Rochester Rattlers vs. Boston Cannons
August 10, 2002
The Game Story:
CANNONS ROCK RATTLERS - CLINCH PLAYOFF BERTH 'Boston Heads to Playoffs for Second Straight Season'

(Rochester, NY August 10, 2002) The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse win their third straight game, beating the Rochester Rattlers 17-15 in front of 4,589 at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY. The win clinches a playoff berth for the Cannons in 2002. The Cannons also become the first team in MLL history to win the back end of a true back-to-back series. Boston beat Bridgeport last night (August 9) by the same score of 17-15.

We played our hearts out, said Scott Hiller, Cannons Head Coach. This was the gutsiest performance I've ever seen from the Cannons. Coming off a tough game last night, playing a hard-nosed, physical opponent, I couldn't have asked for a better effort than the one I got.^

The game was tied at halftime 9-9. The team's then traded goals throughout the third quarter. Boston was ahead by one goal, 13-12, until Bill Edell scored a two-pointer with :09 seconds remaining in the third quarter to give the Cannons a three-goal lead. It was Edell's first career two-point goal.

I saw the time was winding down and I had an opening, said Edell, who lives in Concord, MA. The defense gave me the room to take the shot and I got some speed behind it. Our whole team came to play tonight, this was just a great win.

Cannons rookie Conor Gill led the way offensively. He finished the night with 6 goals and 2 assists for 8 total points. Brent Rothfuss added two goals, while Scott Doyle connected on a two-pointer.

Cannons goaltender and Harvard graduate Keith Cynar was brilliant in goal. He made 17 total saves. But Cynar came up big when he was needed most, making 5 spectacular, close-range saves.

This feels great, said Cynar. I'm so impressed with how our team played. We came together and fought hard. We earned this one and we're going to enjoy it. But tomorrow, we're looking forward to Long Island and the playoffs. The win clinches the Cannons second straight playoff berth. Boston was battling Rochester for the final spot, with the Cannons having a one game lead, with each team playing one more game this season. The Cannons now hold the tie-breaker over the Rattlers. If Boston loses its final game, and both teams end with identical records, and both teams would finish 1-1 head-to-head, thus necessitating a second tie-breaker, point differential head-to-head. Rochester beat Boston by one goal in game 1, the Cannons won by two tonight, thus giving the Cannons the tie-break advantage.

Next up for Boston, a potential playoff preview. The Cannons host the Long Island Lizards Thursday August 15, at 7:30PM at Cawley Stadium in Lowell, MA. Tickets are still available online at www.bostoncannons.com, or by calling 888-847-9700.