Last weekend saw one team emerge as the true leader in the standings while two teams posted upsets in their games. Here's our weekly look back and look ahead.
New York 12, Hamilton 10
The New York Lizards came out victorious with the 12-10 win over the Hamilton Nationals on Thursday night in New York City. This is Hamilton’s second consecutive loss of the season as Tommy Palasek led the Lizards to the win, posting four goals in the game. The Lizards were dominant from the beginning, coming out of the gate strong with goals from Max Seibald and Stephen Peyser. Hamilton would answer with two goals from Kevin Crowley, and a goal apiece from Kevin Cunningham and Cody Jamieson. The difference maker came in the second quarter, as New York was relentless, with a five goal run, shutting Hamilton out. The Nationals could never quite recover even with five goals from Kevin Crowley. The Lizards improve to a winning record (4-3) while the Nationals lose a second straight to put them at 5-2.
Denver 13, Chesapeake 9
The Denver Outlaws proved dominant again, handing the Chesapeake Bayhawks a 13-9 loss. In a low scoring first quarter both teams came out with two goals, including the first of five for Denver’s rookie, Eric Law. Denver held Chesapeake to just one goal from Ben Hunt in the second quarter, while Law, Jeremy Sieverts, Brendan Mundorf, and Will Mangan all put points on the board for Denver. The Outlaws held onto the lead for the remainder of the game but it was not without efforts from Chesapeake. The Bayhawks went on a three-goal run to end the third, John Grant Jr., Michael Kimmel, and Ben Rubeor all tallied. Denver’s four goals to Chesapeake’s two in the fourth quarter were enough to seal the deal. Both teams demonstrated excellent goal tending, Denver’s Jesse Schwartzman with 17 saves on 26 shots, and Chesapeake’s Kip Turner with 19 saves on 32 shots. Denver remains undefeated while Chesapeake drops to 4-3.
Boston 15, Charlotte 13
The Boston Cannons won their second game of the season on Saturday night, handing the Charlotte Hounds a 15-13 loss. The first quarter belonged to the Hounds who put up six goals including tallies from Matt Danowski and Ryan Young who would both go on to complete hat tricks in the game. The next three quarters told a different story as the Hounds failed to score in the third, struggling to keep the ball out of their territory. Boston went on a seven-goal run beginning with Brent Adams’ goal late in the first followed by a natural hat trick from Mike Stone in the second quarter. The Cannons continued to play with an excellent passing game and a well-rounded offense. During the second half Charlotte tried to close the gap but face off wins for Chris Eck (19 for 32 on the night) kept Boston on top. With less than two minutes left the Hounds made a bid for the win, posting three unanswered goals, but it was too little too late. The Hounds drop to 3-4 on the season while the Cannons improve to 5-2.
Ohio 13, Rochester 11
The Ohio Machine earned their first win of the season on Saturday night, recording a 13-11 victory over the Rochester Rattlers. The first quarter saw a strong performance from both teams, each putting up four goals, including one from player of the game, Joe Cummings, with an assist from the newly acquired Joe Resetartis. Ohio finished off the half up 9-7. The Machine’s Connor Martin, in his return from injury, picked up two goals during the second half while Ohio continued to hold the lead over the Rattlers throughout the game. Rochester was kept to only four goals after halftime. The Rattlers’ own John Ranagan and Matt Striebel each posted three points to lead Rochesters’ scoring efforts. Ohio is now 1-6 on the season while Rochester now has a losing record of 3-4.
This stat should be expected at this point, as the Denver Outlaws continue on their impressive 7-0 winning streak, keeping them at the top of the standings.
The Ohio Machine, Denver Outlaws, and Charlotte Hounds all put up thirteen goals in their week seven games. Ohio and Denver turned their 13 goals into wins, while Charlotte’s 13 weren’t quite enough to grab a victory.
Rookie Eric Law of the Denver Outlaws is currently nine for nine in shots on goal, something that has earned him Cascade Rookie of the Week honors two weeks in a row.
This week Denver’s Chris Bocklet became the second player in the League to reach 20 goals, behind Kevin Crowley’s 23.
Kevin Crowley reclaimed the title of league leading scorer, with 32 points this week. Paul Rabil who previously held the title failed to score against the Charlotte Hounds.
2nd quarter blues
Both the Hamilton Nationals and Charlotte Hounds failed to score in the second quarter of their respective games. Each team went on to lose their games, but not without impressive scoring efforts.
Chesapeake Bayhawks’ Ben Rubeor extended his consecutive point streak to 36 games in week seven.
Denver Outlaws’ Brendan Mundorf and Hamilton’s Kevin Cunningham are tied as league leaders in assists, each with 13.
The Chesapeake Bayhawks boast a league-best 67 goals allowed, demonstrating impressive defense and spectacular goal tending from Kip Turner.
New York at Boston
7:30pm EST Friday, June 21
Local Listings:Altitude, CSNNE, TWC SportsChannel (Kansas City Metro Sports, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin) MSG+, Cox NO
This may be one of the more evenly matched games of the week, with the 2-5 Boston Cannons hosting the 3-4 New York Lizards. While Boston has struggled the first half of the season, something clicked in week seven and the Cannons defeated the Charlotte Hounds in a game that included a seven-goal run and a natural hat trick for Mike Stone (four goals on the night). What may make New York the most nervous about Boston is the fact that Boston did all this without Paul Rabil scoring a single goal in the game. New York will need to find a way to cover Rabil, Stone, and Ryan Boyle. The Cannons on the other hand are going to be looking to cover rookie, Rob Pannell and New York’s point leader, Tommy Palasek while battling for faceoff wins over Greg Gurenlian.
Last time they met:
New York14, Boston 11 (April 28, 2013)
Chesapeake at Charlotte
5:30pm EST Saturday, June 22
TV:CBS Sports Network
The Chesapeake Bayhawks will take on the Charlotte Hounds on Saturday night on CBS Sports Network. Both teams are looking to get back into a groove, especially the Bayhawks, who began the season 3-0 but have looked like a very mediocre team as of late. The Bayhawks do however have consistency in Ben Rubeor and hope to see the same Drew Westervelt they saw a couple weeks ago in his nine-point game. Still the Bayhawks need to be weary of Charlotte’s Ryan Young and Peet Poillon who are always a threat to the opposing defense, but only if they can get past the league’s best goalie, Kip Turner.
Last time they met:
Charlotte 13, Chesapeake 12 (2012)
Rochester at Hamilton
7:00pm EST Saturday, June 22
The Rochester Rattlers will take on the Hamilton Nationals in Boca Raton, Florida this Saturday night in a destination game. Both teams are fresh off losses, but at the mid-season mark they are looking to get back to winning ways. Faceoffs could come up big for both teams, as they have almost identical faceoff percentages, at .450 (Rochester) and .444 (Hamilton). Hamilton, undefeated until week six, seems to be stumbling a bit as they’ve taken on Denver and New York the last couple of weeks. A less offensive team, like Rochester, might be just what they need to stop themselves from falling any further back in the standings. Rochester, like every team before them will need to try to find solutions for the relentless Kevin Crowley who put up five points last week and is back to leading the league in scoring.
Last time they met:
Rochester 17, Hamilton 10 (2012)
Ohio at Denver
8:00pm EST Saturday, June 22
TV: CBS Sports Network
Ohio will be taking on the Denver Outlaws on Saturday night, in what might be one of the more lopsided matchups of the season. Denver’s undefeated season and Ohio’s single win, suggest that the Outlaws are likely to come out on top, but after the Machine’s win this past week, they may come in with a bit more confidence. While Denver has the record to prove their dominance, they should not get too comfortable, taking on Ohio’s midfielder Steel Stanwick and goalie Brian Phipps who has a .575 save percentage. Ohio needs to find any way possible to stop the likes of powerhouses, Brendan Mundorf and Chris Bocklet, and rookie Eric Law. Putting a stop to these scoring leaders could be the answer for a struggling Ohio team.
Last time they met:
Denver 13, Ohio 8 (May 4, 2013)
MLL Vacations in Boca: This Saturday’s Hamilton Nationals at Rochester Rattlers game will be played in Boca Raton, Florida at FAU Stadium. This is the second time MLL has been to Boca Raton, having played a successful 2012 All-Star Game in the same stadium. Tune in Saturday night at 7:00 on YouTube.com/MLL to watch as the two teams look to get back to winning ways in the Sunshine State!
Heroes Game: In this weekend’s Denver Outlaws’ game, the entire team will be sporting camouflage uniforms to be auctioned off for
Angels of America’s Fallen- a Colorado-based non-profit which helps children of our fallen military and first responders develop into strong and successful adults by providing them positive mentoring and developmental activities when they are at their most crucial developmental phase of life.
Midseason:We’re at the midseason mark as we head into week eight and there are still a lot of unknowns as we jump to the second half. Several teams only signed rookies within the last three weeks including Rob Pannell, Eric Law, and Jake Tripucka. We are yet to see the full impact of these rookies, something to look forward to in the coming two months. There are also several teams that could make a surprising case for the playoffs including the Charlotte Hounds, New York Lizards, and Rochester Rattlers.
Battle for the Top:This week Kevin Crowley overtook Paul Rabil for a league best 32 points on the season. Rabil, now in second has 29 points, and failed to score in last week’s game against the Charlotte Hounds. Last season Crowley only tallied 37 points during the 2012 regular season. Provided he stays healthy, there’s no reason he shouldn’t easily surpass this total soon, but it’s going to be a battle for first in scoring. Rabil is not expected to lay low two weeks in a row, and Crowley will likely continue scoring against the Rochester Rattlers. Stay tuned as Rabil and Crowley fight for top spot this week!
All-Star Hype: We’re closing in on the announcement of this year’s All-Star rosters. Ballots are due by this weekend, and come Monday MLL will be announcing the players who will be participating in the 2013 All-Star Game, presented by Moe’s Southwest Grill. There’s plenty of veteran talent expected to make appearances, but there’s also plenty of room for rookies like Eric Law and Rob Pannell. Check in Monday to see who will be headed to Charlotte in mid-July.
Flashback- 2005 Bayhawks: The best start in MLL history came in 2005, when the Baltimore Bayhawks went 9-0 to begin their season. While the Denver Outlaws are now at 7-0, they still have to defeat the Ohio Machine and Charlotte Hounds to tie the 2005 Bayhawks record. If they can do this, they will have to wait until after the 2013 All-Star Game, presented by Moe’s Southwest Grill to earn the longest winning streak in MLL history.