Philadelphia Wings transition star Paul Rabil scored four goals this past weekend and continues to dominate in MLL action. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
National Lacrosse League stars, including Philadelphia Wings transition player Paul Rabil, continue to prepare for the 2014 NLL season with featured roles in outdoor Major League Lacrosse, which had four games on the schedule this past weekend.
Rabil, currently ranked second in the MLL with 34 points, tied for third with 22 goals and fifth with 12 assists, recorded four goals and an assist to help the Boston Cannons (3-5) defeat the Long Island Lizards (3-5) on Friday by a score of 16-12. Wings teammates Kevin Buchanan and Kyle Sweeney both contributed in the win as Buchanan posted five points (2+3) while Sweeney collected four ground balls. Two more Wings players were productive for the Lizards as Max Seibald registered five points (4+1) and CJ Costabile had five ground balls. 2013 NLL Rookie of the Year Mark Matthews (Edmonton Rush) scored twice for New York as did NLL Entry Draft prospect Rob Pannell (Cornell University). David Earl (Minnesota Swarm) found the net once in the losing effort while Swarm teammate Matt Gibson also suited up for the Lizards.
In the first of three games on Saturday, the Charlotte Hounds (4-4) tied the Chesapeake Bayhawks (4-4) in the standings with a 16-15 overtime win. Wings forward Drew Westervelt, tied for eighth in league scoring with 24 points (16+8), scored a hat trick for the Bayhawks as did Colorado Mammoth forward John Grant, Jr., who is now tied for 12th in the MLL with 15 goals.
The undefeated Denver Outlaws (8-0) dismantled the Ohio Machine (1-7) with a decisive 19-5 victory in a matchup of the league's top and bottom teams in the standings. Wings forward Brendan Mundorf scored once in the win and now ranks fifth in the MLL with 29 points (16+13). Zack Greer (Edmonton Rush) posted five points (2+3) and two ground balls while Chris O'Dougherty (Washington Stealth) had two ground balls in holding the Machine to just five goals. 2013 NLL All-Rookie Team member Joe Resetarits (Calgary Roughnecks) was the only Ohio player to score twice while projected first overall pick Logan Schuss (Ohio State University) now has nine goals in five games after scoring once in the loss.
The second-place Hamilton Nationals (6-2) took care of the Rochester Rattlers (3-5) by a score of 17-11 to cap off the weekend. Wings forward Kevin Crowley, who leads the MLL with 35 points (27+8) and is tied for first with 26 goals, continued his scoring tear with three more goals for Hamilton. Rochester Knighthawks forward Joe Walters also scored a hat trick and had a game-high six points (3+3) while K-Hawks teammates Stephen Keogh and Cody Jamieson had three points (2+1) and a goal respectively. Wings transition player Brodie Merrill had four ground balls and now ranks sixth in the MLL in that category with 45 on the season. Knighthawks captain Sid Smith, Edmonton Rush transition player Jeremy Thompson and top-rated defensive prospect Jason Noble (Cornell University) all took the field for the Nationals while Jordan MacIntosh (Minnesota Swarm) and a trio of Wings players in Ned Crotty, Joel White and Mike Manley saw action with the Rattlers.
The MLL also announced their 2013 All-Star teams, which are highlighted by 12 NLL players including Paul Rabil, Kevin Buchanan, Kyle Sweeney, Drew Westervelt, Zack Greer, Kevin Crowley, Brodie Merrill, Joe Walters, Kyle Hartzell, Ned Crotty, Jordan MacIntosh, and Mike Manley along with Draft prospect Rob Pannell.
Check back next week to see which NLL players made an impact in the upcoming four MLL games this weekend.