By Steve Danylyshyn | 6/22/13 10:12 PM
The Rochester Rattlers fell to the Hamilton Nationals 17-11 on Saturday, June 22nd in front of 4,464 in FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida in the two’s first meeting this season.
Three Nationals players tallied hat tricks and Rochester never led as the Rattlers dropped their fifth game of the season. Rochester rookie John Ranagan continued his scoring streak, finding the back of the net four times, and Kevin Leveille scored twice, but the Rattlers were unable to shut down Hamilton’s potent offense in the loss.
Hamilton did not waste anytime in the game’s opening quarter, with former Rattler Joe Walters opening up the scoring just 22 seconds in to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead. Over three minutes later, the MLL’s leading scorer Kevin Crowley added to his league best 32 points with another goal for Hamilton to make the score 2-0. Rochester would finally get on the scoreboard 4:39 into the game when the groundball rolled to defenseman Tom Montelli off a broken play in the offensive zone who buried it to bring the score to 2-1. Hamilton would score the next two goals with tallies from Crowley and Cahill, but Ranagan would close out scoring in the first with an on the run rip to send Rochester heading into the second trailing 4-2.
The Rattlers would strike first in the second quarter, with Kevin Leveille opening up scoring 2:38 in when he caught a Ranagan shot that bounced off of Hamilton’s Brett Queener and finished it on the crease to bring the Rattlers within one at a score of 4-3. After the Leveille goal, Hamilton would go on a 4-0 run capped off by a two point score from Martin Cahill 13:07 into the quarter. During that run Rochester got off many shots from in tight, but Queener was dominant in net, recording 25 saves on the night. Kevin Leveille would score his second of the night on an underhand rip with under a minute remaining in the half to make the score 9-4, but former Rattler Roy Lang would score once more in the second to make the score 10-4 heading into halftime.
Hamilton started the third quarter on a two goal run with goals from Cunningham and Cahill. Rochester went on the man advantage after a slashing penalty from Tucker Durkin at the 11:07 mark, but would fail to convert, going 0-2 on the night. Duke national champion and rookie Dave Lawson fired a laser 8:18 into the third to make the score 12-5, and Ranagan would make it 12-6 three minutes later after a signature on the run rip. Hamilton’s Cunningham would score his second of the night 22 seconds later, and the 13-6 mark would finish out the third quarter of play.
The fourth and final quarter saw the most action, with nine goals scored. Rochester really started to turn up the pressure in the fourth, with the offensive attack becoming much more aggressive. The Rattlers got things started in the final quarter of play when midfielder Kyle Denhoff scored down the right ally 3:22 in, and Ranagan recorded his third straight hat trick just a minute later to bring Rochester within two at 13-8. The rest of the quarter went back and forth between the Nationals and the Rattlers, with goals being traded. Rochester next saw scores from Ned Crotty and Steve DeNapoli, but the Rattlers were never able to make a final run to pull ahead of Hamilton. Ranagan’s fourth goal with 4:50 remaining would serve to be Rochester’s last tally of the game, as the Rattlers would fall to the Nationals with a final score of 17-11.
Rochester was about even with Hamilton in the face off department with x-man John Ortolani going 15 for 31 at midfield, and John Galloway picked up 11 saves in the Rattlers loss. The loss drops Rochester to 3-5 on the season, and puts them in a three-way tie for fifth place in the league with Boston and New York.
Rochester returns home to Sahlen's Stadium on Sunday, June 30th to take on the New York Lizards at 3:00 PM. Season tickets, group packages, and flex packages are available by calling the Rattlers box office, and for more ticket information please contact 585.454.5424 or check out www.rochesterrattlers.com for more information.