By MLL Statistics and Information | 7/26/12 1:00 PM
Offensive Player of the Week
Brendan Mundorf, Denver Outlaws
Honored as the MLL Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, Mundorf scored three goals and added four assists while leading the Denver Outlaws to a 17-13 victory over the Boston Cannons at Harvard Stadium. He also posted his sixth “hat trick” of the season in the victory, which included two goals with two assists in the first half. The MLL’s second-leading scorer with 45 points, Mundorf is the Outlaws’ leading scorer with 24 goals and 21 assists this season.
Defensive Player of the Week
Kip Turner, Chesapeake Bayhawks
Turner led the Bayhawks to an 11-7 victory over the Ohio Machine on Saturday night, which clinched a playoff berth for MLL-leading Chesapeake. Named as the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game, he made 16 saves, including 12 in the second half, while allowing just five goals. He also led a Bayhawks defense that did not allow a goal in the third quarter. Turner, who earned his sixth career Defensive Player of the Week award, leads the MLL with a 9.98 goals against average and a .557 save percentage.
Cascade Rookie of the Week
Tommy Palasek, Long Island Lizards
Honored as the Cascade MLL Rookie of the Week for the second time this season, Palasek scored a season-high six goals and added an assist as the Lizards moved into third place in the MLL standings with a 19-12 victory over the Hamilton Nationals. He scored four of his goals in the second half as the Lizards overcame an early two-goal deficit to win. Palasek is tied for second on the team with 19 goals while his 23 points rank fifth on the team.
DENVER 17, @ BOSTON 13: Goalkeeper Jesse Schwartzman made 17 saves as the Denver Outlaws moved into sole possession of second place in the MLL standings by posting a 17-13 victory over the Boston Cannons at Harvard Stadium. Schwartzman, who was named as the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game, made 10 of his 17 saves in the first half as the Outlaws built an 8-5 lead before the intermission. Attackman Brendan Mundorf led Denver offensively by scoring three goals with four assists for his sixth “hat trick” of the season while Jordan McBride and Drew Snider both added three-goal efforts. Attackman Ari Sussman scored three goals with an assist in a losing effort for Boston while attackman Ryan Boyle had two goals with two assists.
@ ROCHESTER 14, CHARLOTTE 5: Midfielder Matt Striebel scored two goals and added two assists to lead the Rochester Rattlers to a 14-5 victory over the Charlotte Hounds at Sahlen’s Stadium. In addition to earning Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors with his four-point performance, Striebel also set the MLL record by playing in his 133rd career regular season game. Midfielder Roy Lang also contributed two goals with two assists in the victory for Rochester, which remained in playoff consideration. Midfielder Stephen Berger led Charlotte in a losing effort with a goal and two assists as the Hounds were eliminated from playoff consideration.
CHESAPEAKE 11, @ OHIO 7: Goalkeeper Kip Turner made 16 saves, including 12 in the second half, as the Chesapeake Bayhawks became the first team to secure a berth in the 2012 MLL Championship Weekend presented by Warrior after earning an 11-7 victory over the Ohio Machine at Selby Stadium. Turner, who earned Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors, helped the Bayhawks earn their third straight postseason appearance. While Turner led the Bayhawks defensively, midfielder Kyle Dixon contributed a four-point effort with a two-point goal and two assists. Rookie attackman Joe Cummings led Ohio by scoring three goals for the first “hat trick” of his professional career.
@ LONG ISLAND 19, HAMILTON 12: Rookie attackman Tommy Palasek scored a season-high six goals, including four in the second half, as the Long Island Lizards overcame an early two-goal deficit to hand the Hamilton Nationals a 19-12 defeat at James M. Shuart Stadium. The loss eliminated the Nationals from postseason consideration while the Lizards remained in third place in the MLL standings. Palasek, who earned Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors, led Long Island with his season-high seven-point effort while midfielder Stephen Peyser added a “hat trick” that included a pair of two-point markers. Midfielder David Earl led Hamilton with four goals in a losing effort.
TICKET PUNCHED: The Chesapeake Bayhawks became the first team to secure a berth in the 2012 MLL Championship Weekend presented by Warrior as a result of their 11-7 victory over the Ohio Machine. The Bayhawks will be making their third straight postseason appearance.
AN EVEN DOZEN: Chesapeake Bayhawks midfielder Kyle Dixon set the MLL single-season record with his 12th two-point goal of the season in last week’s win at Ohio. Of Dixon’s 15 goals this season, 12 of them have been two-point goals.
7TH HEAVEN: Denver Outlaws attackman Brendan Mundorf earned the seventh Offensive Player of the Week award of his MLL career and is now one of three players in MLL history to be named as the Offensive Player of the Week at least seven times in their career (John Grant, Jr. - 9, Casey Powell - 8).
ALONE AT THE TOP: Rochester Rattlers midfielder Matt Striebel set the MLL record on Saturday night when he plays in his 133rd career regular season game. Striebel, who is in his 12th MLL season, surpassed the record of 132 games that was held by former Long Island Lizards attackman Tim Goettelmann.
7 UP: With an MLL-leading 32 assists in 11 games, Boston Cannons midfielder Paul Rabil has moved into seventh place on the MLL’s single-season assists list, tying former New Jersey Pride attackman Jon Hess (2003) and current Hamilton Nationals attackman Casey Powell (2003 w/Rochester).
POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT: After being limited to just six goals in his previous four games, Long Island Lizards attackman Tommy Palasek exploded for a season-high six goals in last week’s win over the Hamilton Nationals. Palasek, who tallied his second “hat trick” of the season, also contributed an assist in the victory and has 23 points in 8 games this year.
MLL will host its 2012 Championship Weekend presented by Warrior on August 25 and 26 at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Mass. It will be a battle of the top four teams and will include two semi-final games on Saturday followed by the championship game on Sunday. Tickets are available now via Ticketmaster.com. To learn more about the 2012 MLL Championship Weekend presented by Warrior click here. The games will be televised live on ESPN2.