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Major League Lacrosse – Week One in Review

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via press release from MLL   BOSTON (April 26, 2016)- Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, kicked off the 2016 season with Week 1 action this past weekend.   Game Recaps   Chesapeake Bayhawks 16 Atlanta Blaze 13   Atlanta Blaze hosted a crowd of 4,000 for their debut and came out hot scoring the first six goals of the game. Matt Danowski came out in the second quarter and scored three straight to bring the Bayhawks back into the game. The Bayhawks kept their offense rolling with a seven-goal third quarter and closed the game out strong.  Danowski finished with four goals and four assists while Alex Love tallied four goals of his own. Kevin Rice led the Blaze with six goals.   New York Lizards 19 Rochester Rattlers 16   Rochester came out strong in this rematch of the 2015 Championship Game, but couldn’t hold off a second-half surge from the defending champs. Rochester had a four-goal lead heading into halftime, but the Lizards outscored the Rattlers 7-1 in the fourth quarter to pull off the comeback victory. Matt Gibson tallied 5 goals while Paul Rabil added four of his own, including a two-pointer. Jordan Wolf scored five goals in the loss.   Ohio Machine 16 Florida Launch 14   Despite Casey Powell setting a team record for the most points in a season-opener with seven (4 goals, 3 assists), the Launch lost at home to the Machine. Mark Cockerton tallied four goals while Marcus Holman and Peter Baum each added three of their own to lead the Machine. Adam Fullerton played the full 60 minutes in goal for the Machine and recorded 8 saves for his first win of the season.   Charlotte Hounds 15 Boston Cannons 12   The Hounds started off slow, but outscored the Cannons 10-6 in the second half to pull away and secure their first-ever season-opener victory. Charlotte played without head coach Jim Stagnitta, who had a prior commitment with Penn, and were led by Joey Sankey’s huge nine-point (6 goals, 3 assists) offensive performance.  Will Manny led the Cannons with two goals and six assists.   Coca-Cola Players of the Game   Coca-Cola, as a multi-year and proud sponsor of MLL, will feature a weekly honor titled the “Coca-Cola Players of the Game”, where one player from each match-up will be deemed the most valuable player of the game. Here are the Week 1 MLL “Coca-Cola Players of the Game”:   Matt Danowski Chesapeake Bayhawks (4G, 4A) Paul Rabil New York Lizards (4G, 1 2-pt G) Adam Fullerton Ohio Machine (8 saves) Joey Sankey Charlotte Hounds (6G, 3A)   Warrior Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week   Warrior Lacrosse, a leading lacrosse brand for equipment, footwear and apparel, will continue to sponsor both an offensive and defensive player of the week. These awards are two separate awards that honor the best offensive and defensive MLL performances from the week. Here are the Week 1 MLL “Warrior Offensive Player of the Week” and “Warrior Defensive Player of the Week”:   Warrior Offensive Player of the Week: Joey Sankey, Charlotte Hounds   Warrior Defensive Player of the Week: Adam Fullerton, Ohio Machine   Upcoming Schedule:   Atlanta Blaze at Boston Cannons   Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016 Time: 7:00 p.m. EST Broadcast: Lax Sports Network   Florida Launch at Chesapeake Bayhawks   Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016 Time: 7:30 p.m. EST Broadcast: ESPN3; Lax Sports Network will re-air at 11:30 a.m. EST on 5/1   Rochester Rattlers at Charlotte Hounds   Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016 Time: 7:30 p.m. EST Broadcast: ESPN3, Regional Broadcast Partners; Lax Sports Network will re-air at 10:30 p.m. EST   Ohio Machine at Denver Outlaws   Date: Sunday, May 1, 2016 Time: 5:00 p.m. EST / 3:00 p.m. MST Broadcast: Lax Sports Network   About Major League Lacrosse   Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, was founded by Jake Steinfeld and is headquartered in Boston. Major League Lacrosse has recently concluded its fifteenth season. MLL has continued to lead the sport of lacrosse into the mainstream of competitive team sports. The league is made up of nine teams: The Atlanta Blaze, Boston Cannons, Charlotte Hounds, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Denver Outlaws, Florida Launch, New York Lizards, Ohio Machine and Rochester Rattlers.   Follow us on…   Facebook: Twitter: @MLL_Lacrosse Instagram: @MajorLeagueLax SnapChat: MajorLeagueLax YouTube: