Tuesday, May 5

[MLL] "New York Lizards Win By One Over The Boston Cannons"

New York Lizards Win By One Over The Boston Cannons
Words and Photos by Steven Souza aka The SOUZ

In the highly anticipated return of Paul Rabil to Boston, the Cannons and the New York Lizards would clash in a hard fought battle to the very end. The game lived up to the hype, (unlike other recent sporting events), as both teams kept things close throughout the entire contest. The Lizards would prove to be too much for Boston as they maintain their undefeated record, winning 15-14

Just two minutes into the first quarter, Rabil reminds Boston who he was, as if anyone had forgotten, by putting one in from beyond the 2-point arc. Moments later Max Seibald, another player involved in the big off-season trade between the Cannons and Lizards, responded with a 2-pointer of his own. One more goal for the Cannons would come from attackman Davey Emala before the Lizards would go on their own scoring streak. New York brought the score to 5-3 with goals coming from Matt Gibson, Kevin Unterstein, and former Cannons player Mike Stone. Before the end of the quarter, the Cannons would tie things up with a spectacular diving goal from Emala, followed by Owen Blye's first goal of the season. 

Goalies Jordan Burke (BOS), and Drew Adams (NY), were kind enough to give the fans a goalie clinic at the beginning of the second quarter. Both keepers battled off a handful of shots and the teams remained tied at five until former Duke attackman Ned Crotty found the back of the net for the Lizards. Cannons Captain and LSM Scott Ratliff retaliated just twenty-five seconds after Crotty's goal to make things level again. Only one more goal would come from the Cannons before New York went on a three goal run, bringing the score to 9-7 at the end of the half. 

Boston would start the third quarter with a goalie substitution bringing in Adam Ghitelman, who was my Player Of The Game in last weeks game vs the Hounds. Jim Connolly and Rob Emery would start things off in the second half for Boston, notching one goal each, tying the game once again. After back to back goals from Lizards attackman Matt Poskay, one assisted by Rob Pannell and the other assisted by Rabil, Blye would score his second of the night, shrinking New York's lead to one. Mike Stone would score next for the Lizards, followed by another 2-pointer from Paul Rabil. Boston would net one more goal before the end of the quarter, bringing the score to 14-11, Lizards lead. 

The fourth quarter began with a quick goal by each team, bringing the score to 15-12. Former Maryland attackman Owen Blye, would begin Boston's comeback by earning himself a hat trick by the end of regulation, but it wasn't enough for the Cannons, resulting in a Lizards W and an undefeated record for New York. 

Final Score: NY-15 / BOS-14 
YumYum-Fun-Fact: This was the third consecutive game between these two teams where the Lizards have won by just one goal. 

Player Of The Game: Paul Rabil

Gotta agree with the MLL on this one… Rabil asserted his dominance from the very start of the game refusing to take his foot off the gas pedal. As expected, he drew a double every time he touched the ball in Boston's zone, but still managed to finish the night with three goals (two 2-pointers) and two assists. 
  • VIDEO: "The FLORIDA LAUNCH announced today a trade with the ROCHESTER RATTLERS that brings in 2014 co-Tewaaraton winner MILES THOMPSON and a fourth round 2016 MLL Collegiate Draft pick." [youtube]

  •  VIDEO: PAUL RABIL Post-Game Interview. [youtube]

  • VIDEO: "Coach O'HARA and Attack JEREMY SIEVERTS share their thoughts on the 15-12 victory over the Hounds." [youtube]

  • PRESS RELEASE: "MAJOR LEAGUE LACROSSE Announces Expanded Partnership With Warrior And BRINE Lacrosse" [majorleaguelacrosse.com]




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