July 18, 2009

MLL: Cannons Inch Closer to Playoffs

from press release

Box Score: Boston 17, Chicago 10

BOSTON -- The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) moved closer to solidifying a playoff berth as they dominated the Chicago Machine, defeating them by a score of 17-10, in front of 8,074 fans at Harvard Stadium on Saturday night.  Cannons attackman Ryan Boyle (Princeton '04) earned the Bud Light MVP award for his eight-point performance, including two goals and six assists.

With the win, the Cannons improved their record to 6-4.  The Machine saw their record fall to 2-7 with the loss.

The opening quarter was a very high-scoring affair, with each team collecting six goals in the frame.  The Machine got the ball rolling with tallies at 25 seconds and 53 seconds to take a 2-0 lead before midfielder Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins '08) answered for the Cannons with his first goal of the game at 2:34.  The home team turned his marker into a four-goal run as midfielder Matt Poskay (Virginia '06) netted a goal, assisted by Boyle, at 4:15, midfielder John Christmas (Virginia '05) scored at 4:53 and attackman Sean Morris (UMass '06) found the back of the Chicago net at 5:54.  Chicago took the lead again with a three-goal run of their own, scoring at 8:19, 9:14 and 9:29, until attackman Matt Alrich (Delaware '04) tied the game at 5-5 with his first tally of the game at 11:38.  Midfielder Justin Smith (Salisbury '05) assisted on Alrich's goal.  Rabil gave the Cannons a 6-5 lead with his second goal of the game at 12:25, but the Machine collected another marker at 13:44 to tie the score, 6-6, at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter brought another scoring rush, with Chicago kicking-off the action and taking a 7-6 lead at 2:13.  From there, it was all Cannons as they went on a massive scoring run and collected seven unanswered goals to seize a 13-7 lead over the Machine.  Boyle posted his first goal of the game at 2:51, then assisted on Alrich's second tally of the game, scored on the man-advantage at 3:35, before netting his second goal of the game at 6:13.  Rabil assisted on Boyle's second tally.  Boyle continued to be involved in the scoring action as he then earned his third assist of the game on Morris' power-play marker at 6:56.  Still on the man-advantage, defenseman Kyle Sweeney (Georgetown '03) found the back of the Chicago net at 7:19, Alrich collected his third goal of the game, assisted by Boyle, at 10:37 and Smith notched a goal at 11:06.  Chicago ended the Cannons' scoring run, and the half, with a goal at 13:30, closing their deficit to 13-8 after two quarters of play.

The third quarter was unlike the first half of the contest, with a total of only two goals scored in the 15-minute segment.  Both of those goals belonged to the Cannons, with Morris collecting his third tally of the game at 4:08 and Poskay notching his second goal of the game, with a man-advantage at 13:30.  Boyle earned his fifth assist of the night on Poskay's goal as the Cannons took a convincing 15-8 lead into the final quarter.

The Machine opened the fourth frame with a power-play goal at 4:26 to close the Cannons' advantage to 15-9, but the home team countered with a two-point goal from Rabil at 6:23.  Boyle collected his sixth assist of the evening on Rabil's goal.  The Machine couldn't rally for a comeback at the end of the game, and were only able to score one goal, at 11:31, leading to a 17-10  Cannons victory.

Cannons goalie Kip Turner (Virginia ‘07) made 15 saves on the 25 shots he faced, earning the win. Machine goalieMike Gabel (Vermont ‘05) took the loss with 13 saves on 29 shots before being replaced by Machine goalie Bud Petit  rong>(Virginia '08).  Petit played the final 8:37 and stopped all four shots he faced.

The Cannons will return to action when they travel to Canada to take on the Toronto Nationals at BMO Field on Thursday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m.


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