June 6, 2014

Boyle's Late Strike Helps Boston Hold Off Ohio

from LaxMagazine.com Staff Reports | Twitter

Ryan Boyle had two goals and an assist, including what proved to be the game-winner in a back-and-forth affair in Ohio. (John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com)

Ryan Boyle scored his second goal of the contest with 1:12 remaining on the clock to give Boston a one-goal lead, and a key defensive stop made it stick as the Cannons improved to 3-3 on the year with a 17-16 victory over the Machine in Ohio Friday night.

With both teams entering play at 2-3, they frantically battled all game for control. Ohio earned the early advantage with two goals out of the gate, but Boston ralled and built a two-goal lead at the half. Ohio rallied right back at them in the third quarter, out-shooting the Cannons 12-7 and bringing it into the fourth with a once again knotted score of 13-13.

In the final frame, Ohio struck first, then Boston answered. Again, the Machine went ahead, but again, the Cannons made it square, now at 15-each. Once more, with 4:40 left, Ohio took the lead, but then Boston got the final two goals of the game, with Stephen Berger knotting it at 16 with 3:24 remaining off a Will Manny feed, then Boyle scoring the winner off a Berger feed.

Ohio had a last-minute chance to tie, but Steele Stanwick was stripped on a double-team behind the net as he tried to get free to feed a teammate, and the Cannons were able to scoop the loose ball and run out the clock.

"This felt like an old school MLL game, up and down," Boyle told the CBS Sports Network commentators during his postgame interview. "[It was a] Lot of fun."

Will Manny led the Cannons with four goals and three assists on the night, with Berger putting up a similarly prolific four and two. Boyle and Paul Rabil each had two and one, while Jordan Burke made 17 saves to earn the win. 

Ohio was led by Logan Schuss and his four goal, four assist night. Kyle Harrison also had four goals, with Stanwick adding four points on a goal and three assists. Brian Phipps and Scott Rodgers split time in goal, with each making seven saves (though Phipps allowed six goals and Rodgers the other 11).

Facing off was a near-stalemate, as Chris Eck went 18-for-35 on the night for the Cannons. For Robert Dattilo was 12-for-21 for Ohio, with Eric O'Brien adding a 5-for-14 performance to spell him.

The Cannons stand in fourth place at 3-3 behind 5-0 Denver, 4-2 Rochester and New York and Florida at 3-2. They'll be joined by either the Lizards or Launch - who play each other Saturday - at .500 and take on Chesapeake (1-5) in their next game a week from Saturday. Ohio falls to 2-4 and sits ahead of only 1-4 Charlotte and 1-5 Chesapeake in the league table. They host the Rattlers a week from Saturday.

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