By MLL Statistics and Information | 8/9/12 1:00 PM
Offensive Player of the Week
Paul Rabil, Boston Cannons
Rabil led the Cannons to a 19-13 victory over the Ohio Machine at Harvard Stadium by scoring three goals, including a two-point marker, with three assists. He recorded two of his three assists in the second quarter while scoring a two-point goal as the Cannons overcame a 5-4 deficit by scoring eight times in the period. The MLL’s leading scorer with 68 points, Rabil also leads the MLL with 37 asissts while his 25 goals rank sixth in the league.
Defensive Player of the Week
Matt Abbott, Chesapeake Bayhawks
Abbott helped the Bayhawks limit Long Island to a season-low six goals en route to a 13-6 victory over the Lizards at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Named as the Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career, Abbott matched his season high by recording six ground balls as the Bayhawks snapped Long Island’s three-game win streak. Abbott ranks second on the team with 40 ground balls and has scored seven goals with four assists.
Cascade Rookie of the Week
Mark Matthews, Denver Outlaws
Honored as the Cascade MLL Rookie of the Week for the second week in a row, Matthews scored two goals and added two assists in the second half while helping the Denver Outlaws secure a playoff berth with a 17-12 win at Rochester. It marked his fifth multi-goal effort in eight games this season. With 16 goals and 8 assists this year, Matthews ranks sixth on the Outlaws in scoring. He is also the second player in MLL history to be named as the Rookie of the Week four times in a season.
@ CHESAPEAKE 13, LONG ISLAND 6: After being limited to just one goal in his previous three games, midfielder Ben Hunt scored a game-high three goals, including a record-setting two-point marker, as the Chesapeake Bayhawks earned their third win in the last four games with a 13-6 victory over the Long Island Lizards in front of 10,083 fans at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. With the win, the Bayhawks matched a franchise record by earning their 10th win while holding onto a share of first place in the MLL standings. Meanwhile, the Lizards had their three-game win streak snapped. While Hunt led the Bayhawks with his four-point performance en route to Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors, attackman John Grant, Jr. added two goals with an assist while midfielder Michael Kimmel contributed a pair of goals. Rookie attackman Matt Gibson led the Lizards with a goal and an assist in a losing effort.
@ BOSTON 19, OHIO 13: Midfielder Chris Eck won 24 of 32 face-offs and recorded a game-high 13 ground balls as the defending MLL champion Boston Cannons remained in the hunt for a postseason berth with a 19-13 victory over the Ohio Machine in front of 9,056 fans at Harvard Stadium. Led by Eck, the Cannons remained in a tie for third place in the MLL standings with the Long Island Lizards after the Lizards lost at Chesapeake. While Eck earned Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors for his efforts, midfielder Paul Rabil scored three goals, including a two-point marker, with three assists. With his seven-point effort against the Machine, Rabil upped his MLL-leading point total to 68 points, which is tied for third in MLL single-season history. Attackman Jim Connolly led Ohio in a losing effort with three goals.
DENVER 17, @ ROCHESTER 12: Playing their third straight road game, the Denver Outlaws used a four-goal performance from midfielder Peet Poillon to remain tied for first place in the MLL standings by posting a 17-12 victory over the Rochester Rattlers at Sahlen’s Stadium. The win allowed the Outlaws to clinch their seventh consecutive playoff appearance. While Poillon led the Outlaws with his six-point effort en route to Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors, attackman Brendan Mundorf added three goals with an assist while rookie attackman Mark Matthews contributed two goals with two assists. Attackman Kevin Leveille scored three goals with an assist in a losing effort for Rochester, which remained alive in the playoff race as a result of the Lizards’ loss at Chesapeake.
CHARLOTTE 11, @ HAMILTON 9: Led by goalkeeper Adam Ghitelman, the Charlotte Hounds jumped out to an early lead and held off the Hamilton Nationals en route to an 11-9 Major League Lacrosse victory at Ron Joyce Stadium. After building a 7-1 lead, the Hounds held off the Nationals to snap a three-game losing streak while improving to 4-9 on the season. Meanwhile, the Nationals dropped to 3-10 with the loss. Ghitelman, who had 18 saves in the victory, earned Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors while midfielder Stephen Berger scored two goals with an assist. Midfielder Stephen Keogh led Hamilton with three goals in the loss while midfielder Joe Walters tallied a game-high five assists.
IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS: The Denver Outlaws and the Chesapeake Bayhawks will meet at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday night in a battle of the top two teams in the MLL standings. The winner of Saturday’s game will claim the regular season title and the number one seed for MLL Championship Weekend presented by Warrior.
BICENTENNIAL: The Denver Outlaws have set a team record by scoring a league-high 202 goals this season; the 202 goals are tied for the ninth-highest total by a team in MLL history. The MLL single-season record for goals by a team is 227, which was set by Long Island in 2002 and tied by Baltimore in 2005.
10 SPOT: Both Denver and Chesapeake tied a franchise record by recording its 10th win of the season last week. For the Bayhawks, it marked the fourth 10-win in franchise history while Denver matched the team record set by the 2006 team that finished with a 10-2 record.
ON THE VERGE: The MLL’s leading scorer with 68 points, Boston Cannons midfielder Paul Rabil enters the regular season finale against Ohio needing just four points to set the MLL single-season points record. In 2008, Rochester attackman John Grant, Jr. tallied 71 points while leading the Rattlers to the MLL championship.
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.