By Sean Desmond | 6/14/13 11:15 AM
Boston Cannons at Charlotte Hounds
Saturday June 15th, 2013—7:00 p.m. (ET)—American Legion Memorial Stadium
TV: – Regional coverage (Check local listings)
Radio: MLL Radio
The 1-5 Boston Cannons will wrap up the third leg of a three game road-trip Saturday night, as they travel to Charlotte to take on the 3-3 Hounds. The game will be broadcast locally, and nationally on ESPN3.com.
The two teams have not met since last season, which was the Hounds’ first as members of MLL. Boston was able to win both of those games with ease by final scores of 20-12, and 16-8.
A 13-7 victory over Ohio last weekend helped the Hounds improve to 3-3, as a result, Charlotte now sits comfortably tied for fourth place in the MLL standings. A win this weekend over Boston could result in some much needed separation from the bottom half of the standings, as well as an extension of their current winning streak to three.
After losing a tight game to Rochester last week in Atlanta, the Cannons are looking to get their season back on the winning track under the new leadership of John Tucker. Tucker, previously a Cannons’ assistant, was brought in to coach Boston taking over for second year head man Steve Duffy. The Cannons, who have struggled on defense thus far in 2013, face the challenge of slowing down the well balanced scoring attack that Charlotte has to offer.
The Hounds’ offense has been potent through the first half of the season. Charlotte is among the league leaders in shooting percentage as well as points per game. Leading the offensive pack this season for the Hounds are Ryan Young and Peet Poillon, each of whom have 18 points respectively. While Charlotte does have their established scoring at the top of their depth chart, strong play by Matt Danowski, Eric Lusby, and rookie Mike Sawyer, has forced opposing defenses to respect everyone on the roster.
The Hounds’ defense has been anchored by the strong play of second year goaltender Adam Ghitelman. Stability in net, combined with solid team defense, has translated into turnovers and quick scoring opportunities on the opposite end of the field.
While Charlotte has been distributing the ball throughout their ranks, the Cannons have had the luxury of leaning on the strong play of perennial all-star Paul Rabil. Rabil remains the Cannons’ top offensive weapon. The core scoring groups still exists for the Cannons with veterans Ryan Boyle and Matt Poskay, but the strong play of Rabil has taken pressure off of the rest of the Boston offense. Fans should expect to see more production on offense out of rookies Scott Ratliff and Will Manny in the coming weeks, the two college standouts have yet to have breakthrough games in their first MLL season.
Next week the Cannons will return to Harvard stadium to host the 3-4 New York Lizards on Friday night at 7 p.m., while the Hounds remain in Charlotte to take on the 4-2 Chesapeake Bayhawks the following night at 5:30 p.m.