Denver Outlaws 18, Hamilton Nationals 12
The Denver Outlaws have completed their undefeated season, going 14-0 after an 18-12 win over the Hamilton Nationals. In week 14 all the action came from Denver as Eric Law posted seven points off two assists, and four goals including a two-pointer. In a lopsided first half the Outlaws went up 11-4. Chris Bocklet, Drew Snider and Law each posted a couple goals for Denver while Kevin Crowley added a pair for Hamilton before halftime. The third quarter saw more back-and-forth as each team slashed three goals and then four in the fourth. Hamilton never recovered from a difficult first half and Denver walked away victorious. Warrior Defensive Player of the Week, Jesse Schwartzman was again an essential part of Denver’s success in the game, recording 18 saves and a .688 save percentage. Both teams will head to Championship Weekend presented by Smartlink, at PPL Park in Philadelphia on August 24.
Rochester Rattlers 23, Boston Cannons 14
The Rochester Rattlers stole a 23-14 victory over the Boston Cannons on Saturday night. Matt Striebel, Warrior Offensive Player of the Week, put together a seven-point performance on just four goals. The game opened with back-to-back goals from Dave Lawson before Boston’s Matt Poskay put one in. Paul Rabil, Brent Adams, and Will Manny would all contribute for Boston in the first half, but heading into halftime trailed 13-5. The third quarter was a wild one, as 14 goals were scored, including eight for the Rattlers and six from the Cannons. The final quarter included Manny’s fourth goal of the game, while Kevin Buchanan completed a hat trick. The Cannons however, struggled to spend time at Rochester’s goal, making only 22 shots on goal in the game, while the Rattlers made 36. Between John Ranagan, Lawson, and Striebel, Rochester posted 13 points. In total, 11 Rattlers’ players contributed with at least a goal in the game.
New York Lizards 14, Ohio Machine 11
The New York Lizards earned their fourth win of the season, defeating the Ohio Machine with a final of 14-11 on Saturday afternoon. Rookie, Rob Pannell, continued his excellent season with a six-point performance, but it was JoJo Marasco that posted three goals in the fourth quarter, securing the New York win and earning Player of the Game and Cascade Rookie of the Week honors. Ohio put up an early fight, recording three goals in the first quarter, and four in the second. While New York struck first in both quarters, they could not keep Ohio’s rookie talent away from the goal, allowing goals to Jake Bernhardt and Logan Schuss. With Ohio up 7-4 heading into the second half, it was New York that dominated, putting up a three goal run with help from Pannell, Stephen Mock, and Tommy Palasek. With 15 minutes left to play, New York trailed by only a point, but a four-goal run and Marasco’s three goals ended the season and the game. The Machine finish with a record of 2-12 while the Lizards settle for a 4-10 record.
Chesapeake 16, Charlotte Hounds 14
In a game with playoff seeding implications, the Chesapeake Bayhawks defeated the Charlotte Hounds with a final of 16-14 in Annapolis on Saturday night. Chesapeake opened the game up with a goal from Player of the Game, Ben Rubeor, as he slashed one 47 seconds in. This was the beginning of a five-goal run for the Bayhawks before they let Charlotte’s John Haus grab a point. The next quarter brought plenty of scoring with nine goals, including two from rookie, Jake Tripucka, and two from Drew Westervelt to complete his hat trick. Both players would go on to score a fourth goal in the game. The quiet third quarter was dominated by four straight goals by Charlotte, keeping them ahead 14-10, but that’s all the Hounds would do in the game. They were shutout in the fourth, surrendering five goals including a two-pointer to Michael Kimmel. The Bayhawks clinched the number two seed with their win and gave Charlotte the number four spot.
It’s official, the Denver Outlaws have worked their way to the first ever undefeated season in MLL history. They will head to Championship Weekend with a record of 14-0.
Matt Striebel sent three two-point goals soaring into the net on Saturday night, tying the season high for the most two-point goals by a single player in a game.
Rochester's 23 points against the Cannons is the second most scored by any team in a game this season, right behind the Denver Outlaws' 24-14 win over the Cannons.
With a goal in his final game of the season, Ohio’s Logan Schuss has safely put himself in the record books, scoring 28 goals. This puts him at number two on the list of most goals scored by a rookie, right behind Kevin Huntley’s 30 goals in 2008.
After going 21 for 28 in faceoffs during week 14, Greg Gurenlian has earned the highest single season win percentage in MLL history at .635. The previous record holder was Paul Cantabene at .633.
Both Chris Bocklet and Kevin Crowley have closed out the regular season with 55 points, making them the 2013 leading scorers.
Jesse Schwartzman put together another spectacular performance in goal this week and in doing so, dropped his goals against average [GAA] to 9.67. This is a new single season record, topping his previous record.
Chris Bocklet scored 42 goals on the season; the most in the League and four more than second place Kevin Crowley.
Chris Eck of the Boston Cannons would finish out the season with 113 groundballs, knocking out Greg Gurenlian and Tim Fallon for most in the League.
Charlotte’s Mason Poli and Hamilton’s Brodie Merrill each earned 11 goals on the season, leading all defenders in scoring.
Boston’s number 99, Paul Rabil, finished out the season with 99 shots on goal, a league best in 2013.
The Denver Outlaws have finished the season just one goal short of tying the '05 Bayhawks and '02 Lizards for the most single season goals, with a total of 226.
Joe Walters proves to be the player that hands off the ball the most in 2013, feeding 26 assists to teammates this season.
Jesse Schwartzman leads league goalies in three different categories, the most wins with 14, goals against average at 9.67, and save percentage at .597.
Rob Pannell’s 17 assists give him the third most by a rookie in MLL history.
John Grant Jr. became the third player to surpass 400 career points, now at 403. He joins the company of Ryan Boyle and Casey Powell.
Saturday and Sunday, August 24 and 25
With a bye week this coming weekend, the four championship teams will have a chance to rest and prepare for the biggest two days of the season, Championship Weekend presented by Smartlink. This year’s three games will be held at PPL Park in Philadelphia. In the first matchup the Charlotte Hounds will take on the undefeated Denver Outlaws. This game will be broadcast live at 1pm ET on ESPN2. Then at 4pm ET the Hamilton Nationals and defending champions, the Chesapeake Bayhawks will faceoff, live on CBS Sports Network. The winners of Saturday’s games will go on to play in the Championship game for the Steinfeld Trophy on Sunday afternoon at 3pm on ESPN2. Both of the semi-final matchups are rematches of the week 14 games. Both Charlotte and Hamilton will be seeking a different outcome in their games, as they left with losses in the final week of regular season play.
Awards: As we look to Championship Weekend MLL will be announcing end of the year awards, including Cascade Rookie of the Year, Warrior Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, Brine Most Improved and Coach of the Year, and Warrior MVP. There’s been plenty of chatter about who may win these awards, but there may also be some surprises. Check back at MajorLeagueLacrosse.com each day to see who earns the 2013 honors.
Hounds First Playoff Appearance: The Charlotte Hounds are looking to make in impression at Championship Weekend as they make their first ever playoff appearance. Led by Mike Cerino, the Hounds boast a very young and athletic team including rookies Jake Tripucka, Mike Sawyer, and Mason Poli.
Déjà vu: There is a chance that we’ll see a rematch of last season’s championship game, as the Chesapeake Bayhawks and Denver Outlaws both head to Championship Weekend. If the Outlaws can defeat the Hounds and the Bayhawks win over the Nationals, then the two teams will meet up again and battle it out for the Steinfeld Trophy. In 2012, the Bayhawks came out victorious, although the Outlaws were the number one seed last season. The semi-finals could still be anyone’s however, so we’ll just have to wait and see.