BOSTON (June 2, 2015) – Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league completed Week 8 of its 2015 season this past weekend.
The Ohio Machine travelled to Denver to play against the Outlaws on Friday night, in what would turn out to be the first game Ohio has ever won in Mile High City. Although Denver started the second half up by one, the Machine went on to score five unanswered goals in the third, which inevitably lead to the 18-12 win for Ohio. Seven players scored goals for the Machine, and Tom Schreiber had a hand in five of his teammates’ goals, with seven assists on the night. Jimmy Bitter had four points during his MLL debut with the Machine, and Schreiber assisted on all three of his goals. Marcus Holman had another big game for Ohio, scoring five goals and one assist. Schreiber and Holman now sit atop their team’s leaderboard with 29 and 22 points on the season thus far. Despite the loss, Outlaw goalkeeper Jesse Schwartzman reached a career milestone, playing in his 100th game for Denver. Mike Bocklet and Drew Snider each scored hat tricks for Denver in hopes of keeping their team’s home winning streak alive but unfortunately it was not enough to pull out the win.
The Boston Cannons, coming off back-to-back wins in recent weeks, hosted the Florida Launch on Saturday night and earned another one, winning 13-9. Four players scored three or more points for the Cannons, Davey Emala, Will Manny, Kevin Buchanan and Max Seibald; maybe not so coincidentally, those four players sit atop the leaderboard for their team as well. Chad Wiedmaier played an excellent game on defense for the Cannons, holding Florida’s star attackman Casey Powell to only one point in the game. Kieran McArdle had a big game for the Launch, scoring four goals, three of which were unassisted. Brett Queener was in goal for Florida and made 24 saves of 36 shots on goal.
The New York Lizards remain undefeated after Week 8, beating the Charlotte Hounds on the road, 21-16. The win marked New York’s highest scoring game this season. Many of the Lizards’ players had notable games, but Rob Pannell led the pack with seven, five goals and two assists. Paul Rabil and Tommy Palasek also had high scoring games; Rabil had six points and Palasek had five. Drew Adams, goalkeeper for New York, currently has the best goals against average in the league at 10.45. The Hounds executed a rather impressive comeback; after being down 13 points in the fourth quarter, they ended the game only down by four. Charlotte set the team record for two-point goals, scoring four against the Lizards. In only his second MLL game, Joey Sankey lead his team with six points and one of his goals was a two-pointer.
The Rochester Rattlers went above .500 as they beat the Chesapeake Bayhawks on Saturday night, improving to 4-3 on the season. Jordan Wolf scored seven points verse the Bayhawks, raising his season point total to 35 points in seven games, surpassing his rookie record from 2014, which was 33 points in seven games. Wolf, attack for the Rattlers, currently sits 17 points ahead of any other player on his team. Sam Somers played well in goal for Rochester in place of John Galloway, who missed his first game of the 2015 season. Despite the loss for Chesapeake, Tyler Fiorito had another outstanding game in goal with 24 saves on 39 shots on goal. Matt Danowski, attack for the Bayhawks, led his team with four points. Joe Walters, Matt Abbott and Matt Donovan each had a pair of goals for Chesapeake in the loss. Chesapeake now has a 3-4 record on the season.
Coca-Cola Players of the Game
Coca-Cola, as a multi-year and proud sponsor of MLL, will feature a weekly honor titled the “Coca-Cola Players of the Game“, where one player from each match-up will be deemed the most valuable player of the game. Here are the Week 8 MLL “Coca-Cola Players of the Game“:
Brian Phipps of the Ohio Machine
Davey Emala of the Boston Cannons
Rob Pannell of the New York Lizards
Jordan Wolf of the Rochester Rattlers
Warrior Lacrosse Offensive & Defensive Player of the Week
Warrior Lacrosse, a leading lacrosse brand for equipment, footwear and apparel, will continue to sponsor both an offensive player of the week and defensive player of the week. These awards are two separate awards that honor the best offensive and defensive MLL performances from the week. Here are the Week 8 MLL “Warrior Offensive Player of the Week” and “Warrior Defensive Player of the Week“:
Warrior Offensive Player of the Week: Jordan Wolf of the Rochester Rattlers
Warrior Defensive Player of the Week: Chad Wiedmaier of the Boston Cannons
FOAthlete of the Week, Presented by The Faceoff Academy
The Faceoff Academy specializes in the most elite level face-off coaching in the world. In showcasing the huge role face-off men play in lacrosse, The Faceoff Academy will present a weekly award titled the “FOAthlete of the Week, Presented by The Faceoff Academy“. The award will feature the best face-off performance of the week based on winning percentage at the “X”. Here is our Week 8 MLL “FOAthlete of the Week, Presented by The Faceoff Academy“:
Greg Gurenlian, Midfielder of the New York Lizards
25-for-35 at the “X”
With a 71% Face-off Win Percentage & 18 Groundballs against Charlotte
Cascade Lacrosse Rookie of the Week
Cascade Lacrosse has established itself as the leader in the lacrosse helmet and eyemask category. The relationship of Cascade Lacrosse and Major League Lacrosse is one that dates back to the league’s inception. Cascade Lacrosse is the proud sponsor of a weekly recognition of the week’s best rookie performance. Here is our Week 8 MLL “Cascade Rookie of the Week“:
Jimmy Bitter, Attack for the Ohio Machine
4 points vs. Denver (3 goals, 1 assist)
Week 9 Preview
This weekend will start off with the Ohio Machine’s rematch against the Charlotte Hounds on Friday night at 7:30, where Ohio aims to extend their win streak to four games. New York will return home Firday night at 7:30 and go for eight straight against the Florida Launch. The Chesapeake Bayhawks will take on the Denver Outlaws at home next Saturday at 7:00pm as they hope to regain .500 on the season. The Rochester Rattlers and Boston Cannons will face-off in a battle of the 4-3’s on Sunday, June 7th at 1:00pm.
About Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, was founded by Jake Steinfeld and is headquartered in Boston. Major League Lacrosse commenced play in June 2001 and has embarked on its fifteenth season. MLL has continued to lead the sport of lacrosse into the mainstream of competitive team sports. The league is made up of eight teams: The Boston Cannons, Charlotte Hounds, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Denver Outlaws, Florida Launch, New York Lizards, Ohio Machine and Rochester Rattlers.