Bayhawks tonight

August 20, 2004|By Kent Baker

MLL semifinals

Matchup: Bayhawks (7-5) vs. Boston Cannons (8-4)

Site: Nickerson Field, Boston

Time: 8 p.m.

Outlook: With defending champion Long Island eliminated from the four-team field, the Bayhawks carry the most tradition into Major League Lacrosse's postseason tournament. Boston has never won a playoff game, and the Bayhawks have reached the final the previous three years, winning the title in 2002. Philadelphia and Rochester, both 7-5, meet in the other semifinal, with the survivors clashing Sunday afternoon. The Bayhawks enter the tournament off two lopsided wins, including a 25-14 rout of the Cannons on Aug. 5. Boston has dropped three of its last four after starting the season 7-1. The Cannons have the league's most potent offense (215 goals) and most porous defense (227 goals allowed) and could start one of three goaltenders. Rob Scherr (Johns Hopkins) will be in the net for the Bayhawks. Bayhawks faceoff specialist Paul Cantabene (Loyola) enters after setting a season record with 238 draws and a single-game record of 23 ground balls. The game also matches the MLL's top two scorers, Boston's Conor Gill (27 goals, 40 assists) and the Bayhawks' Mark Millon (38 goals, four two-pointers, 19 assists). Gill suffered a sprained knee in the regular-season finale but is expected to play.

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.