Boston, Massachusetts –Boston Cannons midfielder Max Seibaldhad a huge game with a pair of two-point goals helping the team come out on top in a close 16-13 game against rival New York Lizards at Harvard Stadium.
On the defensive side of the ball, Matt Landishad his coming out party against former Cannons starPaul Rabil. Landis was playing Rabil very physically throughout the night and as a result Rabil only had two points on the night.
Cannons goalieTyler Fioritomade some big saves and played one of his best games of the season. Fiorito stood strong in net all night including when the Lizards had a man up and fired one right in front of him that he stopped.
Seibald led the way for the Cannons with six points. Captain Will Mannyadded a hat trick along with three assists on the night. Joe LoCasciohad just one goal on the night but it proved to be the difference as he widened the lead to two goals with just over 3 minutes remaining. Davey Emalaalso had a strong performance tonight with a hat-trick.
For the Lizards, their strong showings from midfielder Joe Walters and attackman Matt Gibson came up just short. Walters had two goals and three assists. Gibson did all of his damage with his shot, scoring four goals. The Cannons held Rabil and Rob Pannell to just two combined points in a strong defensive effort.
The Cannons move to 2-3 on the season as they go into a bye week. The loss for the Lizards drops them to an even 2-2 on the season.
QUOTES OF THE GAME
“The biggest thing we’ve struggled with is we get up on some opponents and then we just play individual lacrosse. We got up tonight the guys really stuck together and played team offense and team defense,” said Cannons coach Sean Quirk.
“I think the only way to approach a player like that is to get in his face early and often. If you give him a running start he’s got a lot more freedom to do what he wants to do,” said Cannons defender Matt Landis on covering Lizards midfielder Paul Rabil.
“We were focused on doing the little things better and playing more as a team. In recent weeks it’s been just individual motion on offense and this week we worked together and created some good opportunities,” said Cannons midfielder Max Seibald.
PLAYERS OF NOTE
– Manny had a hat-trick and three assists
– Max Seibald scored a pair of two-point goals and had six points
– Davey Emala scored a hat-trick
– Joe Walters finished with two goals and three assists
– Matt Gibson had four goals
– Paul Rabil was held to just two points
– Rob Pannell finished with zero points
· Landis played strong defense
· Fiorito made many critical saves
· Largest crowd of the season so far
· Rabil quiet return to Boston
· Seibald had his first six points of the season
· Cannons snap three game losing streak