July 5, 2014

Boston, Ohio Rally for July 4th MLL Victories

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The annual 4th of July spectacular in Denver saw the Outlaws suffer a rare home loss, as the Cannons came into town and earned a big win behind four goals from Rob Emery 17-13. Emery had two goals in a decisive run for the Cannons, who broke open what had been a back-and-forth contest with six of the last eight scores of the night.

All told, 11 players scored at least a point for the Cannons, with Will Manny (3G, 1A) and Ryan Boyle (3A) joining Emery in leading the way. Jordan Burke stopped 13 to earn the win in net, including a six save second quarter, and Chris Eck went a stellar 21-for-32 at the X.

Up by two after scoring the final three of the first half, Boston spent much of the third quarter fighting off Outlaw attempts to retake control of the contest, as they alternated goals for much of the period and Denver knotted the contest at 11 each late in the quarter. But Stephen Berger (2G) scored a go-ahead tally with a second left on the clock and Emery struck twice out of the gate in the fourth to spur the game-closing run for the Cannons.

Eric Law scored four and assisted another to lead Denver, with Jeremy Sieverts and Zack Greer each tallying three and an assist in the loss. Jesse Schwartzman made nine saves in the loss.

The win bumps Boston to .500 on the season at 5-5 going into the one week break for the FIL World Championships in Colorado this week. They stand in fourth place, two games back from the league lead. That lead begins the day in sole possession of the Outlaws at 7-3, but Rochester, which faces Charlotte Sunday, could catch them with a win. After a 5-0 start, the Outlaws have struggled of late, going 2-3 including losses in its last two contests.

The Outlaws will look to get back on track on Sunday, July 20th against Florida, which it defeated by a 14-10 score in the season opener. Boston next faces New York on Saturday, July 19th, a rematch of the Lizard's earlier 11-10 victory.

Ohio Machine 16, Chesapeake Bayhawks 14

In an afternoon showdown, the Machine rallied from a two-goal deficit to take a win over the reeling defending MLL champion Bayhawks, with Marcus Holman, Peter Baum and Jesse Bernhardt each scoring twice in the rally to surge late.

Down by two after three straight third quarter goals by the visiting Bayhawks, Bernhardt scored in the last second of the third to make it a one-goal gap into the final quarter. Holman tied it off a Brian Farrell feed, but Chesapeake took the lead back on Joe Walters' fourth goal of the day. But Baum scored back-to-back unassisted tallies to take the lead, then Bernhardt and Holman scored what proved to be the game winners after Matt Mackrides had tied it up once again late in the fourth.

Holman finished with four points on the game, with three goals (one being a 2-pointer). Baum (2G, 1A) and Bernhardt (2G) had all of their scoring down the stretch. Brian Phipps made 12 saves to earn the win.

Walters led all players with eight points (4G, 4A) with Drew Westervelt and Ben Hunt scoring two and assisting two others for the Bayhawks. Tyler Fiorito made 11 saves in the loss.

The win improves the Machine to 4-6 on the season, three games off the league lead. The Bayhawks are now 3-7 and alone in last place though only four games back with that many remaining. They face Rochester on Thursday July 17th, while the Machine get back to action on Saturday July 19th at home against Charlotte.

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