Baltimore, MD (July 12, 2003) The Boston Cannons (4-3)
of Major League Lacrosse beat the Baltimore Bayhawks
5-2) 11-10 at Homewood Field, Baltimore, MD. Cannons
rookie goaltender Chris Garrity made 22 saves and was
named the game's Bud Light MVP. His biggest stop came
with less than a minute to go in the game, pushing aside
an open Gary Gait shot attempt.
"Chris played a fantastic game for us," said Scott Hiller,
Cannons head coach. "He did everything we could have
asked from him and more. This is one of the best shooting
teams in the league, and for him to have a performance
like that was a big lift."
Defenseman Ryan Curtis made the play of the game with
30 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Baltimore had
possession and was on a power play, when Curtis picked
a John Blatchley pass out of midair, allowing the Cannons
to kill the clock.
The Cannons used another strong second half to put the
Bayhawks away. Boston outscored the Bayhawks 6-5 over
the final two quarters. Boston outscored Long Island
in the second half of the last game (July 6) 11-6.
The win marks the first time in team history the
Cannons beat the Bayhawks. Boston entered the game
0-5 lifetime against Baltimore in the regular season
and 0-2 in the playoffs.
David Evans led the Cannons offensively with four goals
and one assist for five total points. Conor Gill added
a goal and two assists, while Mike Regan and Michael Watson
notched two goals apiece.
"The weather conditions made it tough," said Evans.
"But we got back to the things that helped us against
Long Island (7/6) like moving the ball and looking for
the open man. Eventually shots started falling."
Peter Inge had another solid game in the faceoff circle.
Inge won 12 of 24 faceoffs, most coming against Paul Cantabene.
Mark Millon led the Bayhawks offensively with three
goals and two assists. Gait chipped in with two goals
of his own.
The game's start was delayed 30 minutes due to high
winds and lightning. Faceoff, originally scheduled
for 7:30PM took place at 8:00PM. After the delay the
game action itself started slow. The two teams combined
for just two goals (three points - one was a Jeff Sonke
two-pointer) in the first quarter. Baltimore ended
"The weather and the delay made it tough on both teams,"
said Hiller. "I think once everyone got into it, it
turned into a great game."
The teams exchanged goals in the second quarter, ending
the half with Baltimore leading 6-5. A Watson goal was
disallowed at the end of the half; according to the
officials he did not get the shot off before the buzzer.
With the win the Cannons improve their record to 4-3.
The Cannons play next at Rochester on July 19 at 7:30PM.
Coverage on the Boston Cannons Web Radio Network
presented by New Balance begins at 7:15PM.
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