6/10/10 9:24 AM
Week Five News & Notes
Major League Lacrosse enters week five of the 2010 season with all three games on Saturday. The draft was held last weekend and each team picked up new talent. Three teams remain tied for first place. Here is the news at notes heading into week five’s competition.
Week Four Award Winners: Matt Brown of the Denver Outlaws was named Offensive Player of the Week after netting five goals on just five shots against the Long Island Lizards, securing a 15-10 win for the Outlaws. DJ Driscoll of the Chicago Machine was named Defensive Player of the Week for his role in the Machine’s 14-13 win over the Toronto Nationals. Driscoll contributed 14 ground balls and, on offense, recorded two assists.
Chicago Buzzer-Beater: Leading 13-12 with 30-seconds remaining in the competition, the Nationals turned possession over to the Machine. With three seconds remaining on the game clock, the Machine called a timeout to come up with a last attempt play to tie or win the battle. When the whistle blew, the ball found midfielder Brett Garber open at the top right, just behind the two-point arc, where he sailed one past Toronto goalie Brett Queener as the final buzzer sounded.
Chicago To Make History?: Chicago enters week 5 with a 3-1 record. The Machine began play in 2006 and has yet to pass the three win threshold in a season. If the Chicago Machine prevails this Saturday, in Albany, against the Long Island Lizards, they will set the franchise mark for their first four win season.
Dixon Sets Franchise Record: Kyle Dixon registered two, two-pointers against the Boston Cannons. With a career total of 22, Dixon bypassed Mark Frye’s previous Bayhawks’ record of 21 two-point goals. Dixon will need two more from behind the arc to tie Jeff Sonke for third in MLL history.
Toronto in Dead Last: The Toronto Nationals enter this week with a 0-4 record. Don’t count them out though. Last season the Nationals went on a four game losing streak from June 20th to July 4th and came back to win it all.
Toronto To Change It Up in Goal?: The Nationals sidelined Doc Schneider, and instead played Brett Queener in net for the entire game against Chicago. This decision prefaced Schneider’s transfer to the Machine in the first trade of the draft on Sunday night. Toronto traded the number 9 pick, midfielder Josh Sims and Schneider to Chicago for the number 7 overall selection. The Nationals staff used the number seven pick to add a different goaltender, Scott Rodgers from Notre Dame.
Three-Way Tie for First: Chesapeake, Chicago and Denver enter week five tied for first place. Since none of these teams play each other this Saturday, the tie could continue into week six.
Rematches This Week: Two of the three games on Saturday will be rematches. At 3 p.m. the Denver Outlaws play at the Boston Cannons, this game will be broadcast live in ESPN2. In week one, the Cannons dominated 16-13. The Chesapeake Bayhawks travel to Toronto to take on the Nationals at 7 p.m. In week two, the Bayhawks blew the Nationals socks off posting a score of 25-12. Watch this weekend to see the Outlaws and Nationals try to revenge their previous losses.
Rookies Taking the Field: It’s the week following the draft and there will be many new faces out on the field. The Denver Outlaws activated defenseman Ken Clausen and midfielder Sean DeLaney. The Boston Cannons activated local Max Quinzani and defenseman Nick Tsouris. Those rookies could be playing Saturday at 3 p.m., while the others may play at 7 p.m. The Chicago Machine activated first overall pick Ned Crotty, attackman Martin Cahill, defenseman Diogo Godoi and midfielder Justin Pennington. The Long Island Lizards activated their first round pick Parker McKee, Timothy Katz and Christian Scuderi. The Toronto Nationals are hoping to get their first win and activated goaltender Scott Rodgers, attackman Cody Jamieson and defenseman Steven Waldeck. The Chesapeake Bayhawks activated second overall pick Michael Kimmel. Be sure to catch all the games this weekend to see who will be on the field.
Game on ESPN2: Be sure to watch ESPN2 on Saturday at 3 p.m. to catch the Denver Outlaws take on the Boston Cannons. As always, all Major League Lacrosse games are streamed online at ESPN3.com.
Low Blow for Rabil: Paul Rabil and his flow got a little overheated when Boston played Chesapeake last week. Rabil was ejected seven minutes into the first quarter for unsportsmanlike conduct. As Rabil got a shot off, he was bull rushed by Bayhawks’ defenseman Michael Evans. In the heat of the moment, Rabil threw a punch at his former college teammate. Rabil has been fined by the league for his conduct in week four’s game, but will be able to play on Saturday against the Denver Outlaws.
Championship Weekend: Just a reminder that Major League Lacrosse Championship Weekend presented by Warrior will be in Annapolis, MD the weekend of August 21 and 22. For information and tickets visit majorleaguelacrosse.com