MLL Weekly Award WinnersOffensive Player of the Week
Michael Kimmel, Chesapeake Bayhawks
Kimmel exploded for a career-high six goals, including a two-point goal, and added an assist as the Bayhawks earned a 20-7 victory over the Hamilton Nationals at Ron Joyce Stadium. Kimmel, who had scored just three goals in his first three games, tallied three of his goals during the fourth quarter as the Bayhawks outscored Hamilton by 7-1. Kimmel, who earned his second career Offensive Player of the Week award, ranks second on the Bayhawks with 13 points.
Defensive Player of the Week
Stefan Schroder, Ohio Machine
Schroder led the Machine to the first win in team history with a 16-10 victory over the Rochester Rattlers in the Machine’s home debut at Selby Stadium. He made 17 saves, including five in the second and third quarters, while allowing just eight goals. Schroder, who earned the first Defensive Player of the Week award of his career, has played in three games this season and has a 13.78 goals against average with a .500 save percentage.
Cascade Rookie of the Week
Matt Gibson, Long Island Lizards
Making his Major League Lacrosse debut, Gibson scored a goal and added four assists while leading the Long Island Lizards to a 10-9 win at Charlotte. The former Yale University attackman recorded an assist in each quarter and scored the first goal of his professional career in the second quarter as the Lizards earned their first win of the season.
Last Week's Game RecapsCHESAPEAKE 20, @ HAMILTON 7: Midfielder Michael Kimmel scored a career-high six goals, including a two-point marker, and added an assist as the Chesapeake Bayhawks rebounded from their first loss of the season to earn a convincing 20-7 victory over the Hamilton Nationals at Ron Joyce Stadium. Kimmel, who had scored just three goals in his first three games this season, tallied three of his goals in the fourth quarter to spark a 7-1 run by the Bayhawks. Making his season debut, attackman John Grant, Jr. had two goals with four assists while goalkeeper Kip Turner tallied seven saves. Hamilton was led by midfielder Kevin Crowley, who scored three goals.
LONG ISLAND 10, @ CHARLOTTE 9: Midfielder Ryan Young scored four goals, including the eventual game-winner in the fourth quarter, to lead the Long Island Lizards to their first win of the season, a 10-9 victory over the Charlotte Hounds at American Legion Memorial Stadium. Young, who was named as the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game, scored with 11:37 left in the fourth quarter to give Long Island a 10-5 lead before Charlotte scored four straight goals to trim the deficit to 10-9. While Young led the Lizards to the victory, Brian Langtry added three goals with an assist for Long Island, which was outshot by a 42-39 margin. Attackman Matt Danowski had a goal with three assists in a losing effort for the Hounds.
@ OHIO 16, ROCHESTER 10: Attackman Chazz Woodson scored four goals, including three in the second half, to lead the Ohio Machine to the first win in team history with a 16-10 victory over the Rochester Rattlers in front of 6,126 fans at Selby Stadium. Woodson, who was named as the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game, led the Machine to the victory in their first-ever home game. The Machine used an eight-point run in the first half to take an 8-2 lead they did not relinquish. While Woodson paced Ohio with four goals, midfielder Jim Connolly added three goals with an assist for Ohio, which was outshot by a 45-40 margin. Midfielder Steven Boyle led Rochester with two goals, including a two-point marker, while attackman Ned Crotty had a goal with two assists.
BOSTON 17, @ DENVER 10: Midfielder Paul Rabil scored three goals, including a two-point marker, and added four assists as the defending MLL champion Boston Cannons remained the only unbeaten team in the MLL this season with a 17-10 victory over the Denver Outlaws at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Rabil, who leads the MLL with 24 points this season, scored two of his three goals in the second half as the Cannons handed Denver its first loss of the season. While Rabil led the Cannons with his season-high eight points, midfielder Kevin Buchanan added a three-goal performance as the Cannons outshot Denver by a 45-40 margin. Attackman Brendan Mundorf led Denver with two goals and two assists.
MLL News and NotesROAD WARRIORS: After losing seven of the first ten games this season, road teams came back in Week 4 to win three of the four match-ups; only Ohio was able to defend its home turf and earn a victory. In the first 14 games of the 2012 season, the road team has won just six times. In 2011, the road team had a 22-14 record in regular season play.
IS EIGHT ENOUGH?: Chesapeake midfielder Michael Kimmel exploded for a career-high eight points to lead the Bayhawks to a 20-7 victory over the Hamilton Nationals at Ron Joyce Stadium. Kimmel, who had been held to just three goals and two assists in the first three games, tallied six goals, including a two-point marker, with an assist. While the eight points are a career high in regular season play, Kimmel also had a nine-point performance in last year’s All-Star Game.
MIDFIELD MADNESS: Of the top eight point scorers in the MLL this season, seven of them are midfielders. In addition, four of the top five goal scorers so far this year are midfielders. After an eight-point performance last week, Boston Cannons midfielder Paul Rabil leads the MLL with 24 points in four games this season; he also leads the MLL with 13 assists.
BICENTENNIAL MAN: Hamilton Nationals attackman Casey Powell scored the 200th goal of his illustrious MLL career last week in the team’s loss against Chesapeake. He scored the milestone goal with 5:30 left in the second quarter with an unassisted marker. Powell has scored 200 goals, including five two-point markers, with 190 assists in his nine-season MLL career.
A BAKER’S DOZEN: Boston Cannons attackman Ryan Boyle is tied for the MLL lead with 13 assists in four games this season, including a season-high six assists against Charlotte on May 5. After recording an assist at Denver, Boyle enters this week needing two assists to break the MLL career record of 211 assists that was set by Conor Gill.