|During the 2014 MLL season, Major League Lacrosse will be using a power ranking system to show fans how their favorite team stacks up against the competition. A teams' power ranking is based on voting conducted by MajorLeagueLacrosse.com's contributing writers. After raw scores from the writers are combined, teams will then be rated on a scale of 1-100. That final number will represent a team's power ranking for that week.|
|| Last Week
|| Power Ranking
|| The Rochester Rattlers are easily one of the most consistent teams in the league. They have won five straight games and have secured a spot in the playoffs. Coca-Cola Player of the Game Jordan Wolf tallied an outstanding five goals and two assists. In only five games, the Big Bad Wolf has notched 26 points. John Galloway was able to save more than half of Charlotte’s shots on goal, recording 10 saves. The Rattlers, who are undefeated at home, will take on the Ohio Machine next Saturday for their last regular season game.
Molly Shunney | MLL Staff Writer
|| The Ohio Machine found themselves in yet another overtime thriller this weekend on their home turf of Selby Stadium. This time the Machine defeated the top seeded Denver Outlaws 23-22. With just 45 seconds into extra time, Kyle Harrison scored and sealed the deal for the Machine in overtime. Harrison was named Coca-Cola Player of the Game for his game winning goal in overtime, as well as his 3 goals in the game. Marcus Holman and Logan Schuss each finished with 5 goals, Peter Baum and Steele Stanwick each tallied 3 goals on the night.
Ashley Kirby | MLL Staff Writer
|| Denver (8-4) lost to the Ohio Machine (6-6) in an overtime thriller last weekend (22-23). Despite their loss, the Outlaws were still able to secure a spot in the playoffs.
Samantha Blair | MLL Staff Writer
|| New York’s four game win streak came to an end Sunday afternoon when the Chesapeake Bayhawks came from behind to pick up an exciting 12-11 victory. Although the Lizards led most of the game, they couldn’t hold on and struggled to score late in the fourth. New York saw a drop in offense, even with the return of their top players, and brought back the inconsistencies from earlier in the season. Although the Lizards have clinched a playoff spot, they need to continue winning if they want home field advantage.
Jessica Braveman | MLL Staff Writer
|| The Launch showed no signs of a slump last week against Boston, exploding for a season-high 23 goals and putting together a complete victory. Recent acquisitions Steven Brooks and David Earl combined for seven goals and complemented the dynamic duo of Powell and McArdle. Although defeating the Cannons twice in as many weeks won’t be easy, if Florida can pull it off, it would serve them well in both league standings and team morale.
Natalie Johnson | MLL Staff Writer
|| The Cannons were schooled in their first of a home-and-home series with the Launch, who they have not seen the likes of all season. Seemingly unprepared for the inaugural team, Boston drowned in Florida's point surge in the second quarter, and were unable to keep the young offense off the board after. Their egos bruised, Boston accrued 11.5 PIM, 10.5 of which occurred in the final quarter.
Rachel Villari | MLL Staff Writer
|| Tyler Fiorito’s (defensive player of the week) efforts led the Bayhawks to a one goal win over the 3rd seeded New York Lizards. Fiorito kept the Lizards scoring to a minimum throughout the game and turned it non-existent in the fourth quarter when the two lone shots New York had on cage were denied by Fiorito. Jesse Bernhardt (1G 1-2ptG 1A) and Joe Walters (2G 2A) led the offensive end with four points each..
Jordan Borrosh | MLL Staff Writer
|| The inability to win close games has the Hounds on the outside of the playoff picture. The Hounds return to the confines of the Queen City this week for their final home game looking to snap a 2-game slide and to stay out of last place.
Thomas B. Livingston | MLL Staff Writer