MLL Three Stars: Going Into the All Star Break

Chesapeake Bayhawks v Florida Launch

An exciting weekend of Major League Lacrosse action is in the books as the standings continue to tighten up near the top. Heading into Saturday’s All-Star game, six teams are within one game of each other. Check out our three stars from this past week.

  1. Joe Walters (Chesapeake)—six goals, seven assists over two games (both wins)

Walters helped spearhead an impressive 2-0 week for Chesapeake. He began with six points (three goals, three assists) in a 16-13 win at Ohio on Thursday. All six points came by the end of the third quarter as the Bayhawks took a 12-8 lead after 45 minutes. Walters then tallied a team-high seven points (three goals, four assists) in the Bayhawks’ 17-14 win over New York Saturday. The Maryland alum had one point in the first quarter then two in the second, third and fourth quarters, respectively, as his team took a 12-4 halftime lead. For the season, Walters now owns a team-leading 39 points in just eight games behind 18 goals and 21 assists. With the 2-0 week, Chesapeake is now in sole possession of third place in the MLL standings with a 6-4 record, a half game out of first.

  1. Mike Chanenchuck (Charlotte)—six goals (including the game-winner in overtime), two assists at Atlanta

Chanenchuck posted eight points, including the game-winner in overtime, as part of Charlotte’s thrilling 15-14 comeback win at Atlanta on Saturday. After falling behind 10-5 at the half, Chanenchuck posted six of his eight points in the second half and overtime, which included having a hand in the Hounds’ final four goals of the game. He scored goals with 1:35 and 12 seconds remaining to even the score at 14 before scoring just 43 seconds into overtime. He is now up to a team-leading 35 points on the season. With the victory, Charlotte is tied for first place (with New York) with a 6-3 record while Atlanta falls to 3-6.

  1. Brodie Merrill (Boston)—eight groundballs, three caused turnovers

For the second straight week, our number three star is a defenseman from Boston. This week, Merrill takes the honors after recording eight groundballs and three caused turnovers (most in the MLL for the week) while spearheading a defense which allowed just seven goals. The Cannons took a 7-3 lead after one quarter, but the Boston defense bore down and didn’t allow a goal for 41:13 spanning the end of the first quarter through the beginning of the fourth. The Rattlers scored the first three goals of the fourth quarter to pull within 11-6, but that’s as close as they would get as Boston won, 13-7. The Cannons improved to 6-5 while Rochester fell to 5-4.

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order)

– Michael Bocklett (Denver)—game-high five points (three goals, two assists) in 14-10 win over Florida

John Galloway (Rochester)—18 saves, 12 goals allowed in 13-7 loss vs. Boston

– Greg Gurenlian (New York)—22-31 faceoffs, 17 groundballs, one assist in 17-14 loss at Chesapeake

Rob Pannell (New York)—two goals, five assists at Chesapeake

– Kevin Rice (Atlanta)—three goals, two assists in 15-14 overtime loss vs. Charlotte

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