The Hamilton Nationals top the Rochester Rattlers and remain in second place in Major League Lacrosse.
Hamilton (7-3) used a big third quarter to dispose Rochester (4-6), 10-6, on Sunday. Kevin Crowley led the way with five points (two goals, three assists) for the Nationals, while Brett Queener saved 16 of the 22 shots he faced in net.
Crowley got the Nats on the board early in the first. He tallied a goal just two minutes in the to kick off the score. The Rattlers answered with two scores of their own, before Crowley struck again. He tallied an assist and a goal to end the period and Hamilton led 1-0.
The second quarter was almost all defense. Hamilton scored twice using two more Crowley assists and Rochester tallied one goal. The Nationals went to the break with a 5-3 lead.
In the third, the Nats caught fire. Following a Steven Boyle goal for Rochester to open the quarter, Hamilton scored four times. That includes a two-point goal by rookie Garrett Thul. It was his first career two-pointer. All-in-all, Hamilton extended its lead to four in the third.
Rochester’s defense held Hamilton to one goal in the fourth, but the offense continued to be anemic. John Ranagan netted the only score of the quarter and the Rattlers fell 10-6. Goalie John Galloway finished the game with 16 saves on 25 shots.
Both of these teams have an extended break with the All-Star Game coming up next week. Hamilton retained possession of second place going into the time-off, while Rochester is in fifth, one game out of fourth place.