By Thomas Livingston | 7/5/14 12:30 AM
The Boston Cannons (5-5) defeated the Denver Outlaws (7-3) 17-13, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Co. The victory evens the Cannons record at 5-5 and holds Boston in the fourth and final playoff spot. It was the first Outlaws home loss in over two years.
Nine different Cannons scored goals, led by sophomore sensation Will Manny (3g,1a), rookie Rob Emery (4g), and veteran Ryan Boyle (3a).
Cannons rookie Rob Emery’s four goals, a career-high, earned him the Coca-Cola Player of the Game honors. Emery began Boston’s offensive production in the first quarter with a strong north-south dodge to his left hand and blasted a shot past Outlaws Goalie Jesse Schwartzman.
Schwartzman struggled in the opening quarter, giving up five goals on Boston’s first five shots. He ended the night with nine saves, the second-lowest total of the season for the Team USA keeper.
Manny, fifth in the MLL in scoring with 38 points, recorded his third straight game with at least three goals. He converted from close range and was also able to create his own opportunities dodging from behind the cage.
“My teammates make me the player I am,” said Manny during aa break in the game, “They have given me a lot more confidence this year.”
Denver’s Eric Law, a Colorado native, was the answer for the Outlaws when Boston repeatedly tried to pull away. Law finished the evening with four goals and one assist.
Law had a remarkable diving goal from behind the net that snuck past the ankles of Boston Goalie Jordan Burke in the 1st quarter and an important equalizer at the end of the 3rd quarter that brought the score to 11-11.
However, his efforts were not enough to save the suddenly skidding Outlaws.
Boston won the game in the 4th quarter, outscoring the Outlaws 5-2, including two of Emery’s four tallies. Faceoff specialist Chris Eck was dominate in the second half and gave Boston a clear advantage in possessions.
The loss marks the first time in over two years that the Outlaws have dropped back-to-back games.
Boston struggled with turnovers and rushed many offensive possessions, settling for the next shot and not finding the best shot, but Denver’s defense was unorganized and undisciplined, and could not contain Boston’s balanced offensive attack.
Eck finished 21-for-32 at the X for the Cannon’s. Denver’s Anthony Kelly was 11-for-31.
Boston’s Jordan Burke finished with 13 saves and was consistent all evening.
-29,718 fans attended the annual 4th of July game in Denver, the 3rd highest attendance in MLL History.
-Denver’s Eric Law now leads the MLL in goals with 29.
-Boston Defenseman Brodie Merrill scored his 4th goal of the season.
-Boston finished with 31 groundballs, a decided advantage over Denver’s 23 groundballs.
-Boston’s Rob Emery was named the Coca-Cola Player of the Game.