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Blaze Drop Home Contest to Charlotte Hounds

June 10, 2018 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) - Atlanta Blaze News Release

Despite a tight game in the first half, the first-place Charlotte Hounds took the game

Kennesaw, GA- The Atlanta Blaze (3-4) fell to the visiting Charlotte Hounds (6-2) last night at Fifth Third Bank Stadium, 13-19, despite a strong showing from Kevin Rice who put up four points and four assists as well nineteen faceoff wins by Joe Nardella. Chris Madalon put up a fight in goal, saving 22 of 40 shots.

Reliable offensive staples Matt Gibson and Deemer Class both registered hat tricks, accompanied by Dan Eipp, Tommy Palasek, and Nardella. Eddy Glazener led the team in ground balls (5) while Liam Byrnes and Scott Ratliff registered four apiece, proving to be effective on the wings.

Madalon took the cage over Adam Ghitelman, the typical starting goal tender, and though he was left open in fast breaks, he played up to his usual high standard.

The Blaze are back home on Saturday June 23rd at 7 p.m. against the Dallas Rattlers. The game will be a celebration of our military and first responders including those who are the family of Blaze players. Tickets are available at

Players of note:

Kevin Rice: 4 goals, 4 assists

Joe Nardella: .543 FO win percentage, 2 ground balls, 1goal

Matt Gibson: 3 goals, 2 ground balls

Christian Cuccinello: .55 save percentage

The Atlanta Blaze will return home on June 2nd for the Real Men Wear Pink game. All Atlanta Blaze home games are played at Fifth Third Bank Stadium on the campus of Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. Single-game tickets are on sale now at

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