6/30/10 9:05 AM
Week 7 in Major League Lacrosse featured a comeback from an 8-goal deficit, possible signs of a turnaround from the defending champions and a milestone for the Machine. When it was over Boston has sole possession of first place with three teams just one game behind. Week 8’s competition begins on Thursday night and continues through the July 4th fireworks. Here’s all you need to know as we enter week 8.
14 Wasn’t Enough: Last weekend 14 goals weren’t enough to win. The Chesapeake Bayhawks, Denver Outlaws and Long Island Lizards all lost with 14 points on the scoreboard while the Toronto Nationals, Chicago Machine and Boston Cannons won with 17 or 18.
Cannons Comeback: Saturday night the Boston Cannons came out flat, allowing the Long Island Lizards to lead 13-5 four minutes into the third quarter. A goalie change sparked a Boston comeback. The Cannons went on a 12-1 scoring run to finish the game on top 17-14.
Toronto Closes The Gap: Two weeks ago with a 0-5 record it seemed Toronto was out of the game. Now, they return home with a two-game winning streak under their belt hoping to keep the winning streak alive as they take on the first place Boston Cannons.
Chicago Makes History: The Chicago Machine has been trying to get its fourth win for the past two weeks but until week 7 has come up empty handed. The franchise finally hit the four win single season mark, something they haven’t been able accomplish since beginning play in 2006.
Home Field Advantage: After seven weeks of play, the team on top remains undefeated at home, while the team on bottom has yet to post a W in their home stadium. The Boston Cannons are the sole owners of first place in the MLL standings this week after wrapping up a third win at home this weekend. The defending MLL champions haven’t been so lucky, falling 0-3 at home this season they hope to get their first home win off the Cannons on Thursday night.
Week 7 Award Winners: Offensive Player of the Week goes to Chicago’s attack, Mike Leveille for a five goal and two assist performance. Leveille’s contributions resulted in an 18-14 win over the Denver Outlaws and placed the Machine in a three-way tie for second place in the MLL standings. Boston’s backup goalie, Jordan Burke, was named the Defensive Player of the Week for allowing one goal and making seven saves to help Boston comeback in the last 25 minutes to win 17-14 over Long Island. Chicago’s attackman Ned Crotty earns this week’s Rookie of the Week for netting two goals and three assists in the Machine’s fourth win on the season.
NHL Player Sighting: Boston Bruins’ Shawn Thornton came out to Harvard Stadium Saturday night to watch the Cannons play the Long Island Lizards. Thornton cheered on the Cannons as a team, but rooted individually for number 88 on Long Island, Zack Greer. The two professional athletes are cousins and Thornton had to give Greer his support.
MLL on NBC’s “Today Show:” Thursday morning MLL stars and US National Team players will appear on the “Today Show.” Denver’s Max Seibald, Chicago’s Matt Striebel and former MLL player Kevin Cassese will be outside Rockefeller Plaza on the morning show to promote the upcoming World Championships and the 2010 MLL All Star Game on July 8 at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts.
Fireworks Follow Bayhawks: The Chesapeake Bayhawks had fireworks after their season opener and the lightshow will continue for the Bayhawks when they appear in the Mile-High City. As part of the Denver Outlaws July 4th celebration, the team will have a post-game firework show for all in attendance.
Best Flow—Rabil v. Spallina: Boston Cannons’ Paul Rabil and Long Island Lizards’ Brian Spallina both have crazy hair flowing from their helmets. During Saturday night’s game in our in-game blog and chat, 60% of our audience voted Rabil has better hair than Spallina. Be sure to check out this weekend’s live blog and chats presented by Warrior.com to participate in our in-game polls and discussion. Coverage begins 15 minutes before face-off.
Cast Your Vote: In celebration of the MLL’s tenth season, the league will recognize the greatest players of the past decade by announcing the Ten Year Anniversary Team. The team is decided by the fans. To participate in the selection process and cast your vote, please visit www.majorleaguelacrosse.com.
MLL On ESPN2: The Chicago Machine travel to Long Island to take on the Lizards on Saturday, July 3. The action begins at 3 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
Championship Weekend: Just a reminder that Major League Lacrosse Championship Weekend presented by Warrior will be in Annapolis, MD the weekend of August 21 and 22. For more information and tickets visit www.majorleaguelacrosse.com.