8/7/10 9:30 PM
BOSTON, MA - Saturday, August 7th, 2010 – The Boston Cannons (8-4) fell to the Chesapeake Bayhawks (6-6) by a score of 16-15 in sudden death overtime at Harvard Stadium in Boston, MA Saturday night in front of an energetic crowd of 8,161. The Bayhawks’ Michael Kimmel was named Bud Light MVP for his two goal evening including the winning tally in overtime. The two teams will have a rematch on Saturday August 21 at 12:00 Noon in the first semi-finals game at the 2010 MLL Championship Weekend in Annapolis, MD.
Looking to close out the regular season on a high note, the Cannons got off to a hot start, getting a goal from Kyle Sweeney and a pair from rookie Max Quinzani to take an early 3-0 lead. Chesapeake’s Ben Hunt responded shortly thereafter with a pair of unassisted goals to pull the Bayhawks within one. Momentum returned to Boston to end the quarter as Brad Ross rifled home a two-point tally and Matt Poskay joined the 50-point club with his 43rd goal of the season.
Paul Rabil scored just 43 seconds into the second quarter but Chesapeake controlled play and made the game close with an impressive quarter. Ben Rubeor scored a pair of goals and Michael Kimmel, Jeff Reynolds and Ray Megill also found the back of the net for the Bayhawks. Justin Smith added the lone other Boston goal as the half came to a close with the Cannons clinging to an 8-7 advantage.
As the game turned physical in the third it was the Bayhawks who would strike first, tying the game 8-8 on Brian Carroll’s fifth goal of the season. The Cannons took the lead back less than a minute later as Quinzani notched his third goal of the evening after Sweeney delivered a punishing hit on a Chesapeake midfielder. Poskay and Rabil gave the Cannons some breathing room as they scored back-to-back goals to give Boston an 11-8 lead. Rubeor and Quinzani traded goals toward the end of the quarter as the Cannons headed into the fourth with a three goal cushion.
In a back-and-forth final quarter, Chesapeake rallied to force overtime. Smith had two goals in the quarter and Poskay added another but the Cannons were unable to close out the pesky Bayhawks. Ben Wright and Kyle Dixon notched 2-point goals to lead a furious late charge. Peet Pollion added a goal of his own but it was Dixon’s short-handed unassisted goal with just 42 seconds left that sent the game into sudden death.
In sudden death it was Kimmel’s unassisted goal that propelled the Bayhawks to a victory and gave them momentum headed into their rematch with Boston on Championship Weekend in two weeks
Boston finished their impressive regular season by leading the league in goals scored with 175.
The Cannons finished the season with a 5-1 home record, prior to tonight the Cannons last home loss was August 6, 2009 to the then Washington Bayhawks 14-13.
Kyle Dixon’s 2-point goal tied Mark Frye and Mike Regan for most in an MLL season with 11.