Boston Cannons Open 2015 Season With 16-13 Win Over Denver

By Matt Noonan 

Competing at Gillette Stadium – their brand new home for the 2015 season –the Boston Cannons scored an opening-day victory, defeating Denver, 16-13, on Sunday afternoon.

Max Seibald – an alum of Cornell University lacrosse – paced the Cannons with a hat trick, while David Emala, Will Manny (UMass), Rob Emery, Brent Adams and Martin Bowes tallied two goals apiece. Jordan Burke picked up his initial win between the pipes, turning away 12 of 25 shots.

Max Seibald - a Cornell Big Red men's lacrosse alum - recorded a hat trick this afternoon in the Boston Cannons' season-opener. (Photo Credit: Lax.com)
Max Seibald – a Cornell Big Red men’s lacrosse alum – recorded a hat trick this afternoon in the Boston Cannons’ season-opener. (Photo Credit: Lax.com)

Maryland University alum – Drew Snider – led the Outlaws with a hat trick, while pitching in two assists and scooping four ground balls.

Boston and Denver combined for seven goals in the opening quarter, but it was Manny’s tally midway through the frame that provided the Cannons with a 4-3 advantage.

Seibald initiated a 3-0 run in the second, helping Boston head into intermission with an 8-5 lead.

The Cannons tallied five points in the third quarter, including a pair of unassisted two-point goals from Emery and Josh Amidon at 2:33 and 2:53, respectively. Bowes netted the final goal of the stanza at 12:05, extending Boston’s advantage to 13-9.

Denver attempted to close the gap in fourth with three consecutive goals, but Seibald clinched the opening-day victory with back-to-back tallies before Manny buried a feed from David Emala.

With the win, Boston finds itself in a three-way tie for first place with New York and Rochester. New York opened the season with a 14-8 win over Ohio, while Rochester edged Charlotte, 10-9.

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Maryland Stuns #1 Syracuse in OT, Advances to Final Four

Maryland's Grant Catalino scored the game winning goal against Syracuse to earn an important playoff victory.

By Stacey Kilpatrick 

FOXBOROUGH, MA – Maryland appeared just as stunned as top ranked Syracuse did after Terrapin senior attackman Grant Catalino scored the game-winning goal with 0:32 remaining in overtime.

Maryland earned an impressive 6-5 win against Syracuse University on Sunday at Gillette Stadium, as well as punched their ticket to the Division I Men’s Lacrosse Final Four in Baltimore next weekend, where they’ll face Duke University.

“To finish our career with a win over [Syracuse] is unbelievable,” Catalino said. “I grew up watching Syracuse and the great players that played there and to think that I would be in a position like that to score the game-winning goal against a team like that, I’m kind of speechless.”

“[Syracuse’s] defense, it’s hard to run by their guys,” Maryland head coach John Tillman said. “There’s a reason they’re [15-2].”

Syracuse earned a 2-0 lead in the second quarter when senior midfielders Jeremy Thompson and Jovan Miller scored and gave the Orangemen their only lead of the day before Maryland battled back to tie the game before halftime, as junior midfielder Drew Snider and senior midfielder Scott Larue each recorded goals.

Maryland’s momentum continued into the third quarter when Jake Bernhardt and Catalino scored for the Terps, but the Orangemen rallied, as sophomore attackman/midfielder JoJo Marasco recorded a goal on a falling shot in front of the net. Although, Maryland did score once more before regulation concluded, as Larue found the back of the net to give the Terps a two-goal lead.

Jeremy Thompson and Jovan Miller tied the game for Syracuse during the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, which then set the scene for an exciting dramatic ending in overtime, as Catalino scored his second goal of the contest and secured another tournament win for Maryland.

“Congratulations to Maryland,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “I thought [we] had a pretty good game plan. [Curtis] Holmes just [dominated] in the face-offs. I really wasn’t terribly unhappy with how the offense ran. I was proud of the defense. The defense has been doing it all year and really kept Maryland really low-scoring for the amount of time that they were on their offense.