Bayhawks Fall; Cannons, Hounds Pick up Wins

Boyle began the scoring four minutes into the game on an assist from Paul Rabil. The teams traded goals, including face-off man Chris Eck's first of the season, to tie it at two apiece. But the Cannons ended the quarter on a three goal run from Boyle, Matt Poksay and Kevin Buchanan to pull ahead, 5-2.

Entering the second quarter down three goals, Hamilton scored twice on goals from Kevin Crowley and Jeremy Thompson to get within one. Boyle regained the momentum for the Cannons, completing his hat trick. Cannons Mike Stone and Buchanan each scored before Crowley added another to end the half with the Cannons up 8-3.

While Rabil got the Cannons on the board first coming out of the locker room, dishing to Stone before scoring himself, the Nationals matched each Cannons goal to cut the lead to 11-8 going into the final 15 minutes of play. But the Cannons dominated the fourth quarter with seven goals from as many players. Stone scored 45 seconds in, followed by Bill McGlone, Eck, Poskay, Kyle Sweeney, Buchanan and Rabil to complete the third consecutive victory at home.

With his two assists, Boyle is now two away from tying the MLL all-time record of 211, held by former Cannon Conor Gill. Rabil also finished with five points, on two goals and three assists, and Buchanan tallied a hat trick in his first game back with the Cannons.

The Cannons return to Harvard Stadium Saturday, June 9th to take on the Long Island Lizards after games on the road in Denver and Rochester.

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The Charlotte Hounds (1-2) earned their first ever franchise victory on Saturday, upending fellow expansion team the Ohio Machine 18-15 in front of a home crowd of 4,782 at American Legion Memorial Stadium. Josh Amidon was named Bud Light Player of the Game for a six (6) point performance. He scored three goals, including his first career 2-pointer, and added two assists. The Machine (0-2) remain winless.

The battle began with the teams trading three goal runs. The Machine got the early lead as Connor Martin scored on the man-up opportunity, followed by goals from midfielders Brett Garber and Matt Lalli. Momentum shifted to the Hounds as Kyle Wimer came from behind the cage and crease dived to get the ball past Machine goaltender Stefan Schroder. Justin Smith and Matt Danowski each added a goal from just inside the arc to tie things up 3-3. The Machine pulled back ahead as Kyle Hartzell ripped a 2-pointer in transition for the 5-3 lead. Each team would tack on another goal to end the first with the Machine up 6-4.

The Hounds took complete control of the second quarter, scoring five straight goals before the Machine's Chazz Woodson finally found the back of the net with 16.6 seconds remaining. Hounds goaltender Joe Marra made five saves to keep the Hounds ahead 9-7 heading into halftime.

Brian Phipps started the second half in goal for the Machine, and the change seemed to spark Ohio as they scored two quick goals to tie the game up 9-9. The Hounds responded with back-to-back 2-point goals, one from team point leader Stephen Berger and the other Amidon. Brian Carroll notched his second of the game and the Hounds saw their lead grow to 14-9 halfway through the third quarter.

Martin would score two in a row to get things rolling for the Machine again. Matt Messina followed with a crease dive goal to bring the Hounds lead down to 14-12. Marra, who's nursing a hand injury, was hit on the play and leave the game, forcing the Hounds to bring in backup Adam Ghitelman. Ghitelman allowed in the first shot he saw, and the Machine was back within one at the end of the third.

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2012-05-13



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