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Semi-Finals Game #1 Preview: Rochester Rattlers VS Denver Outlaws

August 10, 2017
Who: # 4 Rochester Rattlers (8 - 6) AT # 1 Denver Outlaws (9 - 5) 

When: Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. (EST)

Where: Peter Barton Stadium | Denver, CO

Watch: Lax Sports Network | Twitter 

Week 15 Pregame Notes

The Rochester Rattlers travel to Denver to take on the Denver Outlaws for the third time this season. Top seeded and defending champion Denver, finished the season at 9 & 5. Rochester won four straight to make the MLL play-offs as the fourth seed.

Jordan Wolf returned to the line-up and scored three goals and one assist (after sitting out with a rib injury for the past two weeks). Wolf was named the “Coca-Cola Player of the Game” and “Warrior Offensive Player of the Week” for his performance against the Machine. Wolf scored the game winner with under two minutes left to clinch the win and the final playoff spot for the Rattlers.

Ty Thompson, Jordan MacIntosh and John Ranagan each scored three goals and had one assist against the Machine. Goalie John Galloway came up huge in net for the Rattlers making twenty-three saves in the win. The high scoring Ohio offense was only able to only score three goals in the second half as Galloway and the Rattlers’ defense were able to keep the Machine off the scoreboard. Face-off specialist Drew Simoneau continued his All-Star play, going 77% at the X (24 – 31), picking up thirteen ground-balls and scoring one goal. Rookie Conor Gately, who stepped in for Wolf the past two weeks, continued his scoring streak – netting one goal and assisting on another goal for the home team.

“The team is feeling great. We have found a way to turn this thing around,” Galloway said. “Our focus has been one game at a time, and this game is our only focus right now.”

This past Thursday the Outlaws (9 - 5) played the Chesapeake Bayhawks and lost, 23 - 19. Matt Kavanagh (Notre Dame) led the Outlaws with three goals and four assists. Goalie Jack Kelly (Brown) had five saves in net for Outlaws in one half of play and Mike Nugent had seven saves in the second half.

2017 Season So Far

Currently at 8 – 6, the Rattlers have won four games straight to make it into the MLL play-offs and clinch the fourth and final spot. The Rattlers have beaten the Outlaws twice this year but as they say, playoffs start a new season. Rochester will look to return to the Championship game where they lost to the Outlaws in 2015.

What to Look Out For

It’s been a mix of players each week for the Rochester Rattlers. Coach Soudan and staff have done a great job mixing up the line-ups whenever needed and it has been key in the four game win streak. 

New faces on the Rattlers include: Conor Gately (Marquette), Eric Fannell (Attack / Midfield / Ohio State), Zed Williams (Attack / Midfield / Virginia), Ryan McNamara (Attack / Midfield / Marquette) and Jack Curran (Villanova).

Coach’s Notes 

Each week LSN talks with Head Coach, Tim Soudan regarding the upcoming game. Here’s what Coach Soudan had to say this week ahead of the playoff game against Denver:

Looking Ahead

With the win this weekend, either Denver or Rochester will play the winner of the second semi-finals game between the Ohio Machine or Florida Launch in Frisco, TX on Saturday, July 19th.