By Rachel Villari | 5/29/14 3:00 PM
Boston Cannons at New York Lizards
Friday, May 30 – 7:30 p.m. (ET) – James H. Shuart Stadium
The Boston Cannons (2-2) take to the road looking to secure their first win of the season away from Harvard Stadium against the New York Lizards (2-2).
Last Time Out:
Boston: The Cannons defeated the Hounds 14-6 in their last meeting, with Chris Eck dominating possession at the X and Paul Rabil leading an offensive barrage. Six out of the eight players that accrued points in the game had multi-point nights, Rabil leading them with six (three goals, three assists). Goaltender Jordan Burke saved 10 out of 16 shots on net.
New York: The Lizards also secured a win, defeating the Ohio Machine 11-9 in their last of a three-game road trip. Tommy Palasek netted four goals, including one on the man advantage, and JoJo Marasco and Albert Maione scored two a piece. Greg Gurenlian took charge at the X, claiming 15 out of 24 faceoffs.
Beantown vs. the Big Apple: The rivalry between Boston and New York is no secret to the average sports fan. Dating back most infamously to the rivalry between baseball teams, it seems that no professional league is immune to this deeply rooted cultural predisposition between the cities, even lacrosse. With both teams holding on to a 2-2 start to the season, the Cannons and the Lizards will share the same goal this weekend: to go above .500, the rivalry growing with every game.
Matchup at the Faceoff: Adding to the matchup will be the sheer talent at the X as the No. 1 and No. 2 faceoff specialists in the League battle for possession. Eck, currently with a 64.7 faceoff winning percentage and Gurenlian (61%) will meet head-to-head to help their evenly matched teams compete for the victory.
Which Wins Games: Offense or Defense?: The New York Lizards currently lead the League in offensive output with 49 goals scored thus far this season. How will they matchup against the League’s most solid defensive unit, though? The Boston Cannons defense, led by goaltender Burke, has the lowest goals allowed as of yet, with 32 in just four games.
Players to Watch:
Boston: Will Manny, Stephen Berger, Ryan Boyle, Owen Blye, and Kevin Buchanan all had multi-point games, and Paul Rabil was named the Coca-Cola Player of the Game for his six point performance. Eck has overtaken Gurenlian (NY) as the best faceoff specialist in the League this past week with a 64.7% faceoff winning percentage. In his last game against Charlotte, he took 19 out of the 24 he faced, absolutely dominating.
New York: On the other side of the draw, Gurenlian currently holds second place among FOGOs with a 61% for the season thus far, including the 15 out of 24 matchups he claimed against the Machine. Palasek and Rob Pannell both had four points, Pannell with a goal of his own and three assists. Joe Fletcher was last week’s Warrior Defensive Player of the Week, helping to keep the Machine in the single digits.
Boston: Kevin Buchanan currently leads the League in goals with 14. Rabil is tied for second place on the leaderboard for points with 18, followed by Buchanan with 16 in third place. Burke has the lowest goals against average with 8.33.
New York: Pannell is tied with Buchanan (BOS) for third on the leaderboard in points with 16. The Lizards are tied for first place with the most power play goals in the season thus far with six.
2013 Season Series:
The Lizards and the Cannons split the two-game regular season series between them, the Lizards winning the first game at Harvard Stadium 14-11, and losing the second 12-16 at Shuart.
Make sure to show your support for FOGO Greg Gurenlian at the X with his custom New York Lizards shirt! Click the image on the right to get yours today!