Boston Takes OT Thriller 15-14

Boston Takes OT Thriller 15-14

Boston Takes OT Thriller 15-14

Boston Takes OT Thriller 15-14

Brian Langtry was first to get on the board scoring at 13:10 as he stormed to the cage with his d-man a step behind. Langtry was able to get Daye off the right pipe and get net off his left hip. Like the outlaws of the old west, the Cannons wanted to keep control of their turf and scored the next 4 goals. The goals in the first quarter were amazing, like Homer Simpson at work with a box of donuts and a cup of coffee, there was non-stop dip and dunks. Three of the seven goals in the 1st where dip and dunks two by the Cannons and one from the Barrage. Two of the Cannons goals were dip and dunks from Towers on the crease both assisted by Watson. One was set up in a textbook fast break triangle where Watson found Towers with a perfectly placed no look backhanded pass. Cannons’ rookie of the year Scott Doyle scored the other two goals both from outside one on an EMO that rocked the goal backwards.

Bridgeport ran the last 2 minutes of the first quarter like John Elway running the two-minute warning, with complete control. The Barrage found the net twice and brought them with in one from the Cannons 4-3. Rookie Matt Striebel was first to find the cage on an assist from Roy Colsey. Striebel was wide open on the crease when Roy found him from X. Matt rolled one through Daye’s five hole as Daye went down for the split save. The final goal of the quarter came with 1:03 remaining when Blake Miller found Matt Panetta open for a dip and dunk.

The 2nd quarter was a display of the physical side of Lacrosse, there were four penalties in the last 10 minutes of the quarter. The players were playing aggressive defense both with their sticks and body position. Every check looked like a slash, every hit looked like a train coming down the tracks. But the defining element of the quarter was the stick work on the 50. Hanford owned the injured Towers in face offs during the 2nd quarter. Providing the Barrage numerous opportunities on offense and giving them time to find the net from six different players. Matt Panetta was the first to find the net on an assist from Tom Carmean. Boston was only able to get one goal in the second from leading scorer David Evans who had a short bouncer past the Mule. In the remainder of the 2nd, Bridgeport treated the Boston defense like a subway turnstlye, just rolling through to find the net. Matt Striebel led the way with an underhand bouncer past Daye on the stickside pipe. Colsey, Langtry, and Miller beat their defenders to take Daye high on the run. Gonnella made a move from behind the goal on a middie invert and got an inside step on his defender. Jim shot one over Daye’s left shoulder while flying through the crease, giving Bridgeport a 9-5 lead into halftime.

At the beginning of the 3rd quarter, things looked grim for Boston and it seemed like Bridgeport was going to run away with the game. Scoring 2 goals in the first 3 minutes of the 3rd quarter and giving them a six goal lead. The first was scored by Panetta from Colsey on an EMO.At 12:04 Joseph Brock found Blake Miller open for an assisted goal.

At this point in the game the tide began to turn, and it appeared that Cannons did have their Wheaties for breakfast. Scott Doyle led the way for the Cannons and showed the crowd of 4,024 at Cawley Stadium why he was the rookie of the year. Doyle had five of his seven goals in the 3rd quarter including a couple of two pointers, one assisted by David Evans on an EMO. Radebaugh and Watson capped off the Boston scoring, each showing the Bridgeport defenders why they should keep their heads on a swivel. Watson received an assist from Scott Doyle as he turned his d-man to the outside and cut to the goal to beat the Mule with a quickstick to the lower right corner.

Boston quickly trimmed the fat off the Barrage lead and put themselves in the driver's seat 12-11 with 1:25 left in the quarter. With 45 seconds remaining, the Barrage were able to squeeze a in a goal and tie the game at 12. Ex-Scarlet Knight Keith Cromwell did the damage and made Daye pay for taking his hip three inches off the left pipe leaving Keith enough room to snipe one in the net.

The 4th quarter was an intense battle for ball possession, the ball swinging back and fourth from both sides of the field. Each team played with such determination that would have made their mother’s proud. The first goal came five minutes into the fourth quarter from ex-Orangeman Roy Colsey on an EMO where a shot low on the turf blazed past Daye. The Cannons quickly answered with the equalizer when Ben Strutt found Michael Watson on an unsettled 2-1, Strutt drew the remaining longstick defender off Watson, giving Michael enough time to give the Mule two fakes before slipping it by him. Colsey gave Bridgeport a 14-13 lead when he ripped an underhand shot from the outsude off Curtis’ hip, screening Daye and finding a place topshelf. With time running down very quickly the Boston crowd rose to their feet and chanted “You can do it !” (a la Rob Schnieder from Water boy) At 2:56 Cawley Stadium bellowed with excitement as birthday boy Mike Battista hit the upper right corner on the run and tied the game at 14.

No one sat down for the remainder of the quarter as the possession kept shifting and both defenses were playing tight. Mario Lopez (ex- UMASS d-Man, and no he’s not Slater from Saved by the Bell) intercepted a pass in the last Boston possession that broke up a Cannon fastbreak opportunity. As the final whistle blew, the crowd took a deep breath from the action and many of the men darted to the beer garden before the beginning of the overtime.

As the ref blew the whistle, Towers quickly beat Hanford to the clamp, Boston came up with the ground ball and called a time out. When the game resumed Boston had possession at midfield. The Cannon offense quickly banged the ball around the horn. When Tucker got the rock he ran hard down the left side, Traynor quickly made a cut to Radebaugh and shot the ball low on the right pipe. Twenty seconds into sudden death Boston scored and got the win and a spot in the plafoffs.

"We were trying to set up a play, and that wasn’t it.” Said Traynor after the game. They were looking to run their wheel but Traynor looked at his d-man, saw the back of his cascade and made a cut to the ball.

With the regular season over, the Cannons received a fresh start, where records no longer matter, just the opposition.Coach Whiteley ecstatic over the Bridgeport win discussed how his team has played, and the respect that they have received from the critics. “I don’t think the league wants us there, maybe we’ll just screw everything up and win the entire thing.”

With a 3-11 record the skeptics could not have predicted that the Cannons would end up in the playoffs, but the Cannons showed everyone that they could play ball, coming back from a 6 goal deficit. But the real challenge will come in the following week when they faceoff against the National League Leading Bayhawks, who plays the Jersey Pride tomorrow at Yogi Berra Stadium.

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Go Boston!
    by (#12866) on 8/26/01 @9:48AM
Yeah! I knew Boston would show up the Barrage! Now their going on and gonna beat the Bayhawks!
 
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next level
    by (#15920) on 8/26/01 @12:44PM
I haven't seen Baltimore play, but the Cannons are going to have to take their game to a higher level and keep it there for an entire game if they expect to go further. Yeah they came back last night but let's face it they were lucky to win that game and they'll need more than luck to advance in the playoffs.
 
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Not Fair
    by (#16137) on 8/26/01 @3:47PM
The system sucks! Boston is in but NJ may not, clearly NJ is so much better than Boston. Common MLL, wake up. Boston will be eliminated quickly.
 
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You don't understand...
    by (#12866) on 8/27/01 @7:21AM
...It all has to do with the division the team is in. Boston is in a really crappy division, with the exception to the Lizards, so they came out in second. But New Jersey is in a much more competative division but still could have gone if they had won the game against Baltimore. So it is totally fair. That is how divisions in sports work.
 
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NOT FAIR!?!
    by (#9264) on 8/27/01 @7:30AM
What are you talking about not fair? And that New Jersey is better that Boston? They lost to Baltimore by 11 goals (20-9) boston lost by 1 (13-14)! Nj doesn't deserve to go to the semifinals. And to say that boston will get elimininated, is like say NJ is, they both have 3-5 records in their divisions. Plus I'd like to see New Jersey Beat L.I.! Ha! Boston is gonna win against Baltimore beacuse they dont sleep while playing like the pride do.
 
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Dude, its like that in every sport
    by (#5820) on 8/30/01 @2:20PM
How many times have awesome teams not made it to the playoff because of their division? It happens in every sport, but there really isnt any other way to do it. there arent enough teams in the MLL for a wild card or anything like that. By the way, this article had some pretty nice metaphors. i.e: Like the outlaws of the old west, the Cannons wanted to keep control of their turf, like Homer Simpson at work with a box of donuts and a cup of coffee, there was non-stop dip and dunks. i thought those were pretty funny.
 
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Baltimore
    by (#12865) on 8/27/01 @7:34AM
Boston can kill Baltimore if they really try. Look the Bridgeport Barrage, the worst team in the league, beat the L.I. Lizards, the best team in the league. What I am saying is that Baltimore can be as good as you want them too, if Boston applies themselves to the game they can win it without trouble, but if they worry about dumb things, then their screwed. Good Luck Boston, and try hard!
 
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Boston
    by (#8608) on 8/27/01 @9:51AM
Championship is up for grabs, the team that gets hot will take it all the way forget about records. I like Boston's chances they seen to be getting it together at the right time (Just play for 4 quarters instead of the usual 2). Other teams should not take them lightly (Baltimore!). Boston all the way.
 
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travel to B-port?
    by (#15920) on 8/27/01 @10:02AM
Is cannons management putting anything together for the loyal fans who've supported them through the season like a bus to the game? I know you guys check the site out. Why not make sure there's cannons fans in Bridgeport
 
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Bus trip
    by (#8608) on 8/27/01 @12:09PM
What a great idea! management are you guys reading this.
 
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Send an e-mail
    by (#12866) on 8/28/01 @8:27AM
Send an e-mail to the Cannons managment, i think you can somewhere....Cannons all the way
 
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travel
    by (#12865) on 8/28/01 @8:21AM
I know a bunch of people that are going to the game as Boston Fans, from RI. Me being one of them! GO Boston, Show Baltimore How to win!!
 
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I'm Going!
    by (#12866) on 8/28/01 @8:25AM
I'm from RI, and Im going too! GO BOSTON!!!!
 
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YEAH CANNONS
    by (#5820) on 8/30/01 @2:25PM
WOO! Hey. anybody notice the following people were ALL mising fromt he last game: Busza, Crowley, Knight (shoulder, i suppose), Abeles, AND Tim Whitely. Where were they? I know Knight was injured, but we had a starting attackman and arguably our best D-Middie missing from the game. Anyone know?
 
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Healthy
    by (#16137) on 8/31/01 @9:29AM
Does anybody knows if every body will play for Boston, for tomorrows game?
 
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Championship Seeding
    by (#16137) on 8/27/01 @12:18PM
Here it is Guys:

1. Rochester
2. Boston
3. Baltimore
4. Long Island

Champions: Rochester
 
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Correction
    by (#12865) on 8/28/01 @8:22AM
Here it is Guys:

1. Boston
2. Rochester
3. Baltimore
4. Long Island

Champions: Boston


 
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Correction
    by (#12866) on 8/28/01 @8:24AM
I like the correction, I think its the truth.
 
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Correction
    by (#15974) on 8/28/01 @9:06AM
1. Baltimore
2. Boston
3. Long Island
4. Rochester


 
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Hey quick one, thats impossible..
    by (#12866) on 8/30/01 @3:40PM
.. If you think Baltimore can win the championships and have Boston come in second, you obviously dont know much about your favorite team. Baltimore and Boston are playing in the semi-finals on saturday and l.i. and rochester are also, so that is not possible, plus its worng anyway, Boston will win. GO BOSTON!
 
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TV?
    by (#15920) on 8/30/01 @10:12PM
Can't make it to B-port. are any of the games televised? Which channel?
 
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new jersey doesnt suck
    by (#15335) on 8/31/01 @6:32PM
everyone says nj is garbage. they beat li, beat rochester sometimes, beat baltimore sometimes and i admit the last game was garbage but theyre still a mighty good team alotta the time.
 
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TV.
    by (#12866) on 8/31/01 @7:09PM
The entire weekend is gonna be televised live on FSNE Nationally (Fox Sports Net). If you don't have that then your out of luck.
 
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