Week Nine of MLL saw plenty of action and one team continue to dominate the 2013 season. Here's our collection of recaps, numbers, previews and notes to get you ready for this weekend.
Chesapeake Bayhawks 17, Hamilton Nationals 10
The Chesapeake Bayhawks improved to 5-4 winning record over the second place Hamilton Nationals with a final of 17-10. Hamilton’s Joe Walters opened the game up with a driving goal but after that it was all Chesapeake in the first half. Drew Westervelt recorded two goals and Ben Hunt slashed three before heading into halftime, Bayhawks up 10-3. To open the second half Chesapeake continued their scoring with another from Drew Westervelt and Matt Mackrides’ second goal of the game. Hamilton’s Kevin Cunningham finally put an end to Chesapeake’s eight-goal run. The game continued with plenty of back-and-forth play and the Nationals outscoring the Bayhawks in the fourth quarter, 4-1. Hamilton’s late action was not enough for the win, as Chesapeake walked away victorious.
Boston Cannons 13, Ohio Machine 10
The Cannons extended their win streak to three games after visiting the Ohio Machine and taking away a 13-10 victory. The Cannons were led by Cascade Rookie of the Week, Cam Flint posting four goals and one assist in the game. Ohio came out strong in a defensive first quarter and the rookie action began. Logan Schuss put up two goals, along with teammate Marcus Holman. Paul Rabil posted Boston’s lone first quarter goal. The second and third quarters belonged to Boston, and that’s all they needed. Five goals in the second followed by a natural hat trick from Mike Stone opened up the game. Ohio’s Schuss put up a total of five goals and an assist on the night. With a final of 13-10, Ohio drops to 1-8 while Boston improves to 4-5.
Denver Outlaws 17, Charlotte Hounds 11
The Charlotte Hounds let one slip to the Denver Outlaws in a 17-11 loss. Outlaws are now 9-0 on the season, tying the 2005 Baltimore Bayhawks for the best start in MLL history. The Hounds’ 12 penalty minutes hurt them in the game, including eight penalties in the second quarter alone. This led to a scoreless fifteen minutes for the Hounds, who had the 5-4 lead heading into the quarter. After the first half the Outlaws were up 10-5, and the Hounds spent the remainder of the game chasing Denver. Denver’s rookie, Eric Law, put together a five point night including four goals and an assist. Jeremy Sieverts (6pts) and Chris Bocklet (5pts) were the leading force for the team; while Warrior Defensive Player of the Week Jesse Schwartzman defended the goal with a career high 27 saves.
Rochester Rattlers 13, New York Lizards 10
The New York Lizards slipped to 3-6 on the season after a 13-10 loss to the Rochester Rattlers. These two very evenly matched teams battled it out, but three goals from Rochester’s Kevin Leveille made the difference for Rochester. The game opened with a two-point goal from Matt Striebel off a feed from Dave Lawson. Tied 3-3 after one period, it was all Rochester in the second. Lawson and Jordan MacIntosh grabbed a couple goals each while goalie, John Galloway only allowed one Lizards’ goal, from Matt Gibson. The second half of the game evened the action out a bit, both teams posted a couple of goals in the third quarter. To finish off the game New York’s Rob Pannell scored three goals alongside one from teammate Stephen Berger. Rochester held on for the win, now at 4-5 on the season.
After a week nine victory, the Denver Outlaws are now in an elite category with the 2005 Chesapeake Bayhawks, for the best start in MLL history, resting at 9-0.
For the second time in three weeks, Mike Stone recorded three back-to-back goals to complete a natural hat trick, helping lead his team to their third consecutive win.
Jesse Schwartzman made a career-high 27 saves on 37 shots, the second highest in Denver Outlaws’ franchise history.
Both the Boston-Ohio game and the Rochester-New York game went into the books with a final of 13-10. In both instances the teams were fairly evenly matched, but one good quarter for each Boston and Rochester turned out to make the difference in their games.
The Hamilton Nationals are demonstrating ultimate teamwork, with Joe Walters and Kevin Cunningham ranking as the top two in assists across the league.
Rochester’s Matt Streibel leads the league in All-Star appearances, after being selected for his ninth MLL All-Star game.
Both the Bayhawks and Outlaws came out of their games victorious with 17 points on 17 goals to win their respective games.
Out of nowhere Denver’s Chris Bocklet has climbed his way to the top of the list of leading scorers with 37 points and 27 goals.
Matt Striebel stands alone in the league with five two-pointers on the season, including the two-point goal he fired to open up Sunday afternoon’s game.
New York Lizards at Denver Outlaws
9pm ET Thursday, July 4
TV: CBS Sports Network
The New York Lizards have hit a bit of a losing skid and a game in Denver is going to pose a real challenge for the 3-6 Lizards. Denver will be looking to stand alone as the best start to an MLL season ever, passing the 2005 Chesapeake Bayhawks. Denver just has to continue putting together strong outings, with a league leading 278 shots on goal they are expected to continue offensive dominance. Denver will however be challenged when it comes to faceoffs, as New York’s Greg Gurenlian owns a .618 faceoff percentage. Anthony Kelly is second in the league, behind Gurenlian, with a .567. If New York can win faceoffs then they’ll need to remain wary of turnovers and battle off the best offense in the league.
Last Time They Met:
Long Island 14, Denver 8 (2012)
Chesapeake Bayhawks at Ohio Machine
7:30pm ET Saturday, July 6
The Bayhawks are fresh off a big 17-11 win over the second place Hamilton Nationals and looking to continue their nonstop scoring as they head to Ohio to take on the 1-8 Machine. Chesapeake’s Kip Turner is their best tool right now, leading the league in both goals against average (9.63) and save percentage (.612). Ohio’s rookies, Logan Schuss and Marcus Holman along with Steele Stanwick are going to need to put forth their best effort to keep themselves in the game. Chesapeake needs to cover Ohio and rely on Turner to keep them to a single digit score, while Drew Westervelt and Ben Rubeor do their usual work.
Last Time They Met:
Chesapeake 14, Ohio 5 (May 11)
Charlotte Hounds at Boston Cannons
8:00pm ET Saturday, July 6
The Charlotte Hounds will be trying to put a stop to Boston’s three game win streak and get back to their own winning ways. Both teams are making a bid for a .500 record on the season and still have a shot at the playoffs, but they are both in need of a big win in week ten. Charlotte’s strong offense is well-rounded including Matt Danowski, Ryan Young and Peet Poillon who are all consistent contributors. They’ll also have the help of Tim Fallon who leads the league in ground balls with 80. The Hounds will have to find a way to stop Rabil and still cover Mike Stone and rookie, CamFlint, a problem they had last time the two teams met.
Last Time They Met:
Boston 15, Charlotte 13 (June 15)
Hamilton Nationals at Rochester Rattlers
3:00pm ET Sunday, July 7
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Rochester Rattlers will be hosting the Hamilton Nationals in a Sunday afternoon game to finish off a weekend of lacrosse. The Nationals will need to show up and play hard, showcasing Kevin Crowley, Joe Walters, and Kevin Cunningham. When Hamilton’s midfield and attack click, nothing can stop them. They have some real team players that pass the ball and do whatever it takes to grab a goal, but they’ll also need to get past Drew Adams on the Rochester end. Dave Lawson also came into his own scoring five points, alongside teammate and Warrior Offensive Player of the Week, Kevin Leveille in Week Nine. The Nationals defense gave up 17 points last week and they’ll need to stop Lawson and Leveille if they want a win in Week Ten.
Last Time They Met:
Hamilton 17, Rochester 11 (May 18)
Brodie Merrill Reaching 100:In Week Ten Hamilton Nationals’ Brodie Merrill will be playing in his 100
th game. Sitting at 99 games, this is his fifth season with the Nationals, having played 55 games with the team. He began his career with the Baltimore Bayhawks, playing there for one season before heading to the Rochester Rattlers through the 2008 season.
All-Star Swap: It was announced over the weekend that New York Lizards’ Tommy Palasek is going to the MLL 2013 All-Star Game presented by Moe’s Southwest Grill. He will be taking the place of Drew Westervelt. Palasek is 14
th in the league with 14 goals and 18
th in the league boasting18 points including four assists.
Rookie watch: The rookies are coming into their own as the season progresses,last week Logan Schuss put up six points on five goals and an assist for Ohio. Cam Flint also posted five pointsleading the Cannonsto a win and earning Cascade Rookie of the Week.Rob Pannell has also alreadybecome the Lizards’ leading scorer this season with 21 points. Keep watching this week to see what these rookies can accomplish to help carry their teams to much needed wins while they all seek a playoff spot.
Rabil’s Record: Paul Rabil is three points away from breaking the Boston Cannons’ club record for all-time leading scorers. He currently sits behind Conor Gill, with 281 points.