By Paul Ryan | 4/30/14 3:00 PM
Week One of the 2014 season is in the books and we’ve already seen some fantastic lacrosse. Here’s our collection of recaps, numbers, previews and notes to get you ready for this weekend.
Ohio Machine 15, Charlotte Hounds 8
The Ohio Machine won their first-ever season opener with great offense, stellar defense and even better goaltending. Kyle Harrison opened the scoring just 45 seconds in and the Machine never looked back. Harrison, Peter Baum and Jake Bernhardt all netted hat tricks in the victory, as Ohio also tied their club-high for road wins in a season with the victory. Scott Rodgers made 23 saves, as the Machine held one of the highest scoring offenses from last season to a league-low in goals for Week 1.
Denver Outlaws 14, Florida Launch 10
Much like the Machine, the Outlaws hopped out to an early 6-0 lead and never looked back. Although the Launch did mount a comeback in the second half, going on a 7-0 run themselves, they eventually fell to Denver, who has now won 21 straight regular season games. Eric Law and Chris Bocklet each had three-goal games, while the legendary Casey Powell had a game-high six points (3 G, 3 A).
Boston Cannons 15, Chesapeake Bayhawks 9
Everyone expected the Bayhawks to come into 2014 and dominate, but the exact opposite happened on Sunday. The Cannons put a beatdown on Chesapeake, winning 15-9 thanks to a seven-goal game from Kevin Buchanan. Jordan Burke played well in net, making 15 saves, while Paul Rabil had a five-point game of his own. Bayhawks starting netminder Kip Turner was injured early in the game by a Buchanan shot and was replaced for the remainder of the contest by Tyler Fiorito.
New York Lizards 18, Rochester Rattlers 15
Rob Pannell did Rob Pannell-like things and the Lizards took care of business at home, defeating the Rochester Rattlers 18-15 in the battle for New York state supremacy. Pannell finished the game with six goals while newly acquired Matt Striebel had three points (1 G, 2 A). Justin Turri had six points for Rochester (3 G, 1 2pt, 2 A) and Dan Hardy had five (4 G, 1 A). Meanwhile, Greg Gurenlian went 20-for-36 at the X.
The save percentage of Ohio goaltender Scott Rodgers, who stopped 23 of 31 shots against the Charlotte Hounds on Saturday. Rodgers made 54 saves all of last year.
The number of players that recorded hat tricks in the opening weekend. Kevin Buchanan led all scorers with seven, while Rob Pannell had six and Dan Hardy scored four.
The penalty killing percentage of both Ohio and New York after Week 1. Denver was the only team to go perfect on the powerplay, going 3-for-3 with the man-advantage.
The number of times a team was held scoreless in a quarter. Ohio held Charlotte scoreless in the first and fourth, while Denver held Florida scoreless in the first, Florida held Denver scoreless in the third and Boston held Chesapeake off the board in the first.
The number of weeks left in the regular season. Even with all this action, it’s only been one week. We’ve still got plenty more lacrosse to play!
Boston Cannons at Rochester Rattlers
When: Friday, May 2 @ 7:30 p.m. EST
Syndicated: FS Arizona, Prime Ticket, FS Midwest, MSG+, CSN New England, TWC Wisconsin, Altitude
Last time they met: Rochester 23, Boston 14 (August 10, 2013 in Boston)
The Cannons will be looking for revenge after an embarrassing loss at the hands of the Rattlers to end last season. Boston looked light years better on Sunday, while the Rattlers held their own against a strong Lizards attack. It’ll be interesting to see if Kevin Buchanan can replicate his incredible performance from Sunday and have a career year in 2014.
New York at Chesapeake
When: Saturday, May 3 @ 7:00 p.m. EST
Syndicated: Prime Ticket, FS Midwest, MSG+
Last time they met: Chesapeake 21, New York 8 (June 6, 2013 in New York)
These two teams traded the Steinfeld Trophy back-and-forth early in the league’s existence, but it’s been the Bayhawks getting the better of the Lizards in recent years. Chesapeake needs to bounce back from their rough loss against Boston, while New York needs to tighten up defensively against a strong Bayhawks attack. This one could be high scoring, so don’t be surprised if one team hits 20.
Charlotte at Florida
When: Saturday, May 3 @ 7:00 p.m. EST
Last time they met: First meeting
Charlotte will look to avenge their home opening loss to Ohio while the Launch will search for their first-ever victory in club history. Both teams struggled offensively in Week 1 and will need to improve defensively as well if they want to win. There aren’t too many must-win games just two weeks into a season, but the loser of this one might be playing catch-up for a while.
Ohio at Denver
When: Sunday, May 4 @ 5:00 p.m. EST
Syndicated: FS Arizona, Prime Ticket, FS Midwest, FS Southwest, FS Florida, MSG+, SportsTime Ohio, TWC Wisconsin, Altitude
Last time they met: Denver 19, Ohio 5 (June 22, 2013 in Denver)
This game will ensure that at least one team will remain undefeated after Week 2. As stated earlier, the Denver Outlaws have won 21 straight regular season games, while the Ohio Machine has never won back-to-back games in their history. Additionally, the Outlaws haven’t lost a home game since June 2, 2012. Kyle Harrison’s return to Denver should be a great one.
May the Fourth Be With You
The Outlaws and Machine will wear Star Wars-themed uniforms in Denver’s home opener on Sunday night. Star Wars characters will also make appearances at Sports Authority Field at Mile High and the jerseys will be auctioned off after the game for the Wounded Warrior Project.
A True Gamer
If Brian Spallina steps on the field for the Bayhawks home opener on Saturday, he would be doing so for the 134th time in his career. That number would make him second all-time in games played, trailing only Lizards midfielder Matt Striebel. The game between Chesapeake and New York will feature three of the top four all-time games played leaders, with Striebel (151), Spallina (133) and Nicky Polanco (125).
Only Eight More to Go!
Kevin Leveille is just eight goals away from tying the all-time MLL record for most goals in a career. The Delmar, N.Y., native has 262 for his career, currently eight behind MLL legend Tim Goettelmann. Leveille was held scoreless against New York, but will be at home this weekend when the Rattlers host the Cannons.
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