8/25/12 7:13 PM
August 25, 2012 - Boston, MA - The #3 Boston Cannons lost to the #2 Chesapeake Bayhawks, 16-10, in the second MLL semi-final game at Harvard Stadium today. The Bayhawks will face the Denver Outlaws in the MLL championship game on Sunday at 3pm.
Bud Light Player of the Game Ben Rubeor scored six goals, including four straight in the second half, to lead the Bayhawks. Mike Stone led the Cannons with five points (3 goals, 2 assists), but Paul Rabil had just two assists and Ryan Boyle was held scoreless in the loss. A crowd of 8,090 attended both semi-final games.
Stone had a hand in four of the Cannons' five first-quarter goals, scoring two and assisting two others. Kevin Buchanan struck first for the Cannons, but John Grant, Jr. answered less than a minute later to stay even. Boston then went on a four-goal run and ended the first quarter ahead, 5-2.
The Bayhawks scored twice to open the second quarter, but after Jordan Burke made a point-blank save, Cannons defender PT Ricci scored in transition and Ari Sussman followed with another to keep the Cannons ahead. Kyle Dixon's consecutive two-point goals, however, were enough to give the Bayhawks their first lead of the game and Chesapeake took a 9-8 advantage into the break.
After six scoreless minutes to open the second half, Stone completed his hat trick to even the score at 9-9. Chesapeake then scored seven unanswered goals to seal the victory. Chesapeake will play for their fourth Steinfeld Trophy tomorrow while Denver, who overcame a nine-goal deficit to beat Long Island 13-12 in the earlier semi-final, seeks their first MLL title.
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