Cannons Post-Season PreviewBy Meg Andrews
As Major League Lacrosse Championship Weekend 2010 presented by Warrior approaches the Boston Cannons can think in terms of simple math, 2=1. Two more wins equal one championship.
On Saturday, August 21 at 12pm the number one seeded Boston Cannons will face-off against the number four seeded Chesapeake Bayhawks at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. The winner will face either Denver or Long Island in the Championship game on Sunday, August 22 at 1pm.
The Cannons finished the regular season with an 8-4 record, but ended the season with a 16-15 overtime loss to Chesapeake. The loss ruined what could have been a perfect home season for the Cannons but left them motivated for the rematch in the semifinals.
“I wanted to go off on a good note and win all the games at home but [the Bayhawks] were a tough team,” Cannons Rookie of the Year Max Quinzani stated. “We’re going to see them in the first round [of the post-season] which I would really like to do in order to get back at them.”
Two of the Cannons’ four losses this season came to Chesapeake so there is no danger in the Boston players looking ahead to the Championship game. “They’re definitely going to bring it; they’ve got a lot of good middies. But we know what they have now,” Quinzani said.
Despite an incredibly successful regular season, the Cannons are preparing for the challenge ahead by focusing on their weaknesses. “Sometimes you become over-zealous when things are going well, which is a good problem to have because that means we’re doing well,” Paul Rabil proclaimed. “We got out of our groove; we have to work on that,” Quinzani added.
The Cannons have never won an MLL Championship but this could be their best chance, they approach Championship Weekend knowing that what they did in the regular season means nothing now. “Each playoff game is sort of its own championship, eventually you want to be the last man standing,” Rabil explained.
“I’m excited for the atmosphere. I’m going to soak it all in,” Quinzani said. “And on top of that, I’m going to play really well. I can guarantee that and guarantee our team is going to play really well. I hope we end on a win.”
The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
2010 Major League Lacrosse Championship Weekend presented by Warrior
August 21-22, Annapolis, MD
For information and tickets go to www.majorleaguelacrosse.com