The Major League Lacrosse 3up and 3down for week nine of 2013.
This was a big week in Major League Lacrosse, instead of idividual players again I went with units this week. Some stand out performances from some and some mental errors and breakdowns from others that absolutly affected the outcome of these games.
Rochester Rattlers Offense: For the last two weeks we have been harping on Rochester for not playing team lax. They had only averaged 1 assist a game in their last two games and both ended up as losses. With this game being close to a must win the unit came together and played as just that, a unit. 10 assists on the day in a win against New York, Streibel with 2, Leveille with 2, Crotty with 2 and Dave Lawson with 3 while Jordan MacIntosh contributed an assist as well. If Rochester is going to be in the conversation for Philadelphia, this is how they will need to play.
Chesapeake's Hat Trick Crew: Drew Westervelt, Matt Mackrides, Ben Hunt and Steven Brooks all scored hat tricks on the day for a Chesapeake Bayhawks team that needed a statement game. We all know that Chesapeake's offense is capable of this on any given week, but every now and then we do need a reminder.
Boston's Veterans: This week the Boston Cannons got their third win in a row. The team is red hot and doing whatever it takes to win lacrosse games. This week was no different. Chris Eck and Jordan Burke both look to be back to 100% and are playing at a high level again. Matt Poskay, Ryan Boyle and Paul Rabil all stepped asside in this game each posting a goal but allowing the younger players to carry the load. The unselfishness that this team has shown in the last month, letting the hot hand do the work on any given week may be just the ticket to get them in to the playoffs.
The Charlotte Hounds Veterans: Matt Danowksi and Joe Cinosky specifically are supposed to be two of the leaders of this lockeroom. For both of these players to completly lose their composures and essencially hand the Denver Outlaws the second quarter on a silver platter cant happen. That was an important game, a game that you won the ground ball battle, one the face-off battle and had more scoring opportunities in that Denver. Three man up goals in the second quarter and 6-0 run while you Charlotte was play pissed off and chippy in the second cost them this game and put them behind the eight ball.
The New York Lizards Offense: This team is simply to talented for this. You have the best face-off unit in the buisness, leading the league in face-off percentage which means your getting possesions but you have the second least shots on goal in the league as well as the second least ammount of goals scored only behind the Ohio Machine. This is a team that when put together had the potential to be an All-Star team by it self, however it is now being lead in scoring by a rookie who has only played in five games this season. The New York Lizards have had every excuse made for them this season, from not having all their peices, to youth, to injuries, to not enough practice time to build chemistry. The fact of the matter is New York is the definition of a underachiving team.
The Hamilton Defensive Unit: No one on the defensive side of the ball had a good night in Hamilton. The poles were not sliding, the shorties were not closing off lanes and Brett Queener was not seeing the ball well. The Nationals built up a nice cushion ealry on in the season and Coach Huntley has been trying a lot of different combinations all over the field since starting 5-0 and it has had mixed results. This is a team that needs to buckle down and show that they are going to be a team that can shut offensives out the way they did early in the season. The Nats have the talent, now they need to stop tinkering and win games.