Boston Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive With Win Over Florida
Needing a win to keep any chance of a playoff berth alive as the Major League Lacrosse regular season winds down, the Cannons rose to the challenge, taking a one-goal win over the Launch to avenge last week's loss and stay a game back of Ohio for the fourth and final playoff spot going into the final week of the regular season.
Boston moves to 6-7 on the year, while Florida drops to 5-8 and was eliminated from playoff contention hours after the finish of their game when Ohio rallied for a win over Rochester to move to 7-6 on the year. The Cannons hold the tie-breaker with Ohio having defeated the Machine twice in the season, so a win against Rochester and a Machine loss to Florida would put Boston in the playoffs (but either a loss or Ohio win would give the Machine their first birth in the league's semifinals).
Goalkeeper Jordan Burke was named MVP of the win for Boston, stopping 16 shots, including eight in the second quarter to help Boston take a 10-5 lead into halftime after opening with a 9-2 run before the Launch used a small 3-1 run into the break to pull closer. Will Manny (3G, 2A), Stephen Berger and Kevin Buchanan (4G, 1A each) led the offense with five points for Boston.
Cannons star midfielder Paul Rabil missed the second half with a right foot injury.
Florida nearly came back in the second half, holding 5-3 scoring advantages in both the third and fourth quarters. Down by five early in the fourth after a 3-0 Boston run, Florida closed with five of the final six goals, but couldn't find the net one last time after Casey Powell and Kieran McArdle hit with under three minutes to go to tie it up.
Powell led the offense with eight points on four goals and four assists for Florida, while Steven Brooks had three goals and an assist and Kevin Cunningham and David Earl had two goals and an assist each. Brett Queener made 13 saves in the loss.
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