Ryan Boyle's Eight Points Help Cannons Outgun the Bayhawks

July 28, 2012 - Boston, MA - The Boston Cannons (7-5) overcame a first half deficit to defeat the first-place Chesapeake Bayhawks, 16-13, in front of 9,117 fans at Harvard Stadium today. Six Cannons had at least two goals in the victory, with Ryan Boyle leading the offense with eight points on two goals and six assists to earn Bud Light Player of the Game honors.

Chesapeake jumped out to a quick lead on a two-pointer from Steven Brooks followed by a man-up goal from Drew Westervelt. Midfielder Pat Heim got the Cannons on the board, followed by Matt Poskay's 201st career goal. Michael Kimmel added another for the Bayhawks but Ari Sussman scored his first of the night to keep the Cannons within one after the first quarter.

John Grant, Jr. completed a hat trick in the second quarter for the Bayhawks - including two behind-the-back goals - but Paul Rabil, Kevin Buchanan, Poskay, Mike Stone and Boyle each scored for the Cannons to stay even with Chesapeake to enter halftime down one, 9-8.

After Buchanan tied the game at nine coming out of the break, Ari Sussman scored two in a row to complete his hat trick and give the Cannons their first lead, which they would not give up for the remainder of the game.

Rabil, who finished the game with five points, opened the fourth quarter with a man-up two-point goal. Grant, Jr. scored his fourth goal less than a minute later, but Stone and Boyle each scored their second of the night to solidify the Cannons' first victory since July 7 in Hamilton.

Chesapeake (9-3) remains in first place in the league. The fourth place Cannons play their final home game next Saturday, August 4 at 7:00 pm against the Ohio Machine (2-9).

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BOSTON, MA Veteran attackman Ryan Boyle piled up eight points to lift the Boston Cannons to a 16-13 victory over the Chesapeake Bayhawks on Saturday at Harvard Stadium. Boyle, a perennial All-Star, was at his playmaking best in dishing off six assists and two goals in being named the Bud Light MVP.

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Goalkeeper Kip Turner stood tall in the face of 50 shots and kept Chesapeake in the game with 16 saves against his former team. Attackman John Grant Jr. totaled six points on four goals and two assists for the Bayhawks (9-3), who wound up splitting a four-game road trip that lasted for the entire month of July.

"We played well in spurts, but were not consistent enough to win a hard-fought game against a very good team," Chesapeake head coach Dave Cottle said. "We're not going to win when Ryan Boyle is two and six. Rabil was a handful today and we had to slide to him. When we did that, Rabil moved the ball to Boyle who then found the open man."

Midfielder Paul Rabil, a two-time Major League Lacrosse MVP, finished with five points on two goals and two assists as Boston (7-5) improved its chances of reaching the playoffs. Attackmen Kevin Buchanan and Ari Sussman scored three goals apiece for the defending MLL champions, who avenged a 14-13 loss to Chesapeake on June 23rd in Annapolis.

Midfielder Michael Kimmel also had a strong game with two goals and two assists for Chesapeake, which has already clinched a playoff berth and closes the season with home games against Long Island (Aug. 4th) and Denver (Aug. 11th).

Chesapeake started strong as midfielder Steven Brooks fired in a 2-pointer and attackman Drew Westervelt scored on a power play to give the visitors an early 3-0 lead. However, Pat Heim and Matt Poskay responded with goals just over two minutes apart as Boston rallied and trailed 4-3 after one period.

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