BOSTON, MA - Saturday, May 22, 2010 – The Boston Cannons (2-0) defeated the Chicago Machine (1-1) 17-15 in front of a Cannons all time record crowd of 10,615 fans Saturday night at Harvard Stadium. Midfielder Kevin Buchanan won Bud Light MVP player of the game honors with three goals and two assists.
The Cannons played a stellar first quarter as they received goals from Buchanan, Mike Stone and Justin Smith to take a 3-0 lead. The Cannons defense locked down the Machine as they held an opponent scoreless in the first quarter for the first time since June 15, 2007 at home against the Washington Bayhawks.
Starting off an evenly contested second quarter, Ryan Boyle netted a spectacular goal as he leaped over a Chicago defender to put the Cannons up 4-0. Mike Leveille finally got the Machine on the board three minutes into the quarter on his third goal of the season. Buchanan followed by scoring his second goal of the contest to give Boston a 5-1 lead. The Cannons allowed two Machine goals before Matt Poskay notched his 100th career goal with 7:38 remaining in the quarter. Chicago would get within a goal, 7-6, before Paul Rabil brushed off a barrage of defenders to rifle home his first goal of the season, giving the Cannons an 8-6 advantage at the half.
Poskay opened up the second half by moving into sole possession of fourth place on the Cannons all-time goals scored list with his second tally of the game to open up the third quarter. The Cannons opened up the game in third as they tallied six points including two goals from Paul Rabil, Buchanan’s third goal of the game and a Brad Ross two pointer, as Boston’s stifling defense held the Machine to just two goals.
The Machine made a late charge in the fourth quarter, scoring seven times, but fell short as Boston got two goals from Poskay and an impressive unassisted goal from Kyle Sweeney to close out the 17-15 victory. Buchanan received praise from Rabil who spoke glowingly of the midfielder after the game. “I think he may be the most underrated player in the league, he does a lot of things well and I am psyched to be playing with a player of his caliber.” Rabil, who scored three goals in his first game back from the NLL, thinks the Cannons can have a special season. “This team has a lot of talent; I really feel like we mesh well as a unit, we need to hold teams off better but our defense and offense both clicked really well at times tonight.”
The Cannons will return to action when they take on the Long Island Lizards at Long Island on Thursday, May 27 at 7:30 PM.
Group and individual tickets are on sale for all remaining Cannons home games and the 2010 MLL All-Star Game being held at Harvard Stadium on July 8th. For more information, or to purchase Cannons tickets, visitBOSTONCANNONS.COM or call (617) 746-9933.