Walters Has Monster Game, But Nats Fall to RattlersJune 23, 2012 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Hamilton Nationals
Walters, who was among the 2012 World Champion Rochester Knighthawks honored before the game, was in championship form as he had a hand in seven of the 10 Hamilton goals. He scored three times, which included a two-pointer, and added three assists to become the first player to reach 100 points as a National.
The loss dropped Hamilton to 2-5, while Rochester improved to 3-4 with its first win in five tries against its Canadian rival. Oakville native and Rattlers midfielder Jordan MacIntosh did the most damage with a career-high five goals and six points. He netted three of those goals as part of a 5-0 run to end the game. Rochester also received four points (3+1) from Kevin Leveille.
Hamilton got secondary scoring from Kevin Crowley, who finished with two goals, and Stephen Keogh, who scored two goals in a three-point effort.
After taking a 4-3 lead after the first, Rochester seized control of the game in second by outscoring the Nationals 6-1. The big goal for Rochester was Matt Striebel's two-pointer from MacIntosh at 4:45 to make it 7-3.
But Hamilton, similar to last week, rallied in the second half to trim the lead to 10-8 in the third. Walters powered the comeback with a two-pointer at 1:19 to cut the deficit to 10-6 with Keogh assisting. Keogh then made it 10-7 at 6:50 from Billings. Billings followed that up with a high shot from in tight that beat John Galloway at 10:25 and Hamilton was within two. Brad Ross answered for Rochester only to have Walters squeeze a shot past Galloway to make it 11-9. Jeff Colburn ended the third with a goal at 14:28 to send Rochester to the fourth ahead 12-9.
The Nationals continued to claw back and got the deficit down to 12-10 with Keogh's goal at 1:02. The Rattlers, however, tightened up on defense and scored the last five goals to win 17-10 and take over sole possession of fifth in the MLL.
Hamilton returns to action against the defending champion Boston Cannons on Saturday, July 7th at 7:00 p.m.
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