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Florida Launch (4-2) vs. Charlotte Hounds (2-4)
Saturday, June 14 at 7:00 PM
American Legion Memorial Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
Fans can catch this game live on www.YouTube.com/MLL at 7 p.m.
This is the second match up between Florida Launch and Charlotte Hounds this season. Florida beat out Charlotte in a close 11-8 game where Garrett Thul dominated the field with three goals earning him Coca-Cola Player of the Game and Warrior Offensive Player of the Week for Week #2. Charlotte’s Matt Danowski also scored three goals for his team but was unable to get the win. Rosters have changed greatly since the first match up - six of the 19 Launch players who played against Charlotte on May 3 did not play in the Launch’s last game against New York and seven of the 19 Charlotte players did not play in the Hound’s last game against Denver.
The Florida Launch faced off against the New York Lizards for the first time this season, defeating them 11-8. The Launch took control early and never looked back. Although the Lizards made a couple of runs in the second half, strong play from Casey Powell, two goals and two assists, and from rookie sensation Kieran McArdle, four goals and one assist. Powell was named the Player of the Game and continues to be the anchor of the team. Brett Queener had another strong outing as well with 14 saves on 22 SOG.
#6 Kieran McArdle (A)– Kieran McArdle continues to dominate his rookie season in MLL by tallying another high scoring game against the Lizards. McArdle scored four goals and one assist in only his fourth game of the season setting his season total at 12 goals and three assists for a total of 15 points. McArdle is currently tied for 5th in the MLL for goals and is in the MLL Top 15 for points, as well as leads all MLL rookies in goals and points.
#14 Joe Cinosky (D)– Joe Cinosky had one of his best MLL games against New York holding its top scorer Rob Pannell to no goals or assists throughout the entire game. Cinosky, who is in his seventh MLL season, was named Warrior Defensive Player of the Week for Week 6. Cinosky now returns to Charlotte to play against his former team – Cinosky played in 12 games for the Hounds during the 2013 season.
#44 Jordan Hall (M)– Jordan Hall tallied his second consecutive multiple goal game after scoring two goals and one assist against New York last Saturday. Hall, who has played in four games for the Launch, now has a total of five goals and three assists for a total of eight points.
#23 Brett Queener (G)– Brett Queener had another stellar game in goal against the Lizards making 14 saves and only allowing eight goals. He is currently tied for the League lead with 86 saves, and holds a .589 save percentage in 2014, which places him second among all MLL goalies. Queener was also named to Team MLL for the 2014 All-Star Game and will be making his fifth All-Star appearance in the past six years.
Launch MLL vs. Launch USA– The Launch will be well represented this year during the 2014 MLL All-Star game where Team MLL will play Team USA. Launch goalie and captain Brett Queener will represent the Launch on Team MLL along with 2013 MLL MVP Kevin Crowley. Queener and Crowley will go up against Launch teammates Tucker Durkin and Garrett Thul who will be playing for Team USA.
Players of the Week – With the quick 4-2 start on the season, Launch players have made a splash and are being recognized for their performances. In the past six weeks, four Launch players have been named MLL Player of the Week five times, the most of any team so far this season. Casey Powel has been named Warrior Offensive Player of the Week twice (Week 3 & 4) and Garrett Thul once (Week 2). Kieran McArdle was named Cascade Rookie of the Week in Week 4 and Joe Cinosky was named Warrior Defensive Player of the Week in Week 6.
Redeemed at Home: “We didn’t have the energy to compete in this League last week against Rochester but we had it this weekend against New York. We saw the defensive side start getting on the same page with the veterans and rookies, as well as the offensive side finding their spots to make plays.”
Charlotte Changes: “Coming up, Charlotte is a young, talented group who is going to be a completely different team from what we saw earlier this season. We need to figure out our matchups and have a plan for the Charlotte players that can play multiple positions. In the end, we just need to get possession and keep the ball moving to make plays that win games.”
Face-Off Battle: “We told Mattes that he just needed to tie up Gurenlian at the X and that’s exactly what he did. Some of those face-offs lasted more than 30 seconds with neither guy budging. Mattes played well and allowed our wing guys to get in there and help us win possession.”
Joe Cinosky: “Joe Cinosky was one of the main reasons Rob Pannell was held to no goals with 11 shots. Joe had Pannell forcing shots that he would not otherwise do. Cinosky has continuously improved his game throughout the season and we definitely saw the effects of that this weekend. He certainly deserved to be named Defensive Player of the Week for his performance.”
Jordan Hall: “Without a doubt Jordan Hall is talented – he is so slick in the two-man game. He can take that low angle shot or he can go top side to get a shot off. He is getting back to playing field lacrosse. Just like college players getting used to the MLL style, it takes a bit for the indoor guys to get back into the swing of things as well. We are doing a few things differently than what he did in Hamilton which I think is a reason he has gotten better as we go on.”
Kevin Cunningham: “Kevin Cunningham is the unsung hero of the team right now – he does things that people don’t notice that help us in the long run of the game. He has been playing great for us and has been doing a little more on the wings than he did in previous seasons, which is where I think he is becoming more comfortable and excelling at.”
The Charlotte Hounds defeated the Denver Outlaws 18-15 on Saturday evening at Memorial Stadium in Charlotte, NC, ending the Outlaws MLL record 25 consecutive regular season game winning streak. The Hounds got off to a strong start at both ends of the field and were able to outlast an Outlaws’ offense that entered the game leading the MLL in nearly every offensive category. The Hounds defense held the Outlaws to a single goal in the 1st quarter. It was the first time in the 2014 season that Denver failed to score three or more goals in the first quarter. Outlaws goalie Charlie Cirpriano was kept busy by the Hounds offense that fired 30 shots on goal. The Hounds offense was led by Matt Danowski, John Haus, and Ryan Young each scoring three goals. Young’s first goal extended his point-scoring streak to 23 consecutive games.
The Florida Launch kicks off a two-game home stand when they return home to FAU Stadium on Friday, June 20 to rematch its latest loss to the Rochester Rattlers followed by the Chesapeake Bayhawks on Saturday, June 28 at 7:00 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets to either of these games.