MLL Saturday: Rabil's Monster Night Anchors Action
|Paul Rabil had nine points, including the assist on Will Manny's game-winning goal, to help Boston take a key win over Ohio on Saturday night at home. (Bill Danielewski)|
A monster night from Paul Rabil and a clutch score from Will Manny helped Boston improve to .500, taking a 17-16 victory over Ohio at home in overtime.
Rabil scored three times, including a two-pointer, and assisted on another five, including Manny's game-winning goal in the extra frame to knot the Cannons with New York and Florida at 4-4 going into this week's Major League Lacrosse All Star Game, which will be held at the Cannons' home field.
Manny had five goals including his late winner, silencing a furious Ohio rally, as the Machine scored four straight to close out regulation after the Cannons had run out to a 16-11 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Kevin Buchanan also had six points on the night, potting four and assisting on two more.
Jordan Burke made 15 saves in the contest to lead Boston to the win, with Chris Eck putting together a huge 22-for-24 night the the X with 12 ground balls for the Cannons.
Ohio, which drops to 3-5 on the season, got scoring from ten players, led by Marcus Holman, Kyle Harrison, Logan Schuss and Brian Farrell with three points each. Schuss, Peter Baum, Dana Wilber (2PT) and Tom Schreiber scored down the stretch to force overtime, but it all was for naught with Rabil and Manny connecting for the winner in extra time.
Denver 9, Chesapeake 6
Five straight goals to open the game helped the Outlaws keep pace atop the league standings, improving to 7-1 on the year after holding off a strong second-half rally by the cellar-dwelling defending champion Bayhawks at home.
Justin Pennington and Eric Law had two goals each for Denver, while Michael Simon added a two-pointer late to seal the win for Denver after Chesapeake had clawed back to a 7-6 margin despite having trailed 6-1 at the halftime break. Joe Walters and Peet Poillon each had a goal and an assist for the Bayhawks, who fell to 2-6 on the season.
Jesse Schwartzman made 28 saves, including a whopping 10 in the second quarter, to earn the win and extend his career MLL record. Anthony Kelly also had a big game for the Outlaws, going 12-for-18 at the X.
New York 14, Charlotte 12
A 4-0 run to open the fourth quarter helped the Lizards put away a see-saw battle at home, giving them a cushion that withstood a late three goal run by the visiting Hounds.
Rob Pannell and Max Seibald each had six points in the win, with Pannell leading all players with six goals to earn MVP honors and Seibald pocketing four to go with a pair of assists. Drew Adams made 15 saves to earn the win for the Lizards, who improved to 4-4 with the win and joined Florida and Boston in the middle of the league pack traffic jam.
John Haus scored three and had an assist for Charlotte, while Mike Sawyer had two and an assist in the losing effort. Adam Ghitelman made 13 saves, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Long Island native show of Seibald and Pannell, who combined to score all of New York's goals through the first three quarters.
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