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Boston Blazers Look to Bounce Back Against New York Titans

February 4, 2009 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Boston Blazers News Release

Boston, MA (February 4, 2009) - The Boston Blazers (2-3) are looking for their first victory of the season against New York and a chance to move up in the NLL East Division standings when the team takes on their division rival from the Big Apple at the TD Banknorth Garden this Saturday, February 7 at 7:30 PM. Boston trails the Titans (3-2) by one game and with a victory this weekend can edge into a tie for second place with New York.

This marks the third meeting of the season between the teams with the Titans enjoying an unblemished 2-0 record against Boston. The Titans defeated Boston, 19-14, in the season opener on January 10 and bested the Blazers, 13-9, the following weekend on January 17 at the TD Banknorth Garden.

In the season series, the Titans are led by Casey Powell (six goals, 11 assists), Pat Maddalena (five goals, 10 assists) and Jordan Hall (five goals, seven assists). For Boston, Daryl Veltman (five goals, eight assists), Brenden Thenhaus (seven goals, six assists) and Dan Dawson (four goals, seven assists) have paced the Blazers in the series versus New York.

Over the team's first five games forwards Dan Dawson (eight goals, 23 assists - ranks 2nd in overall NLL points), Daryl Veltman (11 goals, 15 assists - tied for 5th in NLL goals, 9th in overall NLL points) and Brenden Thenhaus (10 goals, 9 assists - tied for 10th in NLL goals 20th in overall NLL points) have paced the Blazers offense. Defensively, goalie Anthony Cosmo, after a slow start, has led the defense and over the last three games has faced 145 shots and stopping 118 for a 9.00 goals against average.

The Blazers closed the month of January with a 9-8 sudden death overtime loss to the Portland LumberJax on January 31 in front of 5,079 fans at the TD Banknorth Garden. Portland forward Peter Morgan scored his third goal of the game just 1:13 into the extra session, off a pass from forward Ryan Powell, his second assist.

Trailing, 6-5, going into the fourth quarter, Boston put itself in good position to pick up its third win in a row by scoring a flurry of goals in the first seven minutes. Forward Gary Bining tied the score at 6-6 with 12:23 to play in the fourth, then forward Dan Dawson gave Boston a 7-6 lead 31 seconds later on his third goal of the game. Dawson also had two assists for the game. Forward Brenden Thenhaus made it 8-6 with eight minutes to play, picking up his own rebound and beating Portland goalie Matt Disher to the left.

However, The Blazers couldn't hold their lead as Portland scored two quick goals fifteen seconds apart at 10:55 and 11:10 of the fourth frame to square the score 8-8 at the end of regulation.

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