Nationals Face Huge Test Saturday in ChesapeakeJune 13, 2012 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Hamilton Nationals
Scouting the Nationals: Hamilton is riding a two-game winning streak after beginning the season 0-3 and has moved into a tie for fifth place. In its last game, Hamilton used career nights from Stephen Keogh and David Earl to defeat the Rochester Rattlers 17-8 at McMaster University. Keogh had a career-high six points (3+3) and Earl had a career-best five points (3+2). Rookie Joe Resetarits also scored his first two pro goals in his second MLL game. It was contribution by committee in the team's second straight victory with nine players scoring for the Nationals. Brett Queener earned the win in goal, while recently activated Brent Herbst saw his first action in the final seven minutes.
Player Moves: The Hamilton Nationals made seven player moves this week. The Nats activated Rhys Duch and Roman Lao-Gosney, and placed Dan Coates, Kiel Matisz and Dana Wilber on the Practice Squad. Hamilton also waived Matt Chadderdon and Brandon Spillett.
Nationals Players Win World Championship: Cody Jamieson, Joe Walters and Stephen Keogh were members of the National Lacrosse League Champion Rochester Knighthawks. The Knighthawks defeated the Edmonton Rush 9-6 on May 19th.
Fantastic Four: Four Nationals' draft picks were named to the USILA 2012 Division I All-American Teams. Wiedmaier garnered First Team honors, while Lovejoy (Second Team), Kiel Matisz (Third Team) and Joe Resetarits (Honorable Mention) were also honored by the USILA.
Chesapeake Notes: On June 9th, the Bayhawks took first place in the MLL with their third straight victory. With the 15-7 win over the Charlotte Hounds, Chesapeake improved to 5-1. Drew Westervelt tallied a season-high five points (4+1) en route to MLL Offensive Player of the Week honors. John Grant Jr., Matt Mackrides and Steven Brooks all scored two goals for Chesapeake, which fired 56 shots in the contest. Ben Rubeor also netted a goal to extend his scoring streak to 22 games. T.C. DiBartolo earned the win in goal and lowered his goals-against average to 10.27, which is third best in the MLL. Kyle Dixon leads the League with seven two-point goals and is tied for second with 23 points.
Last Time They Met: Chesapeake defeated Hamilton 20-7 back on May 18th and was led by Michael Kimmel (6+1+1), John Grant Jr. (2+4) and Drew Westervelt (1+3). Kip Turner got the win in goal, making eight saves. The Nationals got three points from Kevin Crowley (2+1) and two-point games from Casey Powell (1+1), David Earl (1+1) and Garrett Billings, all of whom were making their 2012 debuts.
Next Game: Hamilton is back at home on Saturday, July 7th against the first-place Boston Cannons. Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
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