Game Notes: Cannons vs. Lizards

DATE: Thursday, July 20th, 2017
LOCATION: Hempstead, NY
STADIUM: Shuart Stadium
FACEOFF: 7:00 p.m. (EST)
BROADCAST: Lax Sports Network
TWITTER: @BostonCannons

THE MATCHUP

The Boston Cannons travel to Long Island to take on the New York Lizards. Boston is coming off a rough 21-9 loss to the Rochester Rattlers. On the other side, the Lizards are coming off a 14-11 victory over the Charlotte Hounds. The Cannons sit at the bottom of the Major League Lacrosse standings, while the Lizards are currently in a four-way tie for fourth place with a 5-6 record.

Cannons Captains

The Cannons named Josh Hawkins, Max Seibald, and Justin Turri as the captains for the 2017 season. Seibald has been a captain since the 2015 season.

Looking Ahead

Following Thursday’s game against New York, the Cannons will travel to Charlotte on Thursday, July 27th to face the Hounds for the first and only time this season.

The Cannons return home for the final two games of the season against the Florida Launch on July 29th and the Atlanta Blaze on August 5th.

Making History

Davey Emala notched his 100th career point on June 22 versus the Ohio Machine as he contributed four goals despite the 16-15 overtime loss. Max Seibald is only one point away from 200 career points. Brodie Merrill sits only 7 groundballs away from becoming the first player in Major League Lacrosse history to reach 900 career groundballs.

Boston Ties:

Former Boston University standout Cal Dearth was acquired by the Cannons at the deadline from Charlotte in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2018 Collegiate Draft.

200 Club:

Max Seibald is only one points away from reaching the 200-career point milestone. Seibald has had a storied career with the Denver Outlaws, New York Lizards, and Boston Cannons. We could see Seibald accomplish the milestone as early as this week against his former team in New York.

Last Year’s Matchup:

The Cannons split the 2016 series with the Lizards. New York defeated Boston in the first matchup, but the Cannons won the second matchup in overtime on July 30th, 2016 with a Kevin Buchanan goal.

Earlier this season, the Cannons beat the Lizards 16-13 on May 20th at Harvard Stadium.

Red, White and Blue:

Five Cannons were selected by US Lacrosse to try out for the 2018 US Men’s National Team at the US Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks, Maryland. Defensemen Mitch Belisle and Matt Landis, goaltender Tyler Fiorito, faceoff- specialist Joe Nardella, and midfielder Sergio Perkovic represented the Cannons.

Nardella is the only Cannon moving on to the second set of tryouts in September.

Hey now, you’re an All-Star:

Three Cannons were selected to participate in the 2017 MLL All-Star game in Sacramento, California last weekend. Goaltender Tyler Fiorito was a returning face while faceoff-specialist Joe Nardella and defenseman Brandon Mullins both made their respective All-Star debuts. Fiorito made 11 saves total and six saves in the fourth quarter alone for Team Stripes.