Outlaws Outgun Cannons; Hounds Rally by Lizards for Road Win

May 31, 2013 - Denver, CO - The Boston Cannons fell to 1-4 with a 24-14 loss to the Denver Outlaws tonight at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. This is the Cannons' first loss in Denver following a perfect 5-0 streak at the stadium. The Outlaws remain atop the Major League Lacrosse standings at 5-0 one the season.

Player of the game Drew Snider scored five goals, including a two-pointer, to lead the potent Outlaws offense. Paul Rabil climbed back on top of the league scoring chart with his seven-point effort (two goals, five assists) to give him 25 points on the season. Matt Poskay and Mike Stone added four goals each in the loss.

Brent Adams notched his first goal in a Cannons uniform to open the scoring in the first, but Denver answered with a five-goal run, including a long two-pointer by Jeremy Sieverts, to take an early 6-1 lead. The Cannons then closed out the quarter with four straight goals from Stone, Ryan Boyle, and a pair from Poskay to end the quarter down one.

The Outlaws regained momentum in the second. Brendan Mundorf scored his first of the night and Zack Greer added two of his own. Stone tallied the Cannons' lone score of the quarter before Justin Turri closed the half with a two-pointer, giving the Outlaws an 11-6 lead at the break.

In the high-scoring third quarter, Stone and Poskay completed their respective hat tricks, Rabil scored two goals and Chris Eck added another after winning a face-off. But the Outlaws scored seven goals to maintain the advantage, taking an 18-11 lead into the final 15 minutes of play.

The Outlaws did not let up, starting the fourth quarter with back-to-back two-point goals from Sieverts and Snider. For the third straight quarter, Stone scored the Cannons' first goal of the frame. After Mundorf and Kimener each scored to maintain a healthy lead, the Cannons did not give up as Rabil assisted both Will Manny's (U Mass) first professional goal and Poskay's fourth of the night in the final minutes.

Jordan Burke, making his first start in goal following two-weeks on Injured Reserve with a broken thumb, made 15 saves before being replaced during the fourth quarter by Mike Gabel. Eck won 24 of 38 face-offs and scored his first goal of the season. Rookie Cam Flint (Denver) tallied an assist in his first professional game.

The Cannons next travel to Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, June 7 to take on the Rochester Rattlers (8:00 pm). The next home game is Friday, June 21 against the New York Lizards (7:30 pm).

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The Charlotte Hounds on Friday night earned their second win of the season, defeating the New York Lizards 14-12 in front of 4,886 fans at James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, NY. Matt Danowski was named Player of the Game after scoring two key fourth-quarter goals that put the Hounds ahead late in the game. Goalie Adam Ghitelman and the defense also held the Lizards scoreless through the final 18:15 of the game to preserve the victory.

Ryan Young put the Hounds on the board first, scoring goal-line extended for the 1-0 lead less than three minutes in. But Lizards rookie and reigning Tewaaraton Trophy winner Rob Pannell started a run with his first professional goal to tie the game. Scores from Mark Matthews and Stephen Peyser pushed the Lizards to a two-point lead.

But Hounds rookie Mason Poli scooped up the groundball from the next faceoff and streaked straight to the cage for his first MLL goal to cut the Lizards lead to 3-2. Eric Lusby followed up with a shot to the top right corner to tie the game at 3-3 halfway through the quarter. However, Greg Gurenlian won the ensuing faceoff and took it to the cage to regain the lead for the Lizards. Peyser and Young each tacked on one more to close out the quarter with the Lizards ahead by one, 5-4.

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