The Boston Cannons began their title defense in style last night when they defeated the Rochester Rattlers, 15-3. Ari Sussman, in his first game as a Cannon, scored four goals while Jake Beebe, in his first career MLL game also scored four goals.
Paul Rabil also had a hat trick on a night where the Cannons had a somewhat skeleton offense. Matt Poskay and Brad Ross were coaching college games while Kevin Buchanan, Pat Heim and Bill McGlone were playing in NLL games.
Jordan Burke played a good game in net, only allowing three goals on the night. Rochester's John Galloway was also not bad, but the defense was not able to contend many Cannons shots.
The impressive part of the Cannons blowout is the fact that not all of their players for there for offense and defense. Beebe, Sussman and others stepped up when they were needed. Both those guys might have been considered cuts for when the top players return, but it would be hard to do that now.
It was nice for the Cannons to win their opener in front of a good crowd on a night where they celebrated their championship. The future looks bright for them as they take on the Charlotte Hounds next week. Things are not looking up for Rochester, who looked lost without Ned Crotty. They need some changes, fast.
Tune into the MLL Post Game Show on InLaxWeTrust.com at 11am to hear goalie Jordan Burke and Cannons head coach Steve Duffy.
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