With the two games last night, the Major League Lacrosse playoff picture has become very clear. Three teams are now eliminated from contention while five teams will fight for the last two spots.
With the Long Island Lizards defeating the Hamilton Nationals, Hamilton is now out of the race. That win also knocks out the Charlotte Hounds, who needed a Lizards loss to stay in it. The Ohio Machine are also now out.
Meanwhile, the Chesapeake Bayhawks defeated the Machine to clinch a playoff spot, the first team in the league to do so. They lead the Denver Outlaws by one game for first place.
One game behind Denver is the Lizards in third place, and then it gets a little muggy with the fourth slot. Both the Boston Cannons and Rochester Rattlers are tied for that spot, and they each have three games to go.
Boston faces Chesapeake at home and then they have Ohio at home before going to Columbus their last game of the year. Rochester faces Ohio, Charlotte and Denver.
Other than those two teams, the playoff picture seems pretty clear. Chesapeake is in, and Denver and Long Island are not too far behind them.