MLL Week 2 Preview – Chicago at Boston
The Boston Cannons will take on the Chicago Machine at Harvard Stadium this Saturday May 22 at 7:00 p.m. during the second week of the 2010 Major League Lacrosse season. The Cannons defeated Chicago twice during the 2009 regular season.
Coming off a 3-9 2009 season record, Chicago started this season by defeating 2009 Major League Lacrosse Champions the Toronto Nationals 16-9 last Sunday.
The Machine had impressive week one performances by brothers Kevin and Mike Leveille, new Machine player Brett Garber, and Bud Light Game MVP Matt Streibel who each contributed two goals. Streibel stated, “The last couple years we’ve been up and down and this year there’s a new mentality to the team. And with the addition of Coach O’Hara and the improvement to our defense, I think we’ll have a better run this year being on top this season.” With this new mentality, Chicago will strive to stay on the road to success as they head to Boston.
The Cannons also had a strong start to the season defeating the Denver Outlaws 16-13 last weekend. Goals from new Cannon additions Brad Ross, Kevin Buchanan, and Pat Heim as well as four goals and one assist from Matt Poskay, who was named Bud Light Game MVP, helped lead the Cannons to victory.
The success of these players made up for the absence of 2009 Bud Light Major League Lacrosse MVP and Warrior Offensive Player of the Year, Paul Rabil who was unavailable to play last week because he played in the NLL Championship game in which his team, the Washington Stealth, beat the Toronto Rock 15-11.
The Cannons are happy to welcome Rabil back this weekend. “It never hurts when you add a guy like Paul [Rabil] to your line up. So hopefully the [offense] production will increase,” Matt Poskay stated. Boston Head Coach Bill Daye added, “[We’re] happy to have Paul [Rabil] back in the lineup for sure. He presents another threat that our opponents have to respect and he will most likely create opportunities for his teammates. We just have to make sure we finish them.”
Coach Daye was thrilled with the Cannons first win, but says there is still a lot of work to be done before Saturday’s game and throughout the rest of the season. “We played really well and had multiple guys share the ball…I like the way we’re playing unselfishly right now. But I think we need to a better job recognizing different situations on the field and make sure we’re out hustling our opponents and taking advantage of the opportunities when they present themselves.Chicago is very good team…It should be a battle and a good test for us early in the season.”
Poskay also agreed that the Cannons would have to continue working hard during the match-up against the Machine. “We can’t take them lightly, we can’t take anyone lightly in the league. I think we have to continue the momentum we have coming out of [last] Saturday’s game…We just have to continue to try and mesh and create things in offense for each other and build on that.”
The Cannons will continue to keep the momentum high when they take on the Machine this Saturday. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com and a replay will be shown on Comcast SportsNet New England Sunday at 4:00 ET and then on Universal Sports Monday at 4:30p.m.