Published On: Mon, Jul 3rd, 2017

Florida Launch Fall on the Road

By: Zach Evans

The Florida Launch had won three games in a row prior to Saturday’s road game against the Charlotte Hounds, but the Hounds would get the best of the Launch and win the game 18-14.

image (2)The Hounds scored a two-point goal by Michael Erhardt within a minute into the game, however the Florida Launch controlled much of the first quarter.

After the Hounds scored, the Launch came back with five unanswered goals.

In the second quarter, the Hounds were able to come back and take a 12-9 lead going into the half. Both John Crawley and Kevin Crowley quickly found the net, as did John Haus after the Launch committed a technical foul. Ehrhardt was also able to score another two-point goal.

Florida was able to score an unassisted goal by Molloy in the third quarter. Crowley then followed with another goal, while Joey Sankey scored his only goal of the game. At the end of the quarter it was 14-10 with the Hounds in command.

Matt Rambo was able to score his first goal for Charlotte to begin the fourth quarter, but Florida attempted a comeback with fifteen minutes left as McArdle and Woodson both scored. Unfortunately Haus, Crowley, and Ryan Brown then scored for the Hounds, giving Charlotte enough cushion to ultimately seal the deal.

David Molloy, Chazz Woodson and Kieran Mcardle all got hat tricks in the game but it ultimately wasn’t enough to win.

With the loss, the Florida Launch are now 5-4 and are third in the league. They play in Atlanta tomorrow before heading home to play Chesapeake and Charlotte.

The Launch are pushing to make the postseason and need to start winning in order to make that happen. Last year, the Launch were 3-11 and missed the playoffs, finishing last in the league.  

The Launch has never made the playoffs in their history and first-year coach Tom Mariano is looking to lead them to their first postseason berth.

The game was a tough loss for the Launch, but they can make it up if they can beat Atlanta tomorrow night. With a win, they would sweep Atlanta in the season series and be that much closer to the playoffs.

Fortunately for the Launch, they do have three home games to finish the season out, which should give them a good chance to win some of their games with the home crowd support.

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