Poskay Scores Four in Return, Cannons Win
from press release
The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) earned their first home win of the season as they crushed the Chicago Machine by a score of 22-11 in front of 8,829 fans at Harvard Stadium on Saturday night. In his first game back after missing the opening four contests of the season, 2008 Cannons MVP midfielder Matt Poskay (Virginia '06) earned tonight's Bud Light MVP for his four goal performance.
With the win, the Cannons improved their record to 2-3 this season, while the Machine saw their record fall to 1-4.
Attackman Matt Alrich (Delaware '04) took control of the game early and gave the Cannons a 2-0 lead with goals at 6:08, assisted by attackman Ryan Boyle (Princeton '04), and 8:27, assisted by midfielderBrett Garber (UMass '07). The Machine cut the lead in half with a tally at 10:39, and that proved to be the final tally of the low-scoring first quarter.
The Cannons dominated the early part of the second frame, scoring six unanswered goals to take an 8-1 lead. Poskay, appearing in his first game this season after missing the first four contests on the Physically Unable to Perform List, collected the first goal of the quarter at 1:17, with midfielder Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins '08) earning an assist on the play. Immediately after, face-off specialist Chris Eck (Colgate '08) won the face-off battle and carried the ball down the field for a goal at 1:32, and Rabil notched an unassisted tally at 3:27. Midfielder Greg Downing (Fairfield '07) increased the Cannons' lead to 7-1 with goals at 4:28 and 4:45, and defenseman Kyle Sweeney (Georgetown '03) pushed the home team's advantage to 8-1 with his marker at 5:20. Boyle earned his second assist of the game on Downing's second goal. The scoring continued as Chicago netted a tally at 5:50, Rabil answered with his second goal of the game at 6:42 and the Machine picked up two more goals at 8:26 and 9:30 to cut the Cannons' lead to 9-4. From there, Poskay picked up his second goal of the game, assisted by Boyle, at 10:26, Chicago scored at 12:31 and Poskay found the back of the Machine net again at 14:01, for his third goal of the game, giving the Cannons an 11-5 advantage. Defenseman Ryan McClay (Cornell '03) assisted on Poskay's third tally.
The third quarter featured more back-and-forth action as Alrich collected his third goal of the game, assisted by Boyle, just 18 seconds into the frame, and Chicago answered at 58 seconds to close the Cannons' lead to 12-6. The home team struck again, however, with Downing's third goal of the game at 4:13 and an impressive backside crease dive goal, with a long pole, from defenseman Jack Reid(UMass '06) at 7:46 to take a 14-6 lead. Each team scored two more alternating goals to close out the quarter, with the Cannons' tallies coming from Rabil, his third of the game at 11:37, and Garber at 14:05.
The Cannons collected six unanswered goals to open the final 15- minutes of play, capturing a 22-8 advantage over the Machine. Eck collected his second goal of the contest for the first time in his MLL career, just 15 seconds into the frame, with Boyle earning his fifth assist of the game on the play, Poskay collected his fourth tally of the game, assisted by attackman al;">Sean Morris (UMass '06), at 1:30, and then Morris also found the back of the net at 3:00. Boyle collected a goal to add to his five helpers, assisted by Downing, at 6:27, Sweeney notched his second goal of the game at 6:36 and rookie attackmanBrandon Corp (Colgate '09) picked up his first career MLL goal at 7:26. The Machine attempted a comeback with tallies at 8:17, 14:02 and 14:36, but it wasn't enough as the Cannons went on to win their first home game this season by a dominating score of 22-11.
Cannons goalie Mike Levin (Brown '04) made 18 saves on the 29 shots he faced to earn his second win of the season. Machine goalie Mike Gabel (Vermont '05) stopped 10 of the 27 shots he faced. Machine goalie Bud Petit (Virginia '08), who saw action in the third quarter, made one save on six shots, earning the loss.
The Cannons will return to action when they travel to Annapolis, Maryland to take on the Washington Bayhawks at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Friday, June 19 at 7:30 PM.
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