Last August, a strong Boston Cannons squad came up just short in Major League Lacrosse's championship semifinals to the Chesapeake Bayhawks. The Bayhawks went on to win the league title the next day. For the first quarter of this season's championship semifinals, held Saturday, it looked as if history would repeat itself.
Thanks to Duxbury, MA native Max Quinzani, the Cannons came back from a dreadful first quarter where they were down five goals to defeat the Bayhawks 14-13 and move onto Sunday's championship game against the Hamilton Nationals in Annapolis, Maryland.
Quinzani had three goals through the hurricane-filled game, including the winning goal. The Cannons stormed back with four goals in the second quarter, including three within two minutes time. Quinzani, former MLL MVP Matt Poskay and Ryan Boyle scored to give the Cannons their first lead of the game at the close of the third quarter.
The Cannons continued tallying up the goals in the fourth, scoring seven unanswered goals before the Bayhawks could find the back of the net. The Bayhawks tied up the game, 13 all. With a mere 1.2 second left, Quinzani scored his third goal of the game to give the Cannons the win.
The Cannons will play for the league championship at 3pm Sunday on ESPN2.