|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
|| Winning their 25th consecutive regular season game, Denver continued to prove they are the strongest team in the league with a 5-0 record. Despite Charlotte’s commendable efforts, they were no match for the Outlaws, whose momentum could carry them right through to the post season.
Samantha Blair | MLL Staff Writer
|| The Rochester Rattlers certainly made a statement in their 18-11 victory over the Florida Launch last week. The Rattlers were able to fire off shot after shot with exceptional accuracy, while minimizing Launch action from veteran Casey Powell and rookie Kieran McArdle. It looks like the Rattlers offense is heating up. Dave Lawson, Kevin Leveille, and Jordan MacIntosh all earned hat tricks. Rookie attackmen Miles Thompson and Mark Cockerton scored their first goals of the season. If the Rattlers can keep their offensive and defensive flow strong and consistent, they will be a hard team to beat.
Molly Shunney | MLL Staff Writer
|| In a tough matchup against the Cannons, New York managed to pull out a win and go above .500. Although there were some early struggles with consistency, the Lizards settled down and began to find an offensive rhythm. The pieces may not be completely in place, but if New York can continue to play the way they did in the second half against Boston, then they could continue to climb up in the rankings.
Jessica Braveman | MLL Staff Writer
|| After starting off a little slow last Saturday night in Annapolis the Machine were able to finish strong by beating the Chesapeake Bayhawks, 15-11. This was the first time in club history the Machine defeated the Bayhawks, with Ohio now 2-3 in the 2014 season. The Machine are beginning to prove that they are a force to be reckoned with on the field when all the pieces of the game work together.
Ashley Kirby | MLL Staff Writer
|| The Launch were brought back down to earth last weekend by the Rochester Rattlers, and they gave a particularly weak showing in the second half. Casey Powell was held to just 2 assists, and Brett Queener had an uncharacteristically poor performance in the net. This team is still figuring things out offensively, and they have veteran leadership to help them learn from their problems last week. Florida returns home to FAU Stadium this weekend, so they’ll have the crowd on their side as they take on the dangerous New York Lizards.
Natalie Johnson | MLL Staff Writer
|| The Cannons lost to the Lizards by a single goal scored with five minutes left in the game. Chris Eck had a strong showing at the 'X', taking 9 out of 25 faceoffs, but the Cannons were unable to get the same offensive jump that made them so dominant in their Week 4 14-6 victory against the Charlotte Hounds. Attacking duties were spread throughout, Will Manny, Stephen Berger, and Paul Rabil each netting two, but the effort was too little too late as the Cannons ultimately fell to the Lizards. Rachel Villari | MLL Staff Writer
|| The Hounds led the first-place Outlaws in the 4th Quarter this week but eventually fell, 13-11. Goalie Adam Ghitelman had a strong performance and rookie Justin Ward led the team in scoring. Ward will hopefully ignite a Hounds offense that currently holds the lowest shooting percentage in the MLL. They will be challenged this week in a rematch against the Outlaws, which will show if the Hounds can improve on their early season scoring struggles.
Thomas Livingston | MLL Staff Writer
|| After a tough loss to Ohio, Chesapeake dropped to a 1-4 record, the lowest in the league. The Bayhawks defense struggled against the Machine, acquiring seven penalties that Ohio capitalized on for four goals. Chesapeake generated offense with goals from seven different players. The team points leader, Brendan Mundorf, tallied a hat trick for Chesapeake in the game. The Bayhawks look to end their three game losing streak against the Rattlers in Rochester Thursday night.
Greg Marzec | MLL Staff Writer