By Steve Danylyshyn | 6/20/13 10:04 PM
The Rochester Rattlers will travel to Boca Raton, Florida at 7:00 PM EST. on Saturday, June 22nd to take on the Hamilton Nationals in the two’s first meeting of the season.
After dropping their season opener to Chesapeake 17-14 in St. Petersburg, Florida on April 27th and defeating the Boston Cannons 16-14 on June 7th, Saturday’s game will be Rochester’s third in the South this season. “Boca Raton is a great venue, and we’re hoping for a great atmosphere,” said head coach Tim Soudan.
Rochester and Hamilton split last year, each winning once in their two meetings. In their first matchup of the year, Rochester was led by three points each from Ned Crotty and Steven Boyle, but suffered a 17-8 setback. In their second meeting, Rochester was victorious, winning 17-10 led by a five-goal output from midfielder Jordan MacIntosh.
Rochester travels to Florida after falling 13-11 to the Ohio Machine on June 15th, and hopes to get back into the win column against the Nationals on Saturday. “We have to treat this game like a playoff game,” said Soudan. A win on Saturday will give Rochester their fourth on the season.
Hamilton travels to Florida on a two game losing streak after falling to Ohio and New York in their past two games, but stand in second place in the league. “They’re very good offensively,” said Soudan. “It’s going to be a handful for our defense.” And it will be just that for the Rattlers defense, as Hamilton’s 32 points from offensive star Kevin Crowley leads the league.
Rochester goalie John Galloway is coming off his best save performance of the season against Ohio last Saturday after recording 26 saves. “Having a good keeper and having guys that are confident in your keeper helps them play better defense,” said Soudan. Galloway hopes to add to his 92 save season total against the Nationals this weekend. Rookie midfielder John Ranagan has become a break out star for the Rattlers, and has recorded a hat trick in each of his past two games, giving him six goals on the season. Ranagan will try for his third straight hat trick against Hamilton.
With a win, Rochester will improve to a record of 4-4. Make sure to tune in to YouTube on Saturday, where this game will be streamed live.