By Steve Danylyshyn | 7/7/13 6:22 PM
The Rochester Rattlers fell to the Hamilton Nationals 10-6 in front of 1,016 fans in a home contest on Sunday, July 7th.
Rochester only led once in the game, and scored just one goal in both the second and fourth quarters, as they fell to Hamilton for the second time this season. “We had really good opportunities tonight, but we just didn’t bury them,” said Head Coach Tim Soudan. Kevin Leveille and Steven Boyle both tallied two points, and goalie John Galloway recorded 16 saves as the Rattlers dropped their sixth game of the season.
Hamilton started off the game’s scoring when 1:40 in, Nationals’ leading scorer Kevin Crowley was able to get past Galloway to give Hamilton a 1-0 lead. Galloway stood tall in the first quarter, recording four saves. “He was huge for us tonight,” said Soudan. “Galloway held that team to ten goals which was fantastic.” Rochester would respond just over a minute later, when 2013 MLL All-Star Matt Striebel scored his 13th of the year on a nice wrap around to even the score at one. Kevin Leveille would give Rochester their only lead of the night two minutes later after a signature quick stick goal on the crease off a Steven Boyle feed to go up 2-1. After the Leveille goal, Hamilton would then finish the first quarter on a two-goal run. Jordan Hall scored with 6:45 left to tie it up at 2-2, and Crowley would close out scoring in the first quarter with his second of the night 12:40 in to give Hamilton a 3-2 lead heading into the second.
Hamilton got on the board quick in the second quarter, with Cody Jamieson scoring 30 seconds in for the first goal of the quarter, giving the Nationals a 4-3 lead. At the 12:42 mark of the quarter, midfielder Kyle Denhoff was able to open up second quarter scoring for Rochester after a perfectly placed on the run shot that got past Queener to make it 4-3, but that score would serve to be Rochester’s lone goal of the quarter. After two second quarter penalties and some turnovers, Rochester really had trouble finding the net in the second. “You have to try to play consistent the whole time, and when you turn the ball over like we did we couldn’t capitalize,” said Soudan. After almost six minutes of no scoring, Hamilton ended the drought on a Martin Cahill goal 8:07 into the quarter to extend the Nationals lead to 5-3. The Cahill goal would prove to be the final score for either team in the second quarter with the last 6:53 going scoreless, and the Nationals would head into halftime leading 5-3.
Rochester had the chance to even the score early in the second half after starting the third quarter with two man advantage opportunities, but were unable to convert on both attempts, going 0-6 on the night. “We lost a lot of back up shots on the man up which was really concerning,” said Soudan. On the next Rattlers possession, Boyle would open up second half scoring when he made it 5-4 after a nice feed from Kevin Leveille, but Hamilton’s Jeremy Thompson scored the quarter’s next goal 7:08 in, and that would start a three-goal run for the Nationals, with Garret Thul scoring a two-pointer and Walters finding the net with 3:10 left in the quarter to give Hamilton a 9-4 lead. Just under a minute later, Duke rookie Dave Lawson took it to the net and put it top shelf for his fifth on the year to make the score 9-5. Lawson’s goal would stand as the final score of the third quarter, and the Rattlers would head into the last frame trailing the Nationals, 9-5.
Scoring came to a halt in the final quarter of play as the fourth saw the least amount of action of the night, with only two goals being scored. Walters was able to strike first in the fourth quarter, scoring his second of the night 2:22 into the quarter increasing Hamilton’s lead to 10-5. The next 9:14 were scoreless for both sides, and with sloppy play and shot selection, Rochester struggled to find the back of the net. Queener also played a huge difference for Hamilton, coming up with six saves in the fourth quarter. Johns Hopkins rookie John Ranagan was finally able to get past Queener and to continue his scoring streak to five games 11:36 into the quarter with a lefty cannon, but that would stand as Rochester’s only score of the final quarter. Hamilton was able to kill of the remaining 3:24 of the fourth, and defeated Rochester with a final score of 10-6.
The Rattlers went about even with the Nationals in the faceoff department with X man John Ortolani going 9-19, and Joel White picked up six ground balls in the Rattlers loss. The loss moves Rochester to a 4-6 overall record, dropping them to a two-way tie for fifth place in the league.
Rochester is out of action next weekend, but be sure to watch Mike Manley, Ned Crotty, Jordan MacIntosh, and Matt Striebel as they compete in the 2013 All-Star Game presented by Moe’s Southwest Grill July 13 at American Legion Memorial Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.