June 21, 2010

Three-Way Tie at Top of MLL Standings

from staff reports

Jesse Schwartzmann had 17 saves to help Denver beat Chesapeake and move into a first-place tie in the MLL.

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Boston and Denver both won over the weekend to move into a three-way tie with Chesapeake atop the Major League Lacrosse standings at 4-2. Denver won a high-scoring road game at Chesapeake, 20-16, while Boston knocked off the Machine 19-11. In the league's other game of the weekend, defending MLL champion Toronto picked up its first win of the season, beating Long Island 11-9.

Recaps of the games follow:

Denver 20, Chesapeake 16: Dan Hardy and Max Seibald each scored four goals and Chesapeake goalie Chris Garrity made just 13 saves as the Outlaws outscored the Bayhawks. Hardy and Seibald each netted one two-point goal and Hardy had two assists to give him seven points in the victory.

Denver moved out to a 4-2 lead after the first quarter and then Drew Westervelt scored two straight goals to ignite a three-goal run to open the second quarter as the Outlaws moved in front 7-2. Denver stayed in command from there, but Kyle Dixon's second two-point goal of the game pulled Chesapeake within 18-16 with just over a minute to play, but Hardy scored a two-pointer on an empty net to put it out of reach for Denver.

Dixon had a team-high five points for Chesapeake while Brian Vetter added three goals. Jesse Schwartzman made 17 saves to pick up the win for Denver.

Boston 19, Machine 11: Kip Turner made 21 saves to lead Boston past the travelling Machine road show at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.

The Machine tied the game 9-9 on Josh Sims' goal to open the second half, but Boston then ripped off nine straight goals with eight different goal scores to seize the game. The Machine went scoreless for more than 21 minutes during the run.

Justin Smith led Boston with three goals, including two during the 9-0 run and Matt Poskay (2g, 1 2-pt, 1a) and Ryan Boyle (2g, 2a) led the Cannons with four points each. Kevin Leveille led the Machine with five goals and his brother, Mike, added three goals and two assists. Virginia native Bud Petit made 19 saves for the Machine.

Toronto 11, Long Island 9: Toronto scored the last three goals of the game to edge Long Island for its first victory of the season. Zack Greer's extra man goal with 9:16 left in the fourth quarter had given Long Island a 9-8 lead, but Shawn Williams, Corey Small and Brodie Merrill all scored in the final five minutes to lead Toronto to the win.

Small had a game-high three goals and Scott Rodgers and Brett Queener combined to make 22 saves in goal for the Nationals. Tim Goettelmann had two goals and an assist to lead Long Island.

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