NATIONALS HOME OPENER TONIGHT AGAINST BAYHAWKS
5/19/11 8:00 AM
Home Opener: The Hamilton Nationals will host the 2010 MLL Champion Chesapeake Bayhawks tonight at 7:30 p.m. in their home opener at McMaster University. The game will be televised on Cable 14 on Friday, May 20th at 7:00 p.m.
Crowley to make debut: Hamilton Nationals’ first overall pick Kevin Crowley will make his professional debut tonight. Crowley finished his career among the best players ever to play for Stony Brook. He scored 30 goals and added 26 assists this season, totaling 131 goals and 101 assists in 60 career games. He was the only player in school history to record 100 or more goals and assists, and one of just 40 players in Division I history to accomplish the feat. He was also one of three players in America East history to be a four-time first team selection.
Nationals Notes: Hamilton will have four players that will make their 2011 debuts tonight. Not only with Crowley play in his inaugural MLL game, but so will Stony Brook teammate Adam Rand. Rand is one of the nation’s premier faceoff specialists and is third all-time in Division I history with 776 faceoff wins. He’s 167 of 264 (.633) this season and is a career 61 percent from the ‘X’. Garrett Billings, who just won the National Lacrosse League title last Sunday as a member of the Toronto Rock, will make his season debut. Defenseman and Syracuse product Steve Panarelli will also play tonight. Last game, faceoff specialist Geoff Snider became the eighth player in MLL history to reach 700 faceoff wins (705). On Wednesday,
Chesapeake Notes: The defending champs began their title defense with a 14-10 win over the Rochester Rattlers last Saturday. Both Brian Carroll and Ben Rubeor recorded hat tricks, while goalkeeper Chris Garrity made 13 saves. The Bayhawks have now won five straight games dating back to last season. Midfielder Kyle Dixon can become the MLL all-time leader in two-point goals this season. After scoring 11 two-point goals last year for the MLL champions, the former University of Virginia standout has tallied 28 career two-point goals, which ranks second in MLL history.
Nats last Game: The Denver Outlaws defeated the Hamilton Nationals, 18-10, on May 14th at INVESCO Field. Denver broke open a 6-5 game with eight goals in the third quarter to hand Hamilton a loss in its inaugural game. Hamilton got a
hat trick from Jarrett Davis, a two-goal effort from Jordan Hall, and a two-point goal from Brian Christopher. Geoff Snider also had one goal, one assist and 16 faceoff wins. Denver’s Brendan Mundorf led the way with a 10-point night (6+4).
A World of Talent: Fourteen members of the Hamilton Nationals will travel to Prague for the 2011 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. The Iroquois team will rely on Nationals Cody Jamieson, Brett Bucktooth, Sid Smith and Craig Point. Team Canada includes Hamilton’s Brodie Merrill, Matt Vinc, John Grant Jr., Jordan Hall, Dan Dawson, Stephan Leblanc, Kyle Rubisch and Jon Sullivan. Team USA features Nats’ Steve Panarelli and Manager of Communications Craig Rybczynski.
Next Game: The Hamilton Nationals travel to play the Rochester Rattlers on Saturday, June 10th at 7:30 p.m. at Sahlen’s Stadium. The game will be shown live on ESPN3.com.