All four home teams won their respective games this past weekend. Check out what else you missed and what you need to know for the upcoming week of MLL action.
Boston Cannons 16, New York Lizards 12
The Boston Cannons won their second in a row with a 16-12 win over the New York Lizards on Friday night. This high-energy game showcased the Cannons team that many had been waiting to see, high scoring and powerful. This game saw plenty of rookie action, including Cascade Rookie of the week, Will Manny, who put up five points on a goal and four assists while Rob Pannell posted two goals and three assists. Paul Rabil got back to his scoring ways with four goals and New York’s Max Seibald also completed a hat trick. Boston only trailed through the first quarter but managed to hold the Lizards’ to just one goal in the second quarter and remained dominant from there. Both teams now sit at 3-5 on the season.
Charlotte Hounds 16, Chesapeake Bayhawks 15
The Charlotte Hounds took one away from the Chesapeake Bayhawks in a 16-15 overtime compliments of a perfect shot from Ryan Young 1:24 into OT. The Hounds trailed heading into the second half, 10-6. Chesapeake had proved dominant with a pair of two-pointers from Mike Kimmel and goals from Drew Westervelt, Ben Hunt, and Matt Mackrides. Charlotte’s rookie, Jake Tripucka produced his first MLL goal in his second game. The second half saw a change of pace, with Danowski and Mike Saywer stepping up with two pointers it became a one point game. The fourth proved to be a defensive battle, John Grant Jr, Danowski, and Poillon put up the only points of the quarter to send it into overtime. In overtime Chesapeake grabbed the ball first trying to bounce one in past the Hound's Adam Ghitleman, but a ground ball scooped up by Charlotte quickly turned into a goal for Young, giving Charlotte the 16-15 win.
Hamilton Nationals 17, Rochester Rattlers 11
The Hamilton Nationals hosted the Rochester Rattlers in a 17-11 victory at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. Rochester could never quite grasp the lead throughout the game, at their closest they were trailing by just one point early in the second quarter but it was not enough. The Nationals did not let up on John Galloway sending 16 goals past him, three of those belonged to player of the game, Joe Walters who also recorded three assists. Rochester's John Ranagan boasted a hat trick in the game while Martin Cahill, Walters and Kevin Crowley all put up hat tricks of their own to make up a majority of Hamilton's scoring efforts. The Nationals' Brett Queener put together a fantastic game in goal, making a franchise high 25 saves. With a final of 17-11 the Nationals improve to 6-2 while the Rattlers drop to 3-5.
Denver Outlaws 19, Ohio Machine 5
In their second matchup of the season, the Denver Outlaws again dominated the Ohio Machine with an impressive 19-5 win. Denver was untouchable, with seven different players netting goals, and nine players recording at least a point. This scoring marathon was headed up by Chris Bocklet’s six goals and one assist. Drew Snider and rookie Eric Law each notched hat tricks as well. Ohio’s Joe Resetarits made his MLL debut and lead the team in scoring with two goals, a strong first impression. Ohio still holds on to their one win while Denver continues on to week nine undefeated.
The Denver Outlaws are on the verge of tying a record. This past week after a very strong win over the Ohio Machine the Denver Outlaws remain undefeated and look to next week to continue their winning ways
After a bit of back and forth this weekend Kevin Crowley holds on to the title of leading scorer with 35 points. Paul Rabil briefly stole the number one spot from him Friday night, but a three point performance on Saturday night kept Crowley at the top.
Before week eight fifty percent of home games were won by the away teams, this weekend was the first time all season that the home teams won all four of their games.
This week Kip Turner has been dethroned and Brett Queener officially has the highest save percentage in the League at .620.
Kyle Dixon, Ryan Young, Drew Westervelt, who all played in the Chesapeake at Charlotte game lay claim to 24 points on the season.
Ben Rubeor’s impressive point streak of 36 games has finally come to a close after he failed to score in Saturday’s Chesapeake at Charlotte matchup.
Only two teams remain above .500 on the season now, with the Hamilton Nationals at 6-2 and the Denver Outlaws at 8-0. Both the Charlotte Hounds and Chesapeake Bayhawks rest at the .500 mark.
Brett Queener recorded a franchise high 25 saves for the Hamilton Nationals on Saturday night in the lopsided 17-11 win.
The Chesapeake Bayhawks’ loss to the Charlotte Hounds was their third overtime loss this season. They have struggled to hold on to the lead and must find a solution if they want to remain above .500.
Chesapeake at Hamilton
7:00pm EST Saturday, June 29
The Chesapeake Bayhawks will host the 6-2 Hamilton Nationals on Saturday night in an attempt to remain above .500 on the season. The Bayhawks will lean on Ben Rubeor and Drew Westervelt to keep the team afloat and remain offensive powerhouses. Hamilton will need to slowly break down Chesapeake, who usually starts strong. Chesapeake’s three overtime losses are certainly something for Hamilton to keep in mind, and Chesapeake will need some consistency if they want to hold on for a win.
Boston at Ohio
7:30pm EST Saturday, June 29
Syndicated TV:Altitude (TD- 6-29 10:00PM) TWC SportsChannel (Kansas City Metro Sports, New York, Wisconsin) CSNNE, MSG+, SportsTime Ohio, Cox NO
The Boston Cannons will be making a visit to Ohio to take on the 1-7 Machine. Both teams struggled early in the season, but Boston’s back-to-back wins have restored some confidence and should give them what they need to take on the Machine. Boston’s Jordan Burke still needs to be weary of Ohio’s point leaders Steele Stanwick and Joe Cummings, especially if they’re pairing up with Stanwick’s impressive 11 assists already on the season. Ohio will need to shut down Boston’s midfield including the hot Mike Stone, Paul Rabil, and of course Ryan Boyle.
Charlotte at Denver
10:00pm EST Saturday, June 29
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Charlotte Hounds’ trip to Denver to take on the Outlaws is sure to be an exciting contest. With the Hounds looking to pick up a winning record, and the undefeated Outlaws hoping to match a record for best start to a season both teams will bring their “A game.” Denver put on a show against Ohio in week seven and they show no signs of slowing. For a successful win Denver will need to shut down Matt Danowski and make it past an All-Star defense of Ryan Flanagan and Brett Schmidt. Charlotte on the other hand is going to have to give it their all to put Denver in their place and keep them away from the goal.
New York at Rochester
3:00pm EST Sunday, June 30
TV: CBS Sports Network
The two New York state teams will meet in Rochester and this could be anyone’s game. Both teams sit on a 3-5 record and need to start producing wins if they want a shot at the playoffs. The New York Lizards’ Rob Pannell can break through at any moment and lead his team to a victory while the Rochester Rattlers’ Ned Crotty also poses a threat. Neither team had been offensively dominant this season and may have to rely heavily on their defense to keep themselves alive in this matchup. Goalies John Galloway and Drew Adams, both have goals against averages of over 12. These two teams are about as evenly matched as they come.
Best season start: The Denver Outlaws have a chance to tie the all-time league record for best season start if they can win against the Charlotte Hounds this Saturday. The only team to have started a season 9-0 are the 2005 Baltimore Bayhawks. The Bayhawks went on to win their second title in franchise history. Denver has been untouchable but they'll need to remain healthy and strong to continue this way throughout the season.
Chesapeake struggles:The Chesapeake Bayhawks began the season strong at 3-0 in the company of the Hamilton Nationals and Denver Outlaws. Since then they have gone 1-4 and have fallen to just .500 on the season. This week could put them back on the road to winning as they play the Nationals, or it could send them spiraling downwards with a losing record. This week's game can be seen on YouTube Saturday, June 29 at 7pm ET. Tune in to see if Drew Westervelt and Ben Rubeor can get the Bayhawks back on track.
Paul Rabil Record: Paul Rabil is just three points away from tying the Boston franchise record for most points scored by an individual player. With the way Rabil scores a hat trick, or even a few assists are not out of the question for him in this week’s upcoming game against the Ohio Machine.
Machine Makes a Move: The Ohio Machine, after falling to 1-7 on the season, have announced Bear Davis as their new head coach, replacing Ted Garber. Davis is expected to work closely with the young talent and fit the character of the team. Currently Davis is the head boy's lacrosse coach and associate athletic director at Archbishop Spalding.
All-Stars Announced: It’s official! The MLL All-Stars have been named. The list boasts some of the best names in MLL including Paul Rabil, Kip Turner, and first-time All-Star Greg Gurenlian. Fans can also expect to see veterans like Brodie Merrill, Lee Zink, and Matt Striebel at the 2013 MLL All-Star Game, presented by Moe’s Southwest Grill. Fourteen players, including Gurenlian, 2013 Tewaaraton Award winner Rob Pannell and Jordan MacIntosh will be making their first All-Star appearance. Don’t miss out and get your tickets now at MajorLeagueLacrosse.com/all-star-game