Boston Cannons vs. Baltimore Bayhawks
August 2, 2003
The Game Story:
Lowell, MA. (August 2, 2003) The Boston Cannons (6-4) of Major League Lacrosse beat the Baltimore Bayhawks (6-4) 22-15 in front 4,172 fans at Cawley Stadium, Lowell, MA. Conor Gill^“s three goals and four assists powered Boston to its second win over the Bayhawks in 2003, and also earned the Cannons their first ever series victory over Baltimore (2-1). For his seven points Gill earned Bud Light MVP honors. The seven-point differential is the highest for Boston in a win in 2003.

^”The whole team played great tonight,^‘ said Scott Hiller, Cannons head coach. ^”We played as a team, it wasn^“t just one guy. Even after Mike (Regan) went out we still had our offense. I think this shows how well the team can play when it plays unselfishly.^‘

Regan was ejected from the game along with Baltimore Bayhawks defenseman Brian Reese at the 13:06 mark of the second quarter. The two players became involved in a scuffle behind the play, and both received 3:00 unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. Regan left the game with three points on two goals, one of which was a two-pointer.

Despite losing its top goal scorer, the Cannons outscored the Bayhawks 16-10 after Regan^“s ejection, including 10-6 in the second half. Gill in particular played well down the stretch, notching all but one of his points after the incident.

^”Obviously we want Mike (Regan) on the field,^‘ said Gill. ^”But I think tonight^“s game should demonstrate to guys on the team how well we can play when we work as a team. When we play like we did tonight we can be the best team in the league, if we play like we did against, say Long Island (7/24) we can be the worst.^‘

Boston started the second half on a tear, scoring the third quarter^“s first five goals, two by Michael Watson. Watson finished the game with four goals. Steve Dusseau returned after missing the previous game with a rib injury to score four of his own, and also add an assist. Mike Battista and Brent Rothfuss each recorded hat tricks.

^”Our offense moved the ball very well tonight and the defense was solid behind us,^‘ said Watson. ^”They weren^“t getting to our open guys with their slide packages, so by moving the ball we created a lot of good shots and we converted.^‘

The big games for Boston were not limited to the offensive side of the ball. Faceoff guy Peter Inge and Goalie Chris Garrity were the game^“s unsung heroes. Garrity recorded 21 saves and earned his second straight win over the defending champion Bayhawks.

Inge was stellar in the faceoff circle, winning 24 of the 35 faceoffs he took, a 68.5% clip. Inge was especially tough on the Bayhawks in the first half winning 15 of the 18 draws he was involved with. His performance comes after spending the week recovering from a concussion he suffered in the July 24 game against Long Island.

^”I felt good tonight,^‘ said Inge. ^”The wing men were getting to the groundballs. We didn^“t fare well in the faceoff/groundball department in our last game and we knew we needed to step up our intensity tonight.^‘