The 2009 Cannons Night was a huge success, with the only thing wrong being the Lizards won the game 9-8. Special thanks go out to Mrs. Nardone, who orchestrated the entire event!
BOSTON, MA - Saturday, May 16, 2009 – The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) came up short in their 2009 season-opening game against the Long Island Lizards, by a score of 9-8, at Harvard Stadium in front of 8,191 fans on Saturday evening. Attackman Seth Goldberg (Yale ’05) netted the game-winning goal for the Lizards, earning Bud Light MVP honors in a game that ended as tied for the second-lowest scoring game in MLL’s nine year history. Midfielder Brett Garber (UMass ’07) led the Cannons with three goals, including one two-point goal and two power-play tallies.
With the loss, the Cannons started the season with a record of 0-1, while the Lizards improved to 1-0.
The Cannons opened the 2009 season with an early 2-0 lead over the Lizards with goals from a pair of UMass alumni, attackman Sean Morris (UMass ’06) and Garber, at 2:10 and 3:37, respectively. Garber’s tally was scored on the power-play. Long Island split the difference with a goal at 4:19, but attackman Daryl Veltman (Hobart ’08) responded for the Cannons with his first career MLL goal in his MLL debut at 5:51. Midfielder Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins ’08) assisted on Veltman’s tally. The Lizards closed out the first quarter with goals at 11:03 and 13:41 to lock up the score at 3-3.
Both teams played a tight defensive game in the second quarter, with the lone goal of the frame belonging to Rabil, unassisted at 6:28, to give the Cannons a 4-3 lead at halftime.
The Cannons increased their lead to 6-3 with a two-point goal from Garber at 1:38, his first career two-pointer, but the Lizards rallied with three unanswered goals at 2:38, 8:03 and 10:13 to again tie the game at the end of the quarter, this time by a score of 6-6.
The home team came out strong in the final stanza and took a 8-6 lead with goals from midfielder Kevin Cassese (Duke ’01) at 1:25, and Garber’s third of the game, a power-play goal, at 3:41. Morris assisted on both Cannons markers in the quarter. From there, the Lizards seized control of the game and ended the contest with goals at 6:45, 10:19 and Goldberg’s game-winner at 10:55 to steal a 9-8 victory.
Cannons goalie Kip Turner (Virginia ’07) made 13 saves on the 22 shots he faced in the loss. Lizards goalie Brian Dougherty (Maryland ’97) earned the win with 12 saves on 19 shots.
The Cannons will return to action when they take on the Denver Outlaws at Harvard Stadium on Friday, May 22 at 7:30 PM.
Season tickets to see the Cannons this summer at Harvard Stadium are still on sale. Cannons Season Ticket Packages feature all regular-season games, providing outstanding lacrosse and entertainment perfect for families, corporate outings and groups of friends.
For more information, or to purchase Cannons tickets, visit BOSTONCANNONS.COM or call (617) 746-9933.
We have 230 people from our program going to the Cannons game this Saturday at Historic Harvard Stadium!
The Cannons have also arranged for a private Meet & Greet with three of the players before the game, just like last year.
Our players can meet and get autographs from Defenseman Chris Passavia. We have added midfielder Mike Podgajny, a recent addition to the Cannons from the University of Notre Dame to the Meet & Greet, and Patrick Gaffney, an All American Defensman from Endicott College.
#4 Chris Passavia, D
Date of Birth: 09/27/1982
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 210 lbs
College Experience: University of Maryland '04
Resides: Stony Brook, NY
Birthplace: Oakdale, NY
Acquired: Cannons’ first-round selection in the 2004 MLL Collegiate Draft.
Biography: 2008: Appeared in all 12 games for the Cannons…Collected one goal and one assist…Tied for second on the team with 31 groundballs…Made his fourth consecutive appearance in the MLL All-Star Game. 2007: Played all 12 games…Tied for second on the team with 40 groundballs…MLL All-Star. 2006: Started all 12 games…Ranked second on Cannons with 43 groundballs…Scored third career goal on 6/24/06 against Philadelphia…Picked up a season-high six groundballs against Long Island on 6/3/06…MLL All-Star. 2005: Played in all 12 games…Named to All-MLL Team…Earned MLL Defensive Player of the Week honors twice…Appeared in 2005 MLL All-Star Game…Earned Cannons team Defensive Player of the Year award…Scored second career goal on 6/18/05 vs. Long Island…Held Philadelphia attackman Ryan Boyle without a point for first time in MLL and college careers on 7/23/05…Held NJ attackman Jesse Hubbard to one assist on 7/9/05…Only Cannons defenseman to start all 12 games…Team-high six groundballs vs. Philadelphia on 5/29/05. 2004: MLL Rookie…Named Cannons Rookie of the Year…Played in eight games, started three of them…Recorded 12 groundballs and eight penalties on the season…Named Cascade Rookie of the Week for his defensive job against Casey Powell of Rochester on 6/5/04, his first career MLL game…Scored his first career MLL goal against Long Island on 6/12/04 in just his second career MLL game, and also picked up a career-high four groundballs…Recorded his first career assist against Philadelphia on 7/22/04.
COLLEGE: Named First Team All-American his senior season in 2004…Named Second Team All-American his junior season in 2003, and Third Team All-American his sophomore season in 2002…Named to the All-ACC team his senior, junior and sophomore seasons…Named to the All-ACC Tournament team his senior season (2004)…Was one of 15 nominees for the Tewaarton Award his senior season (2004)…Had a career high 47 groundballs his senior season, and 161 for his career.
Mike Podgajny, M
University of Notre Dame '08
Two-time All-America honoree ... earned honorable mention All-America accolades from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) during his junior and senior seasons ... played in 53 games, including 35 starts, during his Notre Dame career ... compiled 68 goals and 36 assists for 104 points to go along with 129 ground balls ... two-time all-GWLL performer ... named to the allleague first team as a senior after being a second- team member of his junior season ... four-time monogram winner ... was selected by the San Francisco Dragons with the seventh pick overall in the first round of the 2008 Major League Lacrosse Draft ... he became the first Notre Dame player ever selected in the first round of the MLL Draft.
Patrick Gaffney, D
Endicott College '07 and currently Head Coach of Anna Maria College.
Patrick attended St. John’s High School where he was a four-year varsity starter for the lacrosse team. Earning various honors throughout, his high school career was topped off with being selected as an All-American and a participant in the National North-South Senior All-Star Game. At the collegiate ranks Patrick attended Endicott College where he excelled academically and athletically. As a four-year starter, he was a Senior Captain, 4X All Conference, 2X All New England, 2007 Defensive Player of the Year for his Conference, and a USILA Division III All-American Defenseman.
Our U11 team will play on this field!!
Saturday May 16th at 7 PM, you and your entire family can join us at the 6th annual Northborough-Southborough Night at the Cannons!
You can tailgate just like at a Harvard football game.
Any U11 player who wants to play will get into the game during halftime.
Stephanie Nardone is once again coordinating this event.
Our program has set records in each of the past two years as the group which has sent the largest amount of fans to an event. In 2007 we sent 300, and last year we sent 321 players, parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents to this terrific family event.
Help us set another record this summer, make sure that people know that our Tomahawks are the biggest and best Cannons fans in all of Massachusetts!
The fifth annual Northborough-Southborough Night at the Cannons was a huge success! The weather was perfect, the crowd was large, our U11's played at halftime, and the Cannons won the game!