Here’s a look at what you may have missed this week around the MLL. There were four great matchups over the weekend and one coming up this week, so don’t skip out on any of the action and read up on the latest news.
Hamilton Nationals 16, Charlotte Hounds 15
In the first overtime play of the season the Hamilton Nationals improved to 3-0 with a 16-15 win over the Charlotte Hounds. Just seven seconds into overtime Matt Dolente scored to continue Hamilton’s winning streak. Even without Ryan Young or Matt Danowski Charlotte showed up to play. It was the return of Hamilton's Stephen Keogh (4 goals) and Joe Walters (3 goals and 2 assists), however, that made the difference. Hamilton went up early 3-0 just minutes into the first quarter but Charlotte had answers, taking the lead into halftime, thanks to a six goal run in the second quarter. In a game of back-and-forth lacrosse the Nationals wasted no time taking back the lead. A 2-pointer from Charlotte’s Peet Poillon and hat tricks from Jovan Miller, and the Walters made for an even matchup until Dolente's overtime goal.
Boston Cannons 15, Chesapeake Bayhawks 14
The Boston Cannons earned their first win of the season while serving the Chesapeake Bayhawks their first loss with a final score of 15-14. This upset came in overtime with a game-winning goal from Player of the Game Ryan Boyle. The scoring began early with Drew Westervelt. Ben Rubeor, and Matt Abbott putting up points for Chesapeake but Boston was also firing shots including Paul Rabil’s first of four goals on the night. Chesapeake briefly secured the lead in the second quarter with back-to-back goals from Abbott and John Grant Jr but Boston answered taking an 8-7 lead going into halftime. Rabil really came alive in the second half, scoring a 2-pointer and goal with both assists from Mike Stone in the third quarter. Again Chesapeake did not let this last long, putting up six points including a Steven Brooks 2-pointer. Tied in the third quarter the offensive battle continued. Down by one with a minute left in the game, Rabil secured overtime play for the Cannons. With the shot clock down to one second, Boyle completed a hat trick driving a shot right down the middle for the 15-14 win over the Bayhawks.
New York Lizards 14, Ohio Machine 8
The New York Lizards snapped a two-game losing streak in a 14-8 win over the Ohio Machine. The scoring started early with New York going up 5-0, and Ohio playing catch-up the rest of the game. Scoring slowed in the second quarter, heading into halftime with New York leading 7-3 including a man-up goal from David Earl. The Lizards did not let up in the second half only allowing Ohio to score 5 more times. New York’s Drew Adams finished the game with an impressive 20 saves. Only Chazz Woodson put up multiple goals for the Machine, scoring once in the first quarter and once in the third. The Machine now rests at 0-3 on the season, while the Lizards have improved to 2-2. The Machine will take on the undefeated Hamilton Nationals in the only game this week.
Denver Outlaws 20, Rochester Rattlers 7
The Denver Outlaws remain the only undefeated team in the league after taking a 20-7 win from the Rochester Rattlers. Chris Bocklet scored early with two goals in the first quarter and tallied six goals and two assists in the game, leading the Outlaws’ offensive efforts. Denver jumped out in front 4-1 and never looked back, ending the first half 9-3. Rochester cut the lead to four early in the second half with back-to-back goals from Rob Rotanz. This was not enough as the Outlaws’ Jeremy Boltus (5 goals) and Brendan Mundorf (4 goals) did not ease up on Rochester’s goalie, John Galloway who allowed 14 goals in 45 minutes of play. The Rattlers’ Jordan MacIntosh, Steven Boyle, and Rotanz all lead Rochester’s seven-goal effort with two each. Running away with a 20-7 win, the Outlaws demonstrated complete dominance offensively and defensively over the Rattlers.
Brodie Merrill played his 50
th game in a Hamilton Nationals uniform in Friday’s win. He holds the franchise record for the Nationals who are in their fifth season in the MLL.
After three weeks without overtime play, two games went into overtime this week. The Boston Cannons won their first game of the season in overtime, with Warrior Offensive Player of the Week, Ryan Boyle scoring the winning goal. The Hamilton Nationals saw the first overtime in 2013, winning 16-15 over the Charlotte Hounds, just seven seconds in.
The Boston Cannons Paul Rabil leads the league with 32 shots on a goal, a whole 10 more shots than the Chesapeake Bayhawks’ Ben Rubeor who is second in the league with 22.
Chris Bocklet may not lead the league in points scored, but he does lead the league in goals with 15 goals on the season.
0-3 and 3-0
The Chesapeake Bayhawks came in to Saturday’s game at 3-0 while the Boston Cannons were 0-3. In this season’s biggest upset the Cannons went on to win the game, 15-14 in overtime, handing the Bayhawks their first loss, and earning their first win of the season.
In the Charlotte Hounds at Hamilton Nationals game, both teams had nine men put up points in the matchup. Both teams lead the league this week with the most players scoring in a single game.
The Denver Outlaws’ Brendan Mundorf stands alone with seven assists on the season, in only three games to lead the League.
Both Ryan Young (Charlotte Hounds) and Chris Bocklet (Denver Outlaws) hold the 2013 league record for most points in a single game with 8 points. Each player put up 8 points against the Rochester Ratters.
Now that teams are getting a bit deeper into the season they are becoming a bit more flexible with goalies during games. Four teams used two goalies in their games in week four, including the Hamilton Nationals, Rochester Rattlers, New York Lizards, and Denver Outlaws.
Hamilton Nationals at Ohio Machine
Thursday, May 23
7:30 p.m. ET
TV: CBS Sports Network
The single matchup this week will bring together the undefeated Hamilton Nationals (3-0) and the winless Ohio Machine (0-3) on National Television. Ohio will likely turn to Chazz Woodson, last season’s leading scorer for the team, to help the team return to form and put points on the board. Hamilton will continue to play like they have and tighten up their game to maintain control over the Machine. Ohio needs to stop the scoring efforts of Kevin Crowley and the powerful pair of Joe Walters and Stephen Keogh. Ohio must bounce back from a difficult loss and Hamilton will certainly be looking to continue their win streak. It should not be overlooked that in Hamilton’s 16-15 victory over the Charlotte Hounds they also had to work hard, earning an overtime win. Nothing is definite in this game. Hamilton will be looking to avoid overtime play, and Ohio will have to provide a better offensive effort than they have shown this season.
Last Season’s Record:
Ohio 13, Hamilton 12
Hamilton 14. Ohio 12
Rookie Debut: Mike Sawyer earned the Cascade Rookie of the Week honors, making a splash in his MLL debut with the Charlotte Hounds. Sawyer was the eighth overall draft pick from Loyola and put up one goal and two assists.
Hero of the Game: The Boston Cannons’ Ryan Boyle not only scored the game winning goal for the Cannons to snap their losing streak and give his team their first win of the season, but Boyle also added more points to his record as all-time scorer. He now claims 405 career points. Boyle’s impressive record is something to watch for all season, as he has also recorded points in every Cannons game this season.
Ohio 0-3: The Ohio Machine will take on Hamilton this Thursday in an attempt to earn their first win of the season. As the standings sit right now, Ohio is the only team without a win, but Boston had also been 0-3 coming into week 4. To avoid the longest losing streak of the season, the Machine will need to strengthen both offense and defense.
Hamilton’s close wins:The Hamilton Nationals remain undefeated, but have had some very tough wins the last couple of weeks. In week three the Nationals scored the winning goal with just four seconds left on the clock, and in week four they had to see overtime to secure a victory. As Hamilton takes on the winless Ohio Machine and the 3-1 Chesapeake Bayhawks, they will certainly keep these close games in mind, looking for a more comfortable lead.