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Machine Rallies to Edge Denver, 18-14
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Just five days after being held to three second-half goals in a loss against the Boston Cannons, the Chicago Machine (4-3) used a nine-goal second half to snap a two-game losing streak with an 18-14 Major League Lacrosse victory over the Denver Outlaws (4-3) at Marina Auto Stadium on Friday evening.
The win allowed the Machine to set a team record for wins in a season while Denver fell for just the second time in the last six games.
Attackman Kevin Leveille led the Machine to the victory by scoring four goals along with an assist en route to Bud Light MVP honors. He scored all four of his goals in the final 31 minutes as the Machine overcame a three-goal deficit to earn the win.
After the teams traded goals three times to start the game, the Outlaws took a 5-3 lead in the first quarter on back-to-back goals by Brendan Mundorf and Alex Hopmann. With 1:58 remaining in the period, attackman Ned Crotty scored a power-play goal off a feed from attackman Mike Leveille to narrow the margin to 5-4.
The Outlaws extended their advantage to 7-4 in the first seven minutes of the second quarter with consecutive goals by Sean DeLaney and Matt Brown. The teams traded goals three times before the Machine ended the first half as Kevin Leveille scored a pair of goals in the final 57 seconds, trimming the deficit to 10-9 at the intermission.
The teams traded goals three times in the third quarter to give Denver a 13-12 advantage before Kevin Leveille scored a power-play goal off a feed from Mike Leveille with seven seconds remaining to tie the game.
After DeLaney gave the Outlaws a 14-13 lead in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, the Machine scored five straight goals to take an 18-14 lead it did not relinquish. Kevin Leveille scored off a pass from Crotty just 28 seconds later to tie the game before Mike Leveille gave Chicago the lead with 6:49 remaining in regulation.
With 4:48 remaining, midfielder Josh Sims tallied a power-play goal off a pass from midfielder Chris Rotelli to extend the Machine lead to two goals before Rotelli scored an unassisted goal with 3:17 left.
Midfielder Brian Clayton upped the Chicago lead to 18-14 with an unassisted goal with 1:14 remaining.
While Kevin Leveille scored four goals and an assist in the win, Mike Leveille tallied a season-high seven points by scoring five goals with two assists. Meanwhile, Crotty scored twice and added three assists for Chicago, which defeated the Outlaws for the second time in the last three meetings.
Goalkeeper Bud Petit made ten saves in the win for Chicago, which outshot Denver by a 52-37 margin.
Mundorf led Denver in a losing effort with two goals and four assists while Steve Giannone tallied a “hat trick” with three goals. Goalkeeper Jesse Schwartzman made 15 saves for the Outlaws, who are now 1-3 on the road this season.
The Machine will travel to Long Island next Saturday for a 3 p.m. game against the Lizards at LaValle Stadium. It will be the second meeting between the two teams as Long Island edged the Machine by 13-12 in overtime on June 12. Meanwhile, the Outlaws will host Toronto next Saturday at 9 p.m. EDT.
Major League Lacrosse: Chicago Machine 18, Denver Outlaws 14
Denver (4-3) 5-5-3-1 / 14
Chicago (4-3) 4-5-4-5 / 18
One-Point Goals: DEN – Steve Giannone 3, Brendan Mundorf 2, Alex Hopmann 2, Matt Brown 2, Sean DeLaney 2, Drew Westervelt 1, Dan Hardy 1, Eric Martin 1; CHI – Mike Leveille 5, Kevin Leveille 4, Josh Sims 2, Matt Striebel 2, Ned Crotty 2, Brian Clayton 1, Chris Rotelli 1, Greg Bice 1. Two-Point Goals: n/a. Assists: DEN – Brendan Mundorf 4, Drew Westervelt 2, Matt Bocklet 1; CHI – Ned Crotty 3, Mike Leveille 2, Kevin Leveille 1, Brett Garber 1, Steve Whittenberg 1, Chris Rotelli 1, Bill McGlone 1, Greg Bice 1. Saves: DEN – Jesse Schwartzman 15 (60:00, 18 goals allowed); CHI – Bud Petit 10 (60:00, 14 goals allowed). Shots: DEN – 37; CHI – 52. Power-Play Opportunities: DEN – 1 for 1; CHI – 3 for 5. Attendance: 2,722.
Post-Game Notes: Crotty recorded the first multi-goal game of his career … He had tallied just two points in his first two games prior to Friday night … The Machine had won just three games in each of the past three seasons prior to this year … Chicago posted a 3-9 record in each of those campaigns … The home team has now won 9 of the 12 all-time meetings between the Outlaws and the Machine … Mike Leveille has tallied 12 points in the last two games, scoring eight goals with four assists … Mike Leveille’s seven points also matched an MLL season high … Meanwhile, Kevin Leveille has now scored 34 goals in 12 all-time games against the Outlaws … The Machine matched a season high by scoring three power-play goals against the Outlaws … It is the third time this season Chicago has scored three power-play goals … The Machine has scored the game’s first goal in five of its seven games this year.
Photos by Rich Barnes.