By Jordan Borrosh | 6/15/12 11:50 AM
Saturday, June 16 7 pm ET| American Legion Memorial Stadium| Charlotte, NC
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The Big Picture: The Charlotte Hounds will host the Boston Cannons at American Legion Memorial Stadium on Saturday, June 16th at 7 p.m. ET. The rematch between the two teams is a highly anticipated game for both the Cannons and the Hounds. The Cannons are looking to redeem themselves after two straight loses, one on the road, and one at home. The Hounds are looking for revenge against the Cannons for their first meeting when the Cannons handed the Hounds a loss of 20-12 in Boston.
Boston Cannons: The Cannons were off to a great start this season with a 4-0 start but for the past two weeks, the Cannons have had difficulty pulling together all the parts the team needs for a victory and have fallen to 4-2. "It was the second week in a row where we didn't take care of the ball and make good decisions” said Coach Duffy during this week’s conference call. The Rochester Rattlers handed the Cannons their first loss in overtime two weeks ago at Rochester from the rookie, Roy Lang, fresh out of Cornell. Last week, the Cannons looked to redeem themselves but fell short to the Long Island Lizards, 13-10. Looking to be able to hoist the Steinfeld Trophy again this year, the Cannons are looking for a strong win to get them back on track.
Players to Watch: The obvious player to name here is Paul Rabil, with Rabil leading the offense, the Cannons are always able to rely on his ability to not only shot but move the ball as well to the open players. Rabil, known for his scoring threat, also leads his team in assists for the season so far as well showing his versatility. Alongside Rabil, there is Mike Stone (14 goals)and Kevin Buchanan (12 goals) who have been huge scoring adversaries for the Cannons so far this season. Defensively, there is backstop Jordan Burke (.555 SV%)who has been a constant wall for the Cannons in goal. In front of Burke, defensemen, P.T. Ricci and Brian Farrell are doing well to keep the shots on Burke to a minimum. Chris Eck (58%), arguably the best in the league, will be working hard to get the ball to the offense for those quick goals.
Charlotte Hounds: With the Hounds record at 5-1 the team is looking to get another W under their belt before entering the second half of the season. As an expansion team, the Hounds are struggling to adjust to their new position in the league. Coach Cerino stated earlier this week that the Hounds are "excited to get a second crack at them and see where we improved. This is a highly anticipated game." With veterans such as Stephen Berger and Joe Marra however, the team has had some hard fought games that the scores don’t reflect. With the transition game for the Hounds struggling, the offense hasn’t had the scoring opportunities that the attack is capable of.
Players to Watch: With Stephen Berger at the midfield, the Hounds will have those transition opportunities however, whether they capitalize on that is up to the offense. Berger leads his team with 23 points and has the ability to get through the tight defense and make those impossible shots seem easy. Along with Berger, Jovan Miller has been keeping the midfield and attack moving. Last week, Miller showed his precision and speed on shooting when he lodged a ball right in the cage of Bayhawks goalie, TC DiBartolo, which the official had to remove. On defense, Ryan Flanagan has been doing a solid job on defense keeping the scoring opportunities of the players he guards to a minimum. In goal, we’ve seen Adam Ghitelman (.535 SV%)and Joe Marra (.566 SV%) who have done great jobs at backing up the defense. However, allowing an average of 14.9 goals a game is hurting the Hounds.
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