By MLL Statistics and Information | 8/6/11 10:01 PM
HAMILTON, Ontario, Canada - Goalkeeper Jordan Burke tied a career high by making 24 saves, including 15 in the second half, as the Boston Cannons (8-3) secured the Major League Lacrosse regular season title with a 13-8 victory over the Hamilton Nationals (6-5) at Ron Joyce Stadium on Saturday evening.
WIth the victory, the Cannons also secure the top seed for the 2011 Sports Authority MLL Championship Weekend, which takes place in three weeks at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Led by two goals from midfielder Kevin Buchanan, the Cannons sprinted out to a quick 4-0 lead in the opening six minutes of the first quarter. But, the Nationals answered by scoring three straight goals over a two-minute span to trim the deficit to 4-3 with 3:39 left in the period.
But, the Cannons responded with a three-goal run of their own, including a pair of goals from attackman Max Quinzani, to extend their advantage to 7-3 with 5:36 left in the first half.
The Nationals narrowed the margin to 7-5 at the intermission on a pair of goals from rookie midfielder Stephen Keogh.
The teams traded goals in the third quarter before the Nationals tied the game at 8-8 with back-to-back goals from midfielder Joe Walters and rookie attackman Jeremy Boltus.
However, the Cannons secured the victory by scoring five straight goals over the final 12 minutes. Midfielder Brad Ross and Buchanan each scored two goals during the run.
While Burke led the Cannons defense to earn Bud Light Player of the Game honors, Buchanan contributed four goals with an assist. Quinzani, who had been limited to three goals and an assist over the last three games, tallied his fourth "hat trick" of the season with three goals along with a pair of assists.
Playing for the first time in nearly three years, attackman Casey Powell led the Nationals in a losing effort by scoring two goals with two assists. Keogh added two goals for the Nationals, who lost for just the second time in the last seven games.
Hamilton outshot Boston by a 50-34 margin and had a slim 31-30 advantage in ground balls.
Major League Lacrosse: Boston Cannons 13, Hamilton Nationals 8
Boston (8-3) 5-2-1-5 / 13
Hamilton (6-5) 3-2-1-2 / 8
Goals: BOS - Kevin Buchanan 4, Max Quinzani 3, Matt Poskay 2, Brad Ross 2, Matthew Smalley 1, Paul Rabil 1; HAM - Stephen Keogh 2, Casey Powell 2, Joe Walters 1, Jeremy Boltus 1, Kevin Crowley 1, Cody Jamieson 1. Assists: BOS - Max Quinzani 2, Paul Rabil 2, Matt Poskay 1, Matthew Smalley 1, Kevin Buchanan 1, Brian Farrell 1; HAM - Casey Powell 2, Jeremy Boltus 1, Cody Jamieson 1, Jordan Hall 1. Saves: BOS - Jordan Burke 24 (60:00, 8 goals allowed); HAM - Scott Rodgers 1 (16:08, 5 goals allowed), Brett Queener 10 (43:52, 8 goals allowed). Shots: BOS - 34; HAM - 50. Power-Play Opportunities: BOS - 0 for 5; HAM - 1 for 6. Attendance: 1,486.
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