Rochester Rattlers midfielder Jordan Levine scored his second goal of the game with just under two and a half minutes left in the game to give the Rattlers their first win of the 2011 Major League Lacrosse season. Rattlers superstar Ned Crotty led the way for Rochester with two goals and two assists while rookie goalie John Galloway chipped in with a career high 19 saves at the defensive end. The Rattlers improve to 1-7 on the season while the Outlaws fall to 5-3.
Nate Watkins opened the scoring for Denver 1:36 into the game to give the Outlaws 1-0 lead. Connor Martin struck unassisted just over a minute later to give the Outlaws a 2-0 lead.
Rattlers rookie Jordan McBride cut the Outlaws lead to one off a Ned Crotty assist with 5:55 left in the first quarter. Rattlers veteran midfielder Matt Striebel tied the game at two with an unassisted goal 12:04 into the first quarter. Ned Crotty notched his second assist of the quarter when Rattlers rookie Grant Catalino scored a power play goal to give Rochester its first lead of the game 3-2.
Rochester led Denver 3-2 after the first quarter. It was only the second time in the 2011 MLL season that Rochester led after the first quarter. The Rattlers led 7-6 in shots, and Rochester was 1 for 1 on the power play in the quarter.
Billy Bitter tied the game 3-3 for the Denver Outlaws 8:56 into the second quarter unassisted. Jordan Levine scored the only other goal of the quarter unassisted with 0:48 left to give the Rattlers a 4-3 lead.
Rochester led 4-3 at the half. Denver outshot the Rattlers 7 to 5 in the second quarter, but the Rattlers beat the Outlaws 10-4 in ground balls. They also won in face offs 3-0. Rattlers rookie John Galloway made six saves in the quarter. It was only the third time the Rattlers had the lead at half time.
Rochester Rattlers emerging superstar Ned Crotty opened the second half scoring 0:49 in with an unassisted goal to give Rochester a 5-3 lead over the Denver Outlaws.
Billy Bitter scored his second goal of the game for the Denver Outlaws 4:47into the third quarter to cut the Rattlers lead to 5-4. Denver’s leading scorer Brendan Mundorf recorded his first point of the match 9:52 into the third quarter when he scored a short-handed goal to tie the game at 5-5.
Ned Crotty answered for Rochester with his second goal of the game with 2:47 left in the third quarter before Anthony Kelly notched a two-point goal to give the Rattlers an 8-5 lead with 2:22 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Rattlers led 8-5 after the third quarter. The Outlaws led 25-22 in ground balls after three quarters but Rattlers face-off specialist Anthony Kelly led 9-6 at the “X” to negate any extra possessions for Denver. It was the first time that Rochester would enter the final quarter with a lead in the 2011 Major League Lacrosse season.
Peet Poillon opened the scoring in the fourth quarter for the Outlaws and cut the Rattlers lead to 8-6 with an unassisted goal with 10:44 left in the game. Steve Holmes scored an Outlaws goal off of a Connor Martin assist with 8:39 left in the game to cut the Rattlers lead to one 8-7. Former Rattler Bill McGlone tied the game 8-8 for the Outlaws with an unassisted goal with 7:49 left in the game.
Rattlers midfielder Jordan Levine stopped the Outlaws three goal run when he scored Rochester’s first goal of the fourth quarter with 2:24 left in the game to give the Rattlers a 9-8 lead.
Denver will not have to wait long for a re-match as both of these teams will meet again on Saturday July 23
rd at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York. Tickets are on sale now by calling 585.454.5425 or visiting ticketmaster.com.