By Rachel Villari | 7/25/14 2:20 PM
Boston Cannons at Florida Launch
Saturday, July 26 – 7:00 p.m. (ET) – FAU Stadium
WATCH: ESPN3.com and syndicated channels
The Boston Cannons (5-6) look to lift their spirits and even out their record as they continue to hunt for a playoff spot. The Florida Launch (4-7) would like to change their recent downward shift in momentum by snapping a five-game losing streak.
Last Time Out:
Boston: Boston fell to the New York Lizards 16-15 in overtime. Michael Kimmel evened up the game with a 2-point goal with 20 seconds left in the fourth, and JoJo Marasco sealed the deal almost two minutes in to sudden victory overtime. Despite hat trick offensive efforts from Will Manny, Owen Blye, and Brent Adams, the Cannons were unable to defeat New York.
Florida: Kieran McArdle and the rest of the Launch suffered a grueling defeat at the hands of the Denver Outlaws, loosing their fifth consecutive game 13-10. McArdle jumped first, scoring three in a row to put Florida on top, but his defense crumbled in the end, giving up eight goals in the second half.
First Dance: With three weeks remaining in the season, it is unusual that two teams have yet to meet at least once; however, as Boston’s and Florida’s luck would have it, the two are meeting for the first and final time within the span of two weeks.
Home-and-Home: Not only are the two teams meeting for the first time, but they also have to play the notoriously feared, infamous back-to-back series, meeting in both Week 12 and 13. Many coaches and players often comment on how difficult it can be to sweep a season series in the MLL; if that’s the case, imagine how difficult it would be for one of these two teams to take both the home-and-home games.
Heartbreak Hill: As the season winds down, both the Cannons and the Launch face an uphill battle. Neither team can clinch or be eliminated this week, but the match does set the tone for the remainder of the season. Whoever loses is closer to the end of the regular season, and whoever wins continues to fight toward the ultimate goal. A victory for the Cannons will lift their spirits and hopefully energize them to keep pushing, while one for the Launch means snapping a burdensome five-game losing streak.
Players to Watch:
Boston: Cannons sharp shooters Paul Rabil and Kevin Buchanan are back from the FIL World Games with silver medals, so look for them to stand out, although Will Manny and rookie Rob Emery didn’t skip an offensive beat without them.
Florida: McArdle should be chomping at the bit again, after scoring three consecutive goals to open up Florida’s loss last week, as well as two more later in the match. Casey Powell is also ready for action, playing with such enthusiasm that he tallied 6.5 PIM against Denver.
Boston: Quiet hero Manny is slowly creeping in on Cannons’ sharp shooter Buchanan, only trailing him by a single goal for the most scored on the team with 26. He is also only two points behind Rabil’s 44, which leads the team in points collected.
Florida: Powell heads the team and the League in points with 48, only giving up the lead in goals to McArdle, who has tallied 25.
The Boston Cannons and the Florida Launch have yet to meet this season.
· In 11 weeks of game play, the Florida Launch and the Boston Cannons have never met.
· Both teams are tied for the lowest 2-point goals in the League, and they’ve both given up six this season.
· Seven out of the 11 games Boston has played this season have been decided by a single goal; they’ve lost six out of those seven, and won one.
· In order to thank their fans, the inaugural Launch will be hosting a fan appreciation night at FAU stadium to commemorate the last game of their inaugural season.
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