He has tallied at least four points in each game, including a seven-point effort against Denver on July 3. Rabil, who is the MLL’s leading scorer with 20 goals and 37 points, was held to a pair of goals, including a two-point marker, and an assist against Long Island last Saturday night. Rabil has scored 98 career goals, including 20 two-point goals, with 43 assists. He had his 150th career point against Chesapeake on June 25.
HOME RUN: Chesapeake Bayhawks attackman Danny Glading has scored 13 of his 15 goals this season at home. In addition, 20 of his 26 points have come in the Bayhawks’ five home games.
BRODIE 500: Heading into the Hamilton Nationals’ game against Boston on Saturday, Hamilton defenseman Brodie Merrill has a good chance to become the second player in MLL history to record 500 career ground balls. He has posted 494 ground balls in his seven-year MLL career, including a career-high 101 ground balls during the 2007 season. Paul Cantabene is the all-time leader with 538 ground balls.
24: Long Island Lizards goalkeeper Drew Adams set a career high by making 24 saves in the Lizards’ 12-11 victory over the Boston Cannons on Saturday night. He also made 12 saves in the second half as the Lizards held the Cannons, who have scored a league-high 116 goals in eight games, to just one goal after the intermission. The 24 saves matched an MLL season high after Boston’s Jordan Burke had 24 saves against the Lizards on June 11.
NOTHING GETS BY BURKE: In addition to leading the MLL in scoring offense through the first eight weeks of the season, the Boston Cannons can also boast one of the league’s top goalkeepers as Jordan Burke leads the MLL with a .614 save percentage while ranking second in the league with a 10.15 goals against average. Burke made 15 saves in the Cannons’ loss at Long Island last Saturday night. In the last five games, Burke has posted a .634 save percentage while allowing 9.80 goals per game.
MAY THE SCHWARTZ[MAN] BE WITH YOU: Denver Outlaws goalkeeper Jesse Schwartzman has continued his stellar play this season and leads the MLL with a 9.95 goals against average while ranking second in the MLL with a .581 save percentage. He has held opponents to under 10 goals in six of his eight outings, including eight goals against Rochester last Saturday night.