Rabil Scored Five Goals as Boston Hands Chesapeake Their First Loss
BOSTON, MA –Perennial All-Star midfielder
Paul Rabil fired in five goals to lead the Boston Cannons to a 17-13 victory over the Chesapeake Bayhawks last night at Harvard Stadium. Rabil, who possesses one of the hardest, most accurate shots in the game, got time and space too often and repeatedly scored from the perimeter. The former Johns Hopkins All-American also dished off two assists and was named Bud Light Most Valuable Player of the Game.
“Paul Rabil was a man among boys tonight. I’m disappointed that we let Rabil pretty much do whatever he wanted,” Chesapeake head coach
Brendan Kelly said.
Danny Glading scored three goals for Chesapeake, which suffered its first setback of the season. Midfielder
Steven Brooks scored two goals, one of which was a 2-pointer.
Ben Rubeor netted two goals while midfielder
Michael Kimmel added a goal and an assist for the Bayhawks (2-1), who fell behind 8-3 midway through the second quarter and had to play catch-up the rest of the way.
“We lost the ground ball war and that shows on the scoreboard,” Kelly said. “We didn’t win the 50-50 balls in the middle of the field, and that allowed Boston to dominate possession. We didn’t have the ball much on offense, and when we did we threw it away too many times.”
Max Quinzani had a goal and an assist during a 5-0 run to open the second period that put the Cannons in control. Brooks closed the first half with a 2-pointer to give the visitors some momentum and Rubeor opened the third quarter with an unassisted goal as Chesapeake cut the deficit to 9-7.
However, Rabil responded with two straight goals to push the Boston advantage back to 11-7 and Chesapeake never got closer than three the rest of the way. “I was proud of the way we battled back after we got down by five, but after we pulled within two we committed four straight turnovers,” Kelly bemoaned.
Chris Garrity started in goal for the Bayhawks and made six saves.
Brian Phipps took over between the pipes in the second half and stopped thirteen shots. Kelly felt both keepers played well and was more concerned that the defense allowed the Cannons to get off 51 shots, 36 of which were on-goal.
“We did not play well defensively. I thought we came out flat on that end of the field and never really got it together,” Kelly said.
Quinzani finished with three goals and three assists for Boston (2-1). Midfielder
Brad Ross scored three goals while goalie
Jordan Burke made 13 saves for the Cannons, who beat the Bayhawks, 32-25, on ground balls.
“We didn’t work hard enough to get ground balls and that meant we wound up watching a lot of the game from our end of the field,” said Glading, referring to the Chesapeake attack unit. “Give Boston credit for playing a great game, especially on defense. They contested all over the field and we didn’t get any easy looks.”
Chesapeake, which snapped a six-game winning streak dating back to last season, travels to undefeated Denver (3-0) next weekend for its third straight road game. “We have to regroup then go out to Denver and get a win,” Kelly said.
Chesapeake returns home on June 25
th to battle the Cannons again at 7:00pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.