Rochester Rattlers vs. Boston Cannons
July 19, 2003
The Game Story:
Rochester, NY (July 19, 2003) The Boston Cannons (5-3) of Major League Lacrosse staved off a feverish comback by the Rochester Rattlers (2-6) to win 16-15 in front of 4,409 fans at Bishop Kearney Field, Rochester, NY. The Cannons led 15-8 heading into the fourth quarter. Rochester went on an 8-1 run in the fourth and Casey Powell had a chance to tie it for the Rattlers with seconds remaining, but Cannons goalie Chris Garrity made a game saving save and Boston held on to win.

"Runs like that are going to happen in this league," said Scott Hiller, Cannons head coach. "They have a lot of fire power on their team, but we never lost our composure and Chris (Garrity) came up big for us again."

The Cannons have matched their longest win streak of the season, winning three in a row for the second time in 2003.

For the second consecutive game Garrity made a huge stop late to perserve the win, and for the second straight week it was against a lacrosse legend. Powell tonight and Gary Gait last game (7/12 vs. Baltimore - save made with 30 seconds left).. Garrity finished with 19 saves.

It was a record setting night in Rochester. Cannons midfielder Mike Regan notched four goals, three of which were two-pointers. Regan tied and broke his own MLL record for two-point goals in a season. Regan has nine two-pointers on the year, the record had been set last season (7) by both Regan and Bridgeport's Roy Colsey.

"My shot was working tonight, we were getting good looks from two-point range," said Regan. "Its great to set a record, something I'm proud of, but I'm more happy with the win. This was one we needed. It was a great team effort, the record's great, the win is better."

For his effort Regan was also named the game's Bud Light MVP.

Seven different Cannons scored goals. In addition to Regan's four, David Evans scored three and rookie Chris Fiore notched his first career two-pointer. Michael Watson, Conor Gill, Steve Dusseau and Bobby Benson each tallied a goal.

The Cannons appeared to be cruising in the second half, outscoring Rochester 4-3 in the third quarter and leading to start the fourth 15-8. Boston maintained its advantage for most of the quarter, until with 3:03 remaining in the game, the Rattlers unleashed a six goal run in 2:03.

The record breaking performances were not limited to the Boston side of the field. Rattler midfielder Casey Powell set a new MLL record for assists in a game with eight, to go along with a goal.

The first quarter started slow with both teams exchanging goals. The Cannons drew first blood on an Evans tally, followed by goals by Watson and Regan.

The Cannons exploded in the second quarter. Regan and Fiore both notched two-point goals. Boston went on a 7-0 run to start the second quarter. Rochester regained a measure of momentum midway through the period scoring two straight. The Cannons went into the lockerroom at halftime leading 11-5.

The Cannons play next at home against the Lizards. Boston hosts Long Island Thursday July 24 at 7:30PM at Cawley Stadium, Lowell, MA. The Cannons beat the Lizards 17-13 in the teams only meeting in 2003.