Last week I took a look at the Boston Cannons, Long Island Lizards and Toronto Nationals. This week let's look at how the season has progressed for the Denver Outlaws, Chesapeake Bayhawks and Chicago Machine.
Let's take a look where these teams are in the standings:
Long Island 5-5 2 GB
MACHINE 4-6 3 GB
BAYHAWKS 4-6 3 GB
Toronto 3-7 4 GB
The Outlaws have had a good year all season, fighing all season long to stay with Boston at the top spot of the league. Led by the 33 points of Team USA player Brenden Mundorf, the Outlaws can score with the help of Drew Westervelt, Dan hardy, and Max Seibald. Also on the roster is Team USA goaltender Jesse Schwartzerman, who is third in the MLL in GAA.
The Chicago Machine had a good start to the MLL season, but you imagine it's hard bouncing around city-to-city with no real home stadium. With Casey Powell opting out of playing this season, the Machine selected Ned Crotty of Duke with their first overall pick. Along with the Leveille's, the Machine can be a dangerous team if they find a way into the playoffs.
The Bayhawks, led by perennial all-star Peet Polion, could also be a team to look out for, or they could easily fall into irrelevance if the Nationals find a way to get hot. With Pollion second to only Matt Poskay in scoring, you have to go all the way down to ninth to find the Bayhawk's next leading scorer in Kyle Dixon. Chesapeake is second to last in scoring to only Toronto, a team that may turn it on later on in the season.