By Rachel Villari | 6/27/14 4:30 PM
Boston Cannons at Charlotte Hounds
Saturday, June 28 – 7:00 p.m. (ET) – American Legion Memorial Stadium
The Boston Cannons (4-4) look for a win to put them over .500 as the push for the playoffs begins. The Charlotte Hounds (3-5) have never beaten their visitors, and look to secure another victory and rewrite history for the second time this season after their win in Denver.
Last Time Out:
Boston: The Cannons dropped their five point lead with five minutes remaining against the Ohio Machine last Saturday, but were able to prevail in sudden victory overtime, taking the game 17-16 with a Will Manny game-winning goal.
Charlotte: The Hounds lost a close battle against the New York Lizards, falling 14-12. Still unable to secure a winning record yet this season, Charlotte looks to dominate the second half of the year in the beginning push for the playoffs.
Better Late Than Never: The Charlotte Hounds have yet to defeat the Boston Cannons in their three years as a team. In that span, the Hounds have gone 0-5 and look for their first win against one of the original MLL Teams. Overall, the Cannons have outscored the Hounds 81-51.
Team MLL vs. Team USA: Multiple players from both teams battled for and against one another last Thursday at the 2014 MLL All-Star Game at Harvard Stadium. Team USA ultimately won with a game-winning goal with less than ten seconds left in the fourth. The Cannon’s Kevin Buchanan (one goal), Mitch Belisle, Chris Eck and Paul Rabil, donning red, white and blue jerseys, took shots on their regular season teammate Jordan Burke and obviated fellow defenseman Kyle Sweeney, who were representing the League on Team MLL. Although no one from the Hounds was vying for a spot on Team USA, Matt Danowski scored two goals for the League, and defensemen Kevin Drew, Ryan Flanagan and Brett Schmidt helped support Burke in net.
Building with Rookies: After a good playoff run last year and some offseason moves, the Hounds have acquired standout rookies Justin Ward, Mike Chanenchuk, Pat Laconi, Henry Lobb, and Thomas DeNapoli to start from the bottom up, and although it’s taken some time, the first years seem to be making adjustments to the professional game just fine. Ward is averaging a point per game thus far in his career, and in three games played, Chanenchuck has collected five goals, and in four games DeNapoli has scored six.
Players to Watch:
Boston: Offensively, Buchanan, Rabil and Manny continue to dominate. All three are in the top five amongst the team in points, goals, and assists. Eck is overwhelming at the ‘X,’ leading in the League having taken 120 out of the 199 battles he has faced. At the All-Star Game last Thursday he went 12 for 17.
Charlotte: Keep an eye out for those rookies, especially Ward and Chanenchuck. Ward has now earned four consecutive multi-point games. Although rebuilding is a process, these two are especially eager to get a head start. MLL Sophomore Mike Sawyer is averaging two points per game this season.
Boston: Rabil is light years ahead of his own roster and a top the League with 40 points. Buchanan leads the team with 24 goals and Rabil leads assists with 24.
Charlotte: Sawyer has earned the most goals (13) and points (16) on the Hounds, and Tim Fallon and Ryan Flanagan have collected 35 ground balls apiece.
The Cannons downed the Hounds 14-6 in Week 4 at Harvard Stadium. Ideally Boston would like to take both games as they did with the Ohio Machine, but Charlotte looks to regain some dignity and split the series. The Cannons swept the series in 2013.
· The Hounds have never defeated the Cannons.
· Ryan Young, an attackman for Charlotte is currently riding a 25-game point streak reaching all the way back into August of 2012.
· The Cannons have scored the second-most total goals (102) and collected the second-most ground balls (232) this season in the League, whereas the Hounds have scored the second-fewest (84), and the scooped the least (205)
If you’re headed to Memorial Stadium to watch the matchup, why not suit up with some awesome Hounds gear? We heard Danowski was a showstopper for Team MLL last Thursday…