MLL Weekly Award WinnersOffensive Player of the Week
Joe Walters, Hamilton Nationals
Making his seasonal debut, Walters scored four goals and added four assists as the Nationals earned their first win of the season with an exciting 17-16 victory over the Charlotte Hounds. Walters tallied five of his game-high eight points in the second half as the Nationals snapped their season-opening three-game losing streak. Walters, who missed the first three games of the season, was the Nationals’ leading scorer last year with 39 points.
Defensive Player of the Week
Greg Gurenlian, Long Island Lizards
Gurenlian led the Lizards to a convincing 20-10 victory over the Ohio Machine at Shuart Stadium on Friday night. He won a season-high 22 face-offs in 33 attempts while recording a game-high 12 ground balls, which also matched his seasonal high. Gurenlian has won 62.3 per cent of his face-offs this season while leading the MLL with 39 ground balls; he has 10 or more ground balls in three of his four games.
Cascade Rookie of the Week
Mark Matthews, Denver Outlaws
Making his Major League Lacrosse debut, Matthews scored four goals and added two assists in the Outlaws’ tough 18-16 loss against the Chesapeake Bayhawks on Saturday night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. He scored all four of his goals in the first half for the Outlaws. The former University of Denver standout finished his career as the school’s all-time leader with 155 goals and 216 points.
Last Week’s Game Recaps@ LONG ISLAND 20, OHIO 10: Midfielder Brian Langtry scored a season-high five goals, including four in the first half, as the Long Island Lizards earned their second straight win, a 20-10 Major League Lacrosse victory over the Ohio Machine at Shuart Stadium. Named as the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game, Langtry recorded his third “hat trick” of the season and has scored eight goals with an assist in his last two games. Attackman Max Seibald contributed four goals with an assist for the Lizards while rookie attackman Matt Gibson tallied his second straight five-point performance with a goal and four assists. Attackman Connor Martin led Ohio with four goals in a losing effort while attackman Chazz Woodson had two goals with an assist.
@ ROCHESTER 17, BOSTON 16 (OT): Midfielder Roy Lang scored the game-winning goal just over three minutes into the overtime period as the Rochester Rattlers overcame a late rally to hand the defending MLL champion Boston Cannons their first loss of the season, a 17-16 overtime verdict at Sahlen’s Stadium. Lang gave the Rattlers the victory when he scored his third goal of the season, an unassisted marker past goalkeeper Jordan Burke with 6:57 left in the extra session. Attackman Ned Crotty was named as the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game after scoring three goals with two assists for the Rattlers while midfielder Matt Striebel added three goals, including a two-point marker, with an assist. Midfielder Kevin Buchanan led Boston in the loss with a game-high five goals, including a two-point marker, with an assist.
HAMILTON 18, @ CHARLOTTE 17: Making his seasonal debut, midfielder Joe Walters scored four goals and added four assists as the Hamilton Nationals used a late second half run to earn their first win of the season, an 18-17 victory over the Charlotte Hounds in front of 6,843 fans at American Legion Memorial Stadium. Named as the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game, Walters tallied five of his game-high eight points in the second half to help Hamilton snap a season-opening three-game losing streak. Midfielder Stephen Keogh contributed four goals for the Nationals, who were outshot by a 55-46 margin. Midfielder Stephen Berger paced Charlotte with three goals, including a two-point marker, with two assists while attackman Jeremy Boltus scored three goals with two assists.
CHESAPEAKE 18, @ DENVER 16: Midfielder Steven Brooks scored all three of his goals in the second half, including the eventual game-winning marker, to lead the Chesapeake Bayhawks to their fourth win in five games, an 18-16 victory over the Denver Outlaws at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Saturday night. Brooks, who was named as the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game, scored two of his goals in the fourth quarter as the Bayhawks overcame a one-point deficit to earn their second win in five all-time visits to Denver. Midfielder Kyle Dixon led Chesapeake with three goals, including a pair of two-point markers, with two assists. Attackman Brendan Mundorf tallied three goals with five assists in a losing effort for the Outlaws, who were outshot by a 50-42 margin.
MLL News and NotesTWO CLOSE FOR COMFORT: Three of the four games played last week were decided by two points or less. In the first 14 games of the season prior to last week, only two games were decided by two points or less.
BLACKJACK BEN: Chesapeake Bayhawks attackman Ben Rubeor has tallied a point in 21 consecutive games after scoring two goals in the Bayhawks’ win at Denver on Saturday night. During his 21-game point streak, the former University of Virginia standout has scored 32 goals with 15 assists.
AN EVEN DOZEN: The Chesapeake Bayhawks scored three two-point goals in their win over Denver last Saturday, giving them 12 two-point markers this season. They are on pace to break the MLL single-season record of 25 two-point goals, which was set by the Boston Cannons in 2002.
LUCKY SEVEN: With a pair of two-point goals in the win at Denver on Saturday, Chesapeake Bayhawks midfielder Kyle Dixon leads the MLL with seven two-point goals this season. He is the 11th player in MLL history to record at least seven two-point goals in a season and tied the MLL single-season record with 11 two-point markers in 2010.
MISTER ASSISTER: With two assists in the Boston Cannons’ overtime loss at Rochester on Friday night, Boston attackman Ryan Boyle became the MLL’s all-time leader with 212 career assists, breaking the record previously held by Conor Gill. Boyle set the record in the second quarter on a goal by midfielder Kevin Buchanan.