Boston Cannons vs. New Jersey Pride
May 17, 2008
The Game Story:
BOSTON, MA - Saturday, May 17, 2008 – Attackman John Christmas (Virginia ’05) collected one goal and three assists to earn Bud Light MVP honors as the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) defeated the New Jersey Pride by a score of 13-9, in the 2008 season-opening game in front of 8,706 fans at Harvard Stadium on Saturday night.

With the win, the Cannons start off the season with a 1-0 record, while the Pride drop to 0-1.

“Overall we played well and we had a couple of spurts that we’re very happy with,” said Cannons Head Coach Bill Daye. “Defensively, we played very well and after that first quarter I thought we shut it down. Anytime you hold a team to nine goals in this league, you’ve got to be happy with the effort.”

The Pride dominated early in the game with four unanswered goals to take a 4-0 lead before midfielder Matt Poskay (Virginia ’06) got the home team on the scoreboard with a shorthanded goal at 11:39 in the first quarter. Midfielder Kevin Dougherty (Syracuse ’04) added a power play goal at 14:25 from newly acquired Cannons attackman Matt Alrich (Delaware ’04) to cut the Pride’s lead in half.

The Cannons kept their momentum going into the second quarter with a goal from Christmas at 3:02 to close the Pride’s lead to 4-3, and Alrich followed it up with two quick tallies for his first and second goals as a Cannon. Dougherty earned the assist on Alrich’s first goal at 7:03 to tie the game and midfielder Brett Garber (UMASS ’07) had the helper on Alrich’s second marker at 7:52 to give the Cannons their first lead of the game with a score of 5-4. After earning his first career MLL point on Alrich’s goal, Garber kept the scoring going with his first career MLL goal from attackman Mike Powell (Syracuse ’04) at 9:43 to give the Cannons a 6-4 lead.

The Cannons traded goalie Jake Coon (Nazareth ’00) for goalie Kip Turner (Virginia ’07) at the beginning of the third quarter, as their scoring onslaught continued with a goal from attackman Tom Zummo (NYIT ’05) just 53 seconds into the frame, and a power play goal from Powell at 6:58 to give the Cannons a 8-4 advantage after their eighth goal in a row in the contest. The Pride finally stopped the bleeding with three goals in a row to close the gap to 8-7, but defenseman Colin Hulme (Colgate ’07), a Framingham, MA, native, bumped the Cannons’ lead back up to 9-7 with his goal at 11:44. Defenseman Chris Passavia (Maryland ’04) assisted on Hulme’s tally. The Pride collected two more goals before the end of the segment, to tie the game by a score of 9-9 heading into the final quarter.

Poskay broke the deadlock, and regained control of the game for the home team, with his second goal of the game at 3:23 in the fourth stanza. Christmas earned his first assist of the game on Poskay’s goal, giving the Cannons a 10-9 advantage. From there, the Cannons dominated the remainder of the contest, keeping the Pride off the scoreboard the rest of the way. Dougherty collected his second goal of the game at 4:06, Poskay netted his third goal of the game at 5:17 and Chris Mucciolo (Brown ’05) scored at 5:33 to give the Cannons a 13-9 victory over the Pride. Christmas earned his second and third assists on the third goal by Poskay and Mucciolo’s tally.

Turner made eight saves on the 13 shots he faced during the second half of the game to earn the win for the Cannons. Coon stopped five of nine shots in the first half of the contest.