There were some great games on hamd last weekend and as the 2013 MLL season enters its seventh week some teams are emerging as the distinct leaders in the league. Here's a look at the week that was and the week ahead.
Rochester Rattlers 16, Boston Cannons 14
The Rochester Rattlers grabbed one from the Boston Cannons winning with a final of 16-14, in Kennesaw, Ga. With an energized crowd the Rattlers won their second straight game and are redeeming their season after a slow start. The Cannons dropped to 1-5 on the season, but it was not without a fight. Boston held the 13-11 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but Rochester found a rhythm and scored five goals, only allowing one goal to Mark Poskay to complete his hat trick during the final quarter. Jordan MacIntosh tied it at 13, followed by two goals from John Ranagan and one from Steve DeNapoli for a total of 16 points in the game and the come-from-behind win.
Charlotte Hounds 13, Ohio Machine 7
The Charlotte Hounds improved to a .500 record and left the Ohio Machine winless in week six with a final of 13-7. The two teams kept it close in the first half, with a low 4-4 score heading into the second half. The Hounds ran away with the lead in the third quarter with 8 goals in the 15 minutes. The Machine dwindled only scoring twice in the quarter, allowing Charlotte's Matt White to score his first career goal while Eric Lusby went on to become player of the game thanks to his five goal effort. Ohio couldn't recover in the fourth, and only earned one goal from Marcus Holman. The Machine will continue to look for their first win of the season this week as they take on the Rochester Rattlers, and Charlotte will attempt to extend their win streak to three games against the Boston Cannons.
Denver Outlaws 22, Hamilton Nationals 9
In the “clash of the titans” the Denver Outlaws came out on top, now 6-0, serving the Hamilton Nationals their first loss of the season. With a final of 22-9, this game was a display of Denver’s absolute dominance in the MLL this season. As Denver has all season, they spread the wealth, with Brendan Mundorf, Eric Law, Zach Greer and Drew Snider each recording four goals as well as a hat trick from Chris Bocklet. Hamilton’s Kevin Crowley still put four goals past
Jesse Schwartzmanand Charlie Cipriano to lead the National’s scoring efforts. In week seven the Outlaws will take on the Chesapeake Bayhawks and the Nationals head to New York City to face off against the New York Lizards.
Chesapeake Bayhawks 21, New York Lizards 8
The New York Lizards dropped to 2-4 on the season after a 21-8 loss to the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the first ever MLL game at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island, in New York City. Drew Westervelt led the Bayhawk’s charge, posting eight goals and nine points in the game. Chesapeake was excellent at both ends of the field, keeping New York to only eight goals, while the Bayhawks pounded 19 goals including four from John Grant Jr. New York’s leading scorer in the game Tommy Palasek only posted three goals, for a hat trick, but it seemed no one else could step up their scoring efforts. The Lizards will remain in New York City for this week’s matchup against the Hamilton Nationals and Chesapeake will return home to take on the undefeated Denver Outlaws.
Both the Chesapeake Bayhawks and Denver Outlaws won their games with a 13-point margin. The Bayhawks defeated the New York Lizards 21-8, and the Outlaws came out victorious over the Hamilton Nationals with a final of 22-9.
It is official, only the Denver Outlaws are left undefeated, with a record of 6-0 after defeating the now 5-1 Hamilton Nationals.
Both the Charlotte Hounds and Denver Outlaws scored eight goals in the third quarter of their games this past week, the most goals scored in one quarter this season.
Chesapeake Bayhawks’ Ben Rubeor extended his point streak to 35 consecutive games, including at least a goal in every game this season.
The Denver Outlaws lead the league in average number of goals per game (goals for per game) with an average of 18.17 goals scored per game. Denver leads the league by nearly five more goals per game than the second highest average of 13 (Chesapeake Bayhawks).
Denver Outlaws’ rookie, Eric Law, made his MLL debut scored four goals on four shots, earning himself Cascade Rookie of the Week Honors.
At this point in the season the only goalies to have played in all six games are Denver’s Jesse Schwartzman and New York’s Drew Adams.
The National’s Brendan Mundorf and Kevin Cunningham, along with Boston’s Paul Rabil are all tied as league leaders with 11 assists on the season.
Hamilton at New York
7:00PM EST Thursday, June 13
Local: TWC SportsChannels (Kansas City Metro Sports, New York, Wisconsin, Ohio) MSG+, CSNNE, MyTV 12, CoxNO
The Hamilton Nationals will attempt to return to their winning ways as they take on the New York Lizards who are also fresh off a loss. Both teams failed to reach double digits in scoring, and are certainly going to return to the field ready to bounce back. Hamilton’s Kevin Crowley seems to score every time he touches the ball. New York will have to step up their defense, which let up 21 points last week, to stop Crowley, Joe Walters, and Kevin Cunningham from teaming up for a series of goals and assists. New York will again look to Rob Pannell as they make a bid for a .500 record.
Last time they met:
Hamilton 12, New York 11 (May 11, 2013)
Denver at Chesapeake
6:30PM EST Saturday, June 15
TV:CBS Sports Network
The Denver Outlaws will attempt to remain undefeated as they visit the Chesapeake Bayhawks. The Outlaws have been unstoppable this season, resting at 6-0 they have proven to be the best team in the league after a win over the Hamilton Nationals. Chesapeake is also coming off an impressive 21-8 win over the New York Lizards. Both teams will be looking to get past the two best goalies in the league, Chesapeake’s Kip Turner leads the league with a .624 save percentage, and Hamilton’s Brett Queen is a close second with a .594 save percentage. Turner, however, must come into the game prepared for a well-rounded offense that manages to outscore every team with several players earning hat tricks in each game.
Last time they met:
Chesapeake 16, Denver 6 (2012 Championship Game)
Cannons at Charlotte
7:00PM EST Saturday, June 15
Local:TWC SportsChannels (Kansas City Metro Sports, New York, Wisconsin, Ohio) MSG+, CSNNE, MyTV 12, CoxNO
After a slow start to the season the Charlotte Hounds are looking to improve to a winning record, something they have never done in their short history. The Cannons will be looking to turn their losing ways around, after their fifth loss of the season. The Hounds have had the help of both rookies and veterans including Mike Sawyer and Ryan Young. The Cannons will need to play hard through all four quarters, something they have struggled to do recently, and must put a stop to the Hounds’ scoring. Paul Rabil and Mark Poskay can still produce goals, but if defense does not hold up the points will become irrelevant. Boston needs to make a change if they want to see a win as Charlotte looks for another victory.
Last time they met:
Boston 16, Charlotte 8 (2012)
Rochester at Ohio
7:30 PM EST Saturday, June 15
The Rochester Rattlers will meet up with the Ohio Machine for the second and final time this season. In their first matchup the Rattlers came out victorious, winning by two points, 9-7. While Ohio remains winless, Rochester should enter the game confident but not too comfortable. The last couple weeks Rochester has won only by a slim margin, and both victories came over the two worst teams in the league, Boston and Ohio. With this in mind the Machine is also yet to break double digits in scoring this season, but this week may be their chance. They will need to get past goalie, John Galloway to do so. While Rochester appears to be the better team, this game could still be a close one.
Last time they met:
Rochester 9, Ohio 7 (June 2, 2013)
Looking to 7-0, maybe: The Chesapeake Bayhawks - Denver Outlaws game is the one to watch this week. While Denver has shown complete dominance over the competition, Chesapeake is a talented, high-scoring team that can put pressure on the Denver defense. Denver may be the favorite right now but Chesapeake is expected to give the Outlaws a run for their money with Drew Westervelt coming off a nine-point week, and the likes of Ben Rubeor always ready to post at least a couple goals.
New York City Part II: This week the Hamilton Nationals will head to New York City to play the New York Lizards. This is the second consecutive week, and only the second time the MLL has ever held games in New York City.
Galloway Gets It:John Galloway won Warrior Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second week in a row, making 23 saves in week 6, and 16 in week 5. Galloway is the goalie to watch for in the coming weeks. As Hamilton comes to town Galloway will need to stop the likes of Kevin Crowley and Kevin Cunningham.
Coaching Change: John Tucker will be taking over for Stephen Duffy as head coach of the Boston Cannons. Tucker is no stranger to head coaching positions as he served in this role for the Los Angeles Riptide for three seasons, earning MLL Coach of the Year honors in 2007. Boston hopes that Tucker can return the team to their winning way and revive their season.