5/16/10 12:05 AM
Boston Cannons Defeat Denver Outlaws In 2010 Season Opener
The Major League Lacrosse 2010 season got started tonight when the Boston Cannons hosted the Denver Outlaws at Harvard Stadium. The Cannons came into the game missing their leading scorer and 2009 MLL MVP Paul Rabil. Rabil is still playing in the National Lacrosse League indoor season for the San Jose Stealth as they play for the NLL Championship tonight. Let’s go through Saturday night’s game in real time.
7:03 The Cannons did not wait long at all as they got and opening minute goal scored by Kyle Sweeney
7:08 Chris Passavia threw a lethal wraparound check on an Outlaw to regain possession for Boston.
7:09 Patrick Heim padded the Boston lead when he came sprinting from the midfield line on a substitution. Heim ran in uncontested and rifled a shot bottom left corner for the Cannons’ second goal.
7:16 Brendan Loftus beats a Boston longpole, by simply running right past him and beating the goalie for Denver’s first goal
7:17 Just a minute later Denver’s Max Seibald threw a couple stutter steps to get the defenders on their heels before ripping a shot to tie the game at two.
7:19 Heim took his defender down the left side and ripped a jump shot past the goalie to put Boston back on top. It was Heim’s second goal of the game.
7:26 Joey Murray was streaking down the field for Denver and passed the ball to Mundorf at the left of the cage. Mundorf ripped an underhand shot that beat Cannons’ goalie Kip Turner bottom right.
7:26 Chris Eck was behind the cage on a restart for Boston and found Matt Poskay alone in front of the net. Poskay handled the pass and dunked the ball in for the easy goal.
7:27 Seibald took a rip from behind the two point arc to put Denver up 5-4 with a minute to go in the quarter.
7:30 Sweeney tried to catch Denver’s Jesse Schwartzman sleeping in net with a full field shot, but it sailed high over the goal.
7:31 Denver and Boston went into the first break with the Outlaws up by one.
7:36 Poskay came out in the second quarter and added a highlight reel goal for Boston. After Schwartzman made a phenomenal save, the ball popped up into the air. Spotting an opportunity, Poskay leaped into the air and swatted the ball into the cage for the goal.
7:38 Seibald came back with an impressive goal of his own, after beating his defender with a swim move Seibald ripped a shot that beat the goalie at his hip, stick side.
7:39 Justin Smith for Boston responded right back; he scooped the ball and absorbed a hack from Schwartzman in front of the crease to get an open shot on net.
7:40 Poskay notched another goal with just under 10 minutes to go. With a longpole on him, he fired a shot underhand for the score to put the Cannons up 7-6.
7:42 Greg Downing delivered a crushing hit on the sideline to a Denver long pole, sending him crashing into the boards.
7:55 Brad Ross took a shot from behind the arc and fired a rocket that beat Schwartzman up top stick-side for the goal. Ross’s goal put Boston up 9-6 with under five minutes to play.
8:02 Downing beat his defender and ripped a shot that Schwartzman got a piece of, but not enough as the ball rolled past him into the net.
8:04 Seibald scored another goal with a shot on the run right before getting knocked down from behind. Seibald took exception to the hit and was a bit vocal with the defender when getting up.
8:05 Poskay scooped up a groundball on the goal line extended with time running down and ripped a shot. The ball found its way into the back of the net, but the referees ruled the horn had already sounded before he shot, thus negating the goal.
8:06 Boston went into halftime with a 10-7 lead thanks in large part to Poskay who had three goals in the first half. Denver isn’t going to go down without a fight though, not as long as Max Seibald is on the field. Seibald had four goals alone in the first half, including a two pointer, doing his best to keep the Outlaws in the game.
8:22 Downing got things started early for the Cannons, he took the ball to the cage and backed his defender up to the front of the crease. With a longpole in his back pocket, Downing spun and fired a behind the back shot for the goal. Boston lead 11-7 after the goal.
8:23 Smith kept things going for Boston when he fired a shot from the right of the cage for another tally.
8:28 Kip Turner got caught in no man’s land with the ball and almost paid for it. Turner got stuck in the corner and rifled the ball over his shoulder to get it out, but it landed right in the stick of a Denver midfielder. Boston longpoles swarmed and covered the net, but the midfielder’s shot went high.
8:31 Denver’s Nate Watkins took his defenseman from behind the net, ran to the goal line extended and with the longpole right on him he somehow got off a shot good enough to beat Turner for the goal. Watkins’ goal cut Boston’s lead down to 12-8.
8:34 Drew Westervelt for Denver was wide open to the right of the goal and ripped a shot past the near post for the goal.
8:40 Boston’s Kevin Buchanan received a pass right in front of the crease and faked out a charging Schwartzman for the easy goal.
8:42 Official attendance for tonight’s game at Harvard Stadium was announced at 9,841 fans.
8:46 Poskay nearly had another goal but it was waved off for a crease violation.
8:51 Smith took a pass curling to the front of the crease and threw a couple stick fakes to get Schwartzman out of position for the score. The goal gave Boston a 14-9 lead.
8:54 The Outlaws struck back when Brendan Mundorf ran around a few defenders before he got back to the front of the cage for a point blank goal. After three the Cannons lead the Outlaws 14-10
9:01 Westervelt struck first for the Outlaws when he received a pass on the wing and fired a shot past Turner to bring Denver within three.
9:03 Mike Stone didn’t wait long to respond for the Cannons. Stone took his defender at the top right corner and beat his guy with a roll dodge, giving him an open look at the net for his goal, putting Boston up 15-11.
9:04 Denver just would not go quietly though as Mundorf tallied another goal. Mundorf was waiting just in front of the two point arc and ripped a shot that beat Turner high.
9:11 Denver started mounting a comeback when Murray scored on the man up advantage. Murray took a pass in front of the crease and fired it home to bring Denver within two, 15-13.
9:14 Poskay continued his assault on Denver, scoring on a laser from the right side of the cage, beating Schwartzman near post. Poskay’s fifth tally put Boston up 16-13, the 99th goal of his career.
*Note Denver Outlaws head coach Brian Reese was ejected late in the fourth quarter for arguing with the referees and the Outlaws were two men down as a result.
The Cannons held on for the 16-13 win, improving their record to 1-0 while Denver dropped to 0-1 on the season. Poskay earned the Bud Light Player of the Game award for his dominating five goal performance.
See what the players and Cannons head coach Bill Daye had to say about the game below:
Boston midfielder Brad Ross
“Tonight Ryan Boyle kind of put us into spots. And in the first game with the team, you just don’t want to step on anyone’s toes. Play as hard as you can and that’s what I tried to do tonight, just play off the other guys.”
“We felt like me matched up with them pretty good six on six, but their speed in the midfield with Seibald and those guys. As soon as their goalie made a save we had to turn around and haul but back, that’s where we gave up a lot of points in the first half.”
“Their goalie is probably the best outlet goalie in the league.”
(When asked about his two point goal)
“I closed my eyes. He was just backing up and backing up so I just kind of reached back and closed my eyes and tried to shoot high.
Boston midfielder and Bud Light Player of the Game Matt Poskay
“I think just overall we bring a little youth and not necessarily inexperienced, but I think having those young guys helps, they have a little extra step.”
“Down in the attack Ryan Boyle [and I are] getting used to each other game by game and that’s helping and we’re just trying to lead those guys in the right direction.”
(After asked about letting a big lead slip away)
“You kind of felt it, guys were looking at the scoreboard like ah not again, but I think we calmed down a little bit and we got some stops and I got that goal late which I think helped.”
(On his leaping goal in front of the Denver crease)
“I’m not sure how high I got, probably a couple of inches…I saw the rebound, I figured I was gonna get whacked but fortunately I got my stick on it first.”
Boston head coach Bill Daye
“I think we played well. It’s the first game of the season. We got a lot of work to do there’s no doubt about it. In this league you’ll take a W anyway you can get it.”
“Mentally were not doing the right things and were giving up six on four. You just can’t do that in this league. Teams are too good and they’re going to put the ball in the back of the net.”
“We got work to do but I kind of like the way were going.”
“We’re just getting by with what we have right now.”
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