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News and Notes Week 12

By Kelsey Doherty |  7/23/13 11:30 AM

News and Notes Week 12


There were some exciting games this past weekend and teams are ramping it up as they make a push for a playoff spot. Here's our weekly look back and look ahead. 

Chesapeake Bayhawks 13, Boston Cannons 12

The Chesapeake Bayhawks snapped the Boston Cannons’ four game winning streak with a final of 13-12 on Thursday night thanks to an overtime goal by Drew Westervelt. With a slow start to the game, Ryan Boyle scored the lone point in the first quarter.  Both teams livened up in the second, including a goal from Warrior Offensive Player of the Week, Casey Powell in his return to MLL. The Bayhawks posted three consecutive goals, followed up by Boston’s five-goal run.  Chesapeake turned it around in the second half and opened with a five-goal run of their own. The Bayhawks then kept pace with Boston and on a goal from Powell headed into overtime. It was 3:14 into OT when Westervelt slashed a goal, taking advantage of a man-up situation. Boston’s Matt Poskay and Paul Rabil each grabbed a hat trick in the game, while Chesapeake’s Powell did the same in his return along with Ben Rubeor. Heading into week 12, the Cannons (5-6) rest in third place right below the Bayhawks (7-4).

Denver Outlaws 12, Rochester Rattlers 9

The Rochester Rattlers kept a surprisingly close game against the Denver Outlaws, but still fell with a final of 12-9 on Saturday night. Rochester’s rookie, John Ranagan got things started in the game, but was quickly answered with four goals and five points from Denver, including a two-pointer from Jeremy Sieverts off a feed from Brendan Mundorf.  Mundorf would go on to earn player of the game honors, with five points on two goals and three assists. Rochester put up a fight, posting three goals to Denver’s two in the second quarter, but could never quite catch up. Rochester’s Dave Lawson completed a hat trick in the game, going three-for-three and leading the Rattlers in scoring. Denver remains undefeated, 11-0, but Rochester falls to 4-7 after week 11.

Charlotte Hounds 13, New York Lizards 11

The Charlotte Hounds stole one from the New York Lizards on Saturday night, with a final of 13-11. Led by Peet Poillon, who posted four points in the game, the Hounds ended any playoff hopes for the Lizards. While the game opened with a goal from Mike Sawyer, the first quarter put the Hounds up 5-2. It was in the second quarter that Charlotte grabbed seven consecutive goals, shutting out the Lizards. It wasn't until the third when Steven Mock grabbed a point that New York came to life, but still trailing by seven goals heading into the final 15 minutes. Steven Waldeck immediately posted a two pointer, and then we saw some rookie action from Jake Tripucka and Rob Pannell, as they each scored. The Lizards managed to climb within two of Charlotte, but an aggressive Hound's defense stopped New York there. The Hounds are now 5-7, while the Lizards drop to 3-8 on the season. 

Hamilton Nationals 13, Ohio Machine 12

The Hamilton Nationals took a tight 13-12 win over the Ohio Machine in week 11. While Ohio kept it a close one, they did not get off on the right foot, allowing five goals to Hamilton in the first and failing to score.  The second quarter would reverse this, and bring five goals to Ohio including two from Greg Downing. Still trailing 11-7 heading into the fourth quarter, the Machine managed to grab five goals but still fell short, as player of the game, Cody Jamieson also grabbed a pair of goals in the final quarter. Ohio’s Logan Schuss and Downing both lead their team in scoring, each with a hat trick, with Schuss earning Cascade Rookie of the Week honors. Hamilton’s Joe Walters also added six points of his own, including three goals and three assists. The Nationals advance to 8-3 on the season, and Ohio drops to 1-10.

 

13

This week, three teams, the Bayhawks, Hounds, and Nationals, all won with thirteen points. Both the Nationals and Bayhawks won with a final of 13-12.

11-0

The Denver Outlaws continue their quest for perfection after week 11.  They have the best record in MLL history to start a season and with just three regular season games ahead, they are within reach of a perfect season.

17

Both Boston’s Jordan Burke and Hamilton’s Dillon Ward made 17 saves in week 11. Ward was 17-for-28, while Burke was 17-for-30 in his game.

10

This week there were 10 hat tricks completed. Every team with the exception of the Denver Outlaws had at least one player complete a hat trick. Boston, Chesapeake, and Ohio each had two players make the list.

3

Three players, all in contention for Cascade Rookie of the Year are in the top 25 scorers, including Rob Pannell (29 pts), Eric Law (25 pts), and Logan Schuss (23 pts).

9

Charlotte Hounds’ rookie defenseman, Mason Poli, currently leads all defensemen in points with 9.

1st

This week brought the Chesapeake Bayhawks their first overtime win of 2013, something they struggled with in three previous overtime games this season.

81

Paul Rabil leads the league in shots on goal with a total of 81. With 29 goals this gives him .250 in shot percentage.

3

In his return to MLL and his first game with the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Casey Powell posted three goals, completing a hat trick.

100

Kevin Crowley earned his 100th point over the weekend, with his second goal against the Ohio Machine in Saturday’s game.

21

Joe Walters continues to works as a team player, leading the league with 21 assists over nine games.

 

Before we delve into our previews here are the playoff scenarios for this week's games

1.       Denver

a.       Currently in 1st place

b.      Has already clinched no worse than a 2nd seed

c.       Can clinch the #1 seed with a win or a loss by Hamilton

2.       Hamilton

a.       Currently in 2nd place

b.      Can clinch a playoff spot with a win over Boston on Saturday or a loss by Charlotte.

3.       Chesapeake

a.       Currently in 3rd place

b.      Can clinch a playoff spot with a win and a loss by either Boston or Charlotte

4.       Boston

a.       Currently in 4th place

b.      Cannot clinch or be eliminated this week

5.       Charlotte

a.       Currently in 5th place

b.      Cannot clinch or be eliminated this week

6.       Rochester

a.       Currently in 6th place

b.      Cannot clinch or be eliminated this week

7.       New York

a.      Currently in 7th place

b.      Eliminated with a loss or  a win by Boston or Charlotte

8.       Ohio

a.      Currently in 8th place

b.      Already eliminated from the playoffs

c.      Can clinch the worst record with a loss and a New York win

 

Chesapeake Bayhawks at Denver Outlaws

2:00pm ET July 27

TV: ESPN2

The third place Chesapeake Bayhawks will take on the undefeated Denver Outlaws in a matchup that could challenge Denver. The Bayhawks have been a strong team this season, although they struggled for a brief period of time, they seem to have recovered. With 63 points between the two of them, Drew Westervelt and Ben Rubeor are leading the way for Chesapeake. Of course, they need to be at their very best for this game, this means putting a stop to Chris Bocklet, one of the League’s leading scorers with 44 points of his own. Denver also boasts Jesse Schwartzman in goal, with the League’s best goals against average, 9.26. Most teams have found it difficult to score double digits against this Outlaws team.

Last time they met:

Denver 13, Chesapeake 9 (June 15)

Rochester Rattlers at New York Lizards

6:30pm ET July 27

TV: CBS Sports Network

The New York Lizards will host the Rochester Rattlers in their second meet up of the season. Both teams lie well below .500 on the season and are looking to redeem themselves in the final weeks. New York’s best weapon, Rob Pannell, is coming off yet another five-point game, something that has become the norm for him, and should make Rochester very weary.  If the Lizards want a win though, they’ll need the help of Tommy Palasek and strong defending from Drew Adams, who did not look his best in week 11.  Rochester’s Ned Crotty and Matt Striebel will be looking to take advantage of Drew Adams, but as a team with only 108 goals on the season, this may prove difficult. The Rattlers are looking for their fifth win of the season, and New York their fourth.

Last time they met:

Rochester 13, New York 10 (June 30)

Boston Cannons at Hamilton Nationals

7pm ET July 27

Web: YouTube

Listen: MLL Radio

 

The Boston Cannons will be looking to get back to winning ways and make a playoff push in their game against the Hamilton Nationals. This will be a difficult game for Boston, as the Nationals’ Kevin Crowley has emerged as one of the League’s leading attackmen. Both Crowley and Paul Rabil are well over 40 points on the season and will be testing the defense of each other’s teams.  With Brett Queener out last week, Hamilton still managed a win, showing that they are no just strong in the goal, but defensively as well. The Cannons will need to maintain long possessions and a strong passing game with plenty of action from Mike Stone and Stephen Berger in order to make it past Hamilton.  The Nationals on the other hand will need to not only cover Rabil but also the entire Boston midfield. This game is open to either team, but both will need to find holes

Last time they met:

Hamilton 15, Boston 8 (May 4)

Charlotte Hounds at Ohio Machine

7:00pm ET July 27

TV:ESPN3.com

The Ohio Machine will host the Charlotte Hounds on Saturday night, as both teams try to prove themselves on the field. The Hounds are fresh off a much needed win and hoping to see more from attack Matt Danowski, who only posted one assist in week 11 against New York, very uncharacteristic of him. The Hounds are also looking for a strong outing fromRyan Young and Peet Poillon. The Machine will need to put their best foot forward with rookies, Logan Schuss and Marcus Holman playing an integral part against this young Charlotte team. Both Ohio’s Brian Phipps and Charlotte’s Andrew Ghitelman trail in goals against average, suggesting that we may see a very high scoring game in week 12. The Machine is still seeking their first win of the season, and Charlotte is making a bid for a .500 record.

Last time they met:

Charlotte 13, Ohio 7 (June 8)

 

 

Rookie Watch: There are several players making a bid for Cascade Rookie of the Year this season, including Cornell grad and New York star, Rob Pannell. The 2013 Tewaaraton Award winner has posted 29 points, including four five-point games. Right now Pannell is 12th in scoring, and could be the first rookie to break the top ten in scoring this season.

Making Saves: If Brett Queener can maintain or improve upon his .615 save percentage this season, he could earn the third place on the list of highest single season save percentages.  This would put him behind Tillman Johnson, and Brian Dougherty.

Scooping up ground balls: Tim Fallon will be looking to break into the top ten list for most single season ground balls, as he heads into week 12. The Charlotte faceoff specialist is two ground balls shy of the tenth spot, currently with 93 ground balls.

Road to perfection: A win in week 12 would mean that the Denver Outlaws would tie the 2005 Baltimore Bayhawks for the most regular season wins.  The Bayhawks finished with a 12-2 regular season record and went on to win the 2005 championship. 



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