The 2016 MLL Season is officially underway. We'll take you around the League week after week to make sure you're up to date on game outcomes, notable numbers, and news you don't want to miss.
Week One Award Winners:
set a new Charlotte Hounds single-game points record in the season-opener and was named the Warrior Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts. Sankey tallied nine points on six goals and three assists and was also named the Coca-Cola Player of the Game in the 15-12 victory over the Boston Cannons.
got the start in goal for the Ohio Machine and led them to a 16-14 victory over the Florida Launch. Fullerton made eight saves between the pipes and was named the Coca-Cola Player of the Game and Warrior Defensive Player of the Week.
Chesapeake Bayhawks 16, Atlanta Blaze 13
Atlanta Blaze hosted a crowd of 4,000 for their debut and came out hot scoring the first six goals of the game. Matt Danowski came out in the second quarter and scored three straight to bring the Bayhawks back into the game. The Bayhawks kept their offense rolling with a seven-goal third quarter and closed the game out strong. Danowski finished with four goals and four assists while Alex Love tallied four goals of his own. Kevin Rice led the Blaze with six goals.
New York Lizards 19, Rochester Rattlers 16
Rochester came out strong in this rematch of the 2015 Championship Game, but couldn’t hold off a second-half surge from the defending champs. Rochester had a four-goal lead heading into halftime, but the Lizards outscored the Rattlers 7-1 in the fourth quarter to pull off the comeback victory. Matt Gibson tallied 5 goals while Paul Rabil added four of his own, including a two-pointer. Jordan Wolf scored five goals in the loss.
Ohio Machine 16, Florida Launch 14
Despite Casey Powell tallying seven points (4 goals, 3 assists), the Launch lost at home to the Machine. Mark Cockerton tallied four goals while Marcus Holman and Peter Baum each added three of their own to lead the Machine. Adam Fullerton played the full 60 minutes in goal for the Machine and recorded 8 saves for his first win of the season.
Charlotte Hounds 15, Boston Cannons 12
The Hounds started off slow, but outscored the Cannons 10-6 in the second half to pull away and secure their first-ever season-opener victory. Charlotte played without head coach Jim Stagnitta, who had a prior commitment with Penn, and were led by Joey Sankey’s huge nine-point (6 goals, 3 assists) offensive performance. Will Manny led the Cannons with two goals and six assists.
Joey Sankey tallied nine points (6g, 3a) in the season-opener for Charlotte and set a new Hounds record for points in a single game. The previous record was eight and set by Ryan Young in 2013, which Sankey tied in his MLL debut last season.
Casey Powell set a Florida Launch record for points tallied in a season-opener game with seven off four goals and three assists.
There were two two-pointers made in the opening weekend of the MLL season and both were made by Johns Hopkins graduates: Paul Rabil and Kyle Harrison.
Kevin Rice had a hot start for the Atlanta Blaze and scored six goals in the team’s debut.
The 2015 MLL MVP, Greg Gurenlian, started the season off strong to win 27-of-37 faceoffs en route to a New York Lizards victory.
Coach Brian Reese picked up his first win as the Chesapeake Bayhawks head coach with a 16-13 win over the Blaze.
Week One Coca-Cola Players of the Game included Matt Danowski (Chesapeake Bayhawks), Paul Rabil (New York Lizards), Adam Fullerton (Ohio Machine) and Joey Sankey (Charlotte Hounds).
Outlaws take the field:
Denver open up their season at home this weekend against the Ohio Machine. Will the Machine have the upper hand with momentum coming out of last week’s win or will the Outlaws have an advantage with their extra week of practice together? Find out this Sunday, May 1, at 5 p.m. ET on Lax Sports Network.
Championship or Bust:
The New York Lizards are looking to start the season off the way they ended the 2015 season: by winning. People in Long Island have certainly taken notice and have profiled the team in this article entitled "
Why the New York Lizards Are Having Their Day in the Sun.
Swimming with Sharks:
Florida Launch's Casey Powell has teamed up with a new business partner: a fifteen-year-old lacrosse player from Florida named Rachel Zietz. You can tune in to Shark Tank on May 13 to hear their
Best out West:
We’re heading to California for the 2016 MLL All-Star Game and we want you to join us. Soak up the sun with the best players in the League this July at Cal State Fullerton. Click
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