BOSTON, Mass. - After an exciting set of games on Saturday night, the field for the 2011 Sports Authority Major League Lacrosse Championship Weekend has nearly been filled as three teams have clinched a play-off berth.
The Boston Cannons, who earned a 13-8 victory over the Hamilton Nationals on Saturday, secured the MLL regular season title and as a result, will have the top seed for the MLL Championship Weekend. With an 8-3 record, the Cannons will face the Rochester Rattlers at Harvard Stadium in the regular season finale.
Meanwhile, the Denver Outlaws improved to 6-5 on the season after edging the Long Island Lizards by a 14-11 margin on Saturday night. The win allowed the Outlaws to earn a postseason berth for the sixth consecutive season as Denver has reached the playoffs every year since joining the league in 2006.
In addition, the defending MLL champion Chesapeake Bayhawks will get a chance to defend their title after beating the Rochester Rattlers, 13-11, on Saturday night at Sahlen's Stadium. The Bayhawks, who enter the regular season finale with a 6-5 record, earned the playoff berth due to owning a potential three-way tiebreaker against Hamilton and Long Island.
Long Island, which enters the final week of the regular season with a 5-6 record, was not eliminated from play-off consideration despite the loss against the Outlaws. Rochester has been eliminated from the playoff race with a 2-9 record after the two-point loss on Saturday night.
Entering the final week of the regular season, Long Island and Hamilton are battling for the final play-off spot as the two teams will face each other at Shuart Stadium on Saturday night.
Here are the potential play-off scenarios for each team:
Hamilton - Clinches a play-off berth with either a win
a loss by fewer than six goals and a Chesapeake win.
Long Island - Clinches a play-off berth with either a win and a Chesapeake loss
or a win by seven or more goals.
The final week of the regular season features three games on Saturday night as the Cannons welcome Rochester to Harvard Stadium while Hamilton travels to Long Island. Meanwhile, the Outlaws, who ended a four-game losing streak with their win over the Lizards, make the trip to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium to face the Bayhawks.
Tickets for the 2011 Sports Authority Major League Lacrosse Championship Weekend presented by Warrior are available by calling the MLL directly at 617-787-6638 or by visiting the Chesapeake Bayhawks' website at
www.thebayhawks.com/championship-weekend. Lower level sideline weekend packages are just $30.
The semi-finals will take place on Saturday, August 27 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. while the MLL Championship Game will be played on Sunday, August 28 at 3 p.m. All three games will be played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.