The Boston Cannons make it three in a row with a win over the Ohio Machine.
The Boston Cannons continued their win streak on Saturday against the Ohio Machine in Columbus. Asside from Denver, the Cannons may be the hottest team in Major League Lacrosse right now, with another outstanding performance from the talented group of rookies including Will Manny and Brine Player of The Game Cameron Flint Boston continues to be right in the mix for the fourth playoff spot in Championship Weekend.
Here are my takeaways from the game for each team.
The other streak that Boston has built in the last three weeks is three consecutive slow starts. This team has given up early leads to Charlotte, New York and now Ohio to start off games and if this trend continues it will come back to bite them at the end of the year.
Mike Stone was named an All-Star at the begining of the week and on Saturday he showed the doubters exactly why. For the second time this season Stone took over the third quarter, scored a natural hat trick and turned the momentium of a game single handedly. The Cannons scored 5 goals in the third quarter and Stone had 3 goals an 1 assists all in the quarter.
In this three game run Boston has been on, Cam Flint, Will Manny and Scott Ratliff had become viable options for this team on offense and defense. All three players have meshed within this team and played their part perfectly. Meanwhile, the verteran core have simply done their job. Eck and Burke seem to be healthy again, Sweeny and Belisle have settled in to this new defense and Paul Rabil, Ryan Boyle and Matt Poskay have been flexible in terms of being active, stepping back and being decoys and playing a team brand of lacrosse.
You reach double digits, you get multiple goal scorers and your in the game down to the wire. All of that is progress for this Machine team that has struggled to find any success this season.
This was Ohio's best "Team" game. Stanwick, Shuss and Holman looked like a cohesive unit out on the field. Steele Stanwick served in the feeding role that he is going to thrive in, Shuss was finishing and Holman was playing well off ball. When you add players like Megill and Matisz making contributions this has the makings of a talented offense.
Once again the face-off was Ohio's downfall. This game maybe more than any other it stood out and may have ultimatley cost the team a chance to get a win. 9-23 just isn't acceptable.
Boston comes home to face the Charlotte Hounds in a pivotal game for both teams. Ohio continues their home stand with the Chesapeake Bayhawks coming to town.