By MLL Statistics and Information | 7/7/12 11:45 PM
HAMILTON, Ontario, Canada - Attackman Ari Sussman scored five goals and added an assist as the defending Major League Lacrosse champion Boston Cannons rallied to defeat the Hamilton Nationals by a 15-13 margin at Ron Joyce Stadium on Saturday night.
Sussman, who earned Bud Light MLL Player of the Game honors, scored three of his five goals in the second half as the Cannons overame a 7-6 half-time deficit to earn the victory.
After midfielder Brice Queener gave Hamilton a 1-0 lead just over two minutes into the first quarter, the Cannons answered with three straight goals to take a 3-1 advantage with 8:52 left in the period. But, the Nationals tied the game at 3-3 with back-to-back goals from Cody Jamieson and Joe Resetarits.
After attackman Matt Poskay regained the lead for the Cannons with 2:12 left in the first quarter, the Nationals responded with back-to-back goals from Jamieson and midfielder Stephen Keogh for a 5-4 advantage with 9:16 remaining in the second quarter.
A pair of goals from Sussman and midfielder Kevin Buchanan gave Boston a 6-5 edge with 5:18 left in the first half before the Nationals countered with goals from midfielder David Earl and attackman Kevin Crowley to take a 7-6 lead into the intermission.
The Cannons opened the second half by scoring back-to-back goals from Sussman and attackman Ryan Boyle for an 8-7 lead before Earl tied the game with an unassisted marker with six minutes left in the third quarter.
But, Boston put together a three-goal run, including a pair of goals from Sussman, to regain the edge at 11-8 with 13:58 left in the fourth quarter.
However, the Nationals trimmed the deficit to 11-10 on a pair of goals from Earl and Jamieson with 9:56 left.
The teams exchanged goals three times later in the fourth quarter before Poskay secured the victory for the Cannons with a goal with 1:37 remaining.
While Sussman led the Cannons with his six-point effort, Boyle contributed two goals with three assists for Boston, which was outshot by a 48-40 margin.
Jamieson led Hamilton with four goals and an assist in a losing effort while Earl added a "hat trick" with a three-goal performance.
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