Cannons Shoot by Outlaws; Hounds Edged by Lizards

May 19, 2012 - Boston, MA - The Boston Cannons (4-0) are the only remaining undefeated team in Major League Lacrosse after beating the Denver Outlaws, 17-10, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Paul Rabil was named the Bud Light Player of the Game with three goals and four assists, now leading MLL with 24 total points. The Outlaws (3-1) struck first in every quarter, but eight different Cannons players scored, including hat tricks from Rabil, Mike Stone and Kevin Buchanan.

"We knew it was going to be a challenge, but it was mostly business as usual this week," said Cannons head coach Steve Duffy. "Denver is a good team and we knew we had to come in here and play well. Paul is a great team player and understands what we need to do to win, and were able to do it tonight."

Justin Pennington opened the scoring for Denver less than a minute into the game, but Bill McGlone answered for the Cannons to tie it at one. Brendan Mundorf tallied two in a row to put the Outlaws back on top, but the Cannons closed the quarter with four straight. Stone scored on a pass from Rabil before JJ Morrissey scored his first Cannons goal during a man-down transition. McGlone added another and Rabil scored from just inside the two-point arc to give the Cannons a 5-3 lead.

Denver struck first to open the second quarter on a goal from Terry Kimener, but the Cannons regained control with Matt Poskay's first of the night, a man-up goal from Buchanan, and another transition goal by Jon Hayes. Kimener scored again, but Stone added his second goal to put the Cannons up 9-5 going into the break.

The second half opened with a slower tempo as the teams matched each other with three goals apiece. Rabil had a hand in all three Cannons goals, scoring one and dishing to Ryan Boyle and Poskay, to give the Cannons a 12-8 lead going into the final quarter.

Buchanan and Stone completed their hat tricks in the fourth quarter - for the second and third game in a row, respectively - and Rabil notched his two-pointer to secure the victory.

MLL takes a break in action for Memorial Day before the Cannons travel to face the Rochester Rattlers on Friday, June 1. The game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. The Cannons return home on Saturday, June 9 against the Long Island Lizards.

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A four goal, fourth quarter rally by the Charlotte Hounds (1-3) fell just short Saturday night, as the team lost 10-9 to the Long Island Lizards (1-2) in front of 3,548 fans at American Legion Memorial Stadium. The Lizards' Ryan Young was named Bud Light Player of the Game for his four goal performance in the team's first win of the season.

The game was scoreless for over four minutes before Josh Amidon got a feed from Justin Smith to put the Hounds on the board first. Another nine minutes would go by before the Lizards' Brian Langtry worked from behind the cage and scored off a crease dive to tie it up 1-1. Long Island got its first goal from Young to end the quarter with a 2-1 advantage.

Shortly into the start of the second quarter, Jeremy Boltus took advantage of a Hounds' man-up opportunity and tied the game 2-2. The Lizards responded with two more goals of their own to reclaim the lead 4-2. Stephen Berger cut the deficit back to one as he was able to get a shot off and score in the midst of falling to the grass. A behind the back goal from Langtry put the Lizards up 5-3 before Matt Danowski took control of a long possession, settling behind the cage before coming around the right side and dumping the ball to the back of the net, cutting the lead to 5-4 Long Island. The final six minutes of the half went scoreless.

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