BOSTON, MA - Saturday, July 10, 2010 – The Boston Cannons (6-3) defeated the Chesapeake Bayhawks (4-5) by a score of 16-10 on Saturday Night at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD. Cannons’ Paul Rabil was named Bud Light MVP for his 4 goal, including one 2-point goal, 5 point night to lead the Cannons offensive attack.
The Cannons quickly turned bad news into a good start on a rainy Saturday night in Annapolis. The team learned earlier in the day that face-off specialist Chris Eck would miss the game with an injury from Thursday night’s All-Star Game. John Ortolani was called upon to make his first ever start for the Cannons. Ortolani wasted no time having an impact as he won the opening face-off and Paul Rabil converted 22 seconds later to give the Cannons the early lead. Rabil and the Cannons offense were just warming up as they exploded for 9 unanswered goals to start the game. League leader in goals and points Matt Poskay scored a pair of goals as 5 different Cannons found the back of the net to give the Cannons a 9-1 lead after 1 quarter. The Bayhawks scored the first 2 goals of the second quarter to cut into the Cannons lead. Bayhawks substitute goalie Mike Levin saved the first 2 shots he faced in the quarter to keep the Cannons off the scoreboard for over 7 minutes. The Cannons offense struggled to keep their rhythm of the first quarter. Three penalties on the Cannons kept them on the defensive and led to the Bayhawks fourth unanswered goal. Kevin Buchanan finally got Boston on the scoreboard with his first goal of the night to make it 10-4 Cannons. Matt Poskay ended the first half scoring with his third goal of the night on an impossible short angled shot that beat the Bayhawks goalie and the Cannons went into the break up 11-4.
The Bayhawks came out the aggressor in the third quarter and quickly got back into the game. Kyle Dixon scored a 2 point goal to open the Chesapeake scoring and 2 more unanswered goals made it an 11-8 game with 8:55 to go in the third quarter. Pat Heim scored the first Cannons goal of the second half and Justin Smith became the 8th Cannon to score on the evening with 3:38 to go in the third as the Cannons once again extended to a 5 goal lead. Max Quinzani scored on a great feed from Buchanan with 4 seconds to in the quarter as the Cannons took a 14-8 lead into the fourth quarter.
Rabil opened the scoring in the final quarter with another Cannons short angle goal and Buchanan followed up with his second on the night to extend the lead to 16-8. Chazz Woodson scored a highlight reel leap from behind the net goal to bring the crowd to their feet, but the Cannons slowed the game down and played strong defense to halt any thoughts of a come-back from the Bayhawks as the won their second road game of the season 16-10.
*John Ortolani was 14 for 27 in face-offs in his emergency Cannons debut.
*Matt Poskay leads MLL in goals (34) and points (39)
*Matt Poskay is 4 goals away from tying David Evans for the Cannons all-time scoring lead (133).
*8 different players scored for the Cannons.
*Kip Turner made 20 saves (1 shy of his season high)
*Paul Rabil was named Bud Light Game MVP for the second time this season.
The Cannons will return to action after their bye week when they host the Toronto Nationals on Saturday, July 24 at 7:00 PM at Harvard Stadium. July 24 is Family 4-Pack Night at the Cannons with a special food and ticket package available. The game will be broadcast LIVE on Comcast Sports Net New England.