May 16, 2009

Goldberg Pots Game-Winner in Lizards' Opener

from press release

BOSTON -- The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) came up short in their 2009 season-opening game against the Long Island Lizards, by a score of 9-8, at Harvard Stadium in front of 8,191 fans on Saturday evening.  Attackman Seth Goldberg (Yale '05) netted the game-winning goal for the Lizards, earning Bud Light MVP honors in a game that ended as tied for the second-lowest scoring game in MLL's nine year history.  Midfielder Brett Garber (UMass '07) led the Cannons with three goals, including one two-point goal and two power-play tallies.

With the loss, the Cannons started the season with a record of 0-1, while the Lizards improved to 1-0.

The Cannons opened the 2009 season with an early 2-0 lead over the Lizards with goals from a pair of UMass alumni, attackman Sean Morris (UMass '06) and Garber, at 2:10 and 3:37, respectively.  Garber's tally was scored on the power-play.  Long Island split the difference with a goal at 4:19, but attackman Daryl Veltman (Hobart '08) responded for the Cannons with his first career MLL goal in his MLL debut at 5:51.  Midfielder Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins '08) assisted on Veltman's tally.  The Lizards closed out the first quarter with goals at 11:03 and 13:41 to lock up the score at 3-3.

Both teams played a tight defensive game in the second quarter, with the lone goal of the frame belonging to Rabil, unassisted at 6:28, to give the Cannons a 4-3 lead at halftime.

The Cannons increased their lead to 6-3 with a two-point goal from Garber at 1:38, his first career two-pointer, but the Lizards rallied with three unanswered goals at 2:38, 8:03 and 10:13 to again tie the game at the end of the quarter, this time by a score of 6-6.

The home team came out strong in the final stanza and took a 8-6 lead with goals from midfielder Kevin Cassese (Duke '01) at 1:25, and Garber's third of the game, a power-play goal, at 3:41.  Morris assisted on both Cannons markers in the quarter.  From there, the Lizards seized control of the game and ended the contest with goals at 6:45, 10:19 and Goldberg's game-winner at 10:55 to steal a 9-8 victory.

Cannons goalie Kip Turner (Virginia '07) made 13 saves on the 22 shots he faced in the loss.  Lizards goalie Brian Dougherty (Maryland '97) earned the win with 12 saves on 19 shots.

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