One of the largest pro lacrosse crowds ever in Boston (8,536) witnessed the Boston Blazers go 2-0 on the season after a 10-7 win over the Edmonton Rush on Saturday evening at the TD Garden.
Like last week's win over Philadelphia, the Blazers took a while to warm up, and reached halftime tied 3-3. Edmonton goaltender Matt Disher stopped 16 shots on goal in the first half, and neutralized the Blazers' strong offensive trio of Josh Sanderson, Dan Dawson and Casey Powell. Blazers head coach Matt Sawyer remarked on his team's slow starts to NLL.com post-game:
"I didn't like the vibe early on, sometimes when you play at home there are a few more distractions then when you're on the road. I didn't think we were as prepared as well as we should."
The Blazers opened the game up in the third, scoring 5 goals. Nick Cotter and Ryan Hotaling found opportunity in their more popular teammates being covered defensively, and each had 4 points on the evening. Three of Cotter's points were goals, setting a season high for him.
Dawson, Sanderson and Powell weren't quiet however - each had 4 points on the night. Goaltender Anthony Cosmo and the Blazers' defense held the Rush to only 4 goals in the second half.
SBNation's In Lax We Trust interviewed Powell after the game, where he talks about his first ever home game in a Boston uniform.