6/20/12 10:00 AM
This Saturday, June 23rd, the Boston Cannons head to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis to take on the Chesapeake Bayhawks. This is the Cannons' first 2012 meeting with the Bayhawks. Boston and Chesapeake have met in the semi-finals two years in a row. The Bayhawks knocked the Cannons out of the playoffs in 2010, but the Cannons returned the favor in 2011 with a thrilling 14-13 victory that propelled the Cannons to their first Steinfeld Trophy.
The Cannons are back on track coming off a 16-8 win against the Charlotte Hounds. With two losses prior to Saturday, the Cannons sit at 5-2 entering Saturday’s game. Chesapeake is currently first in the league with 6 wins and 1 loss so far this season. Boston trails behind tied with the Denver Outlaws at second.
The Cannons and the Bayhawks met twice during the 2011 regular season, with the Cannons winning both games. First, the Bayhawks traveled to Harvard Stadium where the Cannons prevailed, 17-13. Paul Rabil earned the Bud Light MLL Player of the Game with five goals and two assists. Three weeks later, the Cannons traveled to Annapolis where Bud Light Player of the Game Kevin Buchanan tallied four goals and Paul Rabil had five points on three goals and two assists. The Boston Cannons walked away with 17-10 victory over the Bayhawks.
Both the Cannons and the Bayhawks have strong goalies in net. With a 9.36 goals against average a .583 save percentage; Jordan Burke leads the league as the number 1 goalie. Trailing him at number 2 is the Bayhawks goalie, TC DiBartolo, with a 10.27 goals against average and a .563 save percentage. Former Cannon Kip Turner has also seen time with the Bayhawks this season, posting an 11.42 goals against average and .451 save percentage.
The Cannons have both Rabil and Ryan Boyle in the top 10 MLL scoring leaders at spots 1 and 5, while the Bayhawks have Kyle Dixon, Steven Brooks and Drew Westervelt ranked third, ninth and tenth, respectively, anchoring the Chesapeake offense. The Cannons also have Chris Eck who, so far this season, has had an impressive face-off performance with a 120-200 record. Bayhawks face-off specialist Adam Rand is currently 105-194 for the season.
The Cannons enter this week’s game with the Bayhawks having totaled 112 points so far this season. The Chesapeake Bayhawks have currently totaled 113 points.
Watch the game live on CSN New England or ESPN3.com, or listen live on www.herbfm.com.