Bayhawks and Cannons Roll to Big Wins

"Joey Kemp has given so much to this team and had never gotten to play in a home game. I made the decision last night that I was going to play him in the second half no matter what the score was," Cottle said. "We had six fouls in the first half and played too much man-down defense. Joey came on and made a couple saves early to get us settled down and we played better defense the rest of the way."

Attackman Jim Connolly scored three goals and assisted another to lead Ohio (0-1), an expansion franchise playing its first game. Midfielder Brett Garber had two goals and an assist for the Machine, who were outshot 46-36.

Bayhawks return home next weekend to battle the Rochester Rattlers.

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May 5, 2012 - Boston, MA - The Boston Cannons (2-0) rolled to a 20-12 victory in their first-ever meeting with the expansion Charlotte Hounds (0-2) in front of 9,273 fans tonight at Harvard Stadium. After missing the season opener, Matt Poskay returned to the lineup with five goals for the Cannons and was named Bud Light Player of the Game. Ryan Boyle led the Cannons with six points on a goal and five assists.

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"It was nice to come in at the half, talk about things we needed to do, and go back out and execute," said Cannons head coach Steve Duffy. "It was a great team effort tonight."

Poskay started the scoring just 16 seconds into the game. Shortly after, the long poles led the charge as Brian Farrell scored on a Kyle Sweeney assist. The Hounds tied the game on goals from Brian Carroll and Justin Smith, but Boston never gave up the lead. With just eight seconds on the shot clock, Boyle drove to the net, drawing a flag and scoring. Mike Stone added another, and the Cannons led 4-2 at the end of the first quarter.

After Bill Bitter struck first for the Hounds in the second quarter, Poskay added two more goals in a span of 61 seconds. Charlotte midfielder Stephen Berger scored on an assist from Smith just after Poskay's third goal. Midfielder Tom Burke scored his first career goal for the Cannons. With the Cannons' PT Ricci on the ground after taking a shot to the neck, Josh Amidon cut the lead to 7-5 to end the half. Ricci walked off the field and returned to the game in the second half.

On the first possession of the third quarter, Jovan Miller scored for the Hounds. Sweeney and Paul Rabil put the Cannons back on the board before Matt Danowski became Charlotte's seventh goal scorer on as many goals. Boston then went on a 4-0 run with goals from Poskay, Ari Sussman, Bill McGlone - playing his first game in Boston - and Rabil. Charlotte stopped the run with a goal from Smith and a crease-dive goal from Miller, but the Cannons regained momentum with goals from Poskay, Burke and Farrell.

The Cannons entered the fourth quarter with a comfortable 16-9 lead. Berger tallied another goal for Charlotte to start the quarter, but the Cannons tallied three straight, including Waltham native Jon Hayes' first career goal. Jeremy Boltus' and Bitter cut into the Cannons' run, but it was not enough as Stone added one more for a final score of 20-12.

The Cannons return to Harvard Stadium next Saturday, May 12, in a 2011 Championship re-match with the Hamilton Nationals at 7:00 pm.

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The Charlotte Hounds (0-2) traveled to Boston on Saturday night and fell 20-12 to the defending MLL champion Cannons (2-0) in their first away game of the 2012 season. Matt Poskay of the Cannons was named Bud Light Player of the game for his five goals on the night. This was the seventh straight win for the Cannons dating back to the 2011 regular season.

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