June 25, 2012

Turner Bests Old Team in First Place MLL Matchup

by Phil Shore | LaxMagazine.com | MLL Week 8 Awards

Kip Turner came up big with a 17-save performance in net Saturday night against his former team, the Boston Cannons. Turner was left unprotected by the Cannons in the offseason expansion draft for the Charlotte Hounds and Ohio Machine.
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With first place in the Major League Lacrosse standings on the line Saturday night, the Chesapeake Bayhawks took on the Boston Cannons.

The last time the two teams met was the semifinals of the MLL Championship Weekend last year. Boston won the game with Kip Turner on its bench as the Cannons' backup goalie behind Jordan Burke. This time around the Bayhawks (7-1) were the 14-13 victors and Turner was huge in net for Chesapeake.

"The defense did their job. They gave me shots I could see," Turner said in a post-game interview Saturday. "They gave me a chance and it was a pure team win."

Turner was the 2010 MLL goalie of the year for the Cannons (5-3) but was left unprotected in the 2012 expansion draft during the offseason due to the rise of Burke.

Against his former team, Turner made 17 saves—the most any goalie in the league made on Saturday—nine of which came in the fourth quarter.

Turner allowed only 10 goals to a Boston team that leads the league in goals per game. The Cannons were down 14-10 in the fourth quarter the Cannons made a late rally but Turner made five saves in the final five minutes to preserve the win and earn player of the game honors.

"We got Kip for these moments. I just thought he was outstanding when we needed him in the last five minutes," Bayhawks head coach Dave Cottle said in a postgame interview. "Their goalie is great. Our goalie is great. They were both on the same team last year. It's one of the reasons we tried to pick him up in the expansion draft."

Burke made 13 saves for the Cannons while surrendering 11 goals.

While Turner was the anchor on defense, midfielder Michael Kimmel was the catalyst for the Bayhawks on offense. He scored three goals, including one 2-pointer, and added an assist to give him a team-high five points. Kyle Dixon and John Grant, Jr. added two goals and two assists apiece for Chesapeake.

Paul Rabil led the Cannons with two 2-point goals and three assists.

Long Island Continues Hot Streak

The Bayhawks aren't the only team with an active five-game winning streak. The Long Island Lizards (5-2) defeated the Denver Outlaws, 14-8, on Saturday for their fifth straight victory after starting the season with two consecutive losses.

The victory vaults the Lizards into second place in the league standings. Denver falls to 5-3.

The Outlaws were the last team to beat the Lizards, winning in Denver 19-11 in May.

"We weren't happy with our performance out there [in May]. We were obviously a much different team," Lizards head coach Joe Spallina said last week. "Our guys mentioned in the locker room after the Ohio game they get an opportunity to get back and return the favor on somebody who handed it to us pretty good."

The Lizards got three goals from Matt Gibson, Max Seibald and Grant Catalino. They also got two goals and three assists from Will Mangan, a rookie from Rutgers making his MLL debut.

Jordan McBride had a team-high three goals for Denver while Brendan Mundorf was held scoreless just one week after scoring six goals in a game against the Rochester Rattlers.

Charlotte defeats Ohio in Expansion Battle, Round 2

It has been a rough going for both the MLL expansion squads so far this season, but the Charlotte Hounds can do a little bit of celebrating as they defeated the Ohio Machine 17-16 and swept the season series between the expansion teams.

The Hounds had defeated the Machine 18-15 on May 12 in Charlotte. The victory also pushed Charlotte (2-6) half-game ahead of Ohio (1-6) for last place in the league.

Despite getting beat 21-11 in the faceoff battle, the Hounds got solid goalkeeping from Adam Ghitelman, who played all 60 minutes for the second consecutive week and made 15 saves.

Charlotte spread the ball on offense efficiently, benefiting from seven different goal scorers and assisting on seven goals. Jeremy Boltus scored four goals and added an assist, Kevin Kaminski added four goals and Matt Danowski had three goals and three assists. It was only the second time this season Danowski had a multi-goal game.

Defender Kyle Hartzell scored two 2-point goals and three overall for Ohio.

Performance of the Weekend

Jordan MacIntosh, M, Rochester

The RIT-alumnus scored five goals in a 17-10 win for the Rattlers over the Hamilton Nationals. His five goals were the most by any player in the league this weekend. He also added an assist and a ground ball. He earned player of the game honors.

Surprise of the Weekend

Kevin Kaminski, M, Charlotte

Kaminski arrived in Charlotte thanks to a trade with the Chesapeake Bayhawks two games ago. The former Delaware midfielder has played in only three games since joining the league last year but he made his latest count, scoring four goals, including one 2-pointer, and playing a large role in the Hounds winning only their second game of the year.

What to Watch For

Next up for the MLL is the All-Star game. The league's top players will all be on the field together going toe-to-toe in the annual exhibition game on Saturday night at Florida Atlantic University in Palm Beach County, Florida.

The game will pit the "Young Guns," featuring players like Charlotte's Jovan Miller and Hamilton's David Earl against the "Old School" with Boston's Paul Rabil and Ohio's Chazz Woodson.

This event also features the fan-favorite skills competition at halftime. This year marked the first time fans were involved in the voting process for choosing All-Stars.

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