Cannons Edged in High-Scoring Affair as Launch Clinch Berth

Boston, MA (July 29, 2017) - After being down 16-6 in the third quarter, the Boston Cannons used an 11-goal run to take the lead against the Florida Launch. However, the effort fell just short, as the Cannons lost the game, 18-17, on Saturday night in front of a large crowd.

After losing to the Cannons in their season opener, the Launch evened the series in a redemption match at an electric Harvard Stadium in a thrilling match-up and will now secure a playoff spot.

In an effort to stop the Launch's quick offensive lead the Cannons retaliated with an 11 goal run to start the second, evening the score at 16 late in the fourth quarter.

Cannons goalies Tyler Fiorito and Jack Murphy both saw time in net during the game. In addition to tonight, Murphy has seen time in the past two games and was the starting net minder against the Charlotte Hounds on Thursday night.

Fiorito had a clutch save with just over two minutes remaining in the game to keep the Cannons hopes alive. For the Launch, its early lead was enough to hold on. Kieran McArdle and rookie Nick Mariano led the way for the Launch.

The Cannons had strong performances from Cal Dearth, Kevin Buchanan, Max Seibald, Joe Nardella and Kyle Jackson in a complete team effort tonight. All five had multiple goals in the game.

Brodie Merrill scooped up his 900th ground ball of his storied career. He is the first non-faceoff player to accomplish this feat in Major League Lacrosse history.

The Cannons will conclude their season next Saturday against the Atlanta Blaze at Harvard Stadium at 6:00 pm EST.

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For the first time in franchise history, the Florida Launch have secured a playoff berth in a thrilling 18-17 road victory against the Boston Cannons.

After losing to the Cannons in their season opener, the Launch evened the series in a redemption match at Harvard Stadium. With a six-goal scoring run to kick off the game, the Launch took off, going on three separate goal-scoring runs in the first half to give them a solid eight goal lead.

"I thought we did a great job moving the ball, really playing team ball, being unselfish," said coach Tom Mariano at halftime.

In an effort to stifle the Launch's offensive onslaught, the Cannons retaliated with an 11 goal run to start the second, evening the score at 16 late in the fourth quarter. But, the Launch's playoff push could not be silenced, as scoring efforts from Kieran McArdle (4G, 4A) and Nick Mariano (3G) quickly ended the Cannons only lead of the game. McArdle's eight point performance earned him Coca-Cola Player of the Game honors.

"We needed some plays. He made some plays," said coach Mariano following the game.

Goalie Austin Kaut, who has been a force in the cage for the Launch all season, tallied 15 saves on 31 shots. Kaut's regular season performance has earned him the third spot on the all-time single season record list with 256 saves. He finishes the regular season as the league leader in saves.

"We know we just have to focus on us," said McArdle, "I think we're in a good spot right now. I think we can clean up a few things, but overall, we're rolling, and we're going into the playoffs."

The Launch return to action on August 12 in their first ever playoff appearance.

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