June 24, 2011

Rookies Boltus, Catalino Star in Nats-Rats Slugfest

from staff reports


Hamilton attackman Jeremy Boltus, a rookie out of Army, scored seven goals to lead the Nationals to a 19-16 victory Friday over Rochester.

© Rich Barnes

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Rookie attackman Jeremy Boltus tied a Hamilton team record by scoring seven goals, including three goals in the third quarter, as the Nationals (2-3) overcame a three-point deficit to earn a 19-16 Major League Lacrosse victory over the Rochester Rattlers (0-5) at Sahlen's Stadium on Friday evening.

Boltus was outdone only by fellow rookie Grant Catalino of Rochester, who tied an MLL record with nine goals in the losing effort.

Boltus, who earned Bud Light Player of the Game honors, matched the Nationals' single-game record of seven goals, which was set by attackman Merrick Thomson against the Washington Bayhawks on May 15, 2009 in a 17-16 victory.

After Boltus gave the Nationals a quick 1-0 lead, the Rattlers scored four straight goals to take a 4-1 advantage with 5:26 left in the first quarter. Attackman Ned Crotty led the Rattlers during the spurt with a goal and an assist.

The teams exchanged goals twice before Boltus and midfielder Brett Bucktooth ended the first quarter by scoring back-to-back goals in a 52-second span, trimming the Rattlers' lead to 6-5.

But, the Ratters responded with another four-goal run, including two goals from midfielder Martin Cahill and Catalino, to extend their advantage to 10-5 with 6:19 left in the first half.

Led by two goals from Boltus, the Nationals cut the deficit to 11-8 by scoring three of the last four goals to end the first half.

Crotty and Catalino upped the Rattlers' cushion to 13-8 with 11:18 left by scoring consecutive goals. But, the Nationals answered by scoring nine straight goals, including three markers from Boltus, to take a convincing 17-13 lead with 2:42 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Trailing by four points, the Rattlers tried to mount a comeback. With 2:16 left, Catalino scored off a feed from midfielder Greg Niewieroski to close the gap to 17-14. After midfielder Joe Walters scored on a two-point goal off an assist from midfielder Jordan Hall extended the Nationals' advantage to 19-14, Catalino tallied his ninth goal of the game, a two-point marker off a feed from Cahill with 1:18 left.

However, the Rattlers were unable to get any closer.

While Boltus led the Nationals with seven goals, Walters added three goals, including a two-point marker, with three assists. Hall contributed three goals with two assists as the Nationals earned their second win over Rochester this season.

Catalino tied the MLL single-game record with nine goals, including a two-point marker, while Crotty contributed two goals and two assists. Rookie goalkeeper John Galloway made 18 saves, including six in the first quarter, as the Rattlers were outshot by a 50-36 margin.

The teams will finish the home-and-home series on Saturday night when the Nationals host Rochester at Robert Joyce Stadium at 7 p.m.


Rochester attackman Grant Catalino, a rookie out of Maryland, became the fifth player in MLL history to score nine goals in a game.

© Rich Barnes

Catalino became the fifth player in Major League Lacrosse history to score nine goals in a game.

Catalino, who was held to a single assist in his MLL debut against the Boston Cannons last Saturday night, exploded for six goals in the first half as the Rattlers jumped out to an 11-8 lead at the intermission.

However, the Nationals used a nine-goal run to take a 17-13 lead they did not relinquish en route to the victory.

Catalino became the first player to score nine goals in a game since June 10, 2006 when attackman Ryan Powell of the San Francisco Dragons had nine goals in a 25-20 victory over Denver at INVESCO Field at Mile High.

The former University of Maryland standout was drafted by the Denver Outlaws in the fourth round of the MLL Collegiate Draft in January, but was acquired by the Rattlers in a trade.

The seventh-leading scorer in Terrapin men's lacrosse history with 119 career goals, Catalino led the Terrapins to the NCAA Championship Game for the first time since 1998. He was a three-time USILA All-America selection.

Catalino, who was held to a single assist in his MLL debut against the Boston Cannons last Saturday night, exploded for six goals in the first half as the Rattlers jumped out to an 11-8 lead at the intermission.

However, the Nationals used a nine-goal run to take a 17-13 lead they did not relinquish en route to the victory.

Catalino became the first player to score nine goals in a game since June 10, 2006 when attackman Ryan Powell of the San Francisco Dragons had nine goals in a 25-20 victory over Denver at INVESCO Field at Mile High.

The former University of Maryland standout was drafted by the Denver Outlaws in the fourth round of the MLL Collegiate Draft in January, but was acquired by the Rattlers in a trade.

The seventh-leading scorer in Terrapin men's lacrosse history with 119 career goals, Catalino led the Terrapins to the NCAA Championship Game for the first time since 1998. He was a three-time USILA All-America selection.

MLL Single-Game Goals Records

9 Tim Goettelmann (LI), 8/10/03 vs. New Jersey
9 Mark Millon (BOS), 7/31/05 at Baltimore
9 Kevin Leveille (BOS), 7/31/05 at Baltimore
9 Ryan Powell (SF), 6/10/06 at Denver
9 Grant Catalino (ROC), 6/24/11 vs. Hamilton


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