Logan Schuss, the projected first overall pick in the 2013 NLL Entry Draft out of Ohio State University, scored five goals in a game this past weekend in MLL action and has 14 goals in six games this season. (Photo: Ohio State Athletics)
Another weekend of Major League Lacrosse is in the books and National Lacrosse League players, including several high-profile 2013 NLL Entry Draft prospects, again made a difference on the field in outdoor summer action.
The Chesapeake Bayhawks (5-4) took down the Hamilton Nationals (6-3) in the first of three MLL games on Saturday with a 17-10 win. Philadelphia Wings forward Drew Westervelt, who is tied for fourth in the MLL with 21 goals and ranks ninth in league scoring with 27 points (21+6), scored a hat trick for the Bayhawks while Colorado Mammoth forward John Grant, Jr. added two assists in the win. Jordan Hall (Wings) and Cody Jamieson (Rochester Knighthawks) both scored twice for the Nationals. Joe Walters (Knighthawks), who leads the league with 17 assists and is sixth in scoring with 30 points (13+17), posted a game-high five points (1+4). Kevin Crowley (Wings), second in the MLL in both points (36) and goals (28), scored once as did Stephen Keogh (Knighthawks) while Brodie Merrill (Wings) posted two assists and collected seven ground balls to rank fourth in the MLL with 55 on the season. Jason Noble, the top-rated NLL defensive prospect out of Cornell University, recovered three ground balls for Hamilton.
The Boston Cannons (4-5) got closer to .500 with a 13-10 victory over the Ohio Machine (1-8) despite five goals and a game-high six points (5+1) from the Machine's Logan Schuss, the projected first overall pick in the 2013 NLL Entry Draft out of Ohio State University, who now has 14 goals in six games. Wings teammates Kevin Buchanan and Paul Rabil both scored once for the Cannons in the win while Kiel Matisz (Minnesota Swarm) tallied once for the Machine. Rabil now ranks third in the MLL with 35 points (23+12) and tied for third with 23 goals this season.
The undefeated Denver Outlaws (9-0) continued their perfect season with a 17-11 win over the Charlotte Hounds (4-5) to cap off Saturday night's three-game slate. Brendan Mundorf (Wings), fourth in the MLL with 33 points (19+14) and tied for eighth with 19 goals, scored a hat trick for Denver while Zack Greer (Edmonton Rush) added two points (1+1) in the win.
On Sunday, the Rochester Rattlers (4-5) topped the New York Lizards (3-6) by a score of 13-10, led by two goals from both Jordan MacIntosh (Swarm) and Joel White (Wings). Another pair of Wings players, Ned Crotty and Mike Manley, posted three points (1+2) and recovered three ground balls respectively for Rochester. Rob Pannell, the highly-rated NLL draft prospect who recorded the most points in NCAA history and won the Tewaaraton Award with Cornell University as the best player in collegiate lacrosse, scored a game-high four goals for the Lizards in the loss. Pannell began the MLL season after the NCAA tournament and has 21 points (11+10) in just five games. At his current pace, Pannell would lead the MLL in points had he played in all nine games. CJ Costabile (Wings) and Matt Gibson (Swarm) each scored a goal for the Lizards while Mark Matthews (Rush) had two assists in the losing effort.