MLL Roundup: Denver Tops Chesapeake to Stay Perfect
From Staff Reports
|Jeremy Sieverts had three goals
for the Outlaws, who improved to 7-0 with a win Saturday night in
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Denver continued its unbeaten start, taking a 13-9 win over the Bayhawks in front of 8,539 fans on a beautiful evening at Annapolis' Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Eric Law led the charge with five goals for the Outlaws, who improved to 7-0 with the win, which drops Chesapeake to 4-3 on the season.
The win leaves the Outlaws with a firm grasp on the top spot in the MLL standings, as Hamilton dropped to 5-2 on Thursday with a loss against the New York Lizards.
A 4-1 second quarter put Denver in the lead for good against the Bayhawks, as Eric Law and Jeremy Sieverts scored two unanswered after a 2-2 first quarter score. After Ben Hunt pulled Chesapeake back to within a goal, Brendan Mundorf and Will Mangan scored late goals for the Outlaws to send the game to the half at 6-3.
Mundorf finished with a goal and two assists, with Sieverts adding a hat-trick of his own for the Outlaws. Goalie Jessie Schwartzman also had a solid night, making 17 saves in net while facing 26 shots.
The Bayhawks were led by a goal and two assists from Drew Westervelt and a pair of goals each from Matt Abbott and Ben Hunt, but couldn't get any closer than a two-goal gap, even after scoring three straight to close the third quarter at a 9-7 disadvantage. Kip Turner made 19 saves in the loss for the Bayhawks.
Ohio Machine 13, Rochester Rattlers 11
The Machine earned their first win of the season behind a five-goal performance from Joe Cummings and three assists from Steele Stanwick at home.
After a 2-2 first quarter, Ohio took the lead by outscoring Rochester 5-3 in the second to go into the half with a 9-7 advantage. Connor Martin scored twice in the period off feeds from Stanwick and Joe Resetarits, with Marcus Holman, Logan Schuss and Cummings adding scores in the frame. Matt Striebel had two goals (including a 2-pointer) in the period for Rochester.
That two goal lead held until early in the fourth, when goals by Mike Leveille and Ned Crotty pulled the Rattlers even at 10-10, but Schuss, Cummings and Chazz Woodson scored three unanswered goals over the next seven minutes to put the Machine ahead for good.
John Galloway made 25 saves in the losing effort for Rochester, but Brian Phipps earned the win with 13 saves for Ohio.
Boston Cannons 15, Charlotte Hounds 13
Mike Stone scored three of a team-best four goals in a dominant second quarter for the Boston Cannons, who rallied from an early deficit and held on for a two-goal victory over the host Hounds in Charlotte.
Boston, which had started 1-5 on the season, won its first game under interim head coach John Tucker, who replaced Steve Duffy on Monday afternoon. Jordan Burke went the full 60 minutes to earn the win in goal, making 17 saves, despite the rough first quarter. Ryan Boyle (1G, 2A), and Kevin Buchanan (2G, 1A) also had good offensive nights for the Cannons, while Chris Eck went 19-for-32 at the X and scooped nine groundballs.
Charlotte, which falls to 3-4 on the season with the loss, was led by Matt Danowski's three goals and an assist and Ryan Young's hat-trick, but had just two assists on its 13 goals.