By Hannah McCaffrey | 5/16/13 10:10 AM
Chesapeake Bayhawks at Boston Cannons
Saturday, May 18 – 7:00 p.m. (ET) – Harvard Stadium
TV:Altitude, TWC SportsChannels (Kansas City Metro Sports, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin),
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Radio: MLL Radio
The Boston Cannons look for their first win of the season on Saturday when they host the currently undefeated Chesapeake Bayhawks at Harvard Stadium at 7:00 p.m.
It is always a battle between the Bayhawks and the Cannons. The teams last met during the MLL Semifinals last August when the Bayhawks beat the Cannons 16-10 and went on to win the MLL Championship. Bayhawks attackman Ben Rubeor created problems for Boston, scoring six goals in the game. Boston’s Mike Stone scored five points, but the Bayhawks were able to shut down a usually powerful Boston offense, covering midfielder Paul Rabil and attackman Ryan Boyle very closely.
The 0-3 Boston Cannons started 2013 struggling to find their rhythm, but the team is hungry for their first win of the season. The Cannons struggled in the start of their home series, falling short 15-8 against the Hamilton Nationals on May 4, and losing 14-10 to the Denver Outlaws last weekend. Despite a shaky start to the season, the Cannons offense have shown signs that their losing streak will not last for long. Last weekend, Cannons captain Ryan Boyle scored his 400th career point to set a new MLL record, a great confidence booster for the Boston offense. Coach Duffy hopes to have as many players contributing offensively as possible: “Winning teams typically have 7, 8, 9 goal scorers. When we have multiple guys scoring we are typically successful,” he said. Coming off a strong defensive game against Denver, if the Cannons can produce offensively, Boston has a very real shot at outscoring the Bayhawks.
Unlike the Cannons, the Chesapeake Bayhawks started off this season strong with a 3-0 record, and they look to continue their winning streak on Saturday. Defensively, Chesapeake looks strong, especially with goalie Kip Turner leading the league with a .778 save percentage. The Bayhawks allowed only 8 goals in the past two games, winning 9-3 against the New York Lizards on May 4, and 14-5 against the Ohio Machine on May 11. The Bayhawks have also been on fire offensively, Coach Cottle recognizes it is important to “get the ball to the guy who is going to be productive.” Lately that has been attackman Ben Rubeor. With a .480 scoring percentage, Rubeor has been a catalyst for the Bayhawks offense scoring an impressive seven goals against New York and four more goals against Ohio.
The Boston-Chesapeake rivalry will continue as the Cannons host the Bayhawks on Saturday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. (ET) in Harvard Stadium.