August 12, 2009

MLL Notebook: It Had to End Sometime

from press release

The longest scoring streak in Major League Lacrosse history came to end Saturday at Chicago's Soldier Field.

Machine attackman Kevin Leveille, who had recorded at least one point in an MLL-record 65 consecutive games, was held without a point against the Lizards. Guarded by Long Island defenseman Nicky Polanco, it was the first time that Leveille had been held without a point since Aug. 5, 2004, in a game against the Baltimore Bayhawks.

A Seedy Situation

It came down to the final game of the season to figure it all out, but the seeds and pairings for the 2009 New Balance MLL Championship Weekend Presented by Smartlink have now been set. The Denver Outlaws enjoy the No. 1 overall seed due to their league-best 9-3 record, followed by the Toronto Nationals in the No. 2 seed with an overall record of 7-5. The Long Island Lizards and Boston Cannons both finished the regular season at 6-6, but the Lizards earned the No. 3 spot due to their three one-goal victories over the Cannons this season, leaving Boston with the No. 4 seed.

Power Player

Long Island's Stephen Berger recorded his ninth power-play goal of the season against the Chicago Machine. This ties the single-season MLL record currently held by Mark Millon (2002) and Chicago's Kevin Leveille (2005).

G.I. Joe, Rise of the Walters

One of Toronto's offensive stars, Joe Walters, tallied his 150th point and 49th assist in the Nationals' domination of Denver this past weekend. Walters finished with two assists for the evening. He leads the Nationals with 17 assists this season.

Stop Being So Snide

Toronto's faceoff specialist Geoff Snider earned his 550th career win at the X. Geoff went 18-for-28 against Denver. For the 2009 regular season, Geoff won 195 draws, a career high. He was third this season amongst the faceoff specialists in the league, but led in points and goals scored.

O'Doyle Rules!

Toronto's Colin Doyle had his 50th career goal and 10th career power-play assist this past weekend against the Denver Outlaws. Doyle scored during Toronto's five-goal run in the second quarter and assisted Merrick Thomson's power-play goal on the last tally of the game. Doyle scored 26 points this season, including 13 goals and 13 assists. He scored two power-play goals and dished three power-play assists this season.

It's Merrick, not Maverick

Toronto's Merrick Thomson is about as good at lacrosse as Maverick is at flying. In the Nationals domination of Denver, Toronto's top gun scored his 10th power-play goal and first short-handed goal of his career in the second half of Saturday's game. Merrick is second in the league in points scored, but first in goals scored this season.

I've Just Seen A Face (1619 Actually)

Peter Vlahakis took his 1600th career faceoff against Chicago. He is third all-time in career faceoff attempts with 1619. Despite a sub-par performance against Doug Shanahan (12-of-26), Peter is also third all-time in career faceoffs won with 930.

No Flakes Here

Long Island's Blake Miller played his 100th career regular season game against Chicago. The midfielder recorded a goal and an assist against the Machine. Miller is currently seventh in all-time goals scored with 193.

This Veteran Is No Clunker

One of Chicago's top veterans, Matt Striebel, played his 99th game against Long Island. A longtime player for Philadelphia, Striebel is fifth all-time in career games played. He has been a key component to Chicago's offense this season,

Back in...Blue?

The Chicago Machine's pickup of Doug Shanahan turned out to be worth it. Back in the baby blue jersey, Dough won his 800th faceoff in a losing effort against Long Island. Doug is fourth all-time in career faceoff attempts (1578) and wins (401).

Everyone Needs a Dependable Doc

Long Island goalie Brian Dougherty made his 1750th save and earned his 60th win against Chicago last weekend. Dougherty made 17 saves in the victory. Dougherty is first in almost every category for goalies. He is first in games played (105), minutes played (5945), saves made (1752) and games won (60). He is also second in save percentage (.579).

"BOY"le Wonder

Ryan Boyle collected his 150th career assist and 275th point in Boston's loss to Washington last Thursday. Boyle is the assists leader for the Cannons and the league with 23. He assisted three goals against the Bayhawks and had a season-high six assists against the Machine. Boyle is fourth all-time in assists (152) and ninth all-time in career points (275).

Gladware Assistlocks

Washington rookie Danny Glading recorded his 10th assist in last weekend's victory over Boston. With his single assist against Boston, Glading is the leader in the category among all rookies, averaging 1.4 assists per game. The former Virginia Cavalier had two five-point games, both against Chicago.

New Kid on the Block

Peet Poillon had his first career game-winner, helping his Bayhawks defeat the Cannons. On a major fourth-quarter comeback, Poillon scored the game-tying goal and game-winning goal with just seconds left on the clock. In two games, Poillon has scored seven goals.  He has won the Rookie of the Week Award in each of his two weeks of MLL play

A Goalie Garrintee

Washington's veteran goalie, Chris Garrity, played his 4,000th career minute and had his 1,200th save in the win over Boston. During the game, Garrity made 19 saves on 31 shots. Garrity is third in career games played (70), career minutes played (4,167), and career saves made (1,202).

Double Deuce

Kyle Dixon tallied two two-point goals in last weekend's game against Boston. This brings his season total to 10 two-pointers on the season. He finishes one short of the MLL single season record. Dixon also had a one-point goal to complete the hat trick.

Ending on a Winning Note

With Washington's come-from-behind victory over Boston last weekend, the Bayhawks now have the most regular season wins in MLL history with 62. Boston has the second-most regular season wins with 61.

The Envelope Please...

Beginning  Tuesday, Major League Lacrosse began to announce the winners of the 2009 Year End Awards.  On Tuesday, Denver's Dan Hardy was honored as Cascade Rookie of the Year, and Long Island's Tim Goettelmann was honored on Wednesday as the New Balance Sportsman of the Year. Winners for Warrior Most Improved Player of the Year, Brine Coach of the Year, Warrior Goalie of the Year, Warrior Defensive Player of the Year, Warrior Offensive Player of the Year, and Bud Light MLL MVP will all be announced over the course of the next several days . Members of the All-MLL Team will be announced on Friday, Aug. 21.

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