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Cannons Outlast Rochester in OT, 16-15

By MLL Statistics and Information |  8/13/11 10:37 PM

Cannons Outlast Rochester in OT, 16-15


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BOSTON, Mass. - Midfielder Brad Ross scored the game-winning goal just 27 seconds into overtime as the Boston Cannons (9-3) rallied from a late deficit to earn their third straight win, a 16-15 Major League Lacrosse victory over the Rochester Rattlers (2-10) in the regular season finale for both teams at Harvard Stadium on Saturday evening.

Ross, who earned Bud Light Player of the Game honors, scored off a pass from attackman Matt Poskay with 9:33 remaining in the extra period as the Cannons scored twice in a 30-second span to get the victory.

After the Cannons jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Poskay and midfielder Mike Stone, the Rattlers tied the game with two goals in a 65-second span. The teams traded goals before midfielder Paul Rabil scored a power-play goal off an assist from midfielder Kevin Buchanan to give Boston a 4-3 advantage with 18 seconds left in the first quarter.

Attackman Ned Crotty tied the game at 4-4 early in the second quarter with an unassisted goal before the Cannons answered with two goals from Buchanan and rookie defenseman Brian Farrell to regain a 6-4 lead.

But, the Rattlers responded with three straight goals, including a pair of markers from rookie attackman Grant Catalino, to take a 7-6 advantage with 4:53 left in the first half. However, Boston countered with a three-point run, including a two-point goal from Rabil, to end the first half with a 9-7 advantage.

The Rattlers tied the game at 9-9 in the first five minutes of the second half with goals from Crotty and rookie attackman Jordan McBride, but the Cannons answered with three straight goals to regain a 12-9 cushion with 5:05 left in the third quarter.

The Rattlers put together a three-goal run over a four-minute span to even the score at 12-12 before the Cannons used goals from Buchanan and attackman Max Quinzani to gain a 14-12 edge with 10 minutes remaining in regulation.

But, the Rattlers had another answer by scoring three consecutive goals, including a pair of markers from midfielder Martin Cahill, to regain the advantage at 15-14 with 2:49 left.

With just three seconds remaining, Buchanan tallied his third goal of the game off a feed from attackman Ryan Boyle to force the extra session and set up Ross' heroics.

Rabil led the Cannons to the victory by scoring three goals, including a two-point marker, and contributed two assists while Buchanan added a three-goal, two-assist effort. Poskay scored twice and added two assists as the Cannons outshot Rochester by a commanding 57-45 margin.

Crotty led Rochester in a losing effort by scoring three goals with an assist while Cahill and McBride each added a "hat trick." Goalkeeper John Galloway made 18 saves, including eight in the third quarter, for the Rattlers, who end the season with a three-game losing streak.

The Cannons will face the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the first semi-final of the 2011 Sports Authority MLL Championship Weekend on Saturday, August 27 at 12 p.m.

Major League Lacrosse: Boston Cannons 16, Chesapeake Bayhawks 15 (OT)
Rochester (2-10)  3-4-4-4-0 / 15
Boston (9-3)  4-5-3-3-1 / 16

One-Point Goals: ROC - Ned Crotty 3, Martin Cahill 3, Jordan McBride 3, Matt Striebel 2, Grant Catalino 2, Jovan Miller 1, Brian Caulfield 1; BOS - Kevin Buchanan 3, Matt Poskay 2, Brad Ross 2, Mike Stone 2, Paul Rabil 2, Max Quinzani 2, Brian Farrell 1. Two-Point Goals: ROC - n/a; BOS - Paul Rabil 1. Assists: ROC - Ned Crotty 1, Jeff Colburn 1, Joe Smith 1, Jovan Miller 1, Brian Caulfield 1; BOS - Ryan Boyle 3, Kevin Buchanan 2, Matt Poskay 2, Paul Rabil 2, Greg Downing 1, Brad Ross 1, Jon Hayes 1, Max Quinzani 1. Saves: ROC - John Galloway 18 (60:27, 15 goals allowed); BOS - Jordan Burke 7 (30:00, 7 goals allowed), Kip Turner 8 (30:27, 8 goals allowed). Shots: ROC - 45; BOS - 57. Power-Play Opportunities: ROC - 1 for 2; BOS - 3 for 5. Attendance: 8,154.


2011 Sports Authority MLL Championship Weekend Presented by Warrior

Tickets for the 2011 Sports Authority Major League Lacrosse Championship Weekend presented by Warrior are available by calling the MLL at 617-787-6638 or by clicking here. Lower level sideline weekend packages are just $30.

The semi-finals will take place on Saturday, August 27 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. while the MLL Championship Game will be played on Sunday, August 28 at 3 p.m. All three games will be played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.



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