By MLL Statistics and Information | 8/2/12 1:00 PM
Offensive Player of the Week
Ryan Boyle, Boston Cannons
Honored as the MLL Offensive Player of the Week for the sixth time in his career, Boyle scored two goals and matched a season high with six assists as the Cannons defeated the MLL-leading Chesapeake Bayhawks by a 16-13 margin at Harvard Stadium. Boyle, who was named as the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game for the 14th time in his career, tallied three of his six assists during the third quarter. Boyle, who ranks third in the MLL with 46 points, has contributed 16 goals with 30 assists.
Defensive Player of the Week
Joel White, Rochester Rattlers
White helped the Rattlers remain alive in the race for a spot in the postseason with a 14-13 victory over Ohio at Sahlen’s Stadium. White posted a team-high seven ground balls and anchored a Rochester defense that allowed just three goals in the first half. White, who was named as the MLL Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career, leads the Rattlers with 49 ground balls in 9 games this year. He has also scored four goals with six assists.
Cascade Rookie of the Week
Mark Matthews, Denver Outlaws
Matthews helped the Outlaws move into a tie for first place in the MLL standings with a 21-12 road victory over the Hamilton Nationals at Ron Joyce Stadium. Honored as the Cascade Rookie of the Week for the third time this season, Matthews scored three goals, including two in the fourth quarter, with an assist as Denver earned its fourth straight win. Matthews has scored 14 goals with 7 assists this season, but has tallied 10 of those goals during the Outlaws’ four-game win streak.
@ BOSTON 16, CHESAPEAKE 13: Led by two goals and six assists from attackman Ryan Boyle, the Boston Cannons used a strong start to the second half to earn a 16-13 victory over the Chesapeake Bayhawks at Harvard Stadium. Boyle, who was named as the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game, tallied three of his assists during the third quarter as the Cannons overcame a 9-8 deficit to earn the win. While Boyle led Boston with his season-high eight-point performance, midfielder Paul Rabil added two goals, including a two-point marker, with two assists. Attackman John Grant, Jr. led the Bayhawks with four goals and two assists in a losing effort.
@ LONG ISLAND 13, CHARLOTTE 9: Midfielder Brian Langtry scored two of his game-high three goals in the second half as the Long Island Lizards overcame a one-goal half-time deficit to edge the Charlotte Hounds by a 13-9 margin at James M. Shuart Stadium. Langtry, who was named as the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game, tallied both of his second half goals in the third quarter to ignite the Lizards’ comeback. While Langtry led the Lizards with his three-goal effort, rookie attackman Matt Gibson scored two goals with two assists. Attackman Billy Bitter led the Hounds with two goals in a losing effort.
DENVER 21, @ HAMILTON 12: Midfielder Jordan McBride scored six goals, including three in the first half, and added two assists as the Denver Outlaws moved into a tie for first place in the MLL standings with a 21-12 victory over the Hamilton Nationals at Ron Joyce Stadium. The victory allowed the Outlaws to extend their winning streak to four straight games. While McBride led the Outlaws with his eight-point performance en route to Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors, attackman Brendan Mundorf added two goals with three assists. Midfielder Kevin Crowley led the Nationals in a losing effort with four goals and two assists.
@ ROCHESTER 14, OHIO 13: Led by rookie midfielder Rob Rotanz, the Rochester Rattlers remained alive in the race for a postseason berth by earning a 14-13 victory over the Ohio Machine at Sahlen’s Stadium. With the victory, the Rattlers moved into a tie with the defending MLL champion Boston Cannons for fourth place in the MLL standings with an identical 7-5 record. While Rotanz earned Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors with his three-goal effort, midfielder Matt Striebel contributed a pair of two-point goals with two assists. Attackman Chazz Woodson led the Machine with five goals and an assist in a losing effort.
WIN AND YOU’RE IN: The Denver Outlaws enter this week’s game against Rochester needing a win or a loss by the Boston Cannons to secure a postseason berth. Denver is looking to secure its seventh straight appearance in MLL Championship Weekend.
DEUCES ARE WILD: The Chesapeake Bayhawks have recorded 24 two-point goals this season through 12 games; they can tie the MLL single-season record of 25 two-point goals set by the Boston Cannons in 2002 with their next two-point marker.
TWO OF A KIND: Boston Cannons midfielder Paul Rabil and attackman Ryan Boyle have become the first duo in MLL history to post 30 or more assists in the same year; Rabil leads the MLL with 34 assists while Boyle is second with 30 assists.
FACE IT: Long Island Lizards midfielder Greg Gurenlian leads the MLL with 208 face-off wins this season after winning 17 of 26 face-offs against Charlotte last week. It is the eighth time in MLL history that a player has won 200 or more face-offs in a single season.
CENTURY MARK: In addition to leading the MLL with 208 face-off wins, Long Island Lizards midfielder Greg Gurenlian leads the MLL with 112 ground balls. It is the second-highest total in MLL history behind the 156 ground balls by Baltimore’s Paul Cantabene in 2004.
10 COUNT: After scoring just four goals in his first three games, Denver Outlaws rookie attackman Mark Matthews has exploded for 10 goals in his last four games, including a pair of “hat trick” efforts. He scored three goals against Hamilton last week.
MISTER ASSISTER: Long Island Lizards rookie attackman Matt Gibson leads all MLL rookies with 13 assists and 28 points; his 13 assists this season is tied for eighth on the MLL’s single-season list among rookies.
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.