By MLL Statistics and Information | 7/23/11 11:49 PM
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Goalkeeper Scott Rodgers made a career-high 20 saves, including 11 in the second half, as the Hamilton Nationals (5-4) moved into a tie for second place in the Major League Lacrosse standings with their fourth win in the last five games, a 16-12 MLL victory over the league-leading Boston Cannons (6-3) at Harvard Stadium on Saturday evening.
Rodgers, who earned Bud Light Player of the Game honors, led a Hamilton defense that allowed just three goals in the second half against the league's highest-scoring team.
Led by a pair of goals from midfielder Brett Bucktooth, the Nationals held Boston scoreless for the first 17:25 while building a 3-0 lead.
But, the Cannons responded by scoring five straight goals, including a goal and an assist from attackman Ryan Boyle, to take a 5-3 lead with 7:55 left in the first half.
After the teams traded goals twice, including a two-point goal by Boston midfielder Kevin Buchanan, the Nationals used back-to-back goals from midfielders Cody Jamieson and Geoff Snider in a 21-second span to trim the deficit to 8-7.
The teams traded goals in the final minute, giving Boston a 9-8 advantage at the intermission.
Just like they started the game, the Nationals used a four-goal run to open the second half and take a three-point advantage with 6:27 remaining in the third quarter. But, a pair of goals from attackman Matt Poskay trimmed the Cannons' deficit to 12-11 with 41 seconds left in the period.
With 16 seconds left in the third quarter, midfielder Donny Moss scored to extend the Nationals' lead to 13-11 before Buchanan answered just 24 seconds into the fourth quarter with an unassisted goal.
But, the Nationals put the game out of reach by scoring three straight goals, including a pair from midfielder Joe Walters, over the final five minutes of the game.
While Rodgers led Hamilton with the first 20-save effort of his career, Bucktooth scored a game-high five goals for the Nationals, who were outshot by a 44-43 margin. Jamieson added three goals with an assist while Walters contributed two goals with two assists.
Poskay led the Cannons with four goals in a losing effort while Buchanan added three goals, including a two-point marker. Midfielder Paul Rabil added two goals, including the 100th goal of his career in the second quarter. Goalkeeper Jordan Burke, who entered the game as the MLL leader in save percentage, made 16 saves for the Cannons, who have lost two straight games.
Major League Lacrosse: Hamilton Nationals 16, Boston Cannons 12
Hamilton (5-4) 3-5-5-3 / 16
Boston (6-3) 0-9-2-1 / 12
One-Point Goals: HAM - Brett Bucktooth 5, Cody Jamieson 3, Joe Walters 2, Jeremy Boltus 1, Geoff Snider 1, David Earl 1, Jordan Hall 1, Matt Dolente 1, Donny Moss 1; BOS - Matt Poskay 4, Kevin Buchanan 2, Paul Rabil 2, Ryan Boyle 1, Max Quinzani 1. Two-Point Goals: HAM - n/a; BOS - Kevin Buchanan 1. Assists: HAM - Joe Walters 2, Brodie Merrill 2, Steven Waldeck 1, Cody Jamieson 1, David Earl 1; BOS - Ryan Boyle 2. Saves: HAM - Scott Rodgers 20 (60:00, 11 goals allowed); BOS - Jordan Burke 16 (60:00, 16 goals allowed). Shots: HAM - 43; BOS - 44. Power-Play Opportunities: HAM - 0 for 2; BOS - 0 for 5. Attendance: 7,503.
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