May 12, 2012

MLL Week 3: Cannons, Hounds, Outlaws, Rattlers Win

from press releases

Paul Rabil had two goals and three assists and Ryan Boyle had three goals and two helpers as defending champion Boston improved to 3-0.
© Bill Danielewski

Boston Stays Unbeaten

BOSTON - Led by three goals and two assists from attackman Ryan Boyle, the defending Major League Lacrosse champion Boston Cannons (3-0) remained undefeated by posting their third straight win, an 18-9 victory over the Hamilton Nationals (0-2) in front of 11,277 fans at Harvard Stadium on Saturday night.

The Cannons, who won their sixth straight regular season game, used a strong second half to pull away from the Nationals en route to the victory.

Afer the teams traded goals twice to open the game, the Cannons scored three straight goals to take a 5-2 lead with 12 seconds left in the first quarter. Boyle sparked the run with a goal and an assist.

Midfielders Kevin Crowley and Jeremy Thompson scored back-to-back goals to narrow the deficit to 5-4 before the Cannons scored five of the next six goals for a 10-5 advantage with 8:52 left in the third quarter.

But, the Nationals answered by scoring three of the next four goals to trim the deficit to 11-8 with 1:10 left in the period on a Thompson goal.

However, the Cannons put the game out of reach by scoring seven of the final eight goals to hand the Nationals their second straight loss.

While Boyle led the Cannons with his five-point performance, midfielder Mike Stone added three goals and an assist for the Cannons, who have averaged nearly 18 goals per game in their first three games this year.

Crowley, who made his season debut on Saturday, led the Nationals with a three-goal effort. Thompson added two goals while defenseman Brodie Merrill had a goal with an assist.

Hounds Edge Machine For Franchise's First Win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Midfielder Josh Amidon scored three goals, including a two-point marker, and added two assists as the Charlotte Hounds (1-2) earned the first win in franchise history with an 18-15 Major League Lacrosse victory over the Ohio Machine (0-2) in front of 4,782 fans at American Legion Memorial Stadium on Saturday evening.

In a battle of the League's two newest teams, the Hounds used a late four-goal run to defeat the Machine.

Led by a goal and an assist from midfielder Brett Garber, the Machine jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first 7:30 of the first quarter. However, the Hounds answered with a three-goal run of their own in a 51-second span to even the score at 3-3 with 6:06 left in the stanza.

After the teams traded goals twice, the Hounds scored four consecutive goals to take a 9-5 lead on a goal by midfielder Brian Carroll with 1:58 left in the first half. But, the Machine answered with three consecutive goals, including a pair of goals from attackman Chazz Woodson, to close the margin to 9-8 early in the third quarter.

Amidon and midfielder Stephen Berger tallied back-to-back two-point goals before Carroll added a goal off an assist from Amidon for a 14-9 Charlotte advantage with 7:15 left in the period.

But, the Machine answered again by scoring five consecutive goals, including a pair of markers from attackman Connor Martin, to even the score at 14-14 with 9:54 left in regulation.

However, the Hounds secured the victory by scoring four goals over a four-minute span.

While Amidon led Charlotte with his six-point effort, Berger contributed two goals, including a two-point marker, with three assists. Attackman Matt Danowski scored twice with three assists for Charlotte, which was outshot by a 48-34 margin.

Woodson led the Machine with four goals while Martin contributed three goals.

Gabel Saves 27 as Rochester Downs Bayhawks

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Goalkeeper Mike Gabel made 27 saves, including 17 in the second half, to lead the Rochester Rattlers (1-1) to their first win of the season, a 12-8 victory over the Chesapeake Bayhawks (2-1) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.

Gabel, who was honored as the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game, anchored a Rochester defense that held Chesapeake to a season-low six goals. The Bayhawks had averaged 15.0 goals per game in their first two games this year.

Led by two goals from midfielder Matt Striebel, the Rattlers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first 12:14 of the game. Attackman Drew Westervelt and midfielder Steven Brooks ended the Rochester run with back-to-back goals in a 53-second span to narrow the gap to 4-2 with six seconds left in the period.

Attackman Ned Crotty, who made his season debut, scored two consecutive goals to regain the Rattlers' four-point edge at 6-2 with 6:42 remaining in the first half before attackman Ben Rubeor scored an unassisted marker to trim the deficit to 6-3 at the intermission.

After the teams traded goals to open the third quarter, midfielder Steven Boyle and defenseman Tom Montelli scored back-to-back goals to expand their advantage to 10-4 with 8:35 left. But, Brooks answered with a two-point goal to narrow the margin to 10-6 with 1:05 remaining in the third quarter.

Crotty scored an unassisted goal with 7:29 left in regulation to give Rochester an 11-6 advantage, but midfielder Kyle Dixon cut the Rattlers' advantage to 11-8 when he tallied a two-point goal with 5:41 left.

However, the Rattlers secured the victory when midfielder Roy Lang scored his first goal of the season with an unassisted marker with 1:00 remaining.

While Gabel led the Rochester defense, Crotty paced the Rattlers' offense with three goals while Striebel added two goals, including a two-point marker.

Brooks led Chesapeake with two goals, including a two-point marker, while Westervelt added a pair of goals.

Sieverts Leads Outlaws Over Long Island

DENVER - Attackman Jeremy Sieverts scored four goals and added two assists to lead the Denver Outlaws to their third straight win, a 19-11 Major League Lacrosse victory over the Long Island Lizards (0-2) at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Saturday night.

Sieverts, who leads the MLL with 11 goals and 19 points, scored three of his four goals in the second half as the Outlaws held off the Lizards to remain undefeated this season.

Led by a goal and an assist from attackman Grant Catalino, the Lizards jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game. But, the Outlaws rallied by scoring five straight goals, including a pair of markers from attackman Brendan Mundorf, to take a 6-4 lead with seven seconds left in the period.

With 6:54 left in the second quarter, Chris Daniello scored an unassisted goal to close the Lizard deficit to 6-5, but the Outlaws scored four straight goals to end the first half with a 10-5 advantage.

Led by two goals from Sieverts, the Outlaws outscored Long Island by 4-2 in the third quarter, upping their cushion to 14-7. Attackman Max Seibald accounted for the Lizards' lone goal of the quarter, a two-point marker off an assist from midfielder Stephen Peyser with 6:56 left in the frame.

After Sieverts scored his fourth goal of the game just 2:12 into the fourth quarter for a 15-7 Denver advantage, the Lizards answered with three consecutive goals, including a goal and an assist by midfielder Brian Langtry, to narrow the gap to 15-10.

However, the Outlaws secured the victory by scoring four of the final five goals, including a pair of tallies by midfielder Peet Poillon.

While Sieverts led the Outlaws with a six-point effort en route to earning Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors, midfielder Josh Sims added four goals with an assist while Poillon scored three goals with one assist.

Seibald scored four goals, including a two-point marker, to lead Long Island in a losing effort.

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