6/10/10 11:50 AM
MLL Week 5 Preview – Denver at Boston
The Boston Cannons (2-2) look forward to returning home to Harvard Stadium this weekend after losing on the road to the Long Island Lizards and the Chesapeake Bayhawks. The Cannons will face the Denver Outlaws (3-1) for the second time this season on Saturday June 12 at 3 p.m live on ESPN2.
After a grueling battle during the 2010 season opener, the Cannons defeated the Outlaws 16-13 to start the season with a 1-0 record. Matt Poskay started his 2010 season by receiving Bud Light Game MVP for his four goals, four groundballs and one assist. Poskay and eight other players scored, allowing the Cannons to defeat the Outlaws. However, Denver hasn’t lost a game since their encounter with the Cannons and plan to continue their winning streak.
Boston will have to watch out for Denver’s Brendan Mundorf who has had no problem finding the back of the net and is second in the league with 19 points. Attackman Drew Westervelt and midfielder Max Seibald will also be threats to the Cannons. Westervelt was named Bud Light Game MVP against Toronto after putting in five goals, including a two-pointer, for a total of six points. Max Seibald has dominated play throughout the season with a total of 13 points and was named MLL Offensive Player of the Week against Long Island last week. Cannons Head Coach Bill Daye understands the importance of watching out for these key players. “Max Seibald is on a roll, we have to be conscious of him,” he stated.
Despite two back-to-back losses on the road, the Cannons offensive players continue to shine. Matt Poskay leads the league with 16 goals. He scored four goals against Chesapeake, all of which were assisted by attackman Ryan Boyle. Boyle has been a strong asset to the Cannons each week and leads the MLL in assists with 14. When Poskay and Boyle team up, there is no stopping them. “We are developing a knack for finding each other. Now that I am playing attack, I am on the field with him all the time. We’re communicating all the time,” Poskay stated.
New Cannons addition Max Quinzani is expected to make his MLL debut this weekend against the Outlaws after being chosen third overall in the 2010 MLL Draft this past Sunday. Cannons fans should have high expectations for this Duxbury native who led Duke to the NCAA championship after getting the winning goal during the semifinals, and finished his collegiate career with 68 goals and 14 assists for the 2010 season. Quinzani should be a strong asset to the lineup. “He’s a very good off-ball scorer, shooter, and transition player,” Coach Daye stated. The Cannons are happy to introduce a Boston local to the team. “This should be am emotional game for him back home playing in front of his family and friends.”
With strong offensive players shining each week despite game outcomes, the addition of MLL draft picks, and a home field and fan advantage, Saturday’s game should be a competitive contest between Denver and Boston. The Cannons have put past games behind them and are focusing on what they need to do in order to defeat the Outlaws. “The first couple games we were locked down tight, everyone was on the same page. Last week we did not communicate well. We need to understand what’s coming at us and execute our defense better against it,”Coach Daye stated. The Cannons will stop at nothing to crush Denver’s winning streak and defeat them for a second time this season.
The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.
2010 Major League Lacrosse Championship Weekend presented by Warrior
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