Major League Lacrosse

Boston Cannons Fall to Charlotte Hounds in OT

The Cannons late comeback fell just short, as they dropped a heart-breaker to the Charlotte Hounds 12-11 in overtime. After going down early in the game, Boston made a late run and forced the game into overtime only to be spoiled by Mike Sawyer's game-winning goal. The loss drops the Cannons to 1-1 on the season and 5-2 all-time against Charlotte.

Boston had its struggles early in the first quarter as they went down early 5-1. The Hounds dominated the face-off X as Brendan Fowler went 16 of 25. Attackman Justin Ward started off the scoring for Charlotte with an unassisted tally just a minute and forty-four seconds into the game. Davey Emala would answer for the Boston a minute later on an unassisted goal coming around the right side of the net.

However that would be the end of the Cannons scoring in the first quarter despite two extra man opportunities. The Hounds pounced on the opportunity and went on a 4-0 run starting with an unassisted goal from midfielder Kevin Drew. Charlotte's Thomas Denapoli would then join in the scoring on a feed from Terry Kimener. Jake Tripucka and Ryan Haus capped off the Hound's first half scoring both on unassisted goals.

The second half showcased a much improved performance by Boston as they would close the gap to 6-5 before the half ended. After an early goal from Charlotte's Mike Sawyer, the Cannons rallied behind two straight goals from Jim Connolly, the second one on an incredible behind the back finish from a Will Manny feed. Rob Emery continued the Boston run on a roll back shot from the left wing and Manny capped the second quarter scoring with a great finish from a Connolly assist.

The third quarter was all Charlotte as they scored three straight unanswered goals. First, defenseman Ryan Flanagan would strike on an unsettled fast-break situation after carrying the ball up the field. Denapoli and Haus continued the scoring as they each scored their second goals of the game. Charlotte's defense held Boston scoreless in the third quarter, however the drought would not last long.

The fourth quarter began with a goalie change for Boston as Adam Ghitelman took over between the pipes for Jordan Burke. Ghitelman provided a nice spark off of the bench as he recorded four saves on the day. The Hounds would pay for a technical pushing penalty as Will Manny capitalized on the extra man opportunity with a quick stick finish from a Ryan Young feed. Charlotte responded with two straight goals, first when Tripucka connected with Haus on a man-up situation. Josh Hawkins followed that up by finishing a feed from Kevin Drew on a fast-break.

Scott Ratliff sparked the Cannon's comeback run with a deep two point shot in an unsettled situation. Davey Emala continued Boston's momentum by putting in two more goals. The first one coming on a fast-break feed from Ratliff. His second goal was an impressive finish off a saved Josh Amidon shot on the crease as he pulled the Cannons within one with a minute and a half left to play. Josh Amidon tied the game at eleven with just 30 seconds left as Rob Emery found him wide open popping to the backside.

The two teams exchanged a couple of possessions in overtime before Denapoli found Sawyer for his second goal of the game and the game-winner.

Mike Sawyer of Charlotte was named the Coca-Cola player of the game finishing the game with two goals, including the game winner.

The Cannons will return to action at home May 3rd where they take on the NY Lizards at Gillette Stadium at 5:00 pm.

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FOXBORO, MA (April 26, 2015) - The Charlotte Hounds earned their first victory of 2015 on Sunday afternoon, topping the Boston Cannons 12-11 in overtime. The win marks just the second time in team history the Hounds have beaten the Cannons, and the first time they've done so in Boston. Hounds attack Mike Sawyer was named Coca-Cola Player of the Game following his two-goal performance, including the game winner 7:39 into the extra period.

Brendan Fowler won the game's opening faceoff and Justin Ward got the Hounds on the board in less than two minutes. The Cannons equalized one minute later, as Davey Emala scored his first of the day. But the remainder of the quarter was all Hounds, as the visiting team scored four straight to build a 5-1 advantage going into the second.

Sawyer kept the scoring run alive at the start of the new quarter with an assist from Terry Kimener. But the Cannons battled back, putting together a four-goal run of their own - including back-to-back tallies from James Connolly - to cut the lead to one, 6-5, at the half. In addition, Jordan Burke made five saves in the quarter to hold the Hounds scoreless for more than 12 minutes.

The Hounds made their necessary adjustments at the break and came out firing in the third. Fowler won the opening draw, Ryan Flanagan scooped up the groundball and took it straight to the cage to push the Hounds in front 7-5. After seven minutes of scoreless play, Joe Cinosky won a key groundball battle to set up Thomas DeNapoli, who scored his second of the night to put the visiting team up by three.

Both goalies made some impressive saves down the stretch of the quarter, but the Hounds were able to get the ball back with 15 seconds to play, and John Haus capitalized. Haus took the ball on the run and shot just as he was crossing the front of the net to make it 9-5 in favor of the Hounds.

Looking for a spark, the Cannons replaced Burke in goal with former Hound Adam Ghitelman at the start of the fourth quarter. Both teams were hit with early pushing penalties, but the Cannons took advantage of their power play as Ryan Young found Will Manny on the doorstep for an easy goal to pull the home team within three, 9-6.

Haus responded with his third of the night, and Josh Hawkins followed with one of his own to make it 11-6 Hounds with 8:16 to play. However, the Cannons' Craig Bunker won the ensuing faceoff, getting the ball to long pole Scott Ratliff. Ratliff raced down and ripped a two-point goal to pull back within two. Momentum stayed with the Cannons, as Emala notched back-to-back goals to make it a one-possession game again. With 35 seconds left on the clock, Josh Amidon fired a shot through Pierce Bassett's legs to tie the game and force OT.

Fowler won the overtime faceoff, but the Hounds were unable to capitalize on their first possession. The Cannons had a chance to win it, but an errant pass sent the ball back to the Hounds. Jake Tripucka was given the ball as he entered play and immediately found DeNapoli behind the cage, who then fed Sawyer for the winning goal. The victory marked the first road win for the Hounds since July 27, 2013.

The Hounds (1-1) will remain on the road next week, traveling to Denver to face the Outlaws (1-1) at 5:00 pm ET on Sunday, May 3.

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New York 14, Rochester 12
04/19Chesapeake 12, Florida 8
Denver 14, Ohio 13
New York 19, Rochester 9
04/12Boston 16, Denver 13
New York 14, Ohio 8
Rochester 10, Charlotte 9 (OT)

MLL Computer Ratings
1   New York Lizards99.903-0
2   Chesapeake Bayhawks96.982-0
3   Rochester Rattlers94.721-2
4   Charlotte Hounds94.361-1
5   Boston Cannons93.991-1
6   Denver Outlaws93.631-1
7   Ohio Machine93.270-2
8   Florida Launch92.980-2

MLL Standings
New York301.000301.000

MLL Schedule
05/02New York at Boston (5:00 pm)
05/03Ohio at Chesapeake (4:00 pm)
Charlotte at Denver (5:00 pm)
Florida at Rochester (1:00 pm)
05/08Boston at New York (7:30 pm)
05/09Ohio at Florida (7:00 pm)
05/10Chesapeake at Charlotte (1:00 pm)
Denver at Rochester (1:00 pm)

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