Here's our weekly look back and look ahead in case you missed last week's games or want to know more about the MLL All-Star Game, presented by Moe's Southwest Grill
Denver 16, New York 7
The Denver Outlaws became the first team in MLL history to start the season 10-0, as they outscored the New York Lizards 16-7. While Denver outplayed the Lizards through a majority of the game, the Lizards were the ones who came out strong, putting up four goals to the Outlaws’ three in the first quarter. It was a seven-goal run that extended from late in the first through the early third quarter that sealed the deal for Denver, putting them up 9-4. New York could not return to form and even with back-to-back goals from Rob Pannell, to complete his hat trick, it was not enough. Denver’s Chris Bocklet posted four goals, including a natural hat trick, and an assist for a total of five points on the night. For the second week in a row, goalie, Jesse Schwartzman was named player of the game, holding New York to just seven goals. Denver boasted goals from eight different players, including a two-pointer from Jeremy Sieverts and a hat trick from Drew Snider.
Chesapeake 13, Ohio 12
The Ohio Machine put up a fight in the 13-12 loss to the Chesapeake Bayhawks, leaving them at 1-9 on the season, while Chesapeake moves to 6-4. Through the first three quarters both teams were matching each other in points, both with four in the first, then again in the second, and two in the third. For Chesapeake both Matt Mackrides, and player of the game, Kevin Cooper posted four points. Three players for Ohio also contributed four, including Joe Cummings, Logan Schuss, and Kiel Matisz. To finish off the game, Chesapeake put up a three-goal run, to go up 13-10. Ohio attempted a comeback but fell short with back-to-back goals from Cummings and Schuss. There was no more than a three point deficit for either team throughout the game, but in the end, Chesapeake held on to remain in third place.
Boston 17, Charlotte 16
Saturday night the Boston Cannons were thankful for their newest member, Stephen Berger, as he scored the overtime goal for the 17-16, over the Charlotte Hounds. The Cannons opened the game with a goal from Paul Rabil, along with a pair of goals from All-Star, Mike Stone. In the first half the Hounds defense was active, not only protecting their territory, but putting up points, as defensemen Ryan Flanagan and Brett Schmidt went back-to-back. The constant scoring continued throughout the game, including a point from Charlotte’s goalie, Adam Ghitelman in the third, along with five points for captain, Matt Danowski. Much of Boston’s scoring came from Will Manny, Berger, and Kevin Buchanan, each with five points, along with Rabil’s spectacular five-goal, eight-point night . With both teams heading into the game at 4-5 on the season, this matchup meant a lot. Charlotte continues with a losing record, while Boston is now at .500 for the first time all season.
Hamilton 10, Rochester 6
In a low-scoring game, the Hamilton Nationals walked away with a 10-6 win over the Rochester Rattlers on Sunday afternoon. Player of the Game, Kevin Crowley, put together a five-point performance, on two goals and three assists, earning one point in each of Hamilton’s first quarter goals. At the half the Nationals held the 5-3 lead, and never let go, ensuring that no one from Rochester scored more than one goal in the game. Rochester’s Steve Boyle and rookie, Dave Lawson, opened and closed the third quarter, amidst a four goal run from Hamilton to open the game up. The final quarter was a defensive battle with each team only posting on final goal from Joe Walters, and John Ranagan. With this the Nationals rest in second place at 7-3, while Rochester drops down again to 4-6.
Both the Chesapeake Bayhawks and Charlotte Hounds lead the League in two-point goals scored, each with 11, four more than the Denver Outlaws.
Two games this week were decided by only one point, coming right down to the wire. Ohio fell short of the Bayhawks, with a final of 13-12 and Boston managed an overtime win with a final of 17-16 over the Hounds.
All-Star faceoff men, Greg Gurenlian of New York, and Anthony Kelly of Denver both have 157 faceoff wins this season. Gurenlian, has reached this impressive win total on 256 faceoffs, while it took Anthony 275.
The Denver Outlaws’ attendance at their annual July 4
th game, earned them the record for highest attendance at an MLL game, hosting 31,019 people at Mile High Stadium.
In his MLL debut, Bayhawks’ rookie Kevin Cooper posted three goals for a hat trick and contributed with an assist for a total of four points in the game. This performance earned him player of the game and Cascade Rookie of the Week honors.
The Cannons’ Paul Rabil not only leads the league in points, but also in shots on goal, with 75, ten more than second place Matt Danowski.
Both Chris Eck and Tim Fallon have scooped up more than 80 ground balls. Fallon leads the League with 86, while Eck trails right behind at 83.
Kevin Crowley has emerged as an unstoppable midfielder, with 41 points in 2013, already four more points than he had over 12 games in 2012. He is currently third in the League in points scored.
This week there were two significant milestones involving 100. Brodie Merrill played in his 100
th MLL game on Sunday afternoon, in his tenth season with the League. Paul Rabil also posted his 100
th career assist, with three in Saturday night’s game.
MLL All-Star Game presented by Moe's Southwest Grill
You can expect lots of excitement for All-Star weekend as we go on to put the best players in the League together in Charlotte. With the biggest names meeting up on the same field, you can expect lots of excitement. It all begins Friday night as this season’s Ultimate Fan Fantasy contest winners select the teams and many youth players participate in a clinic. Then the action starts at 7:00pm ET Saturday evening, as the best players in the MLL take the field. There are plenty of first timers, including one of the league’s leading scorers, Kevin Crowley, and New York’s rookie, Rob Pannell. Returning All-Stars, Matt Striebel (nine times), Kyle Sweeney (six times), and Brodie Merrill (eight times), are all seasoned veterans. Anything can happen at the All-Star Game!
Team Assignments: This year’s Ultimate Fan Fantasy winners will be choosing their teams. This could get very interesting as each fan attempts to build what they believe to be the best possible team to put out on the field. They have 38 talented players to pick from, but who knows if they have favorites, or what they’re approach will be in “drafting” their dream teams.
Burritos by MLL All-Stars: Moe’s Southwest Grill will be hosting a special lunch for any MLL fans in the Charlotte area. Make sure to show up between 12 and 2pm ET on July 13 to be treated to your favorite Moe’s burritos, made by your favorite MLL All-Stars. Players to be working the luncheon include Rob Pannell, Brett Queener, Ned Crotty, Greg Gurenlian, and Brett Schmidt. The All-Stars will then have lunch with the winners of the Moe's Valuable Player and UFF contests creating a unique experience for the fans. This is a fun way for many to kick off a day of All-Star festivities!
MLL Supports JDRF: MLL is proud to support the JDRF, the official charity of the League and the 2013 MLL All-Star Game presented by Moe’s Southwest Grill. This year’s game-worn All-Star jerseys will be auctioned off; all proceeds are to be donated to JDRF. With fundraising efforts continuing throughout the season, MLL will present a check to the organization during Championship weekend, August 24-25 in Philadelphia, Pa. MLL believes in the mission of JDRF, to help advance diabetes research and ultimately make the lives of those with diabetes easier and healthier.
Skills Competition: The MLL All-Star Game is the full package, bringing plenty of entertainment even during the game’s downtime. Make sure to check out the skills competition during halftime. The skills competition will include contests for longest shot, fastest shot, and the always interesting, freestyle competition. Stay tuned to learn who will be competing this year.