Striebel Leads Rattlers byHounds, Sets Games-Played Record

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Midfielder Matt Striebel scored two goals and added two assists to lead the Rochester Rattlers in a 14-5 victory over the Charlotte Hounds at Sahlen's Stadium on Friday night.

Striebel competed in his 133rd career game and became the league's all-time leader in games played in a performance that earned him Bud Light Player of the Game honors. The previous record was held by Tim Goettelmann, who retired after the 2011 season with 132 career games.

The Rattlers struck first with an unassisted goal by Kevin Leveille and a rocket by Striebel from Roy Lang. The Hounds closed the lead with goals by Matt Danowski and Brian Carroll to tie the score in a slow first quarter.

Rochester took the lead again in the second quarter with four straight goals, including a pair of unassisted markers by Roy Lang, who saw a career high four points on Friday. Stephen Berger narrowed the margin to 6-3 with a long distance goal just shy of the two-point arc to close out the first half.

In the second half, the Hounds looked to gain momentum as Billy Bitter netted a goal from Danowski, but it was no match for the Rattlers' explosive scoring in the third quarter which included a powerplay goal by Striebel and a pair of goals by Ned Crotty. Hounds midfielder Brian Carroll broke a four goal run before the Rattlers added two more to close out the quarter, outscoring the Hounds 6-2.

Rochester extended their lead with two goals by Steven Boyle and Steve DeNapoli in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter. Both teams remained scoreless for the duration of the period, resulting in a victory for the Rattlers.

Stephen Berger led the Hounds in a losing effort with a goal and two assists.

Even with a victory Friday evening, the Rattlers did not have an opportunity to clinch a playoff spot in Week 11. The Hounds' loss could eliminate them from playoff contention if the Long Island Lizards win this Saturday against the Hamilton Nationals.

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The Charlotte Hounds dropped their second straight road game, falling 14-5 to the Rochester Rattlers in front of 3,365 fans at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, NY. Rattlers' midfielder Matt Striebel was named Bud Light Player of the Game for his 4 point (2g, 2a) performance. This also was Striebel's 133rd career MLL game, which sets a new league record for games played.

The Rattlers struck first with back-to-back goals from Kevin Leveille and Striebel to take an early 2-0 lead. However, the Hounds responded with two goals of their own from Matt Danowski and Brian Carroll to end the first quarter in a 2-2 tie.

The second quarter was dominated by the Rattlers, who scored four straight goals, including two from Roy Lang, to take a 6-2 advantage. The Hounds finally stopped the run with 34.9 seconds remaining in the half, as Stephen Berger ripped a shot past Rattlers goalie John Galloway. Berger's toe was just over the 2-point line, so the Rattlers carried a 6-3 advantage into the half.

Momentum stayed with the Hounds briefly, as Billy Bitter scored just over a minute into the third to cut the Rattlers lead to 6-4. But Jovan Miller was called for a slashing penalty, and Striebel tallied his second of the night on the man-up opportunity to make it 7-4 Rattlers.

The Rattlers then scored another three goals straight, including Leveille and Brad Ross' seconds of the night, to extend their lead to 10-4 with 5:09 left to play in the third. Jerry Ragonese won the ensuing faceoff for the Hounds and dished the ball to Berger, who got double-teamed, and with nowhere to go dumped the ball to Carroll who scored his second of the night to cut the Rattlers lead to 10-5.

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2012-07-21



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