The Boston Cannons (2-3) and the New York Lizards (3-2) met tonight for the first time this season at Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y. The Lizards were able to take the 11-10 win over the Cannons in an exciting, back-and-forth Week 5 match-up.
New York looked like they were going to take a quick lead in the early seconds of the first. Faceoff specialist Greg Gurenlian took control right off the bat, snatching the ball from Chris Eck and sprinting toward the goal with the first shot of the game, which was blocked by Boston goalie Jordan Burke.
Boston quickly recovered, smoothly moving down the field on offense. With a pass from Stephen Berger, Paul Rabil managed to fire the ball past Lizards’ goalie Drew Adams for the first goal of the game, and his 8
th of the season.
With a lack of offensive power, it appeared that New York was off to a shaky start. The Lizards struggled to get open, but Ned Crotty was able to take the ball in himself to tie the game 1-1.
The Cannons were able to adjust, and take a 2-1 lead with a goal by Kevin Buchanan. After another Cannons shot clock violation and another Lizards turnover, Stephen Berger scored to give the Cannons a 3-1 lead to end the quarter.
In the second quarter, both teams began to settle down. Back-to-back goals by the Lizards’ Matt Striebel and Rob Pannell tied the game 3-3. The scores were quickly followed by a Cannons goal shot by Owen Blye to give the lead back to Boston. However, the Cannons lead didn’t last for long. Max Seibald scored two goals in a row to give New York their first lead of the night. With just under five minutes left in the half, Rabil scored his second of the night to once again tie the game. The Lizards responded with a David Earl tally to end the half with New York up 4-3.
At the beginning of the third, neither team was able to control the ball, moving back and forth down the field without much action. About four minutes in, the Cannons were finally able to spark some offense. Will Manny scored off of a pass by Rabil, which was quickly followed by a goal from Mike Stone giving the Cannons a 7-6 lead. Following a slashing penalty on Boston defenseman Brodie Merrill, Crotty was able to score once again, tying the game. New York took the lead for the second time in the half off of quick defense-to-offense play by Kevin Unterstein. Ryan Boyle was able to score his first of the night off of a pass from Rabil, who picked up his 21
st assist of the season, ending the quarter tied 8-8.
The back-to-back scoring action continued in the fourth. Manny scored his second goal to put Boston back on top, but that lead was short-lived as Tommy Palasek snuck the ball past Burke to tie the game 9-9. Pannell scored his second goal soon after, temporarily giving the Lizards their fourth lead of the night. But Berger scored his second of the night tying the game for one last time.
Crotty completed his hat trick giving the Lizards their final lead of the night, and after two incredible saves by Adams, the Cannons were unable to regain any control. At the end, it was the Lizards who made the most of the back-and-forth struggle, earning the win and sending the Cannons back to Boston with their third loss of the season.
Next, the Cannons will take on the Ohio Machine on Friday, June 6 on CBS Sports Network at 8:00 p.m., while the Lizards will travel to Florida to face the Launch for the first time. Catch the game on Saturday, June 6 at 5:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
-Crotty’s three goals and two assists earned him Coca-Cola Player of the Game honors.
-Boyle temporarily regained control of the MLL All-Time Points record tallying a goal and an assist to put him one ahead of Powell who’s Florida Launch visit Rochester on Sunday
-Gurenlian proved his dominance winning 15 of the 25 faceoffs between the two teams.
-Boston and New York were evenly matched on man-up opportunities, each going 1-2.
-New York’s Tim Henderson had two ground balls in his first game back with the team after a year on active duty in Afghanistan.
-There were nine different lead changes throughout the game.