By Patty Shields | 8/6/14 12:00 PM
Boston 16, Florida 15
The Cannons kept their playoff hopes alive this weekend after a 16-15 win against Florida. Boston must win again this weekend, and hope for an Ohio loss, in order to move on to the semi-final round. Stephen Berger and Kevin Buchanan led the Cannons in scoring, both tallying four goals and one assist. The Launch’s Casey Powell put up a tough fight, scoring 4 goals and adding 4 assists, but the Launch came up just short. Rookie Kieran McArdle only found the back of the net once, but in doing so set the record for goals by a rookie in a single season (31).
Denver 18, Chesapeake 16
The Denver Outlaws are well on their way to the post-season, confirmed after their 18-16 victory over Chesapeake. Denver’s John Grant Jr. put up an impressive 8 points during the game (4g, 4a), while simultaneously breaking the All-Time goal scoring record, which had been held by Rochester’s Kevin Leveille since last June. Eric Law and Drew Snider both added 3 goals and 1 assist, and Jesse Schwartzman came up with 18 saves on the night. Westervelt (3g, one 2-pt) and Mundorf (3g, 1a) led the scoring for the Bayhawks, but despite their efforts and an impressive 29-36 face-offs for Stephen Robarge, the Bayhawks couldn’t come out on top.
Ohio 17, Rochester 15
The Ohio Machine came up with an impressive upset against the Rattlers this weekend, winning 17-15 and serving Rochester their first home loss of the season. Despite an impressive 4 goals by Mark Cockerton that earned him Cascade Rookie of the Week, and another 4 by Lawson, performances by Holman (6g, 2a) and Stanwick (4g, 2a) were too much for the top-seeded Rattlers. Ohio needs another win this weekend against the Launch to secure the fourth and final playoff spot, and Rochester will need a win to secure home field advantage during playoffs.
New York 12, Charlotte 11
The New York Lizards came out on top against a tough battle with Charlotte this week (12-11). The Hounds took the lead quickly, and battled the Lizards deep into the fourth quarter. Pannell and Palasek both had 3 goals for New York, Pannell’s final goal securing the win for New York. Sawyer and Haus both added 2 goals to Danowski’s hat trick, but despite Poli’s 2-pt goal late in the fourth, could not defeat the tenacious Lizard team. New York will take on Denver during their final match-up, an outcome which will decide who gains home field advantage during play offs.
280- Number of career goals scored by Rochester’s John Grant Jr. to break the All-Time record
31- Number of goals scored this season by Florida rookie Kieran McArdle, breaking the record for number of goals by a rookie in a single season
13- Number of consecutive games in which Ohio’s Peter Baum has scored a goal. He is the only MLL player to have recorded a goal in every game this season.
1- Kieran McArdle needs one more point to hold the highest number of points by a rookie record
Denver Outlaws at New York Lizards
When: Saturday, August 9th @ 5:30 ET
Watch: ESPN 3
Last time they met: Denver 16, New York 11 (June 14th in Denver)
This match-up will be closely watched during the final week of play, as it will determine who gains home field advantage as play offs begin next week. If Denver wins, they will find themselves in the 1 or 2 seed next week. If New York wins, they will be playing at home, and Denver will need Rochester to lose in order to have hopes at home field play. Last time these two teams met, Curtis Dickson put up a 7 point performance and the Outlaws took an early and consistent lead which proved to be too much, despite the Lizards 6-0 run in the final quarter.
Rochester Rattlers at Boston Cannons
When: Saturday, August 9th @ 7 ET
Last time they met: Rochester 8, Boston 7 (April 27th in Rochester)
The Cannons must defeat Rochester in order to keep their post-season hopes alive. Rochester needs to secure the win as well to gain home field advantage, as losing will likely put their post-season rankings into the hands of a goal differential. The Cannons often play well under pressure, and hope to see Berger and Buchanan continue to contribute with high numbers this week. Rochester will need another stand out performance by Cockerton if they hope to secure home field play. Last time these two teams met, Rochester held out the lead through the end of the game, despite an impressive 14-18 performance at the X by Chris Eck.
Charlotte Hounds at Chesapeake Bayhawks
When: Saturday, August 9th @ 7 ET
Last time they met: Charlotte 12, Chesapeake 7 (May 10th in Charlotte)
Charlotte and Chesapeake will face off this week for both of their final games this season. Although neither is vying for play off seeds, the game will determine who gets the first pick in the 2015 MLL Collegiate Draft (loss will receive first pick). Last time these two teams faced off, Charlotte used the home field advantage and came out on top. This week, Chesapeake will try to do the same hoping to end the 2014 season on a high note.
Florida Launch at Ohio Machine
When: Saturday, August 9th @ 7 ET
Last time they met: Florida 10, Ohio 9 (May 10th in Florida)
This weeks Florida v. Ohio matchup will certainly be an interesting one, as Ohio has to win to secure the fourth and final seed in the post season. If Ohio cannot pull off the victory, they will have to hope that Rochester can defeat the Cannons or they will not make the post season. Last time these two teams met, marked the first appearance for rookie Kieran McArdle, who found the back of the net late in the 4th to put the Launch ahead of the Machine. It was Powell who finished them off with his 5th goal of the night, as the Launch found their second win of their inaugural season.
Cannons win MLL/US Lacrosse Sportsmanship Award: The Boston Cannons have been selected as the league’s monthly sportsmanship award winner for Weeks 9-12. The award, which was started in 2014, was designed in partner with US Lacrosse to promote good sportsmanship across the game, and is chosen based on voting by the league’s officials. The Cannons now join the pool as teams eligible to be selected for the MLL’s Sportsmanship Team of the Year Award.
The Final Countdown: This week marks the final week of play in the 2014 MLL regular season, and play off spots are still up for grabs. Denver, Rochester and New York all find themselves in a battle for home field advantage. Boston and Ohio are both in the race for the fourth and final play off position, both trying to keep their post-season dreams alive this Saturday.
The Comeback Kid: After a quiet start to the season, Denver’s John Grant Jr. has been on fire and has just broken the All-Time Record for goals, having amassed 280 during his time in the MLL. Grant passed Rattler’s attackman Kevin Leveille (277) to achieve the title. With only one game left in the regular season, the Outlaws attackman finds him self 5 points away from beating out Florida’s Casey Powell for the All-Time Points title.
Lacrosse on the Box: New York’s Rob Pannell is in the running to become the next athlete on a Wheaties box, and he needs your help! Head to MapMyFitness.com/WheatiesNEXT to log your workouts- each workout counts as a vote for Team Pannell! Voting ends August 31st
Item of the Week: Looking for some new wall décor? Check out the newest additions to the MLL Fat Head line, featuring veteran attackman Casey Powell, who now holds the all-time record for points with 463 over 10 seasons. Fans can purchase MLL Fathead wall graphics at http://www.fathead.com/mll/products/