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Blaze Fall to Boston Cannons in Last Home Game

September 15, 2019 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL) - Atlanta Blaze News Release

Atlanta, GA - The Blaze fell to the Boston Cannons in a lopsided victory in their final home game at Atlanta Silverbacks Park. Atlanta is now locked in as the fourth seed in the 2019 MLL playoffs.

Christian Mazzone opened the scoring with 10:19 left in the first quarter, using his speed and toughness in a solo scoring effort to make the game 1-0.

.@ChrisMozo gets the party started ??#WeAreAllIn?? | #ATLvsBOS pic.twitter.com/zyNGUBSUFE

- Atlanta Blaze (@AtlantaBlaze) September 15, 2019

Boston responded just thirty seconds later as Kyle Jackson found the lower post of the next off of an assist from midfielder Cal Dearth. The two teams would battle back and forth in a high-intensity first quarter that ended with a 3-4 Boston lead. 

Boston used goals from Challen Rogers and Ryland Rees to build to a 3-9 lead late in the second quarter with a 2-pointer from Rees capping five unanswered points from the Cannons. The Blaze got much-needed goals from Shayne Jackson and Bryan Cole as they attempted to keep pace with the Cannons, who led 5-10 at halftime. 

BTB ?BOUNCE = #SCTop10

What a goal by @BryanCole45?? pic.twitter.com/NjiC3QdEjQ

- Major League Lacrosse (@MLL_Lacrosse) September 15, 2019

After returning from halftime, Boston sparked another seven goal run to put themselves comfortably ahead in a decisive 9-19 victory over the Blaze.

"Hats off to Boston, they played a great game today," Head Coach Liam Banks said. "They scored a couple of goals in transition including a couple two-pointers. Those are always hard to recover from."

Bryan Cole led Atlanta with four points on three goals and one assist, pushing his season total to 39 goals. Shayne Jackson (3 goals), Christian Mazzone (2 goals) and Brendan Sunday (1 goal) round out the nine Blaze scores on the night. MVP Candidate Shayne Jackson has scored in every game for the Blaze this season and is second in the league with 58 points- 3 away from the single-season point record (61). 

.@shaynejackson32 has scored a goal in EVERY game this year#WeAreAllIn?? | #ATLvsBOS pic.twitter.com/Mn47GKsWvb

- Atlanta Blaze (@AtlantaBlaze) September 15, 2019

Chris Madalon had an unofficial five saves on the night. If that becomes official, Chris Madalon would then own the Blaze single-season save record with 195 saves through 15 games this season. The Blaze could also break the single-season team save record (229) by collecting 17 saves in their game next week against New York.

HEAT CHECK: IMPACT PERFORMERS

Bryan Cole: 3 Goals, 1 Assist

Shayne Jackson: 3 Goals

Christian Mazzone: 2 Goals

Will Nowesnick: 3 Caused Turnovers


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