6/16/10 8:46 AM
Week Six News & Notes
Week five of the MLL season saw several rookies made their pro debuts, Chesapeake continues to hold on to first place and the defending MLL Champs remain winless for 2010. Here is all you need to know as we enter week six of the 2010 Major League Lacrosse season. . This weekend check out our live game blogs and chats during every MLL game.
Week Five Award Winners: Long Island’s Matt Danowski was named MLL Offensive Player of the week after leading the Lizards in a 13-12 overtime win over the Chicago Machine. Bayhawks’ goaltender Chris Garrity was named Defensive Player of the Week for making 17 saves and holding the Toronto offense to single digits. Max Quinzani earned the 2010 season’s first Rookie of the Week award for back-to-back goals in the third quarter and another in the fourth, totaling three goals and an assist in his MLL debut.
First Overtime Game of 2010 Game: Long Island’s Tim Goettelmann scored with 11 seconds remaining in regulation to force the game against the Chicago Machine into overtime. It took Goettelmann 1:09 into the O.T. period to score again, bringing the final score to 13-12 and ending Chicago’s two-game winning streak.
Chicago to Try Again: The Chicago Machine hoped were looking for it’s first four season win last week, but the Long Island Lizard’s won in overtime. This week the Machine look to rebound from their loss and finally secure the fourth W for the first time in franchise history against the Boston Cannons.
Bayhawks Return to Glory: The Bayhawks enter week six on top of the MLL standings and they are winning thanks to balance on both ends of the field. Offensively they lead the MLL with 73 goals, including 9 two-point goals; defensively they have allowed a league low 58 goals. The Bayhawks haven’t had a winning season since 2005, but with a current record of 4-1, they’re on their way to returning to their glory days.
Rematch This Week: Sunday at 2:30 the Chicago Machine take on the Boston Cannons. In week two, the Machine lost by two on the Cannons home turf. This week, the Machine will try to revenge that loss and break the three-way tie for second in the MLL standings. The game will be played in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Cheer Up Toronto: While the Toronto Nationals enter this week 0-5, the last two weeks they lost by one goal. This week they travel to Long Island to play the Lizards, who have the second worst record in the league at 2-3. The Nationals need to build off the past two weeks’ momentum and pull off a win if they hope to remain in contention for the 2010 Major League Lacrosse Championship Weekend presented by Warrior.
Live Blog and Chat: This weekend log onto www.majorleaguelacrosse.com and follow the live blog and chats for each game. Our interactive game blogs allow you to chat with other fans and vote in polls (like who you think should be the game’s Bud Light MVP). Blogging starts 15 minutes before game time.
Rookies Make Debut: Max Quinzani made a stellar debut for the Cannons with three goals and an assist. The second overall selection, Chesapeake’s Michael Kimmel, registered a goal and assist in his first MLL game, while the first overall pick, Ned Crotty, scored for the Machine. Toronto’s defenseman Steven Waldeck tallied a goal, bringing the Nationals within one point of Chesapeake. Scott Rodgers, Toronto’s goaltender, led in minutes and had 19 saves.
Tied At The Top: Cannons’ Matt Poskay and the Bayhawks’ Peet Poillon are tied with 24 points in the MLL point rankings. Poskay leads the league in goals scored with 21; the next highest scorer is still seven goals behind. Poillon has been on top of the point board since his explosive five goal game in week one, and now has 13 goals and 10 assists.
Shooting for Franchise History: Matt Poskay’s five goals against Denver brought him to second all time in Cannons history and within 17 to break David Evans record of 133 goals.
MLL All-Star Game: The 2010 Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game will be at Harvard Stadium in Boston, MA on Thursday, July 8 at 7 p.m. Team USA will battle the MLL All-Stars before they leave for the FIL World Lacrosse Championships in England. For more information and tickets visit www.majorleaguelacrosse.com
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 www.majorleaguelacrosse.com