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Week 11 Preview: Rochester Rattlers VS Chesapeake Bayhawks

June 29, 2017
Who: Rochester Rattlers (4 - 5) At Chesapeake Bayhawks (3 - 5)
When: Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. (EST)
Where: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium | Annapolis, MD
Watch: Lax Sports Network
Week 11 Pregame Notes
The Rochester Rattlers look to get back on the win column as they face the Chesapeake Bayhawks on Sunday for the second time this season. Rochester won the first battle against the Chesapeake Bayhawks on June 10th, 17 to 16 in OT.
The Rattlers had another rookie debut with the addition of Jack Curran (Villanova) in the line-up. Curran scored one goal against the Atlanta Blaze. Zed Williams (Virginia) continued his hot pace with two goals and two assists against the Blaze. Four other Rattlers scored two goals including: John Ranagan, Jordan Wolf (with one assist), Jordan MacIntosh, and Ryan McNamara (Marquette). Joel White, Jack Curran (Villanova) and Jeremy Boltus each scored a goal for the Rattlers. Goalie John Galloway made eleven saves in net for the Rattlers.
Drew Simoneau had an assist, picked up eight groundballs and won 18 out of 31 face-offs.

Chesapeake saw the return of L yle Thompson (Albany) who returned to MLL action after winning the NLL Championship with the Georgia Swarm a few weeks ago. Thompson scored two goals and had one assist in the loss to the Ohio Machine, 15 to 13 on Saturday.
Jake Froccaro (Villanova) scored three goals.  Myles Jones (Duke) is the leading scorer for Chesapeake with nineteen goals, 2 two pointers and ten assists (thirty one points).
We talked to midfielder Jordan MacIntosh on Tuesday on the upcoming match-up against the Bayhawks. Here’s what Jordan had to say: “A better start is key. We need to come out flying. I think having more time together as an offensive unit will start to pay off against the Bayhawks.”

2017 Season So Far

The Rattlers went 1 – 2 in June. The only win came against the Chesapeake Bayhawks on June 10th. The Rattlers lost two straight including to the New York Lizards and last weekend at home, against the Atlanta Blaze. The Rattlers have mixed up their line-up the past few weeks including the additions of their 2017 draft class against the Bayhawks and the return of John Ranagan, Jordan MacIntosh and Joel White against the Lizards. The Rattlers also activated Jack Curran (Villanova) last weekend. The Rattlers will need a big push over the final five games to make the play-offs. Currently at 4 – 5, the Rattlers have shown they are a playoff caliber team; they just need to play more consistently and limit their turnovers.  
What to Look Out For

New faces on the Rattlers include: Eric Fannell (Attack / Midfield / Ohio State), Zed Williams (Attack / Midfield / Virginia), Ryan McNamara (Attack / Midfield / Marquette) and Jack Curran (Villanova) .
The Rattlers saw NLL players Jordan MacIntosh, John Ranagan, and Joel White returned to the line-up two weeks ago.

Coach’s Notes 

Each week we talk with Head Coach, Tim Soudan regarding the upcoming game. Here’s what Coach Soudan had to say this week ahead of the game as he talked about rookie Zed Williams:

Looking Ahead
After Sunday’s game, the Rattlers will have a bye week as the MLL ASG is Saturday, July 8th (10 PM EST). Three Rattlers will be playing in the All-Star game including: Kyle Denhoff, Drew Simoneau, and Matt Dunn. After the bye week, the Rattlers return home for two games at Capelli Sport Stadium (July 16th vs Boston Cannons and July 20th vs Denver Outlaws).