Boston Tops NY; Florida Rallies, Nips Rattlers in OT

Boston, Massachusetts (May 20, 2017) Boston Cannons midfielder Max Seibald had a huge game with a pair of two-point goals helping the team come out on top in a close 16-13 game against rival New York Lizards at Harvard Stadium.

On the defensive side of the ball, Matt Landis had his coming out party against former Cannons star Paul Rabil. Landis was playing Rabil very physically throughout the night and as a result Rabil only had two points on the night.

Cannons goalie Tyler Fiorito made some big saves and played one of his best games of the season. Fiorito stood strong in net all night including when the Lizards had a man up and fired one right in front of him that he stopped.

Seibald led the way for the Cannons with six points. Captain Will Manny added a hat trick along with three assists on the night. Joe LoCascio had just one goal on the night but it proved to be the difference as he widened the lead to two goals with just over 3 minutes remaining. Davey Emala also had a strong performance tonight with a hat-trick.

For the Lizards, their strong showings from midfielder Joe Walters and attackman Matt Gibson came up just short. Walters had two goals and three assists. Gibson did all of his damage with his shot, scoring four goals. The Cannons held Rabil and Rob Pannell to just two combined points in a strong defensive effort.

The Cannons move to 2-3 on the season as they go into a bye week. The loss for the Lizards drops them to an even 2-2 on the season.

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After trailing for the better part of regulation, the Launch made a last minute rally to lift them to a 9-8 overtime victory against the Rochester Rattlers.

Though the Launch struck early with two goals from Connor Buczek (2G, 1A), the Rattlers bounced back and took a lead moving into the second half. The Launch struggled to find the back of the net well into the third, being held scoreless for over 25 minutes of game play.

Despite successful scoring attempts by Jovan Miller (1G), Jimmy Dailey (2G), and Chazz Woodson (2G, 1A) into the fourth quarter, the Launch continued to trail until the final moments of the game. It was not until a two-point goal from Steven Brooks (1G)-his first of the season-would change the game into a last-minute scoring battle between the Launch and the Rattlers.

The Rattlers managed to regain the lead just six seconds after the Launch evened the score, seemingly shutting down all hope for the Launch in the final seconds of the game. But, with ten seconds left in regulation, Brooks, with the help of Woodson, would tie the game up for a second time over the course of a minute and send the game into overtime.

Will Gural (11-19 for faceoffs) gained control right off the faceoff for the Launch, a move that ultimately secured the victory for Florida. Coca-Cola Player of the Game Woodson tallied the game winner for the Launch with an assist from Buczek. The Launch improve to 2-2 on the year after sweeping the Rattlers in the regular season series.

Next up, the Launch are on the road Sat., May 27 to take on the Ohio Machine. Faceoff is set for 7:00 p.m.

2017-05-21



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