By Kelsey Doherty | 5/15/13 4:30 PM
Charlotte Hounds at Hamilton Nationals
Friday, May 17, 2013
Ron Joyce Stadium, Hamilton, ON
11:00 a.m. ET
Radio: MLL Radio
The Charlotte Hounds will be heading to Hamilton to take on the Nationals on Friday, May 17, at Ron Joyce Stadium. The Hounds are fresh off a tough loss of back-and-fourth lacrosse against the Rochester Rattlers, with a final of 12-11, last Saturday, May 11. Hamilton on the other hand will be coming into this week’s game after their second victory of the season, a come from behind win, thanks to a 2-point goal from Kevin Crowley with just seconds left on the clock. The Nationals will be carrying this momentum into Friday’s matchup but Charlotte also has something to prove as they try to bounce back from a difficult loss.
This is the first time these two teams meet this season, both looking to prove themselves. The Nationals (2-0) will be looking to improve their record and remain undefeated on the season, putting them in line with the Denver Outlaws (3-0) and Chesapeake Bayhawks (3-0). The Hounds (1-2) have fallen to a .333 win percentage on the season and need the win to stop from slipping further behind. Last season when the Hounds and Nationals met they each won one contest. Hamilton took the first match in Charlotte, with a final of 18-17 on June 2, relying heavily on Casey Powell and Kevin Crowley. Now, without Powell, Hamilton will have to depend on Crowley to put together another high scoring game. The second match of the 2012 season proved to be less offensive, with a final score of 11-9 and Charlotte walking away with a win on August 4.
This week may provide some obstacles for Hamilton as their goalie, Brett Queener left last week’s game early with a knee injury. If he is not ready to play in this week’s game, the goal tending will rest on Evan Kirk. Kirk played over 52 minutes of last week’s game, making ten saves. The Hounds will be looking to Ryan Young, their player of the game in the Rattlers match. Young scored 8 points on 7 goals, nearly unstoppable, and is now second in the league in points scored.
This Friday’s game provides opportunities for both teams, as they continue into week four of the season and try to position themselves to compete with teams like Denver and Chesapeake in the coming weeks.