Boston Cannons vs. Long Island Lizards
May 22, 2004
|David Evans||(4, 1)|
|Conor Gill||(1, 4)|
|Mike Battista||(3, 1)|
|Chris Rotelli||(0, 3)|
|Michael Watson||(3, 0)|
|Kevin Leveille||(2, 0)|
|Chris Fiore||(2, 0)|
|Tim Byrnes||(1, 0)|
|Steve Dusseau||(1, 0)|
|Ryan Curtis||(0, 1)|
|Chris Garrity||11 (0.407)|
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|Jay Jalbert||(4, 0)|
|Kevin Finneran||(2, 2)|
|Aj Haugen||(3, 0)|
|Andrew Wasik||(1, 1)|
|Conor Denihan||(2, 0)|
|Tim Goettelmann||(1, 1)|
|Chris Massey||(1, 0)|
|Kevin Lowe||(1, 0)|
|Mike Hammer||(1, 0)|
|Brian Dougherty||23 (0.622)|
|Nick Murtha||0 (0.000)|
|Long Island Lizards||0-1|
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|The Game Story:|
|The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse beat the Long Island Lizards 17-16
in their season opener, in front of a Cannons record 6,312 at Boston
University^Òs Nickerson Field. The Cannons earned the win on the strength of
Tim Byrnes^Ò game winning, behind the back ^Ö no look goal with just eight
seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Cannons trailed 13 ^Ö 10 heading into the fourth quarter. Boston took its first lead of the game on a Steve Dusseau goal with 1:42 remaining.
Long Island^Òs Jay Jalbert, the 2003 MLL MVP tied it for the Lizards with 32 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Boston took possession on a Peter Inge face off win and with eight seconds remaining Chris Rotelli found Byrnes for his Picasso-esque game winner. It was Byrnes^Ò only goal of the game.
^ÓGoing to Syracuse I^Òve seen the Powells taking those shots (Casey and Ryan),^Ô said Byrnes. ^ÓI^Òve seen guys like (Cannons Midfielder Kevin) Leveille do it in practice. I guess it was the right time for me to bring that shot out. The bottom line is that we won the game and sent this great crowd home happy.^Ô
The Cannons outscored the Lizards 6-3 in the fourth quarter to earn the win. Midfielder Kevin Leveille scored two goals in the game^Òs final quarter to power the Cannons.
^ÓWe were working hard,^Ô said Leveille. ^ÓWe try to be the best conditioned team in the league and I think it showed in the fourth quarter. We were there both mentally and physically.^Ô
Conor Gill and David Evans led the way for the Cannons with five points apiece. Evans earned his points on the strength of 3 goals, one of which was a momentum change two-pointer with 7:32 left in the third quarter, to go along with an assist. Gill recorded a goal and four assists. Chris Rotelli was strong in his Cannons debut assisting on three goals including Byrnes^Ò game winner. Michael Watson had 3 goals and Mike Battista notched two.
^ÓIt was a great way to christen our new stadium,^Ô said Battista. ^ÓTo come to Boston and get a win like that in front of a huge crowd, it^Òs a great feeling. I think all of the fans tonight will definitely come back.^Ô
The Cannons opened the season at a new venue, but the result was the same. All four Cannons season openers in the franchise^Òs brief history have been decided by one goal. Boston improves to 3 and 1 in season openers and 2 and 1 in home openers.
Not be lost in the midst of pretty game winning goals and gaudy offensive numbers is the work of faceoff guy Peter Inge. Going against the MLL^Òs top faceoff guy, Chris Cercy, Inge simply won 28 of 34 faceoffs, an 82% clip. For good measure he also picked 11 ground balls.
^ÓI^Òve worked hard all offseason to get in shape,^Ô said Inge. ^ÓNow that I have a year of MLL experience under my belt of feel a lot more confident. It was a great way to start the season.^Ô
Long Island was led offensively by Jalbert who scored 4 goals. Andrew Wasik, Conor Denihan and Tim Goettlemann all notched two points apiece. Brian Dougherty had a huge game between the pipes with 23 saves.
The Cannons started the game flat, despite trailing only 3-2 after one. Boston had difficulties in the second quarter. They were outscored 5-2 and trailed 8 ^Ö 4 at the half. Boston trailed by as many as 5 goals (10-5 with 10:23 left in the third) before mounting a comeback.
^ÓIt was a great win, but we we didn^Òt play our best game,^Ô said Hiller. ^ÓWe^Òre happy to get the win, but just like last season^Òs opener, it was exciting, but we now we can do more.^Ô
The Cannons made it 10-8 after an Evans two-pointer with 7:32 remaining in the third quarter, which was followed by a Battista tally that cut the lead to one with 1:27 to go in the third.
The next Cannons game is Thursday May 27 against the Bayhawks in Baltimore. The game begins at 7:30, coverage on the Boston Cannons Web Radio Network starts at 7:15.