Baltimore Bayhawks vs. Boston Cannons
July 31, 2005
The Game Story:
July 29, 2005 - July 31, 2005 – The Boston Cannons (8-2) defeated the Baltimore Bayhawks (9-1) 25-13 in front of 6,071 fans in Baltimore, giving the Bayhawks their first loss of the season. The Cannons were led by a number of individual efforts, none better than Mark Millon who scored nine goals and five assists for a league record 14 points. Millon set the previous record as a member of the Bayhawks in 2003 with 12.

Kevin Leveille tied a league record, along with Millon for goals in a game with nine. On the defensive end, Ronnie Staines held Gary Gait to just one assist, breaking his streak of 37 games with a goal, the second longest in league history.

The Boston defense held Baltimore’s vaunted attack line of Gait, Tom Marechek and Mikey Powell to just one goal and four assists for five points. The Cannons attack line of Conor Gill, Leveille and Millon combined for 20 goals and 10 assists for 30 total points.

“It feels real good to get this win,” said head coach Scott Hiller. “We’re really gaining momentum which is key to winning a championship. That’s been our goal since the start of training camp, and we really feel like we have a chance. It was a team effort and guys who shined really did that because of how everyone on the team played together as a unit. Mark played amazing out there, there is not much more you can say about it.”

Boston out-scored Baltimore 7-4 in the third quarter and pulled away from Baltimore 18-11. Millon started the scoring in the third quarter with a goal off an assist from Gill. Leveille scored his fourth to give the Cannons a 13-7 lead. Baltimore stopped the 6-0 Boston run to make it 13-8 Boston with a tally of their own. Mike Battista and Millon added goals to make it 15-8 Boston. Millon added another goal, tying a Cannons record with seven, with 5:20 left. Directly after the goal an altercation broke out. Captain Ryan Curtis was ejected along with the Bayhawk’s Gavin Prout. John Chistmas and Lee Zink were also given five-minute game-misconduct penalties. The two teams played seven on seven for three minutes. Chris Fiore scored to make it 17-8. Baltimore got back on the board with a two-point goal from Jeff Sonke. With 21 second left in the third quarter, Millon broke the Cannons team record for goals in a game with his eighth, he also tied his own league record for points in a game with 12. Baltimore scored to make it 18-11 to end the quarter.

Leveille scored to start the fourth quarter, giving the Cannons a 19-11 lead. They would out-score Baltimore 7-2 in the final quarter. Baltimore got a two-point goal from Mark Frye to make it 19-13 Cannons. Battista scored his second to give the Cannons a seven point lead. Leveille scored his sixth goal of the game off an assist from Millon, giving him 13 points in the game, a new league record. Leveille notched his seventh off an assist from Gill. Leveille notched his eighth goal, an assist from Millon to give Millon 14 points. Leveille scored his fourth straight to tie a league record for goals in a game off an assist from Gill with 3:03 left, giving Boston a 24-13 lead. Chris Fiore scored off an assist from Christmas to give Boston a 25-13 lead.

Chris Garrity made 14 saves in net for Boston. The Cannons won 20-39 face-offs and won 38 groundballs compared to just 32 for Baltimore. Boston took 34 shots on goal while Baltimore took 27. On extra-man opportunities, the Cannons scored on six of 10 chances.

The first quarter ended 4-3 Boston. Millon started the scoring, and a 3-0 run for Boston, on the Cannons first possession of the game after winning the opening face-off. Gill scored the second goal of the game off an assist from Chris Fiore on an extra man situation. Kevin Leveille made it 3-0 Boston with 6:12 left in the first. The Bayhawks answered with a 3-0 run of their own, with goals by Paul Cantabene, Brodie Merrill and Mark Frye. Millon scored his second to put the Cannons up by one to end the quarter.

Boston out-scored Baltimore 7-4 in the second quarter to give them an 11-7 lead. Gill started the scoring in the second quarter with a laser off the opening face-off. He finished with two goals and five assists for seven points. Baltimore answered with a goal from Tom Marechek on an extra man opportunity. Leveille scored his second to give Boston a two goal lead off Jarett Park’s first career assist. Millon notched a hat-trick off an assist from John Christmas with 8:51 left in the second quarter to give Boston a 7-4 lead. Baltimore scored on an extra-man opportunity to get within two before Sonke scored a two-pointer to even things up a seven. The Cannons went on a 4-0 run to finish the half. Millon scored his fourth of the game to make it 8-7 Boston with 4:14 left in the half. Chris Rotelli scored and Millon scored seconds later for his fifth to give Boston a three goal lead. Leveille gave Boston an 11-7 lead to end the quarter. The Cannons held a 12-8 half-time lead over the Bayhawks in their first game this season on June 16 a game which they lost, 20-17.

The Cannons play their regular season home finale Friday August 4th against Long Island. Boston defeated the Lizards 20-14 at home on June 18th earlier this season. Face-off is set for 7:30 PM at Nickerson Field. Boston will travel to Long Island for its regular season finale on August 12th. After wrapping up a playoff spot, the Cannons will return to Nickerson for New Balance Championship Weekend, August 19-21.