The Charlotte Hounds snapped a four-game losing streak Saturday night, using a seven-goal fourth quarter to defeat the Ohio Machine 17-16 in front of a crowd of 2,269 at Selby Stadium in Delaware, Ohio. It marks the first road-win in franchise history. Hounds midfielder Kevin Kaminski was named Bud Light Player of the Game for his five (5) point performance of four goals, including a 2-pointer.
Within the first two minutes of the game, the Hounds jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead. Stephen Berger scored top shelf on Machine goalie Brian Phipps and Jovan Miller followed it up with a 2-point goal. The Machine brought the game back within one though, as Kyle Hartzell ripped a 2-pointer of his own to end the first quarter at 3-2 Hounds.
The teams traded goals to start the second, which included the first tally from Kaminski, before the Machine’s Dan Groot got a low shot by Adam Ghitelman to tie the game up 5-5. The Hounds responded with a three-goal run that was anchored by a score and an assist from Jeremy Boltus, as well as Kaminski’s second of the game, to carry an 8-5 advantage into halftime.
Matt Danowski extended the Hounds run, and lead, to four goals just 48 seconds into the third. However, the Machine took over control, using a 2-point goal from defenseman Ray Megill to spur a four-goal run of its own. The run concluded with a second tally by Hartzell, a goal that gave the Machine its first lead of the game, 10-9, at 8:55 into the third. The Hounds were able to tie the game back up before the end of the quarter though, as Justin Turri made a quick fake and then buried a shot by Phipps.
The Machine scored first in the fourth quarter, but the Hounds responded with back-to-backs from Kaminski (his third of the game) and Boltus to regain a 12-11 lead. Steele Stanwick tied the game for a fifth time before the Hounds rattled off another three-goal run. In that run, Danowski and Boltus completed their respective hat tricks and Kaminski scored the first 2-point goal of his career to put the Hounds ahead 16-12 with 7:10 left in the game.
The teams traded goals again before Hartzell scored his second 2-pointer of the game, bringing the lead down to 17-15 with three minutes to play. Shortly after, Danowski was called for a personal foul on Phipps, which allowed the Machine to go man-up for the remainder of the game. They got a power-play goal out of Jim Connolly, pulling the game within their reach at 17-16 with 30 seconds remaining in the game. Though the Machine won the ensuing faceoff, the Hounds defense stepped up to run out the clock before what would have been the game-tying shot could be taken. Ghitelman had 15 saves in the winning effort.
With the 17-16 victory, the Hounds (2-6) sweep the season series versus the Machine (1-6). They will return home to American Legion Memorial Stadium to face the Bayhawks (7-1) on July 7. However, players Berger, Miller, Ghitelman, Billy Bitter and Ryan Flanagan will all be in action next week at the 2012 MLL All-Star Game, Presented by Moe’s Southwest Grill. The game will be played on June 30 at FAU Stadium in Palm Beach County, Fla. and will be televised nationally on ESPN2-HD.
Lizards Extend Win Streak With 14-8 Victory
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Making his Major League Lacrosse debut, midfielder Will Mangan scored two goals and added three assists to lead the Long Island Lizards (5-2) to their fifth straight win, a 14-8 MLL victory over the Denver Outlaws (5-3) at James M. Shuart Stadium on Saturday night.
After opening the season with back-to-back losses, the Lizards have rebounded to win their last five games and move into second place in the MLL standings.
The Lizards took a quick 2-0 lead in the first two minutes on goals by Mangan and attackman Max Seibald before the Outlaws answered by scoring four of the next five goals for a 4-3 edge with 2:28 remaining in the first quarter.
A pair of goals by attackman Grant Catalino regained a one-goal lead for the Lizards before Denver countered by scoring four of the next five goals, giving the Outlaws an 8-6 lead with 2:16 remaining in third quarter.
But, the Lizards secured the victory by scoring eight straight goals over the final 16 minutes, including a pair of goals from Seibald.
While Mangan earned Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors with his five-point performance, Seibald and rookie attackman Matt Gibson each added three goals with an assist. Goalkeeper Drew Adams made 14 saves for the Lizards, who outshot Denver by a 40-38 margin.
Midfielder Jordan McBride led Denver with three goals while attackman Jeremy Sieverts and midfielder Peet Poillon each contributed two goals with an assist.
MacIntosh Leads Rochester to 17-10 Win Over Hamilton
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Led by five goals and an assist from midfielder Jordan MacIntosh, the Rochester Rattlers (3-4) snapped a two-game losing streak by earning a 17-10 Major League Lacrosse victory over the Hamilton Nationals (2-5) at Sahlen’s Stadium on Saturday evening.
MacIntosh, who earned Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors, had scored just four goals in his previous four games this season before his six-point performance against the Nationals.
After midfielder Kevin Crowley gave Hamilton a 1-0 lead just over three minutes into the first quarter, the Rattlers answered by scoring three straight goals over a three-minute span to take a 3-1 edge.
The teams traded goals twice before the Rattlers increased their lead to 8-3 as MacIntosh and midfielder Matt Striebel scored back-to-back markers. But, Hamilton closed the gap to 10-8 later in the third quarter with three consecutive goals, including a two-point marker from midfielder Joe Walters.
The teams traded goals twice before Rochester secured the victory by scoring five straight goals, including three from MacIntosh.
While MacIntosh led Rochester with his six-point effort, attackman Kevin Leveille added three goals with an assist for the Rattlers, who were outshot by a 35-34 margin.
Walters led the Nationals in a losing effort by scoring three goals, including a two-point marker, with three assists while Crowley and midfielder Stephen Keogh tallied two goals each.
Bayhawks Hold Off Boston for 14-13 Victory
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Goalkeeper Kip Turner made 17 saves, including nine in the fourth quarter, to lead the Chesapeake Bayhawks (7-1) to their fifth straight win, a 14-13 Major League Lacrosse victory over the defending league champion Boston Cannons (5-3) in front of 10,126 fans at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.
Turner, who was named as the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game, made five of his nine saves in the fourth quarter during the final five minutes as the Bayhawks held off a late rally by the Cannons to remain in first place in the MLL standings.
Led by a two-point goal and an assist from midfielder Michael Kimmel, the Bayhawks sprinted out to a 4-0 lead in the opening 13 minutes of the first quarter. But, back-to-back goals by the Cannons, including a two-point marker from midfielder Paul Rabil, narrowed the margin to 4-3 with 47 seconds remaining in the stanza.
After the teams exchanged two-point goals in the first four minutes of the second quarter, midfielder Kyle Dixon fired his second two-point goal of the game with 5:40 left in the first half to give Chesapeake an 8-5 advantage at the intermission.
Attackman Ryan Boyle scored back-to-back goals to open the third quarter and trim the Cannons’ deficit to 8-7 before attackman Drew Westervelt answered by converting a feed from midfielder Matt Abbott to extend the Bayhawks’ cushion to 9-7 with 10:24 left in the period.
The teams traded goals twice later in the third quarter before attackman John Grant, Jr. and midfielder Steven Brooks scored consecutive goals in the final three minutes of the stanza, upping the Bayhawks’ cushion to 12-9.
Attackman Matt Poskay narrowed the gap to 12-10 just 2:18 into the fourth quarter when he scored off a pass from midfielder Kevin Buchanan before the Bayhawks answered with back-to-back goals from Kimmel and attackman Ben Rubeor.
Trailing by 14-10, the Cannons began to make a comeback by scoring twice in a two-minute span. After midfielder Pat Heim tallied a two-point goal with 8:15 remaining in regulation, rookie attackman Chris Boland scored the first goal of his MLL career off an assist from Rabil to make it a 14-13 game.
But, Turner and the Bayhawks defense held off several chances by the Cannons in the closing minutes, including a shot by Buchanan with 37 seconds left from the top of the two-point arc on an extra-man situation.
While Turner led the Bayhawks defensively, Kimmel scored three goals, including a two-point marker, with an assist while Dixon recorded a pair of two-point goals, giving him 10 two-point goals this season.
Rabil led Boston in a losing effort with a pair of two-point goals and three assists while Buchanan tallied two goals with two assists.
The Bayhawks outshot the Cannons by a 50-32 margin while Boston won 14 of 25 face-offs.