May 19, 2012

MLL Week 4: Machine, Cannons, Lizards Get Wins

from press releases

Ohio Notches First Win

Chazz Woodson scored four goals to lead the Ohio Machine to its first win in franchise history on Saturday night against the Rochester Rattlers.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Attackman Chazz Woodson scored four goals, including three in the second half, to lead the Ohio Machine to the first win in team history with a 16-10 Major League Lacrosse victory over the Rochester Rattlers in front of 6,126 fans at Selby Stadium on Saturday evening.

Woodson, who was named as the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game, scored three of his four goals in the second half to help the Machine secure the victory.

After midfielder Steven Boyle gave Rochester a quick 2-0 lead with a two-point goal, the Machine rallied by scoring the next seven goals, including a two-point marker from defenseman Kyle Hartzell, to take a commanding 8-2 advantage with 5:39 left in the second quarter.

But, Rochester scored three of the last four goals in the first half to trim the deficit to 9-5 at the intermission.

Midfielder Roy Lang and attackman Kevin Leveille scored back-to-back goals in the first seven minutes to narrow the Rattlers' deficit to 9-7. However, the Machine answered with a four-goal run, including a goal and an assist from attackmen Brett Garber and Connor Martin, for a 13-7 cushion at the end of the third quarter.

Rochester midfielder Steve DeNapoli scored just 17 seconds into the fourth quarter, but the Machine used back-to-back goals from Woodson and midfielder Jim Connolly in a 59-second span to expand its lead to 15-8 with 12:01 left.

The Rattlers got within 15-10 on a two-point goal by Matt Striebel with 8:10 left, but Woodson secured the victory with seven minutes left when he scored an unassisted marker.

While Woodson paced Ohio with four goals, Connolly scored three goals with an assist for the Machine, which was outshot by a 45-40 margin.

Boyle led Rochester with two goals, including a two-point marker, while attackman Ned Crotty had a goal with two assists.

Cannons Win Battle of Unbeatens

DENVER - Midfielder Paul Rabil scored three goals, including a two-point marker, with four assists as the defending Major League Lacrosse champion Boston

Cannons remained the only unbeaten team in the MLL this season with their fourth straight win, a 17-10 victory over the Denver Outlaws (3-1) at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Saturday night.

Rabil, who leads the MLL with 24 points this season, scored two of his three goals in the second half as the Cannons handed Denver its first loss of the season.

After the teams traded goals in the opening three minutes, attackman Brendan Mundorf gave Denver a 3-1 lead when he scored back-to-back goals. However, the Cannons answered by scoring four unanswered goals to take a 5-3 lead with 1:52 remaining in the first quarter.

Attackman Terry Kimener trimmed Denver's deficit to 5-4 with an unassisted just 71 seconds into the second quarter, but the Cannons used a three-goal spurt over a two-minute span to extend the advantage to 8-4.

The teams traded goals in the final four minutes to give Boston a 9-5 edge at the intermission.

After the teams traded goals three times in the third quarter, the Outlaws moved to within 12-9 on a goal by midfielder Jordan McBride less than three minutes into the fourth period. However, the Cannons put the game out of reach by scoring four consecutive goals, including two markers from Rabil, for a 17-9 cushion with 4:04 remaining.

McBride ended the scoring with 3:26 remaining with his second goal of the quarter off an assist from attackman Brendan Mundorf.

While Rabil earned Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors with his eight-point effort, midfielder Kevin Buchanan added a three-goal performance as the Cannons outshot Denver by a 45-40 margin.

Mundorf led Denver with two goals and two assists while three different players scored two goals.

Lizards Hold Off Charlotte Comeback

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Midfielder Ryan Young scored four goals, including the eventual game-winning marker in the fourth quarter, to lead the Long Island Lizards to a 10-9 Major League Lacrosse victory over the Charlotte Hounds at American Legion Memorial Stadium on Saturday evening.

Young, who was named as the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game, scored with 11:37 left in the fourth quarter to give Long Island a 10-5 lead. But, Charlotte scored four straight goals to trim the deficit to 10-9, but the Hounds were unable to get any closer.

After reigning MLL Offensive Player of the Week Josh Amidon scored to give Charlotte a 1-0 lead early in the first quarter, the Lizards answered with back-to-back goals from Young and midfielder Brian Langtry for a 2-1 advantage with 39 seconds left in the period.

Charlotte tied the game at 2-2 on a power play goal from attackman Jeremy Boltus just over three minutes into the second quarter, but the Lizards answered with a pair of goals from Langtry and midfielder Kevin Unterstein for a 4-2 edge with 9:47 left in the first half.

After the teams traded goals, attackman Matt Danowski trimmed the Hounds' deficit to 5-4 at the intermission when he scored an unassisted goal with 6:07 remaining in the stanza.

Led by two goals from Young, the Lizards outscored the Hounds by a 4-0 margin in the third quarter to extend their lead to 9-4.

Less than two minutes into the fourth quarter, midfielder Justin Smith scored an unassisted goal to end the Lizards' run and trim the margin to 9-5 before Young scored his fourth goal of the game off a Matt Gibson assist for a 10-5 cushion, setting up the Hounds' comeback effort.

While Young led Long Island with four goals, Langtry contributed three goals with an assist for the Lizards, who outshot Charlotte by a 42-39 margin.

Danowski led the Hounds with a goal and three assists while Boltus and Smith each scored twice.

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