6/16/10 8:32 AM
After defeating the Denver Outlaws at home this past Saturday 17-12, the Boston Cannons (3-2) will head back on the road Sunday June 20to take on the Chicago Machine (3-2) in Virginia Beach, VA. The Cannons are now 3-0 at home and hope to get their first away-win of the season and their second win against the Machine.
During the second week of the MLL season, the Cannons defeated Chicago 17-15 at Harvard Stadium in front of a record-breaking Cannons crowd of 10,615. The Boston fans witnessed an abundance of exciting action during this game including Paul Rabil’s MLL season debut, Matt Poskay’s 100th career goal (and three others), and three goals and two assists from Kevin Buchanan who was named Bud Light MVP.
Since their encounter with the Cannons, the Chicago Machine had a two-game winning streak against the Chesapeake Bayhawks and the Toronto Nationals, but lost this past weekend in overtime to the Long Island Lizards. However, Machine players shined despite the game outcome, including attackman Kevin Leveille and rookie Ned Crotty. Leveille is fourth in the league with 19 points and led the team with two goals and three assists this past weekend.Crotty, who was the first overall draft pick during the MLL Collegiate Draft, opened the third quarter against Long Island with his first career goal.
Boston’s Matt Poskay leads the league with 24 points and 21 goals, one of which was assisted by Cannons rookie Max Quinzani. Quinzani was named MLL Rookie of the Week for his three goals and one assist during his MLL debut against the Outlaws. Poskay and Quinzani work well together on the field and are a strong matchup for any opponent. “We got a good knack going. It seems like we play a similar game,” Poskay said about his dynamic with Quinzani.
After being held without a point in the two previous games, Paul Rabil got involved in the offense and was named Bud Light MVP for his three goals and three assists against Denver. “Paul had a great game not only scoring but distributing the ball as well,” Boston Cannons Head Coach Bill Daye stated.
Rabil believes the Cannons key to success is through the midfield. “What’s important is that our midfielders get in and transition,”he stated. The contest against Chicago will be another opportunity for the midfield to make their presence known on the field. “We need to focus on not turning the ball over, playing good team defense and continuing to share the ball on offense,” Coach Daye added.
Although the Cannons have only seen successful results at Harvard Stadium, these key players continue to strive for success and are ready to literally go the distance for the win. “We haven’t played well on the road and that’s something we have to get over to win. This weekend will be a big test,” Poskay stated. “If we can have an effort like we did on Saturday afternoon vs. Denver I think we'll be in good shape,” Coach Daye said.
The game will be broadcast live on Comcast Sports Net New England, Cox Sports Rhode Island, BrightHouse Sports, Cox Sports New Orleans, and ESPN3.com. A replay will be shown on Universal Sports on June 23 at 3 p.m. ET.
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2010 Major League Lacrosse Championship Weekend presented by Warrior
August 21-22, Annapolis, MD
For information and tickets go to www.majorleaguelacrosse.com
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