By MLL Statistics and Information | 8/27/11 3:17 PM
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Attackman Max Quinzani scored the game-winning goal with 1.2 seconds remaining in regulation as the top-seeded Boston Cannons overcame a late rally by the defending Major League Lacrosse champion Chesapeake Bayhawks to earn a 14-13 victory in the first semi-final of the 2011 Sports Authority MLL Championship Weekend at rain-soaked Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Cannons, who earned the second postseason win in the team's 11-year history, will face the Hamilton Nationals in the MLL Championship Game at 3 p.m. on Sunday on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.
After the Bayhawks tied the game at 13-13 with 37 seconds left on a goal by midfielder Ben Hunt, Quinzani gave Boston the win when he took a feed from attackman Ryan Boyle and scored his third goal of the game past goalkeeper Chris Garrity.
The Bayhawks jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the opening five minutes of the first quarter before midfielder Pat Heim ended the run with an unassisted goal to cut the Cannons' deficit to 3-1.
However, the Bayhawks answered with another three-goal run to increase their advantage to 6-1 with 5:35 remaining in the first half.
But, the Cannons responded by scoring four consecutive goals over a two-minute span to close the gap to 6-5 with 1:14 left in the first half.
After Chesapeake opened the second half by scoring two of the first three goals, the Cannons used a seven-goal run to take a 13-8 advantage with 5:11 left in regulation. The Cannons had seven different players score a goal during the run.
But, the Bayhawks answered and put together a five-point run, including a two-point goal by midfielder Kyle Dixon, to tie the game with 37 seconds remaining and set up Quinzani's game-winning heroics.
Quinzani was named as the Bud Light Player of the Game after scoring three goals with an assist while Farrell contributed a pair of goals. Goalkeeper Jordan Burke made 14 saves as the Cannons limited Chesapeake to just 30 shots.
Dixon led the Bayhawks in a losing effort with three goals, including a two-point marker, while Carroll added two goals. Garrity made 14 saves for Chesapeake, which was trying to become the second team in MLL history to earn back-to-back league titles.
MLL Championship Weekend (Semi-Final #1): Boston Cannons 14, Chesapeake Bayhawks 13
Chesapeake 3-3-2-5 / 13
Boston 1-4-4-5 / 14
One-Point Goals: CHES - Kyle Dixon 2, Brian Carroll 2, Matt Abbott 1, Danny Glading 1, Ben Hunt 1, Jeff Reynolds 1, Dan Hardy 1, Steven Brooks 1, Michael Kimmel 1; BOS - Max Quinzani 3, Brian Farrell 2, PT Ricci 1, Pat Heim 1, Matt Poskay 1, Greg Downing 1, Ryan Boyle 1, Kevin Buchanan 1, Mike Stone 1, Paul Rabil 1. Two-Point Goals: CHES - Kyle Dixon 1; BOS - n/a. Assists: CHES - Ben Hunt 2, Matt Abbott 1, Alex Smith 1, Danny Glading 1; BOS - J.J. Morrissey 2, Max Quinzani 1, Paul Rabil 1, Ryan Boyle 1. Saves: CHES - Chris Garrity 14 (60:00, 14 goals allowed); BOS - Jordan Burke 14 (60:00, 12 goals allowed). Shots: CHES - 30; BOS - 36. Power-Play Opportunities: CHES - 1 for 6; BOS - 1 for 5. Attendance: n/a.