June 5, 2014

Leveille Becomes MLL's All-Time Leading Scorer in OT Win

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Kevin Leveille became the MLL's all-time leading goal scorer with an OT game-winner Thursday night to give Rochester the win over Chesapeake. He stands at 271 on his career, one ahead of Tim Goettelman. (Scott McCall)

A quick-handed finish from Kevin Leveille in close off a feed from Miles Thompson gave Rochester the win over Chesapeake, and also give the veteran and Team USA hopefull the all-time Major League Lacrosse goals record of 271 at home on Thursday evening. Leveille had three goals on the game, with his game-tying goal in the fourth pulling him even with Tim Goettelman's record of 270 goals, then the OT winner giving him the record.

The record-setting score wouldn't have been possible if not for some big saves out of Rattlers goalie John Galloway, who made 21 saves on the day, 14 after the halftime break. He and the defense held the Bayhawks off the board despite giving up a pair of holding fouls in the sudden-death periods.

Thompson finished with a goal and an assist, giving him two and one since joining Rochester after sharing the Tewaaraton Award with brother Lyle a week ago tonight. Dan (two assists) and Mark Matthews (two goals) also had multiple points on an evening where goals were scarce. 

Just two goals for each team marked the first three frames of the contest, with Chesapeake taking the early 4th quarter lead on a shorthanded goal by Matt Abbott early before Leveille evened the match to send it to OT. Ben Rubeor scored two goals for Chesapeake, with Ben Hunt (1G, 1A) and Joe Walters (2A) also netting multiple points. Kip Turner also played solid in net for the defending champions, stopping 18 in 74 minutes of action.

With the win, Rochester moves into sole possession of second place in the league behind Denver at 4-2 on the season. New York and Florida, which had identical 3-2 records with the Rattlers entering the weekend, play each other on Saturday in Florida. Chesapeake is now 1-5 and alone in last place in the standings.

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