7/24/12 11:13 AM
This Saturday, July 28th, the first place Chesapeake Bayhawks travel to Harvard Stadium to take on the fourth place Boston Cannons.
The Bayhawks face the Cannons in another episode of a developing rivalry. 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.
The Cannons are coming off a second straight loss to the Denver Outlaws, a loss that pushed them to fourth place in the league with a record of 6-5.
The Cannons currently have two players among the top 10 scoring leaders. Paul Rabil tops the league with a total 56 points, comprised of 20 goals, four 2-point goals, and 32 assists. Ryan Boyle lands at number three with 14 goals and 24 assists making for a total of 38 points. Chesapeake only has Kyle Dixon at spot 4 with 37 points so far this season.
The Cannons and the Bayhawks have met once before this season on June 23rd. The Boston Cannons never led as they fell to Chesapeake, 14-13. Paul Rabil's seven points on two two-point goals and three assists were not enough as former Cannons goaltender Kip Turner was named Bud Light Player of the Game for his 17-save performance.
The Cannons and the Bayhawks met twice during the 2011 season, 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.
The Cannons are holding onto the last playoff spot, three games out of first place. The final three games are crucial for the Cannons to secure a spot at Championship Weekend.
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