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Game 14 Preview- Rochester Rattlers vs. Boston Cannons
Saturday, August 9, 2014
MLL Youtube (LIVE)
Boston, MA (August 6, 2014) - The Boston Cannons enter the final game of theregular season needing a win and an Ohio Machine loss to reach the playoffs. Their opponent, the Rochester Rattlers, have already locked up a spot in the playoffs but will be fighting for the top position in the Major League Lacrosse regular season standings. The Cannons will be without superstar Paul Rabil who suffered a season ending foot injury last weekend against the Florida Launch.
"You can't replace a great player like that. Everyone needs to step up," Cannons Head Coach John Tucker stated.
The Cannons, who needed a win last weekend to keep their playoff hopes alive, rallied together to defeat the Launch at home. The Cannons used a barrage of offense in the first half to take a commanding lead and were able to hold onto the lead as the Launch stormed back in the second half.
The Cannons should be ready to fight for their spot in the playoffs but will be missing one of their biggest offensive playmakers in Paul Rabil. The Cannons will also be looking to avenge their week 2 loss to the Rattlers in Rochester when they had a last second shot saved to lose 9-8. Offensively the Cannons will be lead by both Will Manny and Kevin Buchanan who both have scored 32 goals on the season. Defensively the Cannons will rely on goalie Jordan Burke who was named the Coca-Cola Player of the game last week for his stellar performance in net. The Cannons will also look towards All-Star Kyle Sweeney and partner on defense Brodie Merrill.
With a spot in the playoffs being on the line expect the Cannons to throw everything they can at net in order to create as many scoring chances as possible. Rochester has an extremely balanced attack on offense with 7 players tallying more than 20 points on the season and 7 players scoring at least 12 goals on the season. The Rattlers also are one of the most accurate teams when shooting the ball, while they do not shoot the ball often the Rattlers have a team shooting percentage of .310 and have 10 players shooting over a percentage of .300.
The Cannons only have one possible scenario to make the playoffs entering the final game. They must beat the Rattlers and they also need the Florida Launch to defeat the Ohio Machine. If this scenario plays out the Machine and Cannons will both have a 7-7 record but the Cannons have the tiebreaker by beating the Machine in both games this season. If the Cannons make the playoffs they will be the #4 seed and will have to travel to either Rochester or Denver for the semifinal of the playoffs.
Head Coach John Tucker reiterated, "We just need to focus on playing 60 minute of lacrosse."
Cannons Leading the League:
-Kevin Buchanan is second in the league with 5 power play goals, and is tied for fourth in the league lead the league in goals with 32
-Paul Rabil is tied for first in the league in assists with 33, and is second in points with 54
-Will Manny is tied for fourth in the league in goals with 32, and is tied for 3rd in points with 51.
-Chris Eck is second in the league lead with 89 ground balls collected.
-Has won 168 of 287 face-offs
-Jordan Burke is second in the league in minutes played with 761:28
-First in saves with 181
-One of 2 goalies to play in all 13 games
-Jordan Burke has 27 wins all time, making him the record holder of most all time wins in a Cannons uniform, he looks to continue to add to his win total
-Kevin Buchanan is 2 goals away from 125 as a Boston Cannon
-6 assists away from 50 as a Boston Cannon
-2 points away from 200 on his career
-Chris Eck, Mitch Belisle and Ryan Boyle are all one game away from their 70th as a Boston Cannon
-Chris Eck is 3 ground balls away from 500 on his career
About Boston Cannons
The Boston Cannons are one of the founding franchises of Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league. They began play in June of 2001 and currently host home games at Harvard Stadium. They won their first MLL Championship on August 28, 2011. All tickets for the 2014 season are now on sale. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 617.746.9933 or visit www.BostonCannons.com
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