Rattlers Come Close but Fall Short Once More 7/16/19

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Tom Coyne, Correspondent Dallas Rattlers
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In week seven of the 2019 MLL season the Dallas Rattlers (0-7) are still searching for a solution as to how to get their first win of the season. In front of 3,102 die-hard Rattlers fans in the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, TX the visiting Chesapeake Bayhawks (4-2) would make up a deficit that at one point was five goals and found a way to defeat the Rattlers by the score of 13-11.

The Rattlers were up 6-2 in the second quarter when newly acquired Bradley Voigt (1G) would score his first career MLL goal point as a Rattler at the 6:17 mark of the second frame, with a highlight reel worthy around the world shot giving Dallas a 7-2 lead. Unfortunately for the Rattlers that would be their final goal of the first half as the Bayhawks would go on to score four unanswered goals to bring the score to 7-6 with Dallas in the lead at half-time.

The Bayhawks Steele Stanwick (3G, 1A) would tie the game at eight apiece just 48 seconds into the third quarter and at the 6:39 mark of the third Nick Mariano (1G, 1A) would break the tie and put Chesapeake up 9-8 and the Rattlers would never hold the lead again in this, their seventh consecutive loss of the season.

At the 4:15 mark of the fourth frame Lyle Thompson (2G, 2A); would score the game-winning goal, an incredible shot from the left wing after snagging a pass from former Rattler Ryan Keenan (2G) who was hit late by Rattlers defender Jake Pulver (1GB). Pulver was penalized a minute for the late hit. The pass looked like it should have been an assist for Keenan, a captain his senior year at Penn State whose Dad Sean Keenan (a Long Island lacrosse legend) who was his high school coach as well as coach for James and Rob Pannell the 2018 MLL offensive player of the year; but there was no assist awarded. The Bayhawks Andrew Kew (3G, 1A) would score their 13th and final goal of the contest with 4:58 left in the game.

Chesapeake would hold onto the lead and keep the hapless Rattlers winless and still searching for a solution as to how to get their initial victory of the 2019 season.

Dallas lost the ground ball battle 41-32 as well as the face-off war with Chesapeake’s Kenny Massa (17-27 FO, 8 GB) and Rattlers Blake Boudreau (10-27 FO, 2GB, 1G); the Bayhawks winning 17 of 27 and Dallas just 10 of 27. In the net the Bayhawks Nick Amato (22 SOG, 11SV, 11GA) a native Texan, was statistically outperformed by the Rattlers Sean Sconone (27 SOG, 14SV, 13GA), but as any net-minder would prefer, Amato got the win.  Final Score:  Chesapeake 13–Dallas 11.

NEXT UP:

Chesapeake (4-2) is back in action next at home at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, in Annapolis, MD against the New York Lizards (2-5) on July 20, game time 7:00 p.m. EST.  and the game can be seen on www.laxsportsnetwork.com

Dallas (0-7) is back at it trying to get that elusive first victory away against the league leading Denver Outlaws (6-1) at Mile High Stadium in Denver, CO game time 4:00 p.m. EST and you can catch that game on www.majorleaguelacrosse.com

Keep on Laxin’

Tom Coyne, Correspondent Dallas Rattlers
Lacrosse is Awesome©

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