MLL Weekend: New York into Third With Big Win
A five goal night from JoJo Marasco helped the Lizards roll to a 19-13 victory over Ohio at home Saturday night, improving to 5-4 to move into third place in the league table behind only Denver and Rochester, which close the weekend with a game on Sunday. Charlotte and Chesapeake also took wins in Saturday's action, toppling Boston and Florida, respectively.
New York 19, Ohio 13
In a game of runs, the Lizards had the latest and most significant, scoring the game's final five - including a 2-point exclamaition point from Kyle Hartzell in the final minute - to turn what had been a close one in the early fourth quarter into a laugher at Shuart Stadium. Hartzell had three goals total in the contest, joining Rob Pannell (2G, 2A), Tommy Palasek (3G, 1A) and Marasco in leading the way for New York. Drew Adams made 16 saves to earn the win, while Greg Guerenlian went 13-for-21 and scooped eight GBs.
Peter Baum had five goals to lead the Machine in the losing effort, with Kyle Harrison also putting together a hat-trick. Brian Phipps made 13 saves for the Machine, while Robert Dattilo went 10-for-18 at the X and scooped a team-high six GBs.
Harrison and Brian Farrell scored the first two of the game for Ohio, but New York scored eight of the next nine to take a 8-4 lead into the break. Ohio rallied back into the contest with a 6-3 advantage in the third quarter, with Baum knotting the score at ten each before Marasco closed the quarter with a goal that gave the hosts the lead back. In the fourth, the teams traded goals, with Ohio tying, then New York answering, until the final run closed things out.
New York plays Florida on Thursday at home, while Ohio takes on Chesapeake on Friday at home.
Charlotte 15, Boston 12
A nine-score fourth helped the Hounds improve to 4-5 on the year, rallying from a 9-6 gap at the end of three frames to catch and surpass the Cannons (4-5). Justin Ward had two goals and three assists to lead the Hounds offense, which also got a hat-trick from John Haus and Mike Sawyer (2G, 1 2-pointer). Adam Ghitelman made 19 saves to earn the win in net
Five points from Will Manny (3G, 2A) and Stephen Berger (2G, 3A) paced the Cannons, while Kevin Buchanan added three points and Jordan Burke made 18 saves. Chris Eck went 16-for-25 at the X to take the battle over Geoff Snider - the Team Canada face-off star who was appearing in his first game of the season for the Hounds.
After the teams entered the break knotted at five each, Boston appeared to take the advantage in the third, scoring four straight after a Mike Chanenchuk goal for Charlotte to open the second half, going into the fourth with the three goal advantage. From that point, it was all Hounds - Sawyer started the rally with a 2-pointer, then Haus, Sawyer and Ward all scored in the next three minutes to make it 11-9. Manny broke the streak off a Chris Eck feed, but then Matt Danowski, Snider and Haus ripped off another three in a row before Boston closed with two of the final three scores - too little, too late.
Boston heads to Denver for Friday's annual 4th of July game against the Outlaws, while the Hounds host Rochester on Saturday.
Chesapeake 18, Florida 11
A 10-1 run in the second and third quarter blew open a 4-4 game and helped the Bayhawks improve to 3-6, pulling even with Ohio at the bottom of the league's standings but just a game out of the three-way tie for fourth place.
Joe Walters had four goals and four assists to anchor the Bayhawks offense, while Matt Mackrides had two goals (one 2-pointer) and three assists and Drew Westervelt added a hat-trick and an assist in the winning effort. Tyler Fiorito made 14 saves to earn the win, while Stephen Robarge went 18-for-31 at the X.
Kieran McArdle (3G, 1A) and Casey Powell (2G, 2A) led Florida, which also got a hat-trick from Stephen Keogh. Brett Queener made nine saves in the loss, relieved by Adam Fullerton, who had two stops, for the final 19 minutes.
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