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Rookies In The MLL: Week 9 Update

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How did some of the recent NCAA graduates do for their pro teams

2015 MLL Championship - Rochester Rattlers v New York Lizards Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Week 9 of the Major League Lacrosse season just ended. Let’s check in with how some of the recent NCAA graduates have done in their games this week!

Charlotte Hounds @ Chesapeake Bayhawks

The Hounds held on for a 15-14 victory over the Bayhawks at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Here are the rookies that played for the Bayhawks:

  • Josh Byrne (Hofstra Pride): 1 goal, 2 assists, 5 shots on goal, 1 ground ball
  • Isaiah Davis-Allen (Maryland Terrapins): 1 assist, 4 ground balls
  • Chris Fennell (Navy Midshipmen): 3 ground balls
  • Jake Froccaro (Villanova Wildcats): 3 goals, 5 shots on goal, 1 ground ball
  • Colin Heacock (Maryland): 2 goals, 4 shots on goal
  • Matt Rees (Navy): 1 ground ball
  • Ben Williams (Syracuse Orange): 16-of-33 on face-off draws, 7 ground balls

Heacock made his debut for the Bayhawks and made an immediate impact. Froccaro and Byrne switched roles, with Froccaro having the hot hand this week. Williams continues to split face-offs after his huge debut two weeks ago.

Here are the rookies that played for the Hounds:

  • Jack Adams (Towson Tigers): 2 ground balls
  • John Crawley (Johns Hopkins Blue Jays): 1 goal, 1 assist
  • Brendan Hynes (Richmond Spiders): 1 ground ball, 2 caused turnovers
  • Matt Rambo (Maryland): 2 assist, 3 turnovers

Along with Heacock, Rambo made his debut with two assists, but the three turnovers were tied for a team-high for Charlotte, who had 21 total turnovers in the game. Hynes picked up a solid two caused turnovers, and looks like he’s transitioning into the MLL fine.

Rochester Rattlers @ New York Lizards

The Lizards ended a three-game losing streak with a 13-12 win over the Rattlers.

Here are the rookies that played for the Rattlers:

The Rattlers are a veteran-heavy team, and it’s evident with the number of rookies that have played the past couple of games. Williams appears to be their best rookie after his second two-goal performance in his second pro game.

Here are the rookies that played for the Lizards:

Carrigan and Zenker made their pro debuts, but Pifani, a second round pick by the Lizards, has been one of the top rookies in the league, playing in all three games and is taking a step in the right direction in each game.

Atlanta Blaze @ Florida Launch

The Launch are 3-0 since the MLL Draft and got by the Blaze with a 19-16 victory.

Here are the rookies that played for the Blaze:

Withers made his MLL debut and balled out with a solid day at the face-off X and two goals off wins. Moore has also scored in his third straight game and has four goals and one assist on the year.

Here are the rookies that played for the Launch:

  • Ryan Drenner (Towson): 1 goal, 2 assists
  • Nick Mariano (Syracuse): 1 goal, 2 shots on goal
  • Dylan Molloy (Brown Bears): 2 goals, 1 assist, 6 shots on goal, 1 ground ball
  • Tim Muller (Maryland): No stats recorded
  • Jarrod Neumann (Providence Friars): 1 ground ball, 1 shot on goal
  • Benny Pugh (Richmond): Backup goalie, did not play
  • Sergio Salcido (Syracuse): 1 goal, 2 assists, 2 shots on goal, 1 ground ball
  • Alec Tulett (Brown): 2 ground balls, 1 shot on goal, 1 penalty minute

No other team in the MLL has had their rookie class heavily impacted like the Launch. Since the MLL Draft, the Launch are 3-0 and have looked very different. It was a very offensive battle on both sides, with Molloy, Salcido, Drenner, and Mariano all contributing in some way in the win.

Boston Cannons @ Denver Outlaws

The Cannons routed the Outlaws in Denver, 16-9, in the last game of the weekend.

Here are the rookies that played for the Outlaws:

  • Zach Currier (Princeton Tigers): 2 goals, 1 assist, 5 shots on goal, 4 ground balls
  • Larken Kemp (Brown): 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover

Just two rookies played in the loss to Boston. It was another three-point game for Currier in his second game of his career, and he’s still picking up those ground balls. Will we see him take face-offs this season?

Here are the rookies that played for the Cannons:

  • Sergio Perkovic (Notre Dame): 1 goal, 1 shot on goal (on 7 shots taken), 1 penalty minute

The number two overall pick made his debut and scored a goal. Nothing really much else to mention other than that.