By Steve Danylyshyn | 7/5/13 8:56 PM
The Rochester Rattlers return to Sahlen’s Stadium on Sunday, July 7th, at 3:00 PM EST. in a home contest to battle the Hamilton Nationals for the second time this season.
Rochester and Hamilton met for the first time this season on June 22nd in Boca Raton, Florida. Rookie midfielder John Ranagan led the Rattlers with a four-goal effort, but Rochester still fell to Hamilton with a score of 17-11.
Rochester heads into this weekend fresh off their first win since June 7th after defeating the New York Lizards 13-10 on Sunday, June 30th. In his first home game, rookie midfielder Dave Lawson recorded five points on two goals and three assists, and veteran attackman Kevin Leveille also picked up five points on the night with three goals and two assists, earning him Warrior Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Hamilton travels to Rochester after most recently falling to the Boston Cannons 17-10 on June 29th. Despite the loss, Hamilton still sits second in the league with a 6-3 overall record. Leading Hamilton is midfielder Kevin Crowley, who is tied for second in the league with 36 points. All-Star defenseman Mike Manley and the rest of the Rattlers defense will need to shut down Crowley and Hamilton’s potent offense to get back to the .500 mark.
Midfielder Matt Striebel enters Sunday currently in the league lead with five two-point goals after notching his fifth of the season against New York last Sunday, and looks for a sixth against Hamilton. Rookie Ranagan will look to continue his scoring streak this weekend after recording at least one goal in his last four games, and scoring 11 times in that span. Sunday will also be the last time Striebel, Manley, Jordan MacIntosh, and Ned Crotty will take the field before playing in the 2013 All-Star Game presented by Moe’s Southwest Grill on July 13th.
With a win on Sunday, the Rattlers will earn their fifth win on the season, and move to a 5-5 overall record. Rochester currently sits in a three-way tie for fourth place in the league. With the 2013 MLL playoffs approaching, a victory against Hamilton will move Rochester one game closer to the fourth and final playoff spot.
Come to see the Rattlers defeat the Nationals on Sunday, July 7th at 3 PM EST. at Sahlen’s Stadium. Season tickets, group packages, and flex packages are available by calling the Rattlers box office, and for more ticket information please contact 585.454.5424 or check out www.rochesterrattlers.com for more information. The game will also be televised live on CBS Sports.