April 30, 2017 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) - Florida Launch
DELAND, Fla.-After fighting through four periods of back-and-forth action, the Florida Launch took down the Rochester Rattlers 12-10 in their first victory of the season.
After edging out the Rattlers in the first quarter by a single goal, the Launch began what would be a continuous battle for dominance moving into the second quarter. Two goals from Rochester put the visitors ahead of the Launch by one, Steve Pontrello and Chazz Woodson responded with back-to-back goals that reset the single goal lead. Rochester responded with two unanswered goals that left them with the lead moving into half time.
Though the Launch and the Rattlers entered the third with an even score, Rochester took a two-point lead with goals from Kyle Denhoff and Jordan Wolf. With six minutes left in the game and a two goal deficit on the board, the Launch responded with four unanswered goals late in the quarter-scored by Pontrello, Martin Bowes, Greg Melaugh, and Mike Unterstein-that ultimately lead the Launch to victory. Goalie Austin Kaut came up big for the Launch to seal the victory. Kaut's performance earned him Coca-Cola Player of the Game honors.
With this victory under their belt, the Launch return home to FAU Stadium on May 13 to face the defending league champions, the Denver Outlaws.
QUOTES OF THE GAME
"I thought offensively, we had better boys. Last week, it was a little bit erratic sometimes. But offensively, we had good boys. We found open men. And, defensively, we were quick to slide and got out in the clear well today." - Steve Pontrello
"I think honestly we had a game under our belt, we went through a one goal game, and I think we learned something about ourselves. We got some experience, and I really think that paid off in the second half." - Coach Mariano
"We're going to be talking throughout the two weeks off here, conversing, going over game plan, and really going over the film. We still have a lot to work on and a lot to get better at. We're not even close to being there yet, but it's good to come out with a win today." - Austin Kaut
PLAYERS OF NOTE
Chazz Woodson tallied 5 points (2 G, 3 A)
Greg Melaugh scored a hat trick.
Steve Pontrello scored a hat trick (his second of the season).
Austin Kaut had 17 saves on 27 SOGs. Kaut was named Coca-Cola Player of the Game.
Attendance for tonight's game at Spec Martin Stadium was 1,764.
The Launch return to FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. on May 13 when they take on the Denver Outlaws.