Brett gives Rattler's MLL title game the 'Queener Effect'

Gary Pinneo
Brett Queener, goalie for the Rochester Rattlers Major League Lacrosse Championship team, provided the spark for the second half of the championship game in Boston Sunday afternoon.

The Rochester Rattlers of the M.L.L., the professional outdoor lacrosse league, defeated the Denver Outlaws 16-6 at Harvard Stadium in Boston on Sunday afternoon to capture their first league championship in franchise history. 

The story of this game was a dominating second half by the local pro laxers. The Rattlers outscored the Outlaws 10-1 in the second half to blow open a close, hard fought contest. 

Rochester played with an increased energy and determination in the second half before a crowd of over 8,000. 

This extra energy and intensity was directly equated to their secret weapon — a team spark plug named Brett Queener.

 Like a twister coming up over the horizon, he came into this contest and mixed things up. The result: Rochester ramped up their game and won going away.

Up until the mid-point of the regular season, Queener was a seldom-used back-up goalie.

The former P.Y.A. Mustang standout and Albany University graduate was drafted to play for the Rattlers earlier in the spring. 

The 23-year-old Penn Yan native’s role was to backup five year veteran goalie Mike Levin. 

But at the mid-season mark, Rattler Head Coach B.J. O’Hara started using Queener in the second half of games to give the team a little spark. 

“He’s got a very good ability to stay focused coming off the bench,” O’Hara said of Queener. 

This stategy worked well. 

The team started to jell in the second half of the season.  They made a run that took them to the League championship this past weekend in Boston. The “Queener Effect” was in full force in the 16-6 championship win.

Brett Queener was the unofficial Rattler’s star of the game. He immediately got into a little scuffle downfield early in the second half. He took a very big hit along the way and bounced right back up with the ball. 

This was no problem for the hard-nose Queener.  This was just part of his game.  This just got the adrenelin flowing. The Rattlers were energized and took complete control of the game. 

Rochester outscored Denver 10-1 in the second half.  Queener stopped 10 of the 11 shots he faced. Denver scored only one harmless goal late in the game. 

Queener even got involved in the team’s offense.  He dished out an assist on one of the Rattler’s goals.  Denver’s Head Coach Brian Reese was quick to comment on the Queener effect. 

“I thought we had some momentum at halftime.  But they (Rochester) took it quickly away in the second half. It just kind of snowballed after Queener took over in the nets.” 

Reese had an up close look at the Queener effect.

The Outlaws coach summed it up by saying, “He is fun to watch when he’s on your team and can be annoying when he’s not on your team.   Queener’s entertaining, he gets the job done.” 

The championship triumph completed a memorable summer  of lacrosse action for the energetic, young Mr. Queener. 

He is on a very short list of Penn Yan natives who can sport a professional championship ring adding to the rich, Penn Yan sports heritage. 

Congratulations to Brett on this outstanding accomplishment. 

The local Penn Yan lacrosse faithful experienced the Queener effect in its earliest stage. 

He exhibited this flair and energy during his outstanding Mustang lacrosse career.  This past weekend 16,000 fans in Boston got a dose of it too. 

Brett Queener