7/4/11 12:41 AM
CANNONS SURPRISE OUTLAWS WITH FOURTH QUARTER COMEBACK TO WIN 15-12
Cannons Take First Place in Major League Lacrosse in Front of Record-Breaking Crowd
July 3, 2011 - Denver, Colorado - The Boston Cannons (6-1) beat the Denver Outlaws (5-2) 15-12 in front of a professional lacrosse record crowd of 27,184 at INVESCO Field at Mile High to take sole possession of first place in Major League Lacrosse (MLL). Paul Rabil was named Bud Light Player of the Game for his six-point effort on three goals, including a two-pointer, and two assists. It was the Cannons' fifth straight win and third straight on the road.
"It was a great team effort," said Cannons head coach Bill Daye. "We battled adversity on the road again and it took another complete team effort for this win."
After jumping out to a quick 3-0 lead on goals from Rabil, Brad Ross and Kevin Buchanan, the Cannons were silenced in the second quarter as Denver took a 7-3 lead into the break after a two-point man-up goal from Max Seibald. Matt Poskay brought the Cannons back to life in the third, scoring first and adding assists to Brian Farrell and Matt Smalley, both notching their second MLL career goals. But the Outlaws maintained the lead, 11-9, going into the last quarter of play.
The Cannons held the Outlaws to just one goal in the fourth, Bill McGlone's third of the game, while Max Quinzani and Ross each scored twice in the frame, Ross completing a hat trick on the night. Poskay scored his second goal on a powerplay with two minutes on the clock to secure the win.
Notably on the defensive end, Mitch Belisle and the Cannons shut down previous MLL points leader Brendan Mundorf. With his 6-0 advantage tonight, Rabil overtook Mundorf as the league's point leader with 32 on the season (to Mundorf's 29). Both have 18 goals in six games. Goalie Jordan Burke had 16 saves for the win.
Next up for the league is the Sports Authority 2011 MLL All-Star Game, taking place at Harvard Stadium next Saturday, July 9th at 7 PM. Nine Cannons players have been selected as All-Stars and will compete in the game. Click here for the complete MLL All-Star roster and more details on the event.