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Cannons Top Hounds 14-6 In Boston

March 19, 2016
The Charlotte Hounds on Saturday night suffered their third loss, falling 14-6 to the Boston Cannons in front of 10,386 fans at Harvard Stadium. Cannons midfielder Paul Rabil was named Player of the Game following a six-point performance (3g, 3a). Meanwhile, the Hounds were led by Josh Hawkins and John Haus, who each had two goals in the loss.

The first quarter was a defensive battle, as more than seven minutes of play went scoreless before Jack Rice got the Cannons on the board with a shot over Adam Ghitelman’s left shoulder. Owen Blye – who was acquired by the Cannons from the Hounds in an offseason trade – made it a 2-0 lead for the home team seconds later. With less than a minute to play in the quarter, Haus was able to spin around his defender and get a shot off to cut the lead back down to one. But the Cannons responded, as Rabil found Will Manny, who squeezed a shot past Ghitelman for a 3-1 advantage to end the first.

The Cannons run continued into the second, as Rabil got a low, farside shot off to give the team a three-goal lead. Manny and Ryan Boyle each added a goal before Joe Cummings found the corner of the net over Jordan Burke’s right shoulder to make it a 6-2 game. The momentum didn’t last long though, as Kevin Buchanan and Rabil both scored to push the Cannons’ lead to six. But the Hounds kept fighting, as Hawkins chased down a loose ball and carried it all the way to the cage, making it an 8-3 game at the half.

The start of the third quarter was dominated by the Cannons, as they put up three straight -- including the second of the night for both Buchanan and Blye – to push their lead to 11-3. The Hounds finally got involved with five minutes to play. Ryan Young missed on a crease dive attempt, but Hawkins was there to scoop up the rebound and catch Burke out of position. On the team’s next possession, Young showed patience behind the cage while Haus got into position and the Hounds scored their second straight to make it an 11-5 game heading into the final quarter.

While the Hounds continued to play aggressive, it got the best of them at the start of the fourth. Kevin Drew was guarding Boyle as he made a move toward the goal. Ghitelman stepped out of the cage to lay a check on Boyle and was called for a personal foul. Pierce Bassett came in and the Cannons capitalized on the goalie change and man-up with a goal from Stephen Berger. Mike Sawyer responded, but it was too little too late for the Hounds, as the Cannons added two more goals to seal the 14-6 victory. Ghitelman finished with 12 saves on 25 shots in his season debut.

All MLL teams will have a bye during Memorial Weekend. The Hounds then head to Denver for a Friday night tilt against the Outlaws on May 30. The Outlaws were 3-0 heading into a Saturday night game against the Rattlers.

See the complete box score for this game.