By MLL Communications | 5/2/13 2:50 PM
Hamilton Nationals at Boston Cannons
Saturday, May 4, 2013 (Week 2, MLL Game #4)
Harvard Stadium, Boston, MA
7:00 p.m. EST
TV: TWC SportsChannel (New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, KC Metro), CSN NE, MSG, ESPN3
Radio: MLL Radio
Following a tough loss to the New York Lizards in their season-opener, the Boston Cannons will look to rebound at home in Harvard Stadium this coming Saturday, May 4 against the Hamilton Nationals, who will be making their 2013 season debut. With an extra week of practice and rest, Hamilton will be fresh coming into Boston, but the Cannons will be looking to reverse their misfortunes in their home opener against the Nationals.
How they fared last season
1) May 12, 2012: Boston – 18, Hamilton – 9 (Ryan Boyle & Kevin Buchanan each scored three goals for Boston)
2) July 7, 2012: Boston – 15, Hamilton – 13 (Cody Jamieson had four tallies for Hamilton)
Despite starting their season on a loss, Boston expected to face obstacles going into week one due to certain players having obligations outside of MLL. Their game plan was crafted around not having those players, but it was Boston’s inability to remain calm against New York that could have put them down for the count.
· “Guys were for use of a better word amped up when we had the ball on offense and tried to do too much. So that was a big piece of the game was the possessions that we weren’t getting, especially during the second and third quarter” said Cannons head coach Brian Duffy.
· Ryan Boyle is three points away from breaking the all-time points record currently held by Casey Powell of the Chesapeake Bayhawks
· The Cannons are hoping to capitalize on opportunities they have to grow as a team, and neutralize their mistakes against Hamilton this weekend. Avoidable mistakes from the New York match-up will be sought to carry over against the Nationals.
· “I thought we started well and then just like I said, it was a couple mistakes during the course of the middle of the game that we have to avoid, which I think are avoidable, and move forward and make those plays.”
With their first match-up of the season on the horizon against Boston, the Hamilton Nationals will look to capitalize on being a potential “sleeper” in the league this year. In getting some of their players back who were previously obligated to the indoor league, Hamilton’s weapons have increased, but their chemistry may suffer.
· “I’m expecting that we’ll put a good effort in, I’m sure we’ll be a little sloppy just from guys not having played with each other a whole lot, but hopefully we’ll work out the kinks rather quickly” said coach Dave Huntley, noting that players who were not present at training camp may not mesh right away with those who were.
· The Nationals will look to get off to a fast start against Boston, which will potentially lead their way to victory. One of the biggest factors they’ll be looking to neutralize is Boston’s effective transition going from the offensive end to defensive end with their poles. More so, though, coach Huntley is worried about his players, not Boston’s.
· “I’m actually most worried about our players, so I think we need to worry about Hamilton and play the best we can, and then if we play to the best of our abilities we’ll let the chips fall where they may.”