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Buchanan Leads Cannons Past Bayhawks

June 26, 2011
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Midfielder Kevin Buchanan scored a game-high four goals, including three in the second half, to lead the Boston Cannons (5-1) to their fourth straight win, a 17-10 Major League Lacrosse victory over the Chesapeake Bayhawks (3-3) in front of 8,370 fans at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.

In leading the Cannons to their second win of the season over the defending MLL champions, Buchanan scored twice in the third quarter as Boston overcame a one-point half-time deficit by scoring six goals in the period. The Cannons outscored the Bayhawks by 11-3 in the second half to earn the victory.

After the teams traded goals in the first quarter, the Cannons took a 2-1 lead just 14 seconds into the second quarter when defenseman PT Ricci scored an unassisted goal. But, the Bayhawks responded with back-to-back markers from midfielders Kyle Dixon and Justin Smith to take a 3-2 advantage with 11:20 left in the period.

Attackman Ryan Boyle tied the game at 3-3 with a goal off an assist from rookie defenseman Brian Farrell before the Bayhawks answered with two goals from midfielder Ben Hunt, including a two-point marker, to take a 6-3 lead with six minutes left in the first half.

The teams exchanged goals before the Cannons closed to within 7-6 at the intermission with a pair of goals from attackman Matt Poskay and defenseman Kyle Sweeney.

Midfielder Brian Carroll upped the Bayhawks' cushion to 8-6 by scoring off a feed from Dixon just over two minutes into the second half. However, the Cannons erupted for three straight goals, including the first career goal by Farrell, to take a 9-8 advantage with 8:41 left in the third quarter.

After a goal by attackman Ben Rubeor tied the game at 9-9, the Cannons exploded for five straight goals, including a pair of Buchanan markers, to take a 14-9 advantage they did not relinquish with 13:02 left in the fourth quarter.

Midfielder Justin Smith ended the Bayhawks' scoring drought with his third goal of the game off a feed from Carroll, but the Cannons sealed the victory by scoring three straight goals over the final eight minutes.

While Buchanan led the Cannons with his four goals to earn Bud Light Player of the Game honors, Rabil scored three goals and added two assists, giving him 150 points in his career. Poskay contributed three goals for the Cannons, who tallied 33 shots on goal in the victory.

Smith posted a "hat trick" with his three-goal effort for the Bayhawks while Hunt scored two goals, including a two-point goal. Goalkeeper Brian Phipps made a season-high 16 saves for the Bayhawks, who dropped their second straight game.

Major League Lacrosse: Boston Cannons 17, Chesapeake Bayhawks 10
Boston (5-1)  1-5-6-5 / 17
Chesapeake (3-3)  1-6-2-1 / 10

One-Point Goals: BOS - Kevin Buchanan 4, Matt Poskay 3, Paul Rabil 3, PT Ricci 2, Brad Ross 2, Ryan Boyle 1, Brian Farrell 1, Kyle Sweeney 1; CHES - Justin Smith 3, Ben Rubeor 2, Brian Carroll 1, Kyle Dixon 1, Ben Hunt 1. Two-Point Goals: BOS - n/a; CHES - Ben Hunt 1. Assists: BOS - Paul Rabil 2, PT Ricci 1, Greg Downing 1, Matt Casey 1, Brian Farrell 1, Kyle Sweeney 1; CHES - Ben Rubeor 2, Steven DeNapoli 1, Brian Carroll 1, Danny Glading 1, Kyle Dixon 1, Steven Brooks 1. Saves: BOS - Jordan Burke 14 (60:00, 9 goals allowed); CHES - Brian Phipps 16 (60:00, 17 goals allowed). Shots: BOS - 49; CHES - 49. Power-Play Opportunities: BOS - 1 for 5; CHES - 1 for 4. Attendance: 8,370.