Lizards Top Hounds; Rattlers Nip Ohio; Denver Routs Nationals

The third quarter also began with a Hounds faceoff win, and this time it was Brian Carroll who capitalized to push the Hounds lead to 8-6. The game then went scoreless for almost 10 minutes before Langtry tallied back-to-back goals, including another on man-up, to complete a hat-trick and tie the game up 8-8 heading into the final quarter.

Momentum stayed with the Lizards going into the fourth, and they scored five of the quarter's six goals. Greg Gurenlian gave the Lizards their first lead of the game by scoring off the faceoff, and Max Seibald tallied back-to-backs to extend that lead to 11-8. The lone Hounds goal was scored by Kevin Kaminski with 8:46 left in the game. That was enough time for the Lizards to tack on two more goals from Tommy Palasek and Catalino to secure the 13-9 victory. They are now 8-4 on the season.

Hounds attackman Jeremy Boltus was injured in the second quarter and did not return to the game. Boltus was chasing a defender, slipped and tweaked something in his right knee. The extent of the injury will not be known until he is able to get an MRI.

The Hounds (3-9) remain on the road for another week, traveling to Hamilton, Ontario for the first time in franchise history to face the Nationals (3-9) on Aug. 4 at Ron Joyce Stadium.

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Rochester 14, Ohio 13

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Led by rookie midfielder Rob Rotanz, the Rochester Rattlers remained alive in the race for a berth in the 2012 Major League Lacrosse Championship Weekend presented by Warrior by posting a 14-13 victory over the Ohio Machine at Sahlen's Stadium on Saturday night.

With the victory, the Rattlers moved into a tie with the defending MLL champion Boston Cannons for fourth place in the MLL standings. Both teams have an identical 7-5 record.

The Rattlers jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first eight minutes of the game with a pair of goals, including a two-point marker from midfielder Matt Striebel. After attackman Chazz Woodson trimmed the margin to 3-1, Rochester used back-to-back goals from midfielder Jordan MacIntosh and attackman Kevin Leveille to increase its advantage to 5-1 with 56 seconds remaining in the period.

The teams traded goals twice in the second quarter, giving Rochester a 7-3 advantage at the intermission.

After trading goals three times to open the second half, the Machine narrowed the margin to 10-8 with back-to-back markers from Woodson and attackman Connor Martin before Rotanz scored his third goal of the game, an unassisted marker with 51 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Just over two minutes into the fourth quarter, Woodson cut the Ohio deficit to 11-9 when he scored his fifth goal of the game past goalkeeper John Galloway. However, the Rattlers extended their advantage to 14-9 with a pair of goals, including a two-point marker by Striebel, with 9:48 left.

Trailing by a five-point margin, the Machine began its comeback with 8:37 remaining when midfielder Billy Eisenreich scored an unassisted marker. Martin narrowed the gap to 14-12 when he fired a two-point goal past Galloway before midfielder Matt Casey followed with an unassisted goal with 1:59 left to play in regulation. But the Rattlers held off Ohio to earn the victory.

While Rotanz earned Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors with his three-goal effort, Striebel contributed a pair of two-point goals with two assists. MacIntosh added three goals with an assist for the Rattlers, who were outshot by a slim 33-32 margin.

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