Boston Drops Heartbreaker to Long Island

BOSTON, MA Thursday, July 9, 2009 The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) suffered their third one-goal loss of the season to the rival Long Island Lizards, by a score of 11-10, in front 5,221 fans at Hofstra University's Shuart Stadium on Thursday evening.

Lizards goalie Brian Dougherty (Maryland '97) earned the Bud Light MVP for his 14 saves in the win, including a final-second point-blank shot that would have tied the game. With the loss, the Cannons record fell to 5-4. With the win, the Lizards saw their record improve to 5-3.

The game between these two rival teams started with the Lizards taking an early 3-0 lead thanks to goals at 38 seconds, 2:05 and 4:57. After some pushing and shoving involving nearly everyone on the field, the Cannons responded to cut Long Island's lead to 3-2 with goals from midfielders John Christmas (Virginia '05) at 10:49 and Matt Casey (Ithaca '05) at 11:42. Attackman Matt Alrich (Delaware '04) earned the assist on Casey's tally. The Lizards collected the only other goal of the opening quarter, taking a 4-2 lead with their marker at 13:06.

The second frame was a low-scoring affair, which has been the trend when these two teams face each other this season. The Lizards collected the first two goals of the quarter, at 5:35 and 6:42, to take a 6-2 advantage, but the Cannons fought back and netted two goals of their own, the only other markers of the quarter, to cut the Lizards' lead to 6-4.

Midfielder Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins '08) tallied his first goal of the game at 9:47, and attackman Ryan Boyle (Princeton '04) scored with just five seconds left before the end of the half, at 14:55. Rabil assisted on Boyle's tally.

The Cannons started the third quarter strong, with Alrich's first goal of the game, assisted by attackman Sean Morris (UMass '06), at 2:50, as well as a huge two-point goal from Rabil to give the Cannons their first lead of the game, 7-6, at 5:22.

The Lizards then took control and tied the contest at 6:15, then took an 8-7 lead at 8:43 before Alrich could tie the score again with his second goal of the game at 9:52. Christmas assisted on Alrich's second tally. From there, the Lizards closed out the quarter with goals at 12:43 and 14:38, good for a 10-8 advantage heading into the final 15 minutes of play.

The Lizards took an 11-8 lead at 4:21 in the fourth quarter, and after a long scoring draught for both teams, midfielder Justin Smith (Salisbury '05) cut the Lizards' advantage to 11-9 with his tally at 11:55. Rabil collected his third goal of the game at 14:47, bringing the Cannons within one goal with only 13 seconds remaining.

Cannons face-off specialist Chris Eck won the face-off battle, but the Cannons weren't able to squeeze out another tally during the exciting finish and fell to the Lizards by a score of 11-10, marking the third time this season the Lizards have gotten the better of the Cannons by just one goal.

Cannons goalie Mike Levin (Brown '04) made 11 saves on the 22 shots he faced in the loss, before being replaced by Cannons goalie Kip Turner (Virginia '07), who played the final 8:30 minutes of the contest without facing a shot. Dougherty earned the win with 14 saves on 23 shots.

The Cannons will next play when they return home to Harvard Stadium to face the Chicago Machine on Saturday, July 18 at 7:00 PM.

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