The Boston Cannons go down to Charlotte in Major League Lacrosse and beat the Hounds.
The Boston Cannons got their 2nd win of 2013 on Saturday night by defeating the Charlotte Hounds 15-13. The Cannons (2-5) withstood a 6-1 deficit early in the game to get a win in the 1st game for new coach John Tucker. This week has been a tumultuous one for the Cannons following the ousting of Steve Duffy, who had been the coach since Bill Duffy retired following the 2011 campaign. The team was able to band together to play a game that showed why this team made it to Championship Weekend a year ago. Mike Stone led the way with a 4-goal performance, including 3 in a row to start a 2nd quarter that saw the Hounds go goalless and really changed the momentum of the contest. Will Manny and Kevin Buchannan added 2 goals apiece for the Cannons. The Hounds (3-4) were led by hat tricks from Ryan Young and Matt Danowski in the losing effort. Charlotte is now 1-3 playing at home in American Legion Memorial Stadium, and have now split the first two legs of a 3-game homestand.
Charlotte can take away a lot of positives from this game, but the loss stings as it presented a chance for this franchise to break the .500 barrier for the 1st time. The team looked dominant in the 1st quarter, pulling out to a 6-2 lead after the first 15 minutes. However, the 2nd quarter was not as kind to the Hounds, and the Cannons were able to head into halftime ahead 8-6, a lead that they never lost. The Charlotte attack looked great for 3 out of 4 quarters, and efforts from Danowski, Young, and Tim Fallon cannot be overlooked. However, when your goalie saves only 9 out of 24 shots and you do not produce for a prolonged stretch of the game, getting a win is certainly difficult. The team welcomes Chesapeake into Charlotte next week, and the team has a lot to work on before the defending champions make their way into Memorial Stadium.
The Cannons really showed a lot of character on Saturday. The struggles that this team has faced have been well documented, but they were able to perform this weekend when the chips were stacked against them. If someone told the Cannons that they would face a 5-goal hole and that Paul Rabil would not have a point in the entire contest, they would have certainly thought that they would be headed to Boston with another loss. However, they received a supreme effort from Jordan Burke, the defense really kept the Charlotte attack uncomfortable, and they had a lot of players really step up to ensure a win for Boston. They welcome a New York Lizards team that defeated the Cannons in week 1 into Harvard Stadium in a Friday matchup as they look to turn the season around and show why this team is one to be feared heading into the halfway point in the season.