MLL Week 9 Recap; Goals Galore, Movement in Standings

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It was a great week in the MLL as we saw a ton of offense. When I mean a ton of offense I mean we saw two games where one team scored twenty plus points and the other had almost that many. It really was a great week for any MLL fan that loves seeing goal after goal be scored on what can seem like every possession sometimes.

Saturday, June 16th

New York Lizards 20 vs Charlotte Hounds 16

The New York Lizards used their offensive firepower as they really sprinted out and got a great win over the Hounds in Hempstead.

The Lizards put on a pretty display of offense powered, again, by Paul Rabil, Rob Pannell, and Will Manny. They each had five goals a piece as they really lifted that New York offense. Along with the great performance Paul Rabil had another career night as he got his 300th career goal. Even with the offense being great the Lizards defense was nonexistent, especially off ball. Drew Adams in cage really bailed out the lackluster defensive play with eighteen saves off of thirty four shots. 

The Hounds came into this game sitting at the top of the league standings but by the time the night was over they were sitting in third place. Their defense really just couldn't defend that fast paced offensive play by the Lizards, especially when they put Rabil at attack. That really gave them trouble. Although their defense didn't play stellar their offense did produce quite a bit. The offense ran through Matt Rambo as always. Rambo would be able to put up three goals on the night. Tim Rotanz, Mike Chanenchuck, and Will Haus also looked good. 

Chesapeake Bayhawks 9 vs Atlanta Blaze 6

The Chesapeake Bayhawks saw some great veteran leadership as they recorded their fifth straight win against Atlanta in Annapolis.

The Bayhawks saw some great offensive play from two veterans in Steele Stanwick and Matt Danowski. Stanwick recorded four goals and Danowski with one. Myles Jones and Josh Byrne also played very well on the offensive end. On defense Niko Amato had another great performance in cage as he anchored that defense with fifteen saves. 

Atlanta saw a great performance on offense from Deemer Class who ad three goals. Rookie Christian Cuccinello played a pretty big role along with the usual cast of the Blaze offense. In cage Adam Ghitleman anchored that Blaze defense with nine saves on the night. Despite that good play in cage the Blaze defense just couldn't stop that great offense from Chesapeake. 

Denver Outlaws 26 vs Florida Launch 15

The Denver Outlaws used a great offensive performance to put up a ton of goals and secure another home victory.

Eric Law and Chris Cloutier would lead the way as they bot put up crazy numbers. Law would lead with seven goals and four assist as Cloutier had four goals and assist. The play from them really put the Outlaws over the top and helped secure the victory. Although the offense looked great the defense could have been better. Jack Kelly really played great in cage again as he had fourteen saves off of twenty eight shots. Kelly really was the anchor that bailed that defense out of a lot of situations.

The Launch played good on offense but the defense was their breaking point. Jules Henningbrg, Connor Buczek, and Nick Mariano really lead that offense and played phenomenal. Henningburg finished the night with four goals and three assist as Buczek had four goals and one assist. Nick Mariano would finish the game with three goals and one assist. That defense saw Tucker Durkin back in the lineup but you could see they struggled a lot. Austin Kaut and Jack Concannon shared almost equal time in cage. Kaut lead the way there with seven saves.

Sunday, June 17th

Dallas Rattlers 17 vs Ohio Machine 16

Dallas remains undefeated at home as a 4-0 run in the fourth would help them comeback and secure the win over Ohio.

Ned Crotty, Jordan Wolf, and Ty Thompson lead the way for the Rattlers as usual. Crotty and Thmpson had three goals a piece as Wolf had two goals and an assist. The rookie Ben Reeves also had two goals in his MLL debut, including the game-tying goal in the fourth. That Dallas defense also stepped up in the second half as well. John Galloway finished with nine saves on the game.

Ohio's offense was great early in the game as Marcus Holman lead the way with six goals and three assist. Holman is the first Machine player to have multiple nine point games in his career. Justin Guterding and Peter Baum also contributed a good amount as they each had two goals. This was the best offense I have seen Ohio play since Schreiber went down. Their defense was good until the fourth quarter. In all the Machine just couldn't finish and ended up losing a close one that will probably sting for sure.