Launch Improve to 5-7 to Stay Alive in Playoff Hunt
COLUMBUS, OH. - The Florida Launch edged out the Ohio Machine 13-12 to improve to 5-7 on the season, and keep their playoff hopes alive coming into the final two games of the regular season.
Attackmen Dylan Molloy, Kieran McArdle and Ryan Drenner led the offense with ten out of the thirteen goals in the game, but it was the play of goalie Austin Kaut that secured the victory for the team. Kaut made 25 saves out of the 37 shots on goal, for his best performance of the year with a save percentage topping .67. After a slow first quarter, the Launch took off for five unanswered goals in the second, giving them a 9-6 lead going into halftime.
The final two quarters were back and forth which made for an exciting game to the very end, where in the final minute of play, Kaut took the ball from Ohio attackman, Davey Emala which proved to be the play of the game. Now stadnign at 5-7, the Launch must win out the last two games of the season to remain in playoff contention.
QUOTES OF THE GAME
"Both teams were scrappy tonight, and focused on the plays right now, nothing about tomorrow."
"Our biggest problem has been consistency this year. We've got to work on being consistent and our attention to details. Just be simple, play lacrosse and have some fun."
"All the credit goes to the defense. They allow me to see shots I know I have a s=good shot at saving."
PLAYERS OF NOTE
Austin Kaut - 25 saves (season-high), Coca-Cola Player of the Game
Dylan Molloy - 3 goals, 2 assists. Becomes the league leader in goals scored this season
Kieran McArdle - 4 goals, 2 assists.
The Launch now head back to Florida for their second game of Week 14 to face southern foe, Atlanta Blaze. This will be the team's last home game of the season and will be a rematch of Week 1 in 2018, the last time these two met. Game is set for 7PM and will be streamed live on Laxsn.com and the LSN app!
The game will be Fan Appreciation Night! Pregame the team is hosting a Business Symposium for local business leaders and executives, and during the game, brand new Warrior Burn Warp heads and 2017 Cascade helmets will be raffled off as well as two 2019 season tickets! There is also a special 2018 game-worn and autographed Florida Launch Jersey Auction LIVE right now and ends Sunday, July 29!
Call 561-923-9067 for tickets to our last home game of the season! Or visit www.floridalaunch.com/tickets for more info.
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Major League Lacrosse Stories from July 26, 2018
- Ohio Machine Fall to Launch 13-12 - Ohio Machine
- Launch Improve to 5-7 to Stay Alive in Playoff Hunt - Florida Launch
- Major League Lacrosse Announces Feedback Initiative - MLL
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