MLL Weekend Preview: Week 4
Rochester Rattlers (1-2) at Boston Cannons (1-2)
Saturday, 7:00 PM on Twitter
Storylines: After a Thursday night loss in Rochester, the Rattlers come in slightly bruised and battered while looking to end the weekend with a win. They fell behind early against the Hounds and won’t want to repeat that same mistake against the Cannons. They’ll come out of the gate flying to try to get a head start on their opponents.
The Cannons have some serious questions about their defensive performances of late, letting up 18 and 19 goals in their two losses this season. That’s an area they are sure to want to see some improvement in this weekend.
Players to watch: Ned Crotty had a six-point night Thursday in Rochester and will be the catalyst for the Rattlers offense against the Cannons. The entire defensive group for the Cannons will be in the spotlight this weekend, they have an opportunity to prove their worth and show what they are made of.
New York Lizards (1-1) at Atlanta Blaze (1-1)
Saturday, 7:00 PM on LSN
Storylines: The Lizards are coming off of a bye week and are fully rested. They suffered a tough loss to the league-leading Outlaws in their last game, scoring only seven goals. The Lizards will look to score early and often against the Blaze to get themselves set up for a victory.
For Atlanta, they’re also well rested as they didn’t play last weekend but before that, they got their first win of the season against the Cannons two weeks ago. Practicing the week after a win is always more enjoyable, so they’ll be feeling good and confident coming into Saturday’s contest against the Lizards.
Players to watch: Paul Rabil has been unusually quiet so far this season with two goals and two assists. Don’t expect that to last long, as this may be the game he breaks out. Greg Coholan will try to match the potency of the Lizards offense by continuing his form that won him Coca-Cola Player of the Game honors last week.
Denver Outlaws (3-0) vs Florida Launch (1-1)
Saturday, 7:00 PM on LSN
Storylines: Denver hasn’t missed a beat since winning the championship last season, and so far they look more than capable of defending their title. The Outlaws are looking for their 12th consecutive win dating back to last June.
The Launch are another team that secured their first victory of the season in the prior week and also have their home opener this weekend. They’re looking to ride the momentum they gained last week to overthrow the league-leading Outlaws and launch themselves onto a little winning streak.
Players to watch: Mike Bocklett leads the Outlaws in points but Matt Kavanagh trails him by one point. Both of them are deadly on offense and are guaranteed to cause problems for the Launch defensemen. Chazz Woodson is another electric attackmen that will be on the field in Florida on Saturday and will do everything he can help the Launch win.
Chesapeake Bayhawks (1-1) vs Charlotte Hounds (1-3)
Saturday, 7:30 PM on LSN
Storylines: Chesapeake had a massive offensive performance last week against the Cannons, overcoming a 14-9 halftime deificit. Most notably, midfielder Myles Jones racked up 10 points in the win. That offensive onslaught carried them to victory last week and they hope to repeat it against the Hounds.
The Hounds should be riding high after securing win number one on Thursday, and want to carry the momentum of that first victory into this weekend’s contest against the Bayhawks. They went up big early against the Rattlers and were able to maintain that lead throughout the game. That’s a strategy they are sure to employ again in their second tilt of the weekend.
Players to watch: Myles Jones was a force to be reckoned with last week earning him MLL Offensive Player of the Week honors. It’ll be hard to top 10 points, but he’ll certainly try his best. Kevin Crowley was Player of the Game on Thursday for the Hounds scoring four goals in his season debut, can he ride that wave into another great performance?