6/21/14 5:00 AM
Boca Raton, FL (June 20, 2014) The Rochester Rattlers looked to took take sole possession of second place as they visited the Florida Launch in the sunshine state on Friday Night at FAU Stadium. Coming off a disappointing loss to the Ohio Machine last weekend, the black and gold hoped to rebound off of the great play of rookies Miles Thompson (3G) and Jordan Wolf (4G 1A).
The Rattlers, looking like a different team than the game prior, started out fast on a Justin Turri goal. That allowed Rochester to have some good momentum, although Florida seemed to keep pace in a back and forth first quarter, matching their visiting rival goal for goal.
Going into the second quarter, both teams tried to pull away with a decisive lead, and it looked as though Florida had the upper hand until an ill-fated decision by Launch goal keeper Brett Queener seemed to change the tide for Rochester. His attempt to carry the ball into Rochester’s zone failed and with a quick turnover by Rattlers net minder John Galloway, Turri was able to sprint the field and score a 2 pointer that tied the game 7-7, and the first half eventually ended knotted at 9-9.
Rochester would then start the climb to an insurmountable lead that left Florida without any answers, as they went on a 4 goal run in the 3rdquarter. As the waning minutes of the game ticked off the clock, it was apparent the Rattlers’ offense was too much for the Launch to keep up with. The game ended 18-13, and gave Rochester the sweep of the season series and their first road game win of the 2014 campaign.
Once again Rochester was able to rely on the stick of rookie standout Jordan Wolf, who had 2 goals and 5 assists on the night and was awarded the Coca Cola Player of the Game. In addition, there was outstanding production on the offensive side of the ball as Justin Turri (3 G, 1 2ptG), Mark Matthews (3), Jordan MacIntosh (2) and John Ranagan (2) all had complete games. Captain Kevin Leveille continued to build on his all-time goal record by completing the hat-trick, bringing him to 275 goals during his outstanding career.
The Rattlers end their road trip going 1-1, and return home against the league leading Denver Outlaws (6-1 currently). The return on Sunday, June 29thbrings the home debut of Jordan Wolf to Sahlen’s Stadium at 1 pm. Rochester will try to remain undefeated at home and hold onto their position in the league standings at second place overall.
The Sunday, June 29th game is Rattlers Carnival Day, doors open at 12 noon. Come and enjoy all the entertainment and fun with a festival atmosphere! Clowns, Magicians, Cotton Candy, a Dunk Tank and more. Call 340-6905 for more info or log onto ticketmaster.com to order tickets.
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