7/21/11 4:17 PM
Boston Cannons (6-2) vs. Hamilton Nationals (4-4)
July 23rd, 7:00 PM
The Boston Cannons (6-2) traveled to Long Island (3-5) last week hoping to continue their win streak as their four game road trip came to an end. But with the Lizards showing up late in the game, the Cannons were unable to hold on to a 5-goal lead, resulting in a tough 12-11 loss. Despite this loss, Boston returns home to Harvard Stadium still boasting the number one team in Major League Lacrosse.
One more win will provide the Cannons some relief as they continue their road to the Steinfeld Cup. Boston has some of the best players in the league, but it is their team chemistry that has improved this season. Midfielder Paul Rabil sits on top of the league with 37 points on the season. Max Quinzani, Brad Ross and Matt Poskay round up the top 10 points leaders with 22, 22 and 23, respectively, while Poskay and Rabil are tied for first with 20 goals apiece. Defensively, goalie Jordan Burke has been impressive and still leads the league with a .614 save percentage. On top of these current statistics, we have seen players score their first MLL goal, players break personal career records and rookies step up on the field.
Even Boston's two losses were each only by a goal. In their last game, the Cannons traveled to face a struggling Long Island team. Boston entered halftime with a 10-6 lead and the hopes of clinching a spot in Championship Weekend. It was in the second half that the Lizards stepped up their offensive attack, holding the Cannons to a single goal. Long Island’s Matt Danowski scored a 2-point goal late in the fourth quarter in order to steal the win.
In their upcoming game, the Cannons face the Hamilton Nationals (4-4) for the first time this season. Hamilton started the season slow with only one win in their first four games. In their last game, the Nationals hosted Chesapeake in what proved to be an exciting battle. Hamilton forced the game into overtime and was unable to hold on as Steven Brooks won the game for the Bayhawks. Joe Walters and Jeremy Boltus are leading the Nationals with 27 and 22 points, respectively.
It seems like a familiar scenario for these two teams. Last time the Cannons faced the Nationals, they were sitting in the same position; first place in the league and a win away from clinching a playoff spot. If the cards play right, the Cannons will prevail over Hamilton once again, keeping their first place standing and grabbing a spot in the playoffs.
Looking back on the match ups between the Boston Cannons and Hamilton Nationals, the July 23rd game at Harvard Stadium should be interesting. The Cannons are home for the first time since June 11th and now have the chance to show off their talents in front of their Boston fan base once again. Can't make it to Harvard Stadium? Watch the game live on ESPN3.com!