The Rochester Rattlers came from behind to defeat the Boston Cannons 16-14 in thrilling fashion on Friday night at 5/3 Bank Stadium on Kennesaw, Ga. In front of a crowd of over 4,000 fans. Attackman Steve DeNapoli notched the gamewinner while middie Jordan MacIntosh recorded four goals to earn Player of the Game. The Ratttlers now move to 3-3 on the season while Boston drops to 1-5.
In a back-and-forth first quarter the Cannons got on the board immediately with faceoff specialist Chris Eck tallying seven seconds into the game. Rattlers Steven Boyle responded instantly bringing the game level under 30 seconds in. The quarter would end 6-5 in favor of the Cannons with efforts by Matt Striebel (2, including a two-pointer) and Rookie Dave Lawson making his debut fresh off his NCAA title for the Rattlers, and goals by Eck, Matt Poskay (2) and Will Manny for Boston.
Perennial All-Star Paul Rabil opened the evenly matched second quarter with back-to-back goals, his only two of the night, but Rochester came back within one as Steven Boyle opened his account of the evening. The Rattlers ended the half with three unanswered goals (two by MacIntosh and one by Kevin Leveille) to stay within one point going into the lockers with a 10-9 score in favor of the Cannons.
Boston tried to increase its lead in the third quarter as Mike Stone and Brian Farrell (2pts) both found the back of the net. The Rattlers responded in kind with Rookie John Ranagan recording his first professional goal and MacIntosh adding to his kitty to keep it within two and a 13-11 score.
The Rattlers mounted their comeback in the fourth stanza with Ned Crotty scoring first and MacIntosh tying the game with a little over eight minutes left. Rochester earned their first lead of the night in the final three minutes when Ranagan recorded his second tally of the night only to see Poskay tie it up for Boston. With only 1:20 left in the game, DeNapoli picked up a groundball off the faceoff and ran with it notching the gamewiner, while Ranagan added an insurance goal just a minute later to fix the result at 16-14 and bring the Rattlers to .500 on the season.
Both teams will continue to stay on the road as the Cannons travel to Charlotte to face the Hounds on Saturday, June 15, while the Rattlers travel to Ohio to square off against the Machine on the same night.