Bridgeport Barrage vs. Boston Cannons
June 6, 2003
The Game Story:
The Boston Cannons improved their record to 2-0 with a record tying 23-17 win over the Bridgeport Barrage at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, CT. The Cannons 23 goal output tied the Major League Lacrosse record for goals in a game, previously held by Rochester (5/31/03 vs. Barrage) and Long Island (7/22/01 vs. Cannons).

"Our offense played great tonight," said Cannons head coach Scott Hiller. "We got great production from all of our offensive players, especially the midfielders. Bridgeport played us hard in this one, the score doesn't necessarily indicate how well they played."

Despite the offensive outburst by Boston, Cannons goalie and Sudbury native Kevin O'Brien was named the game's Bud Light MVP. O'Brien made 27 saves, just 3 shy of a team record. Tonight's performance came on the heels of a 21 save performance against New Jersey in the opener.

"I have to give a lot of credit to the defense in front of me," said O'Brien. "They did the job. On top of that, I felt like I was seeing the ball very well and that helped quite a bit. I saw a lot of shots today, it was up and down, and that allowed me to get into a rythmn."

"OB has been phenominal in his first two games," said Hiller. "His performance tonight was one of the best goalie performances I've seen in this league. We couldn't have asked for two better performances from Kevin to start the season."

The offensive stars for the Cannons were Mike Regan, Steve Dusseau and David Evans. After not registering a point in the season opener, Regan exploded for 5 goals, 2 of which were two-pointers for 7 total points. Dusseau added 4 goals of his own, bringing his two-game 2003 total to 6 goals. Evans scored the first two-pointer of the season for Boston in the first half and finished with 3 goals.

"I wanted to play better this game than I did in the opener," said Regan. "I was being set up well by my teammates tonight, and got the chance to get some good shots off. Once they started going in, I just felt it. It was a great overall effort by our team tonight."

Newton's Mike Battista also added a hat trick for the Cannons

The Cannons played consistently throughout, scoring a rapid clip from start to finish. Boston set a torrid pace in the first quarter, getting on the board with first with an Evans goal. The Cannons finished with 8 first quarter goals, and had 15 at the half, leading 15-6.

The Barrage actually outscored Boston in the second half, 11-8. The Cannons scored key goals in both the third and fourth quarters, however, to keep the Barrage at bay.

Midfielder Blake Miller led the way for Bridgeport with 5 goals. Roy Colsey added 3 tallies for the Barrage.

The next Cannons game is Saturday June 14 at home against the defending MLL Champion Baltimore Bayhawks at 7:00PM at Cawley Stadium, Lowell, MA. The Cannons have never beaten the Bayhawks in four regular season tries.