The second week of the MLL saw all 9 teams taking to the field for yet another exciting installation of one of the world’s greatest games. These opening matches are important for teams to set the tone of how their season will go, and the first couple weeks tend to be action packed and full of energy. This year is no exception, as an incredible first week was followed up by an equally exciting week 2.
Last, we left off the Lizards were hoping to start there season off undefeated against the champs and runners up of the last two consecutive seasons. Though they managed to steal the “W” from the Outlaws at home, the Ohio machine put up a strong fight in their home opener, and pummeled the Lizards 25-13. It’s easy to see why Ohio managed to win their first championship last season, and it looks as though they plan on maintaining that dominance by such an impressive display of offensive fire-power in just their first game since winning the title.
Next, we have Denver and Dallas, the runners up against the semi-finalists they eliminated. This was an exciting over-time nail-biter, with the Dallas Rattlers taking the game and sinking their fangs into sweet revenge, with their 15-14 victory. These are the types of games sports fans live for! This puts Dallas near the top of the league with 2 wins, a record only topped by Charlotte and Ohio (who had a bye in week one), while the Outlaws have plummeted to the bottom of the standings with their winless friends, the Boston Cannons.
Speaking of the Charlotte Hounds, the dogs took another victory in their home game against the Rattlers, one of the best teams in the league. Some may have thought their impressive display against Boston was more a result of Boston’s weakness then the Hounds strength, but beating a team of Dallas’ caliber says otherwise. It’s been an impressive start to the season for a team that was lack-luster to say the least, last year, and if the Hounds can keep up this kind of play, they’re looking to make a strong run.
The Chesapeake Bayhawks were a middle of the pack team last year, now looking to break through into one of those top spots in the league this season. The hopeful contenders faced off against the Launch in Florida, a semi-finalist last season who were one of the teams to snag a win in week one. It was a close game, but the Bayhawks were able to come out on top with a score of 14-11! This was a test for the Bayhawks, one of their first steps towards breaking into the playoffs this season, but if they can continue to punch up, they look to be a decent a contender. Though a 1-1 record seems very average, they lost to the rattlers, a team proving their strength so far, and the Bayhawks will do everything they can to try and distinguish themselves from their competition.
The last game of week 2 pitted the Cannons against the Blaze in Atlanta. The Cannons simply were not able to muster the strength to compete. It was a 19-12 victory for the Launch. The Cannons struggled last season, and are struggling yet again to find their footing in this highly competitive league. A lot of teams are on the verge of superiority, and if the Cannons can’t find a way to get it together, they will get trampled by their counterparts across the league, who are hungry for that championship title.
Next week, all 9 teams return to the field, for another exciting round of professional field lacrosse games. We’ll see if the Hounds, who have an opportunity to get 2 more wins, can keep ahead of teams like the Machine, and Rattlers. Perhaps the Lizards, will take their opportunity to get 2 wins and pick up the ball they dropped in Ohio. Maybe, we’ll witness the rise of squads like Chesapeake, and Florida, hungry contenders looking to climb. Lastly, we can’t count out Denver yet; they also have a chance for 2 wins, and if they do so, they’ll be right back in the race for number one! Get ready for another week of MLL!