Week One: Cannons 15 – Lizards 12
The Boston Cannons kicked off the 2011 with a win against the Long Island Lizards in front of 9,122 fans at Harvard Stadium. Ryan Boyle was the Bud Light Player of the Game with three goals and four assists for a total of seven points. Goalie Kip Turner also had a strong performance with 21 saves, earning him MLL Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Stephen Peyser opened the scoring with a two point goal for the Lizards. The Cannons quickly answered with four unanswered goals from Pat Heim, Kevin Buchanan, Max Quinzani (Duxbury) and Mike Stone (Wellesley). Stone's goal was a two-pointer to help bring the Cannons to a 4-2 lead heading into the second quarter. Long Island began the second quarter strong as they broke down the Cannons' defense for two goals within the first minute to tie up the score at four. Brad Ross scored a two point goal with the assist from JJ Morrissey. After trading possessions and goals, the Cannons took a 7-6 lead into the break.
After a four-goal third quarter to maintain an 11-8 lead going into the fourth, 2010 MLL Bud Light MVP Matt Poskay scored his first goal of the season after a face off win from
Chris Eck and an assist from Boyle. In an evenly matched final quarter with both teams scoring four goals, the Cannons came away with the win, 15-12.
Week Two: Outlaws 13 – Cannons 12
It was Military Appreciation night at Harvard Stadium as the Boston Cannons fell to the Denver Outlaws (2-0), 13-12, for the first loss of the season in front of 8,317 fans. The Cannons wore camouflage jerseys that were autographed and auctioned off to raise over $2,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project.
The Outlaws gained momentum early in the game, running the
score to 6-1 before taking a 7-3 lead into halftime. With thirteen face off wins by Chris Eck in the third quarter, the Cannons began the second half strong by scoring first with a goal from Quinzani. Eight goals were scored during this quarter as the back and forth game left the advantage in the hands of Denver, 10-8.
Quinzani earned a hat trick after beginning the fourth quarter with a goal that brought the Cannons back within one for the first time since the start of the game. After a goal by the Outlaws that increased their lead back to two, Rabil scored his first of the 2011 season followed by another goal from Quinzani. Immediately off another face off win, PT Ricci scored his first goal in a Cannons uniform to give Boston the lead, 12-11. But it wasn’t enough, as the Outlaws scored to two to end the game with the 13-12 win.
Week Three: Cannons 17 – Bayhawks 13
In front of a record-breaking crowd of 10,727 fans, the Boston Cannons improve to 2-1 on the season with the 17-13 win over the Chesapeake Bayhawks at Harvard Stadium. Paul Rabil earned the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game with five goals and two assists, while Matt Smalley, Jason Duboe and Jim Connelly each scored their first MLL career goals.
Boston started off hot with a quick a goal from Pat Heim within the first 30 seconds of the game. Greg Downing followed immediately with a shot past Bayhawks Goalie Chris Garrity, giving Boston the 2-0 lead. Chesapeake answered back half way through the first quarter with a pair of goals to tie the game. Brad Ross scored just inside the two point arc with an assist from Rabil to give the Cannons what looked like a lead into the second quarter. But Matt Abbott was able to find the back of the net with seconds left, ending the first quarter in a 3-3 tie.
The Cannons baffled the Bayhawks defenders to begin the second quarter with five unanswered goals from Smalley, Rabil, Ross,Max Quinzani and Duboe, bringing the score to 8-3. After trading goals, Chesapeake was able to end the half with a last-second two-point goal from Steven Brooks, leaving the score 9-6 going into the break.
The Bayhawks continued their comeback with the first goal of the third quarter from Ben Rubeor. Chesapeake's run was short lived, however, as Rabil scored back to back goals, extending the Cannons lead to 11-8. Boston increased their lead to five with the score standing at 13-9 going into the last quarter.
The fourth quarter remained action packed with both teams scoring four goals apiece. Quinzani found the goal early in the fourth before the Bayhawks were able to keep it close with two goals to pull within three. But Quinzani completed his hat trick, along with three assists in the game, while Rabil scored his fifth goal to end the game at 17-13.
Week Four: Cannons 19 – Lizards 8
The Boston Cannons improved to 3-1 in a decisive 19-8 victory over the Long Island Lizards. In a re-match of the season opener, which Boston won 15-12, goalie Jordan Burke was named Bud Light Player of the Game for his 24-save performance while Brad Ross and Paul Rabil combined for 10 points, including three two-point goals.
Four goals were scored on each side of the field during the first quarter. Despite sloppy play from both teams, the Cannons held the Lizards' offense silent in the second quarter. Poskay scored his second goal within the first minute while Rabil,Greg Downing, and Ross contributed to Boston's run, bringing the score to 8-4 at the half. The Cannons continued to outplay the Lizards after the break with goals from Poskay, Pat Heim, Boyle, Mike Stone and Downing, ending the third quarter at 13-6.
Long Island was held to only one goal in the fourth quarter while Boston continued to dominate. Boyle started the Cannons rally with the first goal of the quarter. Rabil and Ross showed distance with their goals from outside the two point line and Poskay found the back of the net for his fourth goal of the game. Long Island was able to earn two more points on Danowski's long goal, but it was not enough as the Cannons claimed the season series with the 19-8 win.
Week Five: Cannons 16 – Rattlers 14
The Boston Cannons improved to 4-1 with a 16-14 win over the Rochester Rattlers (0-4) at Sahlen Stadium in the team's first stop in a four game road trip. Paul Rabil was named the Bud Light Player of the Game for his six-point performance on four goals and two assists. Matt Poskay, the 2010 Major League Lacrosse MVP, added a season-high five goals.
The Cannons led 5-2 after the first quarter, but the Rattlers gained control and took an 8-6 lead into the half. The Cannons battled back, scoring seven in the third quarter while holding the Rattlers to two. The fourth quarter remained a battle, with the Rattlers tying it at 14 on a two-point shot from Matt Streibel with less than six minutes in the game. Max Quinzani answered with his third goal of the game, and Pat Heim added a tally to secure the win. Heim finished with two goals and three assists for five points.
Week Six: Cannons 17 – Bayhawks 10
Bud Light Player of the Game Kevin Buchanan tallied four goals and Paul Rabil had five points on three goals
and two assists in the Boston Cannons' 17-10 victory over the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Down 7-6 at halftime, the Cannons held the Bayhawks to three goals in the second half to improve to 5-1 halfway through the season.
Chris Eckedged Alex Smith in face offs, going 16-30, surpassing 500 wins in his career. Matt Poskay, held scoreless in the first meeting with the Bayhawks this season, scored a hat trick. Brian Farrell, the Cannons’ eventual Rookie of the Year, notched a goal and an assist in his professional debut. Kyle Sweeney and PT Ricci added long-pole goals with one and two, respectively. Rabil's five points brought him to 150 in his professional career.
Week Seven: Cannons 15 – Outlaws 12
The Boston Cannons beat the Denver Outlaws 15-12 in front of a professional lacrosse record crowd of 27,184 at INVESCO Field at Mile High Stadium. 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.
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, Ross completing a hat trick on the night. Poskay scored his second goal on a power play with two minutes on the clock to secure the win.
Week Eight: Lizards 12 – Cannons 11
The Boston Cannons were held to just one goal in the second half to lose 12-11 to the Long Island Lizards to
end their four game road trip. The Cannons took control from the first face-off, taking a decisive 5-0 lead in the first quarter on goals from Max Quinzani, Kevin Buchanan, Pat Heim and two from Matt Poskay, who also had an assist during the run. The Lizards took over the end of the quarter with a two-point goal from Stephen Peyser and two goals from Tim Goettelmann to end the first in a 5-4 Cannons lead.
Although the Lizards struck first in the second quarter, Rabil re-started the Cannons' offense with the 20th two-point goal of his career. Poskay scored again, Brian Farrell notched his third career goal in three games and Rabil scored his 20th (one-point) goal of the season. John Grant Jr. scored behind the back to keep the Lizards alive, but the Cannons took a 10-6 lead into halftime.
Long Island controlled the scoreboard in the third, with goals from rookie Jay Card, Dan Cocchi and Peyser to bring the Lizards within one, then Card scored five minutes into the fourth quarter to tie the score at 10. The Lizards took their first lead of the night on a two-point goal from Matt Danowski and, despite an unassisted goal from Brad Ross, held on for the 12-11 win.
Week Nine: Nationals 12 – Cannons 16
Paul Rabilscored his 100
th career goal as the Boston Cannons returned home to Harvard Stadium, but it
was not enough as the Hamilton Nationals prevailed, 16-12. Unable to regain momentum in the second half after a nine-goal second quarter, the Cannons suffered their second loss in a row. Hamilton goalie Scott Rodgers earned Bud Light Player of the Game honors for his 20-save performance.
Hamilton started off hot in the first quarter, shutting out the Cannons 3-0. After the slow start, the Cannons were busy during the second quarter, scoring five unanswered goals to start their nine-goal rally before the half. Kevin Buchanan, Paul Rabil, Max
Qunizani, Ryan Boyle andMatt Poskay all scored to give the Cannons their first lead on the night. The teams traded goals for the rest of the quarter, with the Cannons taking a 9-8 lead into the half.
The Nationals began the third quarter with four goals to take the lead for the remainder of the game. Poskay broke Hamilton's streak with two goals in a row, bringing the Cannons back within one. However, it was not enough for Boston as Donny Moss scored to end the third quarter in favor of Hamilton, 13-11. In a quiet fourth quarter, Buchanan was able to jump start the Cannons' offense with his third goal on the night, keeping Boston within one. But with three goals to close the game, Hamilton clinched the win.
Week Ten: Cannons 10 – Outlaws 9
Bud Light Player of the Game Kevin Buchanan scored the game-winning goal with 1:06 in the game, giving the Cannons a 10-9 victory over the Denver Outlaws, clinching a playoff berth for the ninth time in the Cannons' 11 seasons. Down 3-2 at halftime, the Cannons came from behind in Denver for the second time this season, winning the tie breaker between the teams to be the first in Major League Lacrosse to clinch a spot in Championship Weekend.
The game began slowly for both offenses, with the first quarter ending in a 1-1 tie on goals from Matt Poskay for the Cannons and Terry Kimener for the Outlaws. Poskay had the first tally again in the second quarter, but the Outlaws answered twice to take a 3-2 lead into halftime. Both offenses came alive after the break, each scoring four goals in the third quarter. Paul Rabil scored twice, Pat Heim added one and Kyle Sweeney scored a man-down goal with less than a minute to play to keep the Cannons within one going into the final 15 minutes.
Drew Westervelt and Brendan Mundorf each completed a hat trick in the fourth quarter, but those were the only two Outlaws goals to the Cannons' three, kicked off by Brad Ross' two-point goal to tie the game at eight. Max Quinzani scored before Buchanan's give-and-go with Heim cemented the victory and playoff spot.
Week Eleven: Cannons 13 – Nationals 8
The Boston Cannons traveled to Hamilton, Ontario, securing first place in the league heading into
Championship Weekend with a 13-8 victory over the Nationals. Bud Light Player of the Game Jordan Burke had 24 saves out of 32 shots on goal, later earning him MLL Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Paul Rabil, Kevin Buchanan, Matt Poskay and Max Quinzani all scored in the first quarter for the Boston Cannons. With two goals from Buchanan, the Cannons took a quick 4-0 lead over the Nationals. Hamilton was able to answer back with three goals of their own until Quinzani scored his second to give Boston a 5-3 lead in the first quarter. Boston continued their offensive attack in the second quarter as Poskay and Quinzani extended the Cannons' lead to five. However, Hamilton's Seven Keogh scored two back to back, bringing Hamilton within two points going into the break.
The third quarter was quiet with only one goal scored on each side of the field. Boston was able to maintain a two point advantage, leading the Nationals 8-6 going into the final fifteen minutes of play. Hamilton got off to a great start in the last quarter, scoring two to tie the game at 8, but the Cannons regained composure into the final minutes of the game, ending with five unanswered goals to close out the victory.
Week Twelve: Cannons 16 – Rattlers 15
27 seconds into overtime, Boston's
Brad Ross split the Rochester Rattlers' defense and found an open corner, giving the Cannons a 16-15 win in front of 8,154 ecstatic at the final game of the regular season. Ross earned Bud Light Player of the Game for his 3-point performance.
In the first quarter, the Cannons took a quick two-point lead over the Rattlers with goals from
Matt Poskay and
Mike Stone. Rochester was able to tie up the game at 2 before Rabil scored to end the quarter with Boston leading 4-3.
Rochester fought back in the second quarter as Ned Crotty scored the first goal.
Brian Farrell, Ross and Rabil scored to come back and lead the Rattlers into halftime, 9-7. Rabil's goal in the closing seconds of the quarter marked his fourth two-point goal of the season.
The second half was a battle as Rochester kept within one point going into the final fifteen minutes of play. The Rattlers grabbed the 15-14 lead after a goal from Martin Cahill, but their lead was short as Buchanan, who recently earned MLL Offensive Player of the Week honors for the first time, tied it up with only three seconds remaining in the game.
Heading into overtime, Boston was fired up and gained immediate possession of the ball. After a quick time out, Ross found the back of the net to seal the victory and maintain the Cannons win streak entering the post season.