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Game Preview: Cannons @ Hounds

June 14, 2012
This Saturday, June 16 th, the Boston Cannons travel to the American Legion Memorial Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina to take on the Charlotte Hounds. This is the Cannons first visit to Charlotte as the Hounds are one of the new 2012 expansion teams. The Cannons enter week seven’s game looking to end their two game losing streak. The Cannons are 4-2 for the season while the Hounds are 1-5.

This is the second meeting of the two teams this season. On May 5 th, the teams met at Harvard Stadium with the Cannons taking a 20-12 victory. Matt Poskay marked his season debut with five goals for the Cannons and was named Bud Light Player of the Game while Ryan Boyle led the Cannons with six points on a goal and five assists.

Despite the loss, the Hounds had some good plays emerge with goals by Brian Carrol and Justin Smith, and Josh Amidon was able to sneak a power-play goal past Burke. Amidon went on to be named the week three MLL Offensive Player of the Week.

This Saturday’s game will mark six weeks since the two teams have met, and the Hounds roster has seen some changes. They acquired 2012 NCAA Champion and tournament Most Outstanding Player Eric Lusby from Loyola through the Major League Lacrosse waiver wire process. This attackman led Loyola to its first national lacrosse title and set an NCAA Championship record by scoring 17 goals in the four tournament games. Due to the MLL waiver wire regulations, this Saturday’s game is the first game of the 2012 season that Lusby will be eligible to play. The addition of this rookie will be sure to change the face of the game. In addition to Lusby, the Hounds are stacked with young talent: Billy Bitter (UNC '11), Ryan Flanagan (UNC '11), Jeremy Boltus (Army '11), Jovan Miller (Syracuse '11), Josh Amidon (Syracuse '11) and Brian Carroll (UVA '10).

Similarly, the Boston Cannons have had slight alterations to their roster. Kevin Buchanan and Pat Heim, who were not present during the May 5 th match up due to their NLL commitments, are back in full force.  On June 12 th, the Cannons traded Rochester Rattler midfielder Martin Cahill for Cannons midfielder Brad Ross. The Cannons are excited to add Cahill to their roster as he was named to the 2011 MLL All-Star Game for the first time last season and was a ninth overall draft pick in the 2010 MLL Collegiate Draft.

“Marty will make us better on offense,” said Cannons head coach Steve Duffy. “We like him in a short stick match-up. He hasn’t gotten a lot of those up in Rochester. When he comes to our team he’ll have more opportunities against a short stick.”

This Saturday’s game should look a lot different from the start of their season match up. Be sure to check it out live on CBS Sports Network at 7:00 pm on Saturday.