The Hounds put forth a strong defensive effort but didn't have the offense to match it, falling to the Rattlers, 14-9, on the road.
The defeat marked the fourth-consecutive loss for the Hounds, who have now dropped four of their last six games. That's not how it looked for the majority the of the afternoon though. Midway through the third quarter, the Hounds cut the Rattlers' lead to three points. Rookie Morgan Cheek had scored his first career goal and it appeared Charlotte stole the momentum. However, soon after fellow rookie John Sexton barreled down the field and netted a two-pointer to increase the Rattlers' lead back to five points.
Charlotte clawed to close the gap again in the fourth quarter, this time after Ryan Brown sniped Dallas goalkeeper John Galloway and Mike Chanenchuk found the five-hole. Brown then scored the first goal of the fourth quarter to pull the Hounds within two, but Dallas answered with a four goal run of their own to close out the game, ultimately putting the Hounds out of reach.
Brown led the Hounds with three goals, and now leads the team with 30 on the year. Both Chanenchuk and Matt Rambo each added two scores apiece in the loss while goalkeeper Charlie Cipriano posted 13 saves on the other end.
Despite the loss, Charlotte still clings to fourth place in the standings, the final playoff spot. However, if the Lizards defeat the Bayhawks, the Hounds would drop to fifth in the standings and would no longer control their destiny in the playoff hunt. Charlotte will wrap up the 2018 regular season campaign against the Chesapeake Bayhawks and Boston Cannon on July 21 and July 28, respectively.
Press release provided by the Charlotte Hounds