Bayhawks' perfect season vanishes

Cannons build 25-13 rout on home team's game plan

Pro Lacrosse

August 01, 2005|By Kate Crandall | Kate Crandall,SUN STAFF

Beaten at their own game, the Bayhawks had their undefeated season ruined by the Boston Cannons, 25-13, last night at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Ex-Bayhawks attackman Mark Millon, Major League Lacrosse's all-time leading scorer, and attacker Kevin Leveille each had nine goals for the Cannons (8-2), who outscored the Bayhawks 18-6 in the final 35 minutes of the game.

"They basically played our game plan against us," said midfielder Jeff Sonke, who led the Bayhawks (9-1) with two two-point goals, two one-pointers and an assist.

In the third quarter, when Millon threw his hands in the air to celebrate his eighth goal, Bayhawks midfielder Gavin Prout couldn't contain his frustration any longer. Prout shoved Millon after the play, resulting in a skirmish and several game-misconduct penalties.

"We don't necessarily like the fact that Mark Millon was scoring lots of goals and rubbing each one in like it's a championship goal," Prout said. "I don't feel as though he was showing our team lots of respect.

"As soon as you pick on a marquee player like Mark Millon, a fight's going to happen."

Millon certainly took the air out of the Bayhawks' defense, spinning free of defenseman Brodie Merrill every time he touched the ball. By the time another defender would slide to help, Millon had scored again. Merrill had held Millon to one goal in the Bayhawks' 20-17 win two weeks ago.

"We play with a lot of passion and with honor, and getting rubbed in like that, we don't take it very well," Prout said.

Prout was ejected from the game along with Cannons defenseman Ryan Curtis, who had helped handcuff the Bayhawks' prolific attack trio of Mikey Powell, Tom Marechek and Gary Gait. Defenseman Ronnie Staines, a graduate of Severn, said that the Cannons learned to limit the Bayhawks' signature run-and-gun offense after the last outing.

"They're the best attack ever - supposedly - but we just tried to play them strong, back each other up and play good team defense," said Staines.

"Our goal was to get our middies in the hole and play defense inside out and press out from there."

Cannons defenseman Chris Passavia limited Powell to two assists and no goals.

"We were confident with our matchup - poles vs. attack - the chemistry [Gait, Marechek and Powell] have been feeling this year has been wonderful," Passavia said. "What we tried to do was reduce their team game as much as possible because when they do move the ball well, it's very hard to stop them."

In the end, the crowd of 6,071 watched as the Cannons capped a Bayhawks-esque performance with a six-goal run, with four straight from Leveille.

"They were on. Everything they did, went," Gait said. "We've certainly had that going our way for most of the year and know what that's like.

"Sometimes you get in the groove and you can't do much wrong, and that's where they were tonight."

Boston 4 7 7 7 - 25

Bayhawks 3 4 4 2 - 13

One-point goals: Bos-Millon 9, Leveille 9, Gill 2, Fiore 2, Battista 2, Rotelli; B-Sonke 2, Cantabene 2, Frye 2, Marechek, Cocchi, Merrill, Prout. Two-point goals: B-Sonke 2, Frye. Assists: Bos-Millon 5, Gill 5, Christmas 2, Battista, Fiore, Jenkins, Park, Rotelli; B-Powell 2, Gait, Marechek, Sonke. Saves: Bos-Garrity 14; B-Tierney 9.

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