April 23, 2017 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) - Florida Launch
DELAND, Fla.- With an early goal from Chazz Woodson, the Launch set the tone for a competitive game with the Boston Cannons, ultimately falling 18-17 to the Boston Cannons in overtime.
The first quarter was a scoring battle between the Launch and the Cannons, with the second period serving as the major turning point for Florida who extended their lead with the help of a hat trick from Steve Pontrello.
With a three goal scoring run by the Launch, featuring goals from Steven Brooks, Will Gural, and Reagan Harding, the Launch continued a scoring run that would maintain their lead well into the fourth quarter. Gural's goal was his first career MLL goal, which was quickly followed up by his second later in the quarter.
While the Launch maintained upward of a two-point lead through two periods, the Cannons had three unanswered goals late in the fourth, tying the game with 2:47 left in the game. Greg Melaugh put the score up by one with 1:35 left in regulation. Boston ultimately tied up the game with less than a minute left with a goal from Will Manny that forced the game into overtime, where Kylor Bellistri scored the game winner for Boston.
QUOTES OF THE GAME
" There are some opportunities where we have to take better care of the ball and make a few smarter decisions. But, overall, I think we played well. Definitely still have something to build on, and we're in a good spot." - Chazz Woodson
PLAYERS OF NOTE
Steve Pontrello lead the Launch in goals (3).
Will Gural first MLL goals, both in the second period.
Connor Buczek tallied his first two-point goal of the season (last year's second leading two-point goal scorer).
Attendance for today's game in DeLand, Florida was 1,827.
The Launch's next game will take place at Spec Martin Stadium in DeLand, FL against the Rochester Rattlers. The Launch return to FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, FL on May 13.
Every game in this weekend's MLL schedule was decided by one goal.