The Hamilton Nationals top the Rochester Rattlers and remain in second place in Major League Lacrosse.

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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.

First Quarter:

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.

Second Quarter:

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.

Third Quarter:

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.

Fourth Quarter:

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.