|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 Rattlers third consecutive win has pulled them into first place alongside the Denver Outlaws. The rookies had another stellar performance, each tallying at least one point. Attackman Justin Turri continues to lead the team in points, earning a hat trick against the Hounds. The Rattlers offense is firing off shots and finding the net, but their defense deserves credit as well. The Hounds offense was battling with the shot clock and the Rattlers defensemen forced them into some bad plays. The Ratz have become the team to beat as we approach playoffs.
Molly Shunney | MLL Staff Writer
|| The Lizards continue to gain momentum, picking up their third straight win to remain undefeated at home in an absolutely dominating performance this past weekend. New York grounded the Launch in a 20-11 victory, taking advantage of Florida’s continued struggles and capitalizing on rookie goalie Niko Amato’s inexperience. New York now sits at 6-4 and will head to Boston to take on an inconsistent Cannons squad (5-5) after the FIL World Championships break.
Jessica Braveman | MLL Staff Writer
|| This wasn't the best Cannon's game of the season, but they got the job done, defeating the Outlaws 17-13 with unlikely hero Rob Emery, a midfield rookie out of UVA notching the team's best four goals, earning himself Cascade Rookie of the Week honors. Usual Cannons Kevin Buchanan and Paul Rabil were on the quieter side with only a goal apiece, but Will Manny kept his usual offensive pace with a hat trick and an assist. The Cannons are now 5-5 and hold the fourth and final spot that allows them entry into the post season. Will they be able to keep it? It will be definitely be fight.
Rachel Villari | MLL Staff Writer
|| Denver suffered their first home loss in over two years this past weekend. They were defeated 13-17 by the Cannons during their big fourth of july celebration at the Sport's Authority Mile High Stadium. The Outlaws have a 7-3 record and are tied for first in the league with the Rochester Rattlers.
Samantha Blair | MLL Staff Writer
|| The Ohio Machine defeated the Chesapeake Bayhawks 14-16 on America’s birthday. This win helped the Machine escape from last place on the MLL Standings. The Machine got off to a quick start in the first quarter with goals from Brian Farrell, Bill McGlone, and 2 from rookie Tom Schreiber. However, in the second half of the game the Machine were down by 2, but the deficit did not last long due to Peter Baum’s 2 goals, making the score 14-13. Then, midfielder Jake Bernhardt and attackman Marcus Holman each scored in the final minutes to lock in a win for the Machine.
Ashley Kirby | MLL Staff Writer
|| Without a road win this season, and with three of four remaining games away from the Queen City, the task to make the playoffs is daunting. Tightening up the defense and goaltending remains a priority if the Hounds hope to advance.
Thomas Livingston | MLL Staff Writer
|| It’s been a season of up’s and down’s for the Bayhawks as they struggle to stay on a steady path. After a great win against Florida two weeks ago, it seemed like Chesapeake had found their rhythm and all was right. And then Ohio came along. While the game was back and forth the entire time, Chesapeake was unable to hold it together long enough to pull out with the W. If the Bayhawks want any chance at post-season play, they’ll have to win out the rest of their season. Otherwise, this will be the first year they don’t see post-season play since 2009..
Jordan Borrosh | MLL Staff Writer
|| The Launch continue to slide down the standings following a tough 20-11 loss to New York last week. Florida’s defense has really struggled in recent weeks, and not having Tucker Durkin (concussion) in the game only magnified those problems. Even when they were winning earlier in the season, the Launch were not a high-scoring team— they’ve only reached the 15-goal benchmark once. As long as the defensive unit is shutting opponents down, wins are still attainable, but with their struggles in recent weeks, that lack of scoring has really hurt the team.
Natalie Johnson | MLL Staff Writer