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Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/8/13
The Hamilton Nationals defeated the Rochester Rattlers 10-6 on Sunday afternoon, securing second place in the standings. The Nationals received strong play from Player of the Game Kevin Crowley (Shipley assistant, Wings), as well as goaltender Brett Queener. The Rattlers drop to 4-6 with the loss.
Crowley earned a point on each of Hamilton’s five first half goals, extending his consecutive-game point streak to 25. Crowley opened the contest with a streaking cut and finish from attackman Kevin Cunningham. Rochester followed with back-to-back goals, earning their first and only lead of the afternoon. Matt Striebel capitalized from behind the net, followed by a Steven Boyle to Kevin Leveille quick-stick goal. Crowley fed midfielder Jordan Hall for a power play goal, before finishing on an isolation drive of his own to end the quarter ahead 3-2.
Brodie Merrill (Wings captain) competed in his 100th MLL game, registering a season-high 10 ground balls.
Rookie defenseman Tucker Durkin (La Salle) held Ned Crotty (Wings) to a single shot.
Boston Cannons 17, Charlotte Hounds 16, OT
Paul Rabil (Wings) broke the Cannons’ all-time points record during an overtime victory in front of 5,111 fans at Harvard Stadium Saturday.
The eventual Player of the Game, Rabil led the Cannons to their fourth straight win with an eight-point night (five goals, three assists) against the Charlotte Hounds (4-6). Newly-acquired Stephen Berger recorded the game-winning goal, his first in a Cannons uniform. With the win, the Cannons (5-5) took sole possession of fourth place in Major League Lacrosse.
Kyle Sweeney (Springfield-Delco) had four groundballs for Boston and fellow defender PT Ricci (Conestoga) added three groundballs.
Now in his sixth season in the league, Rabil reached 289 career points, surpassing Conor Gill’s previous record of 282.
The Cannons took control in the first quarter, something the team has struggled to do this season. Rabil and Brent Adams put the Cannons ahead early before Charlotte’s Peet Poillon (Seneca Valley) got the Hounds on the board. Mike Stone closed out the frame with two goals, giving the Cannons a 4-1 lead.
A high-scoring second quarter began with three straight Hounds goals, including a two-pointer from Brett Schmidt (Upper Dublin) to give Charlotte the lead. Pat Heim (Conestoga) scored on a Will Manny dish to stop Charlotte’s run and Boston scored four of the last five goals in the frame, including two from Kevin Buchanan, to take a 9-7 lead into halftime.
Charlotte dominated the third quarter, notching five straight goals including a coast-to-coast score from Hounds goalie Adam Ghitelman. Manny picked up his fifth point of the night (two goals, three assists) as he continued to shine in his rookie season; he now has 18 points in six games. The Cannons were held to two goals in the third and entered the fourth quarter down, 12-11.
After two quick Rabil strikes, both assisted by Berger, Boston and Charlotte would trade goals for the rest of the fourth quarter. Poillon connected on a two-pointer, but Rabil responded less than a minute later with his third goal of the frame. After an unassisted Matt Danowski goal, Buchanan scored his second of the quarter to tie the game at 16, where it would stand at the end of regulation.
Long pole Mason Poli (Downingtown East) had an assist for Charlotte.
Chesapeake 13, Ohio 12
Rookie attackman Kevin Cooper made an impressive professional debut, totaling four points on three goals and an assist to help the Chesapeake Bayhawks pull out a victory Saturday over the Ohio Machine at Selby Stadium.
Cooper, a recent University of Maryland graduate, provided a tremendous offensive lift – scoring goals in the first, third and fourth quarters. Cooper netted his final goal during a 4-0 run that gave the Bayhawks a 13-10 lead with 7:21 remaining in the fourth quarter.
“Kevin has been playing very well in practice and (offensive coordinator) John Lamon had been asking me to give him a shot. We felt this was a good game to get Kevin in there and see what he could do,” Chesapeake head coach Dave Cottle said. “Kevin scored a goal on his first shot, and for a young player that’s a real confidence boost. Kevin is very good in the big-little game and has outstanding vision. We were able to run Kevin out of the box then invert him so he was matched up against a short stick from behind the cage.”
Matt Mackrides (Malvern Prep) started on attack in place of John Grant Jr. and totaled four points on two goals and two assists for Chesapeake (6-4), which has won two straight and now holds sole possession of third place in Major League Lacrosse. Mackrides, a second-year pro out of Penn State, is now the team’s third-leading scorer with 17 goals and eight assists.
“Matt has been very consistent. He’s a high character kid with a very good lacrosse IQ,” Cottle said. “We’ve played Matt at both attack and midfield this season and he’s produced wherever we have put him.”