Game 5 Preview - Cannons at Lizards

5/28/14 1:47 PM

Game 5 Preview - Cannons at Lizards

Game 5 Preview - Cannons @ Lizards

Friday, May 30th, 2014


Hempstead, NY



Comcast SportsNet New England (LIVE) (LIVE)


Complete Game Notes Here


BOSTON, MA- (May 28, 2014) - The Cannons got back on track with a 14-6 win over the Charlotte Hounds after two consecutive losses. They now hold a record of 2-2 and are in a 3 way tie for 3rd place in the MLL Standings. The Cannons capitalized on their chances and played tight defense as they went on to defeat 2013 MLL runners-up Charlotte Hounds.

"We had consistent close defense, solid defensive middies, and we won battles at the X," stated Head Coach John Tucker. 

The Canons now travel to Hempstead, NY to take on the Lizards for their second road trip of the season this Friday, May 30th at 7:30pm. On the Cannons last road trip, they were tripped up by the Rochester Rattlers, losing 8-7.

After a weekend off for Memorial Day, the Cannons look to push their winning streak to 2 games. In an offensive outpouring against Charlotte the Cannons had 8 players score goals, being led by veteran Paul Rabil, who scored 3 goals and had 3 assists. Will Manny had 2 goals and an assist to tally 3 points and Kevin Buchanan also had 2 goals and one assist. Stephen Berger and Owen Blye both had 2 goals for the Cannons.

Defensively the Cannons were solid, allowing only 16 shots on goal and Jordan Burke saved 10 of these 16 shots. Scott Ratliff collected 8 ground balls and face off specialist Chris Eck won 19 of 24 face-offs and collected 14 ground balls.

The Cannons were held scoreless through the first half of the first quarter before rookie Jack Rice broke the 0-0 tie. The Cannons outscored the Hounds in every quarter, jumping out to an 8-3 lead at the half. They added 6 more goals in the second half to defeat the Hounds by a final score of 14-6.

New York defeated the Ohio Machine in their last contest by a score of 11-9. Rob Pannell led the way for New York, scoring only 1 goal but getting the assist on 3 of his teammate’s goals. Pannell leads the team in points, goals and assists and will be someone that the Cannons need to limit production from if they look to leave New York with a win. Goalie Drew Adams made 12 saves on 21 shots on goal to lead his team to the win.

Last season the Cannons split the season series with New York, winning 16-12 at home on June 21st and losing in New York 14-11 on April 28th. In the first matchup, the loss the Cannons led after the first quarter but allowed 6 goals in the second quarter. They made a late attempt at a comeback, scoring 5 goals in the 4th quarter but just fell short. Paul Rabil scored 4 goals for the Cannons and Tommy Palasek scored 3 goals and 2 assists for the Lizards.

In the second matchup, the Cannons used a strong defensive stand in the second quarter, allowing only 1 goal to take a lead at halftime. After the half they did not relinquish the lead, scoring 6 goals in the third quarter and then 3 in the 4th quarter.  Four Cannons had 5 points in the game, Matt Poskay (5 goals), Paul Rabil (4 goals, 1 assist), Will Manny (1 goal, 4 assists), and Kevin Buchanan (2 goals, 3 assists). Rob Pannell scored 2 goals and had 3 assists for the Lizards. This week, three cannons draftees will be activated in Austin Kaut, Scott McWilliams and Rob Emery.

"MLL is a different animal. The rookies will have some adjusting to do, but we're excited for them," Coach Tucker explained. 

The Cannons look to improve their overall record against New York to 17-18 and are ready to get their third win in 2014.



  • Jordan Burke has 23 wins all time, only 2 away from tying current Cannons record holder for all time wins, Chris Garrity.
  • Paul Rabil is 28 goals away from reaching 200 in his career.
  • Ryan Boyle is 15 points away from reaching 200 in his career.
  • Kevin Buchanan is 2 points away from reaching 150 in his career.



About the 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



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