Charlotte, NC- Despite being within reach of Charlotte during the first two quarters, the Hounds were able to use a strong second half to shut down the Cannons, 16-12.
Charlotte held the Cannons to only two leads throughout the game, with both coming in the first quarter. The Cannons went into the half down 9-6, however the Hounds extended their lead early in the third quarter and the Cannons were not able to get back into the game after that.
Although the Cannons lost, several players had strong outings. Kyle Jackson scored a hat-trick and is continuing to establish himself has a dominant player. Kylor Bellistri scored two goals and now has 23 on the year. Justin Turri, who has spent most of the season as a defensive midfielder, found the back of the net twice as well. Luke Goldstock finished the night with three assists and showed off his crafty passing ability. Davey Emala had three points on the night and now sits just 11 goals shy from 100 career goals. Cal Dearth also made his Cannons debut and scored his first career MLL goal.
In goal for the Cannons tonight was Jack Murphy, who was making his first career start (he made an appearance two weeks ago in Rochester). He played the whole game and made 20 saves.
For Charlotte, Mike Chanenchuk led the way with two 2-point goals, which forced the Cannons to chase the score even more and proved to be a difference maker in the game. Kevin Crowley had three goals.
The Cannons have received some strong outputs from newer players and will look to see that trend continue as they conclude their season with two final home games. The Cannons are right back in action again on Saturday as they return home to take on the Florida Launch at Harvard Stadium.
PLAYERS OF NOTE
– Kyle Jackson had a hat-trick
– Kylor Bellistri had two goals
– Justin Turri had two goals
– Luke Goldstock had three assists
– Matt Landis picked up 6 groundballs
– Davey Emala had three points on the night
– Boston University standout Cal Dearth scored his first MLL goal
– Brodie Merrill is now four groundballs away from 900 career groundballs