MLL Weekly Award WinnersOffensive Player of the Week
Josh Amidon, Charlotte Hounds
Amidon led the Hounds to the first win in team history with an 18-15 victory over the Ohio Machine on Saturday night. Named as the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game, he scored three goals, including a two-point marker, and added two assists. He scored two of his three goals during a 6-1 Charlotte run that gave the Hounds a 9-6 lead with less than two minutes left in the second quarter.
Defensive Player of the Week
Mike Gabel, Rochester Rattlers
Making his first start of the season, Gabel anchored a Rochester defense that limited Chesapeake to a season-low six goals en route to a 12-8 victory over the previously unbeaten Bayhawks at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Gabel made a season-high 27 saves, including 17 in the second half, as the Rattlers earned their first win of the season. Gabel has stopped 78.4 per cent of the shots he has faced while posting a 6.40 goals against average.
Cascade Rookie of the Week
Stephen Robarge, Denver Outlaws
Making his professional debut, Robarge won 17 of 30 face-offs and recorded four ground balls as the Outlaws won their third straight game, a 19-11 victory over the Long Island Lizards at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Robarge, who played his college lacrosse at VMI, was the Outlaws’ sixth-round selection in the 2012 MLL Collegiate Draft. He was the 44th player taken in the draft.
Last Week's Game Recaps@ BOSTON 18, HAMILTON 9: Led by three goals and two assists from attackman Ryan Boyle, the defending Major League Lacrosse champion Boston Cannons remained undefeated by posting their third straight win, an 18-9 victory over the Hamilton Nationals in front of a team-record 11,277 fans at Harvard Stadium on Saturday night. The Cannons, who won their sixth straight regular season game dating back to last season, used a strong second half to pull away from the Nationals in a rematch of last year’s MLL Championship Game. While Boyle led the Cannons, midfielder Mike Stone added three goals with an assist. Midfielder Kevin Crowley led Hamilton with three goals in his season debut.
ROCHESTER 12, @ CHESAPEAKE 8: Goalkeeper Mike Gabel made 27 saves, including 17 in the second half, to lead the Rochester Rattlers to their first win of the season, a 12-8 victory over the Chesapeake Bayhawks at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday night. The loss snapped the Bayhawks’ two-game win streak to open the season. Gabel, who earned Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors, led a Rochester defense that held Chesapeake to a season-low six goals. The Bayhawks had averaged 15 goals per game in their first two wins this year. Making his seasonal debut, attackman Ned Crotty paced the Rattlers’ offense with three goals.
@ CHARLOTTE 18, OHIO 15: Midfielder Josh Amidon scored three goals, including a two-point marker, and added two assists as the Charlotte Hounds earned the first win in team history with an 18-15 victory over the Ohio Machine in a battle of the MLL’s newest teams at American Legion Memorial Stadium on Saturday night. The loss dropped the Machine to 0-2 on the season. The Hounds used a four-goal run late in the fourth quarter to secure the victory. While Amidon tallied a season-high six points, midfielder Stephen Berger added two goals, including a two-point marker, with three assists for Charlotte. Attackman Chazz Woodson led Ohio with three goals.
@ DENVER 19, LONG ISLAND 11: Midfielder Jeremy Sieverts scored four goals and added two assists to lead the Denver Outlaws to their third straight win, a 19-11 victory over the Long Island Lizards at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Saturday night. Sieverts, who leads the MLL with 11 goals and 19 points, scored three of his four goals in the second half as the Outlaws remained undefeated with the victory. Attackman Josh Sims contributed four goals with an assist in the victory for Denver while attackman Max Seibald had four goals, including a two-point marker, in a losing effort for Long Island.
MLL News and NotesHOME RUN: The home team has won seven of the ten games played so far this season through the first three weeks. However, three teams - Rochester, Ohio and Hamilton - have not played at home so far this season. In 2011, the home team won just 14 of 36 regular season games.
WELCOME HOME: Ohio and Hamilton will play their home openers this week. While Ohio will host Rochester, the Nationals will face Chesapeake on Friday morning at 11 a.m.
SUMMIT MEETING: The Boston Cannons and the Denver Outlaws will meet on Saturday night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in a match-up of the MLL’s only two undefeated teams. It will also feature the MLL’s top two scoring teams; Denver has tallied 55 points in 3 games while Boston has scored 53 points.
MIDFIELD MADNESS: Of the top 11 point scorers in the MLL this season, nine of them are midfielders. In addition, seven of the top eight goal scorers so far this year are midfielders. Denver Outlaws midfielder Jeremy Sieverts leads the MLL with 11 goals and 19 points through three games.
SAVING GABEL: Rochester goalkeeper Mike Gabel led the Rattlers to their first win of the season last Saturday with a 12-8 victory over the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Gabel, who had played just 15 minutes in the season opener, made a season-high 27 saves, including 17 in the second half. The 27 saves are the most by an MLL goalkeeper this season and the most in a single game since former Philadelphia Barrage goalkeeper Brian Dougherty had 28 saves on July 3, 2008.
AN EVEN DOZEN: Boston Cannons attackman Ryan Boyle leads Major League Lacrosse with 12 assists in three games this year, including a season-high six assists against Charlotte on May 5. With two assists against Hamilton on Saturday night, Boyle enters this week needed three assists of breaking the MLL career record of 211 assists that was set by Conor Gill. Boyle has recorded 20 or more assists in seven of his first eight years.