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Week 12 Preview: Boston Cannons at Rochester Rattlers

July 14, 2017
Who: Rochester Rattlers (4 - 6) VS. Boston Cannons (3 - 6)
 
When: Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. (EST)
 
Where: Capelli Sport Stadium | ROCHESTER, NY
 
Watch: Lax Sports Network
 
Week 12 Pregame Notes
 
The Rochester Rattlers look to get back in the playoff hunt with a big win against the Boston Cannons on Sunday in front of the Rochester crowd. The Rattlers won the first battle against the Boston Cannons on May 13th, 13 to 10. Since winning at home on June 10th, the Rochester Rattlers have lost three in a row. 
 
Jordan MacIntosh scored three goals and had one assist. Jordan Wolf scored one goal and had four helpers in the game. Zed Williams (Virginia) continued his hot pace with one goal against Chesapeake. Goalie John Galloway made nine saves in net for the Rattlers.
 
Boston lost on June 22nd against the Ohio Machine, 16 to 15 in OT. The Cannons traded their leading scorer Will Manny to the New York Lizards for Dave Lawson and Chris Lapierre. David Emala (UNC) and Kylor Bellistri (Brown) are tied with twenty seven points for the Cannons. Emala has twenty five goals and two assists.  Bellistri has eighteen goals and thirteen assists. Emala and Bellistri each scored four goals in the loss. Goalie Tyler Fiorito (Princeton) made fifteen saves in net for the Cannons. 
 
We talked to midfielder John Ranagan ahead of the game against the Cannons. Here’s what John had to say: “I am really excited to get back up to Rochester this week. We have dug ourselves a hole but with 4 games remaining, we have to be focused on playing a complete game vs. a strong Cannons team. The biggest thing we need to do is limit our mental mistakes which have cost us in our last 3 losses. Looking forward to the challenge!”

2017 Season So Far

The Rattlers went 1 – 3 since winning their home game on June 10th against the Chesapeake Bayhawks. The Rattlers lost three straight including to the New York Lizards, at home the Atlanta Blaze on June 24th and against the Bayhawks on July 2nd. The Rattlers have mixed up their line-up the past few weeks including the additions of their 2017 draft class against the Bayhawks. The Rattlers also activated Jack Curran (Villanova). The Rattlers will need a big push over the final four games to make the play-offs. Currently at 4 – 6, the Rattlers need to win out right to make the playoffs.
 
What to Look Out For

New faces on the Rattlers include: Eric Fannell (Attack / Midfield / Ohio State), Zed Williams (Attack / Midfield / Virginia), Ryan McNamara (Attack / Midfield / Marquette) and Jack Curran (Villanova). Fannell looks to play in his second game as a Rochester Rattler since making his season debut on June 10th against the Bayhawks.
 

Looking Ahead
 
After Sunday’s game, the Rattlers will return to action at home on Thursday, July 20th vs Denver Outlaws. Game time is set for 7:30 PM.