The Major League Lacrosse 3up and 3down for week two of 2013.
Great second week of the 2013 Major League Lacrosse season filled with action and some highlight reel performances. The Denver Outlaws and Chesapeake Bayhawks stay undefeated, the Boston Cannons and Rochester Rattlers drop to 0-2, both the Hamilton Nationals and Ohio Machine make their debut and the Charlotte Hounds rebound and get their first win.
Ben Rubeor: Rubeor scored 7 goals; I shouldn’t have to explain more than that, that gets you in the up column every time. He was Chesapeake’s offense in this game and showed how he has the ability to put a team on his back.
Kevin Crowley: 4 goals in the game, three of which all came in the second quarter to really open up the lead against Boston. On top of the 4 goals he added 3 assists and literally was having his way with the Cannons defense, leading the Hamilton Nationals to their first victory of the season.
Peet Poillon: We talked all week about how Poillon had to be better than he was in week one. We talked all week about Charlotte needing someone to step up and fill the void left by a missing Matt Danowski. Well Peet Poillon answered the call. 5 goals, 2 2-pts for 7 points is plenty to get you in to the 3-up category.
We went all offense this week because these three players really stood out and were the difference for their teams, honorable mentions should go out to Kip Turner, Brodie Merril and Adam Ghittelman for their performances this week as well.
The Boston Cannons Midfield: Offensive middies, defensive middies, two way middies all of the above are not playing well. Two weeks in a row Boston has looked sloppy in transition, been unable to maintain possession and struggled in transition. What has been a strength of Boston the last few years has at least for the first two weeks been a big weakness.
The New York Lizards offense: This team cannot be held to three goals. It simply can’t happen, expectations are too high for New York and they have too many talented players to be held to a less than a goal a quarter average. When your defense and goalie hold the Chesapke Bayhawks under ten, you owe it to them to win that game.
JJ Miller: I don’t like putting Face-Off guys here but sometimes I don’t have a choice. You only get a few chances to stand out in this league, a few opportunities and you have to take advantage of them. 5-17 is not going to get it done at the X. Miller was given the majority of draws over returning FOGO Eric O’Brien who only lined up at the X 11 times Saturday night. Miller has to play better and give Ohio more of a chance at extra possessions or he will find his playing time severely limited fast.