June 4, 2011

Cannons' Rabil Runs Roughshod over Bayhawks

from press release

BOSTON -- Midfielder Paul Rabil scored a season-high five goals, including three in the second half, and added two assists as the Boston Cannons (2-1) erupted for a season-high 17 goals en route to a 17-13 Major League Lacrosse victory over the defending MLL champion Chesapeake Bayhawks (2-1) in front of 10,727 fans at Harvard Stadium on Saturday evening.

In handing the Bayhawks their first loss of the season, the Cannons also snapped Chesapeake's six-game win streak, dating back to last season.

After the Cannons jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the opening two minutes of the first quarter, the Bayhawks answered with back-to-back goals from midfielders Steven Brooks and Kyle Dixon in a 45-second span to tie the game at 2-2.

The teams traded goals in the final five minutes of the period to tie the score at 3-3.

Led by a goal and an assist from attackman Max Quinzani, the Cannons opened the second quarter by scoring five straight goals over an eight-minute span to take a commanding 8-3 lead. Midfielder Michael Kimmel ended the Cannons' run with an unassisted goal with 6:25 remaining in the first half before Rabil tallied his second goal of the game, an unassisted marker past Chris Garrity with 5:01 left in the stanza.

With just six seconds remaining in the first half, Brooks scored his second goal of the game with a two-point tally off a feed from Danny Glading, cutting the Bayhawks' deficit to 9-6 at the intermission.

After attackman Ben Rubeor opened the third quarter with an unassisted goal, the Cannons extended their lead to 11-7 as Rabil scored twice in a 63-second span.

The teams exchanged goals twice before Quinzani scored his second goal of the game just 26 seconds into the fourth quarter, giving Boston a 14-9 cushion. But, the Bayhawks countered by scoring a pair of goals from Rubeor and Jake Deane to trim the margin to 14-11 with 9:13 left.

After the teams traded goals, the Cannons sealed the victory as Rabil and midfielder Greg Downing scored a pair of goals in a two-minute span for a 17-12 advantage.

Glading scored off a feed from midfielder Dan Hardy with 2:48 left, but the Bayhawks were unable to get any closer.

While Rabil earned Bud Light Player of the Game honors for his seven-point performance, Quinzani added a "hat trick" with three assists. Midfielder Brad Ross also had a three-goal effort in the victory for Boston.

Glading led the Bayhawks with three goals and an assist while Brooks scored twice, including a two-point goal.

The Cannons outshot the Bayhawks by a 51-39 margin and held a 32-25 advantage in ground balls.

Major League Lacrosse: Boston Cannons 17, Chesapeake Bayhawks 13
Chesapeake (2-1)  3-3-3-4 / 13
Boston (2-1)  3-6-4-4 / 17

One-Point Goals: CHES - Danny Glading 3, Ben Rubeor 2, Matt Abbott 1, Alex Smith 1, Kyle Dixon 1, Jake Deane 1, Steven Brooks 1, Michael Kimmel 1; BOS - Paul Rabil 5, Max Quinzani 3, Brad Ross 3, Greg Downing 2, Pat Heim 1, Matthew Smalley 1, Jason DuBoe 1, Jim Connolly 1. Two-Point Goals: CHES - Steven Brooks 1; BOS - n/a. Assists: CHES - Danny Glading 1, Dan Hardy 1, Michael Kimmel 1; BOS - Max Quinzani 3, Paul Rabil 2, Matthew Smalley 1. Saves: CHES - Chris Garrity 6 (30:00, 9 goals allowed), Brian Phipps 13 (30:00, 8 goals allowed); BOS - Jordan Burke 13 (60:00, 12 goals allowed). Shots: CHES - 39; BOS - 51. Power-Play Opportunities: CHES - 0 for 0; BOS - 1 for 2. Attendance: 10,727.

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