(Rochester, NY) – The Rochester Rattlers got off to a dream start in their MLL season opening game against the defending champion Boston Cannons, but they could not hold on to their promising start in a 15 - 3 loss on Saturday, April 28 th in Harvard Stadium. The Rattlers made several new additions to a much improved roster during the 2012 offseason, and A Kevin Leveille, A Steven Boyle, and M Steve DeNapoli paid immediate dividends for Rochester.
The Rattlers started out on a 2 – 0 run in the first minute of the game. It only took Leveille 44 seconds to score his first marker as a Rattler off of a feed from Boyle. DeNapoli scored 14 seconds later to give the Rattlers a 2 – 0 lead.
The Rattlers had one of the best off-seasons of any team in Major League Lacrosse. They started the season tipped by many to be a top four team, and they are a playoff contender. However, it is going to take a while for the Rattlers to put all of their pieces in place. Franchise player Ned Crotty, D Joel White, A Jay Card, D Joe Smith, M Dan Hardy, and M Jordan MacInosh all missed Saturday night’s game due to the NLL playoffs. The Rattlers top-rated draft class is expected to significantly improve their roster, but all of those players will not be available until possibly as late as Memorial Day weekend.
In the meantime the Rattlers need to try to get positive results in the early going while they wait for reinforcements to arrive.
“We knew we were going to have a tough start to the season.” Rattlers coach Tim Soudan said. “We’re a little bit short handed right now, but we’re not going to use that as an excuse. It’s one game out of 14. We’re going to regroup and move on from here.”
The Boston Cannons responded to the Rochester Rattlers 2 - 0 lead by going on an 11 to zero run over the next 30:44. Cannons A Jake Beebe led the Boston run with four goals while Cannons superstar Paul Rabil had two goals and four assists. Boston A Ryan Boyle chipped in four assists. The Rattlers Greg Rogowski stopped the run with an unassisted power play goal 6:41 into the third quarter, but the damage had already been done.
Rabil finished the game with eight points (three goals, five assists) while former Rattlers A Ari Sussman had four goals.
The Rochester Rattlers have their bye week next week. They return to action on Saturday, May 12
th at 7PM in Chesapeake against the Bayhawks. The fully staffed Rattlers roster will get a rematch with the Cannons in their home opener in Sahlen’s Stadium on Friday, June 1
st at 7PM. Tickets are on sale by calling 585.454.5424 or visiting rochesterrattlers.com.