In their season opener, the Boston Cannons left no quarter in an impressive 15-9 win over the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Both offensively and defensively, the Cannons played a complete game, exposing some sloppy passing and inconsistent offense on behalf of the Bayhawks.
The first quarter of the game remained fairly close at just 2-0 in favor of the Cannons, but the adjustments made by Boston rendered too much for Chesapeake, who was never able to remain in the game after that point.
Said Stephen Berger when asked how his team was able to secure the win after a tight first quarter, “I think we got just in a better rhythm. The first quarter, all our anxiousness and adrenaline was running and we kind of just settled down. We were able to get a little rhythm and chemistry with the six of us and a lot of our goals were unassisted, which is good.”
Offensively, it was a full team effort, as five different players scored for the Cannons, including seven by Steve Buchanan and two by MLL star Paul Rabil.
“We were slow to start. They [Chesapeake] held their ground. Last year we gave up a lot of goals early, so that was just a statement for us,” Rabil said on the offensive statement the team made. He continued, “With the way last season ended, it was more important this year [to win the season opener].”
The final quarter of the game proved to be the worst of the day for the Cannons, who allowed Chesapeake to score four unanswered goals, making it a 14-9 game. For the Bayhawks; however, it was too little too late, as they were ultimately handed their first loss of the season.
The Boston Cannons next home game will be on Saturday, May 10 at 6:00 pm against the Denver Outlaws.