2011 MLL Championship Weekend: Boston Cannons Defeat Hamilton Nationals For MLL Championship

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MLL Championship 2011: Boston Cannons Defeat Hamilton Nationals For First Championship

After eleven seasons, the Boston Cannons have finally done it. Boston defeated the Hamilton Nationals today for the MLL Championship. With a 10-9 score, the Cannons once again won in dramatic fashion with a late goal by Kevin Buchanan and stopping the Nats late.

Matt Poskay and Ryan Boyle led Boston early on and the Cannons had a 6-3 lead at halftime. But then Casey Powell, the best American lacrosse player to ever play, scored four goals, three of them in the third. By the end of the third quarter the score was 8-7 Cannons.

The fourth quarter started off very sloppy for Boston, allowing the Nationals to get a lot of shots off. Jordan Burke saved the Cannons several times with key stops.

That was when Pat Heim scored for the Cannons, the former #1 overall pick by the Philadelphia Barrage. The goal looked to be a big one, but then Brodie Merrill, a defender, scored a huge goal to keep the Nationals in the game. The longpole defender fired the shot past Burke to make the score 9-8 Cannons.

Kevin Buchanan, who struggled versus Chesapeake the game before, scored the biggest goal in Cannons history to give Boston a two goal lead. After eating out most of the clock, Cody Jamieson made it a one goal game. Then came the faceoff battle between Chris Eck and Geoff Snider, two of the best faceoff men in the world, one in which Eck won.

Boston proceeded to call a questionable timeout with 20 seconds left, giving the Nationals defender a break. However, the Cannons would hold onto the lead as the Nationals late, 50 yard shot was way off. Jordan Burke, the Cannons goaltender, would win the Bud Light MVP.

Thank you to everyone for following along on the StoryStream and on Inlaxwetrust.com. Keep reading for top off season coverage on the expansion and collegiate drafts, plus season recaps. You can also listen to the game again on The Lacrosse Radio Network tonight at 8pm.

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2011 MLL Championship Weekend: Boston Cannons Lead Hamilton Nationals 6-3 At Halftime

The Boston Cannons and Hamilton Nationals kicked off their championship with the Cannons taking the league. A shot from Ryan Boyle saw them go up 1-0. Kevin Crowley, the Nationals’ #1 overall pick, tied the game up soon after.

2010 MLL MVP Matt Poskay turned it on for two goals for the Cannons, but a goal from Casey Powell tied the game up. His clever goal was shot low, and it fooled Jordan Burke who expected a high shot.

Mike Stone, a player out of Massachusetts, gave the Cannons a 4-3 lead, and then after the Cannons did not look back. Goals from Poskay and Brad Ross.

The second half is almost ready to kick off, and you can watch on ESPN2 and listen on The Lacrosse Radio Network. Join the game chat here.

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MLL Championship 2011: Boston Cannons Face Hamilton Nationals For All The Marbles

After winning yesterday afternoon, the Boston Cannons and Hamilton Nationals will face off today at 3 p.m. eastern time fir the MLL Championship. The Cannons picked up a 14-13 win over the Chesapeake Bayhawks with their last second goal while the Nationals defeated the Denver Outlaws 11-9.

In their previous season matchups, the Cannons and Nationals split. The Cannons allowed a season high 16 goals in their first matchup, a loss for them, while they won their second matchup 13-9. That game clinched the #1 overall seed for them.

As we saw in their comeback yesterday, Boston has enough firepower to play with anyone. However, the Nationals also have some scoring punch. With veterans like Casey Powell and Joe Walters along with rookies like Kevin Crowley and David Earl, they can match the offensive output of the Cannons.

Boston will have the advantage in net with Jordan Burke, but Scott Rodgers can also play. He could split the game with Brett Queener like we saw yesterday, while Burke can settle into a rhythm and shut down the Nats.

The point of emphasis will defending Paul Rabil for the Nationals, but they will also have to look out for the powerful shots of Brad Ross and Kevin Buchanan. Buchanan had a rough game against Chesapeake yesterday, but his hard and accurate shot will be hard to defend.

David Earl will be the toughest player for the Cannons to defend, as the Outlaws had trouble stopping him yesterday. Bigger names like Casey Powell and Kevin Crowley will be tough too, but they will probably have to watch out for Earl.

The game can be watched live on ESPN2 and listened to on The Lacrosse Radio Network, via inlaxwetrust.com. I will be a guest on the MLL pregame show at 2:15 pm via Herb FM Radio on TLRN.

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MLL Championship 2011: Hamilton Nationals Win, Will Face Boston Cannons In MLL Championship

The 2011 Major League Lacrosse Championship is set, and it will be the Hamilton Nationals who will face off with the Boston Cannons tomorrow, after their 11-9 win over the Denver Outlaws.

The second semifinal of Saturday's MLL Championship Weekend action started much like the first, with the Nationals taking an early 6-1 lead. But the Outlaws came back, just like the Cannons, to make the score 6-5 at the half.

The Nats pulled a way a bit in the third quarter, building a 10-6 lead, but Billy Bitter's third goal of the game cut the score to 10-8 in Hamilton's favor going into the fourth.

A goal from Peet Poillon at the 12:49 mark made the score 10-9 Nationals. The comeback had begun, just like the game that took place before. With 8:42 left, Casey Powell, who joined the Nationals two weeks ago, put in a goal to give the Nats a 11-9 lead they would not relinquish.

The rain and Hurricane Irene elements were definitely a factor in this game, with the turf wet several players were slipping and sliding. Jesse Schwartzman, the Outlaws goaltender, had a very rough time, despite being the best goalie in MLL this season, statistically.

The Nationals and Cannons will face off for the MLL Championship at 3 p.m. Eastern on Sunday. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and The Lacrosse Radio Network via In Lax We Trust, with pregame coverage (by me) starting at 2:15 p.m. Sunday.

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2011 MLL Championship Weekend: Nationals Lead Outlaws at Halftime

The Denver Outlaws picked up two goals going into the second quarter to make it a two goal game, 6-4. Brenden Mundorf and Max Seibald picked up the goals. Soon after, the Nationals’ Jordan Hall gave the Nats a 7-4 lead.

Jesse Schwartzman was visibly upset about his first half efforts, punching the ground and throwing his stick. The best statistical goaltender in MLL this season, he has had some bad games in big matches.

Billy Bitter cut the lead to two goals again with 6:48 left in the second. Bitter scored another goal three minutes later to make it a one goal game. Jeremy Boltus sored with 11 seconds left to ensure a 8-6 lead at the end of two.

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2011 MLL Championship Weekend: Nationals Have The Lead After First Quarter

The Hamilton Nationals and Denver Outlaws kicked off at 2:40 pm, and it was the Nationals who dominated early. Goals from David Earl, Joe Walters, Kevin Crowley and Brett Bucktooth made the score 4-1 early. Another Earl goal later made it 5-1, and then a shot from Jeremy Thompson gave them a 6-1 lead.

Jesse Schwartzman looked shaky early, and no doubt the torrential downpours affected that. Hamilton had so many early possesions and almost every shot went into the back of the net.

Drew Westervelt got them back into the game a little bit late in the first with a goal. It was 6-2 after one.

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MLL Championship 2011: Boston Cannons Win On Last-Second Goal From Max Quinzani

The Chesapeake Bayhawks made a valiant effort, but in the end the #1 seed Boston Cannons got the victory. A late goal from Max Quinzani gave the Cannons the lead, and the win. Tomorrow they will play either the Hamilton Nationals or Denver Outlaws.

Boston played a sloppy game to start, and fell into a 6-1 hole. But after four goals in both the second and third quarters, they were able to tie and take the lead in the game in the fourth quarter. Ryan Boyle scored the go ahead goal, and the Cannons found themselves leading 13-10 with 3:55 left in the game.

It was then when Kyle Dixon of the Chesapeake Bayhawks scored a two point goal to make the game 13-12 Cannons. Dixon then scored again with 37 seconds left to tie the game. After a faceoff scrum, it looked like the Bayhawks had taken possession. Then the Cannons stole the ball, and with four seconds left heaved the ball down the field.

The desperation pass to Quinizani in front of the net wasn't great, and he didn't have a good hold of the ball. He gave a weak shot at the net, and it somehow trickled past goalie Chris Garitty. The Cannons would win their second playoff game since 2001 and play for the championship for the first time since 2005, in Boston.

Tune in to the StoryStream for the Denver/Hamilton game updates, and chat along in the inlaxwetrust.com gamethead.

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MLL Championship Weekend: Max Quinzani Goal At Last Second Gives Boston Cannons Win Over Chesapeake Bayhawks

The Cannons continued playing well, but a Kyle Dixon goal cut the Cannons lead to one. But then Bayhawks goalie Chris Garitty tried to make a play out of the net, and got caught up. JJ Morrissey picked up the goal with just a long pole defender protecting the net. PT Ricci, a defender, scored the next goal for the Cannons to make the score 12-9 midway through the fourth.

Mike Stone, a local Boston player, scored the 13th goal of the game for the Cannons as their hot streak continued. Steven Brooks was able to cut the lead to 13-10 with about three minutes remaining.

Kyle Dixon made it 13-12 with 2:24 left with a two point goal, the first two point goal of the night. Chesapeake drew even with Boston with 37 seconds left in the fourth quarter when Ben Hunt scored to tie the game at 13.

But Quinzani’s buzzer-beating goal was the heartbreaker, and with it, the Cannons will move on to the MLL Championship Game.

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2011 MLL Championship Weekend: Cannons Take First Lead Heading Into Fourth Quarter, 9-8 Over Bayhawks

The Bayhawks started this quarter off with a bang, with a goal from Danny Glading to make the score 7-5 Bayhawks. But the Cannons rebounded for a goal from Greg Downing after a fantastic pass from Max Quinzani.
Burke allowed his second soft goal of the game when Michale Kimmel got on the board. His shot from the middle skidded by the stick of Burke.
Max Qunzani continued his stellar showing with a good goal down low. Chris Garitty, the Chesapeake goaltender, committed to a low shot and Quinzani shot it over his head. Matt Poskay then shot from ten feet in front of the net to tie the game for Boston. The Cannons took their first lead of the game when Ryan Boyle scored a goal, flying through the crease.
The Cannons go into the last quarter with the lead.

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2011 MLL Championship Weekend: Cannons Begin Comeback, Down 6-5 to Bayhawks at Halftime

The Cannons looked very sloppy early on, with two penalties mid way through the second and not many scoring chances. Jordan Burke continued to play well in the cage but no support from his offense.
And then the Bayhawks went on a roll, taking advantage of two more man advantages. Goals from Dan Hardy and Brian Carroll saw them take a 5-1 lead with 6:27 left in the period. The Cannons continued to search for anything on offense, but the defense swarmed them. The same defense that didn’t allow single digit goals all season in a game.
Then it was Brian Reynolds who made the score 6-1 Bayhawks, and things were falling apart for Boston. The Cannons came back a little bit late with goals from Brian Farrell and Max Quinzani. Paul Rabil and Brad picked up late goals to make it 6-5 heading into halftime.

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2011 MLL Championship Weekend: Bayhawks Lead Cannons 3-1 After First Quarter

The Chesapeake Bayhawks lead the Boston Cannons 3-1 after one period of play at MLL Championship Weekend.

Goals from Danny Glading, Brian Carroll and Kyle Dixon provided the scoring for the Hawks, while Pat Heim had the lone goal for the Cannons. Goalie Jordan Burke looked shaky early on but rebounded to make some terrific saves for the Cannons.

Boston was also victim of two crease violations, one of which was very questionable.

The second quarter is starting up, and fans can watch on ESPN2 and listen to on the Lacrosse Radio Network.

Join the2011 MLL Championship Weekend GameThread at SB Nation's lacrosse blog, In Lax We Trust.

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MLL Championship Weekend 2011: Nationals Vs. Outlaws Preview

The Hamilton Nationals were the worst team in Major League Lacrosse last season. After that they moved away from Toronto and now play in the south Ontario city, Hamilton. The Nationals, led by young guns Jeremy Boltus and Kevin Crowley, now have a chance to win in MLL Championship Weekend.

The Nationals have the youngest roster in MLL, but don't think they forgot veteran presence. Their leading scorer is five year player Joe Walters and three weeks ago they picked up Casey Powell for an offensive boost. They face the Denver Outlaws, who just want to put their past behind them.

Since entering the league in 2005, Denver has been one of MLL's model franchises. Just this season they set the record for MLL season long attendance and professional lacrosse regular season attendance (27,000). However, they seem to forget to do a little thing every year.... Called, winning.

Last season Denver let yet another opportunity pass them by with their playoff loss to the Long Island Lizards. This season they are once again the number two seed, and they have to prove they can win. A star laden roster, the Outlaws should be one of the league's best teams. However, a devastating four game losing streak mid season made many re think the Outlaws as a championship team.

The Outlaws defeated the Nationals in both games this season. However, this is a different Nats team with the development of their prospects and the return of Powell in MLL. Powell has looked rusty in his first two games, but it should be interesting if he turns it on for the championship Saturday and maybe Sunday.

Game time is 2:40 pm Saturday on ESPN2 and you can listen to the game on inlaxwetrust.com via The Lacrosse Radio Network.

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MLL Championship Weekend 2011: Bayhawks Vs. Cannons Preview

The Boston Cannons are out for revenge. Last season they were the top team in the league, just to be upset by the fourth seeded Chesapeake Bayhawks in the semi finals. This time around.... well, nothing changes. The Cannons again take on the lowest seeded Bayhawks, but this time they won't look at the reigning champions lightly. Chesapeake finished the season at 6-6, one game better than the Long Island Lizards who missed Championship Weekend.

The Cannons defeated Chesapeake in both matches this season, a season where Boston lost only three games (to Denver, Long Island and Hamilton). Chesapeake had an injury riddled season, one where they lost star goaltender Chris Garrity for most of the season. In his place, Brian Phipps became an all star and led the Hawks to some key victories.

Speaking of goalies, the Cannons sport Jordan Burke, a first year starting goaltender who was second in MLL with a 10.60 goals against average. Burke came in the second game of the season against Denver, a game where former goaltender of the year Kip Turner was struggling. Burke played so good that head coach Bill Daye had to keep playing him.

The Cannons have the best offense in this game with offensive player of the year Paul Rabil, 2010 MVP Matt Poskay and sophomore star Max Quinzani. That big three is surrounded by Boston lacrosse star Kevin Buchanan, Brad Ross and American lacrosse hero Ryan Boyle.

The Bayhawks have their share of good players, including leading scorer Danny Glading and last year's playoff hero Ben Hunt. However, the Cannons offense is superior so like last season, they will have to hope Garrity stands on his head.

While this is all said, remember that the Bayhawks upset the Cannons last year with the odds just as bad. The Bayhawks won their first championship since 2005 the next day, however the Cannons have never won even though they were an inaugural team in 2001.

Who will win this game? I will say the Cannons come up with the victory, but you never know in MLL!

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2011 MLL Championship Weekend TV Schedule

Major League Lacrosse is back on national television for the MLL Championship Weekend. Where can you watch the epic lacrosse action?

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