Philadelphia Wings forward Drew Westervelt scored eight goals for the MLL's Chesapeake Bayhawks this past weekend. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
National Lacrosse League players continue to make their presence felt during summer ball in Major League Lacrosse, which featured four MLL games this past weekend.
On Thursday, the Chesapeake Bayhawks (4-2) routed the Long Island Lizards (2-4) by a score of 21-8. The Bayhawks were led by eight goals from Philadelphia Wings forward Drew Westervelt, now tied with Wings teammate Brendan Mundorf (Denver Outlaws) and the Minnesota Swarm's Jordan MacIntosh (Rochester Rattlers) for sixth in the MLL with 14 goals this season, while "Westy" is now tied for eighth in the league with 18 points.
Colorado Mammoth forward John Grant, Jr. chipped in four goals for Chesapeake while Edmonton Rush forward and 2013 NLL Rookie of the Year Mark Matthews scored twice for the Lizards in the loss. Wings defenseman CJ Costabile also scored for Long Island while 2013 NLL Entry Draft prospects Rob Pannell (Cornell University) and JoJo Marasco (Syracuse University) suited up for the Lizards.
MacIntosh, the 2013 NLL Transition Player of the Year, scored a game-high four goals to help the Rattlers (3-3) top the Boston Cannons (1-5) with a 16-14 win on Friday. Ned Crotty scored for the Rattlers while Wings teammates Pat Heim and Kyle Sweeney both tallied once for the Cannons.
Wings transition player Paul Rabil, who leads the MLL with 29 points and is tied for fourth in the league with 16 goals, scored twice for Boston and added two assists in the losing effort.
The Outlaws (6-0) continued their perfect season with a 22-9 win over the Hamilton Nationals (5-1) in a battle of unbeaten teams on Saturday. Mundorf, who ranks third in the MLL with 25 points and tied for sixth with 14 goals, scored four times for Denver as did Edmonton Rush forward Zack Greer.
The Nationals, well-represented with NLL players, were led by four goals from Wings forward Kevin Crowley, who ranks second in the league in both goals (18) and points (26). Rochester Knighthawks forward Joe Walters scored once in Hamilton's loss while Wings transition player Brodie Merrill, currently second in the MLL with 41 ground balls, recovered a team-high seven GBs.
In the other Saturday night game, the Charlotte Hounds (3-3) denied the Ohio Machine (0-6) their first win with a 13-7 decision. Wings players Kyle Hartzell and Chad Wiedmaier along with the Minnesota Swarm's Kiel Matisz were held off the scoresheet for Ohio but Logan Schuss, the top-rated prospect from Ohio State University and projected first overall pick in the 2013 NLL Draft, scored twice in the defeat.
Check back each week as the NLL tracks the progress of their players in the MLL as they prepare for the 2014 season.