June 1, 2014

Denver's Streak Intact; Thompson Debuts as MLL Back in Action

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Eric Law had three goals to help Denver stay unbeaten on the season with a 13-11 win over Charlotte at home. (Greg Wall)

Major League Lacrosse got back to action after its Memorial Day Weekend hiatus with a games all weekend, headlined by Denver improving to a league-best 5-0 and extending its regular-season stretch of perfection to a whopping 25 contests straight. On Sunday, recent Tewaaraton co-winner Miles Thompson made his professional debut with the Rochester Rattlers, scoring his first career goal in a win over Florida.

FRIDAY

New York Lizards 11, Boston Cannons 10

The Lizards moved into sole possession of second place on the league table by edging Boston by a goal in a matchup of squads that entered at 2-2 on the young season. Ned Crotty had three goals and two assists to lead the Lizards, who rallied from down 3-1 after the first to score four of the next five and took a one-goal lead into the break. Rob Pannell added two goals and an assist and Max Seibald scored twice for the Lizards.

The teams traded the lead down the stretch, but the Lizards managed to hold on, scoring three of the final four goals to turn a 9-8 Boston lead after a Will Manny fourth quarter tally to the final 11-10 score. Paul Rabil led the Cannons charge with two goals and three assists, with Stephen Berger adding two goals and an assist. In net, Jordan Burke had nine saves for the Cannons, but Drew Adams earned the wins with six saves, five of which came in the second half.

Game MVP: Ned Crotty | Box Score

Denver Outlaws 13, Charlotte Hounds 11

A 4th-quarter 2-point goal by Matt Danowski gave the Hounds an 11-10 lead over Denver, but the Outlaws scored the game's final three goals to hold off the visitors and extend their regular-season win streak to 25. Denver hasn't lost a regular-season game since June 23, 2012.

John Grant, Jr. was named MVP after scoring four goals and an assist for Denver, which scored five straight after John Haus (2G) opened the scoring for Charlotte and led 6-2 after one. Eric Law had a hat-trick for Denver, which led 9-6 at the half, but the Hounds, who handed Denver its only loss in last August's MLL semifinals, battled back late, taking the lead after Brett Schmidt had a late third quarter 2-point goal and Danowski added another in the early fourth, swinging a 10-7 Outlaws lead to an 11-10 Hounds advantage. But Matt and Chris Bocklet scored two goals in the span of a minute, and Grant scored another down the stretch to put the game away.

Mike Sawyer joined Danowski and Schmidt's two-point scores with a pair of goals for Charlotte, while Justin Ward had a goal and three feeds for the visitors. Adam Ghitelman was strong in the loss as well, making 17 saves, but Jesse Schwartzman earned the win with a 13-save night, adding to his all-time wins lead in Major League Lacrosse after overtaking Team USA predecessor Brian Dougherty earlier this season.

Game MVP: John Grant, Jr. | Box Score

SATURDAY

Ohio Machine 15, Chesapeake Bayhawks 11

The Ohio Machine snapped its three-game losing streak Saturday, traveling to Annapolis, MD. and knocking off the Chesapeake Bayhawks, 15-11. Both teams entered with a 1-3 record, with the Machine taking the victory after big performances by Marcus Holman, who had six points, and Logan Schuss who added four more.

In a back and forth game featuring six lead changes, the Machine found themselves down early 4-1 before scoring four straight to end the first quarter. Chesapeake recovered and regained the lead 9-7 early in the second half with the help of leading scorer Brendan Mundorf, who finished the game with three goals and two assists, but the Machine would use a seven-goal run, six coming off the sticks of Schuss and Holman, to take back the lead for good. Kip Turner finished with 10 saves for the Bayhawks, but Brian Phipps got the win as he made eight stops for the Machine who are now 2-3 on the season. With the loss, Chesapeake fell to 1-4 and are currently tied with the Charlotte Hounds for last place.

MVP: Marcus Holman | Box Score

SUNDAY

Rochester Rattlers 18, Florida Launch 11

After falling behind early, the Rattlers stormed back to defeat the Launch Sunday afternoon, 18-11. Florida, winners of its last three games, came out of the gates strong as Jordan Hall and Garrett Thul helped the them build an 8-4 advantage midway through the second quarter. Thul finished the game with three goals while Hall added three goals and an assist. However, it was all Rattlers from there on out.

Scoring the last five goals of the second quarter to take a 9-8 lead into the break, Rochester continued that momentum in the second half. Holding Florida to only three goals over the final 30 minutes, Jordan MacIntosh (four goals, one assist), and Kevin Leveille (three goals, two assists), helped the Rattlers score 14 of the final 17 goals to improve to 3-2 on the season.

Miles Thompson, who last week won the Tewaaraton Award along with his brother Lyle, scored his first career MLL goal in the first quarter after receiving a beautiful cross-crease pass from Mark Matthews. John Galloway finished the game with 12 saves and got the win for Rochester while Brett Queener made 11 saves and took the loss for Florida which fell to 3-2 on the year.

MVP: John Galloway | Box Score


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