Boston Cannons vs. Rochester Rattlers
May 23, 2008
The Game Story:
BOSTON, MA - Friday, May 23, 2008 – Rochester Rattler’s attackman John Grant, Jr. (Delaware ‘99) collected six goals, one two-point goal and one assist to earn Bud Light MVP honors as the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) were defeated by the Rattlers by a score of 17-14, in front of 9,072 fans at Harvard Stadium on Friday night.

With the loss, the Cannons dropped to a 1-1 record on the season, and the Rattlers remained unbeaten with a record of 2-0.

The man of the first quarter was attackman Matt Alrich (Delaware ’04), with a stick on every point that the Cannons scored in the frame. Alrich started the Cannons off with a 3-0 run, scoring all three goals unassisted within the first three minutes and 45 seconds of the game. The Rattlers then stole momentum and scored four goals, taking a 4-3 lead, before Alrich returned to the field scoring his fourth unassisted goal at the 10:38 mark and assisting on a goal by rookie midfielder Josh Porcell (UMBC ‘07) at 12:19. The goal was Porcell’s first of his MLL career in just his first career game. The quarter ended with the Rattlers tying the game at five goals apiece.

The Cannons and Rattlers traded the lead back and forth throughout the second quarter, with neither team taking full control of the game. Alrich added another unassisted goal to his career-best game at 5:04, tying the score at 6-6. The Rattlers took a 7-6 lead, but couldn’t hold it for long as attackman John Christmas (Virginia ’05) got a shot past Rattlers goalie Mike Levin (Brown ‘04) to collect his second goal of the season at 11:30. Another goal from the Rattlers gave them the lead again by a score of 8-7, until midfielder Matt Poskay (Virginia ’06) scored his first power play goal of the season at 14:07. Midfielder Brett Bucktooth (Syracuse ’06) earned the assist on Poskay’s tally, taking both teams into the locker room with the score deadlocked at 8-8.

Midfielder Tom Zummo (NYIT ’05) started off the Cannon’s scoring in the third quarter with his second tally of the year to give the Cannons a 9-8 lead at 1:07. After another Rattlers point, Alrich took the lead back for the Cannons and continued to establish a new career high with his sixth goal of the game at 5:30. Defenseman Chris Passavia (Maryland ’04) increased the lead to 11-9 at the 7:01 mark, before the Rattlers brought the game back to within one goal. Christmas and Bucktooth tallied the final two goals of the quarter, at 14:21 and 14:49 respectfully, to give the Cannons a 13-10 lead at the end of the third segment.

The Rattlers took off on a four-goal run at the start of the final quarter until Poskay stopped the charge with his second goal of the game at 9:40 and brought the game back to a 14-14 tie. The Rattlers then ended the game with four unanswered goals for the 17-14 win with the go-ahead goal scored at 10:01 of the quarter.

Goalie Jake Coon (Nazareth ’00) stopped 25 of 41 shots in the loss. Levin earned the win with 16 saves on the 30 shots he faced.