Hempstead, NY – Despite a tough battle all game, New York ultimately came away with the 16-14 win. The Boston Cannons had a tough first quarter against the Lizards, which proved to be a difference in the 16-14 loss on the road.
The Cannons got off to a hot start with the first goal coming nine seconds in from Face-off specialist Joe Nardella. He had 2 goals on the night. Down 10-6 at the end of the first half, the Cannons opened the second half strong. After closing the first half with two consecutive goals, the Cannons had all the momentum needed to get the win.
However, the run ended by a strong Lizards attack that was led by Joe Walters. Walters contributed three goals and an assist on the night. Will Manny also scored four goals in the game and finished the night with four points.
For the Cannons, they received strong performances from Kyle Jackson and Kylor Bellistri. Jackson had a career high with five points in the game. Bellistri continued his impressive season as one of the most improved players in the league with three points on the night off of a hat trick and now has 21 goals and 33 points on the season. Sergio Perkovic continued his goal scoring streak with another solo goal performance. The team will look for him to continue to produce but his breakout is yet to come.
Max Seibald scored twice against his former team. The first goal on the night marked his 200th career point. Davey Emala also added a goal for his 27th on the season and 30 total points.
Cannons goalie Tyler Fiorito had a bounce back performance and allowed 16 goals in the game. The opposing goalie Drew Adams had an exceptional night allowing just 14 goals.
The game represented some positive spots for the Cannons in some new faces and rookies. Luke Goldstock made his MLL debut and scored his first MLL goal. John Uppgren added another goal to his resume tonight after 2 goals last game. Matt Bertrams scored his first goal in a Cannons uniform tonight. Finally, the performance out of Jackson was another bright spot on the night.
The Cannons next game is on the road against the Charlotte Hounds on July 27th. With the loss, the Cannons move to 3-8 on the season and have been eliminated from the playoffs.
The Cannons last two home games are July 29th against Florida and August 5th against Atlanta.
“There are no moral victories in my opinion, this was a tough loss for us. The way our team came together tonight against New York and battled together was very impressive. We played very unselfish all over the field. The heart and effort we put forth for 60 minutes was something out entire coaching staff was very proud of.” –Cannons Head Coach Sean Quirk
PLAYERS OF NOTE
· Kyle Jackson had five points
· Sergio Perkovic scored a goal for his 4th on the year
· Kylor Bellistri had a hat trick
· Max Seibald scored his 200th career point (2 goals)
· Davey Emala scored a goal for his 27th on the season
· Matt Bertrams scored his first goal in a Cannons uniform
· Face-Off Specialist Joe Nardella had 2 goals on the night
– The Cannons drop to 2-4 on the road and 3-8 on the season
– The team has been eliminated from the playoffs mathematically
– Luke Goldstock made his MLL debut and scored his first MLL goal