Cannons Beat Charlotte Hounds, 20-12, in First Ever Meeting
Matt Poskay and Ryan Boyle Combined for 11 Points to Lead Cannons Offense
May 5, 2012 - Boston, MA - The Boston Cannons (2-0) rolled to a 20-12 victory in their first-ever meeting with the expansion Charlotte Hounds (0-2) in front of 9,273 fans tonight at Harvard Stadium. After missing the season opener, Matt Poskay returned to the lineup with five goals for the Cannons and was named Bud Light Player of the Game. Ryan Boyle led the Cannons with six points on a goal and five assists.
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Poskay started the scoring just 16 seconds into the game. Shortly after, the long poles led the charge as Brian Farrell scored on a Kyle Sweeney assist. The Hounds tied the game on goals from Brian Carroll and Justin Smith, but Boston never gave up the lead. With just eight seconds on the shot clock, Boyle drove to the net, drawing a flag and scoring. Mike Stone added another, and the Cannons led 4-2 at the end of the first quarter.
After Bill Bitter struck first for the Hounds in the second quarter, Poskay added two more goals in a span of 61 seconds. Charlotte midfielder Stephen Berger scored on an assist from Smith just after Poskay’s third goal. Midfielder Thomas Burke scored his first career goal for the Cannons. With the Cannons’ PT Ricci on the ground after taking a shot to the neck, Josh Amidon cut the lead to 7-5 to end the half. Ricci walked off the field and returned to the game in the second half.
On the first possession of the third quarter, Jovan Miller scored for the Hounds. Kyle Sweeney and Paul Rabil put the Cannons back on the board before Matt Danowski became Charlotte’s seventh goal scorer on as many goals. Boston then went on a 4-0 run with goals from Poskay, Ari Sussman, Bill McGlone - playing his first game in Boston - and Rabil. Charlotte stopped the run with a goal from Smith and a crease-dive goal from Miller, but the Cannons regained momentum with goals from Poskay, Burke and Farrell.
The Cannons entered the fourth quarter with a comfortable 16-9 lead. Berger tallied another goal for Charlotte to start the quarter, but the Cannons tallied three straight, including Waltham native Jon Hayes’ first career goal. Jeremy Boltus’ and Bitter cut into the Cannons’ run, but it was not enough as Stone added one more to end the game, 20-12.
The Cannons return to Harvard Stadium next Saturday, May 12, in a 2011 Championship re-match with the Hamilton Nationals at 7pm. More information and tickets are available at BostonCannons.com.
About the Boston Cannons The Boston Cannons are one of the founding franchises of Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league. They began play in June of 2001 and currently host home games at Harvard Stadium in Allston. They won their first MLL Championship on August 28, 2011. Season tickets for the 2012 season are now on sale starting at only $115 for seven Cannons home games and Championship Weekend. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 617.746.9933 or visit www.BostonCannons.com.