June 18, 2009

MLL Week 6 Notes: Rookies Break Ice

from press release

More of the 2009 rookie class entered the stat books and recorded their first points as Major League Lacrosse players.

Cannons rookie Brandon Corp scored in the fourth quarter against the Machine. He was the last Cannon to score, capping off a 22-goal destruction of Chicago. Dan Groot (Washington) and Sid Smith (Toronto) also recorded their first career points. Groot had a hand in the last two goals for the Bayhawks, scoring the second to last goal and assisting the last goal. Smith scored on a shorthanded opportunity.

Mr. Smith goes to the Record Book
Alex Smith (Washington), the top faceoff man in the league, jumped into the top 10 career faceoff wins. With 550 wins under his belt, Smith should surpass Tim Booth's 561 mark and Andy Corno's 570 this coming weekend against the Cannons. Smith also broke 200 groundballs and is well on his way to enter the top 10 career groundballs' list.

Spell "Blowout." Need a definition?
This past weekend, only days after the Team USA tryouts, Toronto, Boston, and Denver blew out their opponents by a combined score of 25 goals. The combined total number of score differentials for the prior weeks is 27. The Nationals beat the Bayhawks by 7, Boston crushed the Machine by 11, and the Outlaws ran over the Lizards by 7.

Loose Cannon
Boston's Saturday night game against the Machine marked the return of Midfielder Matt Poskay (Boston) to the field. After being diagnosed with testicular cancer in May, Poskay was cleared by doctors to play. Poskay let loose four goals, leading his team to their second win of the season by a score of 22-11. Poskay is Boston's top scorer and team MVP from the 2008 season and is looking for a repeat this season.

What's up Doc?
Rookie Doc Schneider (Toronto) played his first minutes as a MLL goalie on Saturday, as his Toronto Nationals faced off against the Washington Bayhawks. Sporting the new Iroquois uniforms, Schneider allowed only 5 goals and recorded 11 saves in the first half before Brett Queener took over in the second half to secure their third win in a row against the Bayhawks.

Coming Soon
Expect Scott Urick (Washington) to surpass Mark Millon in Career goals. Millon retired with 239, and Urick currently sits at 238. Averaging nearly 2 goals a game, Urick should also catch Hubbard's 247, the first in career goals.

What to Watch for
Entering week 6, Denver and Toronto are tied for first in the league and will face each other for the first time this season. Denver and Toronto boast the top two offenses, with Toronto scoring 75 and Denver scoring 72. The game should be very high scoring, challenging some of the league's best goalies in Jesse Schwartzman and Brett Queener.

Home Sweet Home
All home teams (Toronto, Boston, and Denver) won this past weekend, where each visitor traveled to the host city for the first time this season.

The Great Outdoors
Former NLL players Shawn Williams (Toronto) and Phil Sanderson (Toronto) earned the first points of their outdoor careers. Williams scored late in the fourth quarter against the Bayhawks, while Sanderson assisted a Delby Powless goal early in the first quarter.

He's a Bad, Bad Man
Toronto's Geoff Snider tacked on another 4 penalty minutes this past weekend. On June 4, Snider broke the record for most penalty minutes in a game (9), including a 5 minute unsportsmanlike conduct. He currently leads the league in penalty minutes with 14, and was fined for player misconduct on his June 4th game against the Bayhawks.

Goalie Glory
Brian Dougherty (Long Island) will play in his 100th regular season game this weekend. He is only the third player in MLL history to do so, behind Tim Goettelmann (Long Island) and Scott Urick (Washington). Goettlemann, who sits with 297 points, was the first to reach the milestone. He and Dougherty both currently play on Long Island whose roster is stacked with veterans.

Do Work
Syracuse alums are making strides in the league and leaving their marks. In their second year in the league, Brendan Loftus (Chicago) and Mike Leveille (Chicago) are both raking in points in the record book. Loftus scored his 20th goal, while Mike earned his 50th point in their loss to Boston. Loftus scored a hat trick last Saturday, and Mike scored one and added two assists, both of which went to big brother Kevin's goals.

Missed it by that Much
Stephen Berger, midfielder for the Lizards, scored two goals in his loss to Denver. He was one goal short of reaching 100 career goals. This weekend's game against Chicago should allow him to reach the century mark.

The Ecks Man
Cannons FOGO Chris Eck won his 97th faceoff against Chicago. Eck played in only one game last season. Entering week 6 of his second MLL season, the middie is second in face-off wins. Last week Eck won 18 of 36 attempts and scored twice off the draw.

Denver's Finest
The Outlaws' Brian Langtry has played 75 games while Matt Brown broke 100 goals with a 2-goal performance against the Lizards. Langtry, third on team for total points this season, scored once and assisted another.          

A Clean Sweep
The Toronto Nationals swept their three game season series with the Washington Bayhawks on Saturday, June 13th when they defeated the Bayhawks for the 3rd time by a score of 19-12 at BMO Field. Toronto's other two wins came on May 15 and June 4 in Annapolis with the Nationals winning by scores of 17-16 and 17-15.

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