MLL Prospect Watch: Lyle Thompson returns in a big way

The college lacrosse season is in full swing and believe it or not, is almost halfway done with many teams having played as many as seven game so far this year.

There have been huge scoring outbursts and fantastic games and the seniors on each squad are heading towards the halfway mark in their final seasons as college lacrosse players.

Here is a MLL team-by-team look to show how each team’s rookies have done so far in college lacrosse so far.

Denver Outlaws:

Nikko Pontrello recorded one goal and one assist in a 14-8 loss to Duke over the weekend. Pontrello now has 19 points on the season. Dan Taylor had four points in the team’s loss to Bucknell over the weekend and leads the team with 27 points. Wes Berg had one goal and two assists in the Denver’s overtime win over Notre Dame this past weekend. He now has 14 points on the season, which ranks him third on the team in scoring. David Dickson had his best game to date as he recorded five points in Bucknell’s upset victory over Lehigh this weekend. Nick Ossello had one assist for the Fighting Irish in their one-goal loss to Denver over the weekend. He now has six points on the season. He also went 6-of-17 on the day at the faceoff ‘X’ for Notre Dame.

Charlotte Hounds:

Will Haus has two points, 16 ground balls and six caused turnovers on the season. He recorded two ground balls and a caused turnover this past weekend versus Loyola. Joey Sankey had three assists in the teams blowout victory this past weekend and has 26 points on the season which ranks second on the team. Kip Orban saw the longest point streak in the nation end as he only had one shot in goal in the blowout loss to Maryland over the weekend. Kevin Massa went 12-of-23 from the faceoff X with a game-high nine ground balls against Drexel this weekend. He ranks 13th in the nation winning 59.6 percent of his faceoffs in 2015. Tyler German was held scoreless this weekend and has five points so far this season. Ryan Belka scored four goals and handed out two assists in Drexel’s 11-8 win over Bryant this weekend. He now leads the team with 21 points on the season.

Florida Launch:

Lyle Thompson rebounded in a big week this weekend as he had one goal and six assists in Albany’s one goal win over UMass. Connor Buczek had one goal and one assist this weekend in a close loss to Virginia. He has 20 points, which ranks second on the team. Chad Tutton scored three goals in the team’s blowout win over Manhattan this weekend. He ranks fourth on the team with 16 points. Joe LoCascio scored one goal this past weekend in the team’s 11-4 win over Princeton. He is fourth on the team with eight points on the season and has recorded a point in every game. Kevin Rice had five points against St. Johns this weekend and leads the team with 24 points.

Boston Cannons:

Ryan Tucker had a goal and an assist in a one-goal game victory against Cornell. He has 13 points so far this season. John Glesener had three points against Rutgers in a close victory and four points in a tight loss to Holy Cross. He now has 27 points on the season which leads the team. Wells Stanwick recorded six points in a win over Navy this weekend. He is second on the team with 22 points. Joe Nardella is third in the nation as he has won 68.9 percent of his faceoffs. He was 13-of-19 from the ‘X’ against Army and recorded nine ground balls in the close loss.

New York Lizards:

Mike Malave scored two goals in the one-goal loss to Ohio State. He is second on the team with 17 points this season. Conrad Oberbeck had his worst game to date as he had an assist this weekend in the victory over Fairfield. He still leads the team with 18 points on the season. Matt Poillon had his best game to date as he saved 16-of-25 shots in the loss to Bucknell. He has 64 saves and is saving 56 percent of the shots he has seen this season. Hakeem Lecky scored a goal this weekend against St. Johns and now has 11 points on the season. Ryan Walsh had a very quiet day for Colgate as he scored one goal in the team’s 18-11 loss to Boston University over the weekend. For the season, Walsh has 15 points. 

Rochester Rattlers:

Jesse King had four goals in the team’s win over Hofstra this weekend. He leads the team with 29 points. Jack Near showed off his offensive versatility as a SSDM as he scored one goal and had an assist in the loss to Denver. Randy Staats had six points in a blowout victory over St. Johns this weekend. He has 22 points which ranks third in the nation. Mike MacDonald was shut out against Maryland in the team’s blowout loss to Princeton. MacDonald has 19 points, which leads the team. Sam Somers has made 58 saves this season. He had 23 saves over the team’s past two games against Rutgers and Holy Cross. 

Ohio Machine:

Jimmy Bitter leads the team with 32 points and had five points this weekend in a blowout win over Manhattan. Brian Kormondy was held scoreless this past weekend and is tied for the team lead in points with 15. Austin Geisler lost this past weekend to Marist by a score of 10-9. He had his second worst game to date as he posted a 47.4 save percentage and had his fewest saves to date with nine. David Planning had one goal against Hofstra in the team’s victory and has 10 points this season.

Chespeake Bayhawks:

Erik Adamson had one assist in Denver’s win over Notre Dame over the weekend bringing his season point total to 10 points. Henry Schoonmaker had two assists and now has five points on the season. It was his best game to date. Matt Donovan had a stellar game against Virginia despite the loss. He had five goals and two assists over the weekend and he leads the team with 22 points on the season. Charlie Raffa has won 51.9 percent of his faceoffs this season and had his best game to date as he won 13-of-20 faceoffs this weekend. Alex Love had one goal in a loss to Georgetown and has 11 points this season. Stevenson’s Tony Rossi had one assist in the team’s victory over Roanoke over the weekend and he has five points on the season.