PREVIEW: New York at Boston

By Jessica Braveman |  7/18/14 12:00 PM

PREVIEW: New York at Boston

New York Lizards at Boston Cannons

Saturday, July 19—6:00 p.m. (ET)—Harvard Stadium


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Game Notes: New York - Boston

The New York Lizards (6-4) will take to the road after winning three straight games home, while the Boston Cannons (5-5) hope to split the season series with the Lizards and to bring their record above .500.

Last Time Out:

New York: The Lizards defeated the Launch in a dominating 20-11 victory. New York controlled the game from the beginning, only allowing Florida to score once in the opening quarter. The Lizards had 11 assists—their most in a game this season—and appeared unstoppable when they moved the ball around the field, instead of their usual impulsive shooting. Six players had multi-point scoring nights, including Coca-Cola Player of the Game winner Tommy Palasek, with five goals.

Boston: The Cannons handed the first-place Outlaws squad their third loss of the season, and first home loss in over two years (last lost at home on June 2, 2012 to Chesapeake). Nine different Cannons players scored in the game, included rookie Rob Emery, whose outstanding performance included four goals. While the teams seemed evenly matched throughout the game, Boston managed to outscore Denver 5-2 in the final quarter to solidify their win.

Three Story Lines:

FIL World Lacrosse Championships: July 19 is the final day of the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships, with the Championship being played at 9:00 p.m. (ET). Between both the Lizards and Cannons, 11 players will be missing from the rosters for the final regular season meeting between the teams. The Lizards will be forced to play without Ned Crotty (USA), Rob Pannell (USA), Max Seibald (USA), Kyle Hartzell (USA), Drew Adams (USA) and Greg Gurenlian (USA); and the Cannons will be missing Kevin Buchanan (USA), Paul Rabil (USA), Mitch Belisle (USA), Chris Eck (USA) and Brodie Merrill (Canada). These players will be fighting for gold in Denver while Boston and New York battle it out at Harvard Stadium.

On the Road Again: The Lizards will once again hit the road after enjoying three weeks at home. Although New York is a perfect 5-0 at Shuart Stadium, they aren’t so lucky when traveling. The Lizards have only won a single away game this season (back in Week 4 against Ohio), and are 1-4 on the road. The Cannons, who are 3-1 at home, will look to take advantage of the Lizards as they make the journey up to Boston.

Playoff Bound? If the standings were to remain the same, both New York and Boston would be in the playoffs. The Lizards can gain some ground on the top two teams with a win, but a loss could send them right back into the chasing pack. The Cannons, however, are one of the teams in the chasing pack and look to break free with a win over New York. A loss for Boston would put them back below .500 and could knock them back out of playoff contention. Both New York and Boston will just have to hope they can remain ahead of the four teams behind them. With four games still remaining, and with the way this season has gone—anything could happen.

Players to Watch:

New York:The Lizards saw the return of former attackman, Matt Gibson, who New York picked up from the Player Pool back in June. In his first two games back with the Lizards, Gibson has been on fire with five goals. Without Rob Pannell, Ned Crotty and Max Seibald in the line-up, Gibson may have even more scoring opportunities.

Boston: Keep your eyes peeled for rookie Rob Emery, who won last week’s Coca-Cola Player of the game. Emery is sixth in point totals for the Cannons, scoring 8 goals in his six games with Boston.

Statistical Leaders:

New York: With Lizards’ scoring leader Rob Pannell out in Denver, JoJo Marasco and Tommy Palasek look to take control of the team. Marasco is currently in second behind Pannell in points (20), with 15 goals and five assists. Palasek sits right behind Marasco in third, with 19 overall points, including 18 goals and one assist. Both players have been essential to the past three wins, so hopefully New York won’t feel too much of a loss with Pannell gone.

Boston: In his sophomore season with the Cannons, Will Manny has made quite the impact. Manny sits right in between Paul Rabil, the team’s statistical leader, and Kevin Buchanan on Boston’s point chart. Both Rabil and Buchanan will be representing Team USA at the World Games, so Manny’s 23 goals and 15 assists will hopefully lead the team to a win.

Season Series:

New York won the first of the two games in an exciting back-and-forth scoring duel back in Week 5. The Lizards and Cannons seemed evenly matched, and it all came down to a final goal scored by New York’s Ned Crotty with only four minutes left in the game. The night ended with the Lizards picking up an 11-10 win and the Cannons heading back to the Bay State with their third loss of the season.

Fun Facts:

- New York has the highest penalty kill percentage at 88%, while Boston is second-to-last in the penalty kill at 64%

-The last time New York swept Boston in a season series was 2012.

-As two of the original MLL teams, New York and Boston have faced off a total of 35 times, with the Lizards winning 19 of their meetings.

Heading to the Game?

Plan on being at Harvard Stadium this weekend? While it might be hot during day, it still gets chilly at night in Boston. Pick up this cozy Cannons sweatshirt to keep you warm as you take in the action. Get yours here, or by clicking on the image to the right.


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