|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 Outlaws added another victory to their record, winning 9-6 over the Chesapeake Bayhawks last weekend. With the help of an incredible performance by goalie Jesse Schwartzman and an awesome two-point goal by Michael Simon, Denver was able to improve their record to 7-1.
Samantha Blair | MLL Staff Writer
|| The Rochester Rattlers had their first road win and secured second place in the league standings on Friday evening against the Florida Launch.Rookie Jordan Wolf played his second professional game and had another outstanding performance. With two goals and five assists, Wolf earned himself Coca-Cola Player of the Game. The Rattlers were able to keep the Launch offense quiet and fixed the score at 18-13. This week, the Rattlers take on the number one team in the league at home. Their substantial team effort lately will make this match-up a relentless battle to the finish!
Molly Shunney | MLL Staff Writer
|| Boston swept this season's series against the Ohio Machine, but only by the skin of their teeth. After relinquishing a five goal lead with five minutes left, the Cannons were finally able to seal the deal 17-16 in sudden victory overtime. Paul Rabil (9 points), Kevin Buchanan (6) and Will Manny (6) posted impressive numbers, Manny netting the GWG. Chris Eck continues to be a dominant force at the 'X', stealing 22 out of the 34 faceoffs he battled for. The Cannons will look to continue to build off of their win and straighten up their last quarter of play, where they typically allow the most goals.
Rachel Villari | MLL Staff Writer
|| After two straight losses, the Lizards managed to pick up a win at home against a hot Charlotte squad, capitalizing on their luck at Shuart Stadium and bringing their record back up to .500. New York made a huge turnaround from their previous performances, finally playing as a team and connecting on attack. Rob Pannell took control of the offense, scoring six goals in the game—his most this season—and helped to settle the ball behind the net when the team looked frantic. Max Seibald also had an impressive performance, with two goals and two 2-point goals. In order to be successful, the Lizards need to build on this momentum, using the win as a turning point for their season. New York will play at home again this weekend, hoping to defeat Ohio for the second time this season.
Jessica Braveman | MLL Staff Writer
|| For the first time this season, the Launch dropped two consecutive games, most recently falling against the Rattlers 18-13. Florida’s leading scorers Casey Powell and Kieran McArdle were held to relatively low point totals (3 points each), and the Launch were also hurt by the absence of All-Star Kevin Crowley. Florida seemed to be a team on the rise after the first few weeks of the season, but now they sit in the middle of the pack at .500. They’ve shown that they have enough talent to make the postseason, but it will be an uphill climb for the Launch over the next six weeks.
Natalie Johnson | MLL Staff Writer
|| The Ohio Machine fell to the Boston Cannons in another close game Saturday night at Harvard Stadium. The Machine were defeated by the Boston Cannons 17-16 in overtime. Rookie midfielder Tom Schreiber was able to send one to the back of the net to tie the game at 16-16 with 1:12 left in the fourth. However, Boston attackman Will Manny had the last word less than two minutes into sudden victory overtime. Even though the Machine were unable to come out on top, they had solid performances on both sides of the ball. The Machine are now 3-5.
Ashley Kirby | MLL Staff Writer
|| Two steps forward, one step back. After getting tripped up on the road by the Lizards, the Hounds welcome the return this week to Memorial Stadium to face the visiting Cannons. It has been six weeks since the defense has held an opponent to single digits scoring. That’s a trend that will keep the Hounds in the bottom half of the rankings..
Thomas Livingston | MLL Staff Writer
|| If the first quarter had never happened, Chesapeake would have won. Denver started the game scoring four unanswered goals in the first quarter. But by the time Chesapeake came alive, Denver was up 5-1. And while they are the first team to keep Denver under ten goals in a game since June of 2012, the Bayhawks are struggling at the faceoff and in turn aren’t getting the offensive possessions they need to take control the game.
Jordan Borrosh | MLL Staff Writer