Rochester Knighthawks players, including Cody Jamieson (center) and Joe Walters, helped Hamilton beat Rochester's MLL team. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
While two National Lacrosse League players helped their team to an overtime win in one Major League Lacrosse game, the NLL was also on the minds of many when the Hamilton Nationals, owned by Rochester Knighthawks owner and general manager Curt Styres, visited the Rochester Rattlers this past weekend.
The Nationals (7-3), who featured three Knighthawks players in Cody Jamieson, Sid Smith and Joe Walters on Sunday, sit in second place in the MLL standings after their 10-6 win over the Rattlers (4-6). Walters (2+1) and Jamieson (1+2) both recorded three points while a trio of Wings players contributed as Game MVP Kevin Crowley had a game-high five points (2+3), Brodie Merrill collected a game-high 10 ground balls and Jordan Hall added a goal, as did Jeremy Thompson (Edmonton Rush). Crowley ranks second in the league in goals (30) and third in points (41) while Walters leads the MLL with 18 assists and Merrill is first among non-faceoffmen and fourth overall in the MLL with 65 ground balls. Three Wings players suited up for the Rattlers with Ned Crotty recording an assist, Mike Manley recovering three ground balls and Joel White registering a team-high six loose balls.
Wings teammates Paul Rabil (5+3) and Kevin Buchanan (4+1) combined for nine goals, including five in the fourth quarter, to lead the fourth-place Boston Cannons (5-5) to a 17-16 overtime win over the Charlotte Hounds (4-6) on Saturday. Rabil, who was named Game MVP, currently leads the MLL with 43 points (28+15). Wings defenseman Pat Heim and transition player Kyle Sweeney had two points (1+1) and four ground balls respectively for the Cannons.
Also on Saturday, despite not having Colorado Mammoth forward and 2012 NLL MVP John Grant, Jr., the Chesapeake Bayhawks (6-4) edged the last-place Ohio Machine (1-9) by a score of 13-12. Wings forward Drew Westervelt scored twice and added an assist for the Bayhawks while Wings teammate Kyle Hartzell scored once for the Machine, whom were powered by three goals from Logan Schuss (Ohio State), the projected first overall pick in the 2013 NLL Entry Draft, and four points (1+3) from Minnesota Swarm rookie Kiel Matisz.
The Independence Day game on Thursday saw the Denver Outlaws (10-0) continue their undefeated season with a 16-7 handling of the New York Lizards (3-6). Wings forward Brendan Mundorf, fourth in league scoring with 36 points (21+15), recorded three points (2+1) and Edmonton Rush forward Zack Greer had two assists for the Outlaws. 2013 NLL Rookie of the Year Mark Matthews, NLL Entry Draft prospect JoJo Marasco (Syracuse) and Wings forward Max Seibald each registered an assist in the losing effort while NCAA all-time leading scorer and Tewaaraton Award winner Rob Pannell (Cornell), a projected first-round NLL draft pick, scored a hat trick for the Lizards.