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MLL News and Notes: August 10

August 11, 2011
Complete Release in PDF Format

Players of the Week: Week 12

Offensive Player of the Week
Kevin Buchanan, Boston Cannons

Buchanan, who earned the first MLL Offensive Player of the Week award of his career, scored four goals and added an assist as the Cannons clinched the MLL regular season title and the top seed for Sports Authority MLL Championship Weekend presented by Warrior with a 13-8 victory over the Hamilton Nationals on Saturday evening. He scored two goals of his goals in the first quarter as the Cannons jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead and also had two goals during a five-goal run in the fourth quarter.

Defensive Player of the Week
Jordan Burke, Boston Cannons

Burke earned MLL Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season after matching a career high with 24 saves in the Cannons’ 13-8 victory. He made 15 of his 24 saves in the second half, including nine in the fourth quarter, as the Cannons earned their second straight win. The MLL leader with a .621 save percentage, Burke ranks second in the MLL with 159 saves and a 10.42 goals against average

Cascade Rookie of the Week
Barney Ehrmann, Chesapeake Bayhawks 

Ehrmann helped the defending MLL champion Bayhawks earn their second straight postseason berth with a 13-11 victory over the Rochester Rattlers on Saturday night. He recorded a season-high seven ground balls as the Bayhawks ended a two-game losing streak. Ehrmann, who has played in eight games this season, ranks sixth on the team with 22 ground balls.

MLL News and Notes

AND THEN THERE WAS ONE: With just one week remaining in the regular season, there is just one playoff spot available and it will be given to either Hamilton or Long Island, who play each other this weekend. A Hamilton victory will secure the Nationals’ second playoff appearance in the last three years. However, Long Island can qualify with a win by seven or more goals. The complete list of playoff seeding possibilities can be found on pages 5 and 6 of this week’s release. 

CONNECT FOUR: Rochester Rattlers attackman Grant Catalino has set the MLL single-season record for two-point goals by a rookie with his four two-point goals this season. The previous record was three two-point goals, which was done by four different players. Catalino is tied for the Rochester team lead with four two-point goals with midfielder Matt Striebel. The duo has combined to score eight of the Rattlers’ nine two-point goals this year.

OH THANK HEAVEN FOR 7-11: After scoring a goal with an assist in the Hamilton Nationals’ loss against Boston on Saturday night, rookie attackman Jeremy Boltus enters this week’s game against the Lizards with a seven-game goal-scoring streak along with a 11-game point streak. During the last six games, Boltus has scored 17 of his 19 goals while contributing six assists.

AW, SHOOT: With three shots in the regular season finale against Rochester, Boston Cannons midfielder Paul Rabil can move into the top 10 single-season list for shots. Rabil leads the MLL with 116 shots in 10 games. The MLL single-season shots record was set by New Jersey Pride attackman Jesse Hubbard in 2002 when he took 184 shots in 14 games.

STAYING INSIDE: If the Chesapeake Bayhawks do not allow a two-point goal in the regular season finale against Denver on Saturday night, they will tie the MLL single-season record for fewest two-point goals allowed. The Boston Cannons allowed just two two-point goals in the 2001 and 2007 seasons.

STINGY: Heading into the regular season finale this week, the Boston Cannons and the Denver Outlaws have a chance to record one of the best defensive seasons in MLL history. Through 11 games, the Outlaws have allowed 115 goals while the Cannons have given up 118 goals this season. The MLL record for the fewest goals allowed in a season is 127 by the Boston Cannons last year.

MISTER ASSISTER: With one more assist, Denver Outlaws midfielder Brian Langtry can become the 10th player in MLL history to record 100 career assists and would tie former New Jersey Pride attackman Jon Hess for ninth place on the all-time list. Former Boston Cannons and Chesapeake Bayhawks attackman Conor Gill holds the MLL career record with 211 assists.

HOME RUN: With the Long Island Lizards’ playoff hopes on the line, the Lizards are glad that goalkeeper Drew Adams has played well at home this year. Entering the regular season finale, the former Penn State University netminder has posted a .636 save percentage at Shuart Stadium this season while allowing just 9.52 goals per game. Meanwhile, he has a .519 save percentage away from home while allowing 13.26 goals per game.

24 x 2: For the second time this season, Boston Cannons goalkeeper Jordan Burke tallied 24 saves as he held the Hamilton Nationals to just eight goals in a 13-8 victory on Saturday night. Burke, who earned his second MLL Defensive Player of the Week award, also had 24 saves in the Cannons’ win over Long Island on June 11. Burke leads the MLL with a .621 save percentage while his 10.42 goals against average ranks second in the MLL.

TWO OF A KIND: Long Island Lizards midfielder Stephen Peyser and attackman Matt Danowski have combined to score 12 of the team’s 13 two-point goals, which leads the MLL. Peyser and Danowski have each scored six two-point goals this year, which are the most in the MLL. The Lizards’ 13 two-point goals this year are tied for the 10th-highest total in league history.

BICENTENNIAL: Hamilton Nationals attackman Casey Powell needs just one goal to become the seventh player in MLL history to score 200 career goals after scoring two goals with two assists in his first game since 2008 last Saturday. The MLL’s all-time points leader, Powell has scored 199 career goals with 188 assists. The former Syracuse University standout ranks second on the MLL’s all-time assist list behind Conor Gill.

‘X’ MARKS THE SPOT: Chesapeake Bayhawks midfielder Alex Smith became the third player in Major League Lacrosse history to record 1,000 career face-off wins last Saturday when he won 16 of 26 face-offs against the Rochester Rattlers. Entering the season finale against Denver on Saturday night, he needs just three face-off wins to move into second place on the league’s all-time list. Smith has won 58.8 per cent of his career face-off attempts since joining the league in 2007.

30 ROCK: With his two-point goal in the Bayhawks’ 13-11 victory over Rochester last Saturday, Chesapeake midfielder Kyle Dixon moved within striking distance on the MLL’s all-time two-point goal list and now needs three two-point goals to become the all-time leader and pass Roy Colsey, who had 33 two-point goals in his career. Dixon has three two-point goals this year for the Bayhawks, who clinched their second straight playoff appearance.

POINT TAKEN: Rochester Rattlers attackman Ned Crotty has tallied a point in 18 straight games after scoring four goals in the Rattlers’ 13-11 loss against Chesapeake on Saturday. Crotty, who leads the MLL with 45 points, has recorded two or more points in each of his last 16 games, including a career-high seven points against Hamilton on June 10.