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NATIONALS GUNNING FOR FIRST WINNING STREAK OF THE SEASON

6/17/11 12:00 AM

NATIONALS GUNNING FOR FIRST WINNING STREAK OF THE SEASON


Game Notes: The Hamilton Nationals will host the Denver Outlaws at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 18th at McMaster University’s Ron Joyce Stadium. The game will be shown live on ESPN3.com.

Head-to-Head: Hamilton is 0-1 against the Outlaws this season, having lost 18-10 on opening night on May 20th. The game this Saturday is the second and final regular season between the two teams. Denver leads the all-time series with a 5-1 record. 

Hamilton Notes: Hamilton (1-2) enters the game in a tie for fourth place with the Long Island Lizards (2-3). The Nationals are coming off their first win of the season after a 14-13 victory against Rochester on June 10th. John Grant Jr. broke out of a two-game goal-scoring drought with four goals and one assist. Joe Walters also had a big night as he collected two goals. Cody Jamieson also chipped in two goals and one assist, while Jordan Hall recorded four points (1+3). Jeremy Boltus continued to play well in his rookie season with three assists. Cousins Brett Bucktooth and Jeremy Thompson also scored twice. Thompson was one of six rookies in the game and was honored as the MLL Cascade Rookie of the Week. Geoff Snider won 18 faceoffs and collected as season-high 11 ground balls to move into second in the MLL with 23 ground balls.

Two Nats become Lizards: John Grant Jr. and Adam Rand were dealt to the Long Island Lizards for a second-round pick in the 2012 MLL Collegiate Draft. Grant Jr. played three seasons with Nationals and is a two-time MLL champion. Rand was acquired in the 2011 Collegiate Draft from Stony Brook and played in one game with Hamilton this season.
 
Making quick work of first win: The Nationals win last Friday was very early in the season compared to a season ago. In 2010, it took until the sixth game of the season for win No. 1.
 
Player Additions: The Nationals added four players this week: midfielder/faceoff specialist Matt Dolente (Johns Hopkins), midfielder Jordan MacIntosh (RIT), attackman Scott Perri (Drexel) and defenseman Dan Coates (Canisius).
 
Way to go Joe: Nationals’ goalie Joe Marra earned his first pro win in his first pro start last Friday. He made 16 saves to rank him second in goals-against average (10.24) and tie him for second with a .610 save percentage.
Pro debuts: Thompson, Dan Burns, David Earl and Kevin Ridgway all made their pro debuts on June 10th in Rochester. Thompson played his college ball at Syracuse, while Earl and Ridgway competed at Notre Dame. Burns played for a Maryland team that advanced to the NCAA Finals.
 
Denver Notes: Denver (3-1) enters the contest in a tie for first place with the Boston Cannons (3-1). The Outlaws lost for the first time this season, falling 16-15 in overtime to the Chesapeake Bayhawks last weekend. The Bayhawks netted three points in the final 1:19 and won it in OT on Ben Hunt’s goal. Denver got five points from Peet Poillon (4+1) and four from Drew Westervelt (2+2). Brendan Mundorf also chipped in three points (2+1) to move into a tie for first place in the MLL in points with 15 (10+5). Mundorf and Poillon are also tied for first in the league with 10 goals. Westervelt enters the game just four goals shy of 100.
Denver player moves: The Denver Outlaws activated midfielder Ryan Cranston and goalie Adam Ghitelman. In related moves, the Outlaws placed midfielder Steve Giannone and goalie Ben Brown on the Practice Squad, and waived midfielder Mike Podgajny.
 
This tender is sizzling: Denver goalie Jesse Schwartzman is one win away from becoming the fifth player in MLL history to win 30 games. He already owns the second best goals-against average in league history at 12.22.
 
An All-American lineup: Denver has six players that represented Team USA at the 2011 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Prague. Brian Langtry, Westervelt, Mundorf, Jarett Park, Bill McGlone and Max Seibald all played for the United States team that captured bronze. Eric Martin was also named to the team, but could not make the trip.
 
Next Game: The Nationals embark on a home-and-home series against the Rochester Rattlers on Friday, June 24th. The game at Sahlen’s Stadium is a 7:30 p.m. start. The second game is a 7:00 p.m. contest the following day at McMaster University’s Ron Joyce Stadium.


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