Rattlers Drop Second Straight at Home
Frisco, TX - The Dallas Rattlers were defeated by the Boston Cannons on Sunday afternoon 16-10. The Rattlers fall to 0-2 on the season.
The Cannons went on a hot streak right out of the gate, with Mark Cockerton and Zed Williams scoring within the first minute of the game. Cockerton, who scored six goals in the Cannons' season-opening victory over New York, had two goals and one assist.
Boston went on a seven-goal scoring burst in the first quarter and held the Rattlers to just five shots. They also added two more early in the second.
The tides turned in the second quarter, however, when Bryce Wasserman was able to pot Dallas' first score of the afternoon with 6:10 remaining in the half. Less than a minute later, Jack Curran scored in his first game of the season for Dallas; and less than a minute after that, he'd score again to cut the Cannons' lead to just six goals at halftime.
In the third, the Rattlers' momentum continued on offense. Zack Greer scored his third goal of the season just 43 seconds into the third. Rookie midfielder Jake Seau out of Duke University scored his first career MLL goal in his league debut, and midfielder Brian Kormondy both scored in the first five minutes of the quarter to reduce the deficit to three. However, the Cannons regrouped, as Kyle Jackson, Challen Rogers, and Connor O'Hara all found the back of the net to bring the score to 12-6. Rattlers' midfielder Donny Moss scored the final Rattlers goal of the third quarter with 6:47 remaining, but the Cannons tacked on three more tallies to take a strong 15-7 lead into the final quarter of play.
Curran found the back of the net for the third time in the game 4:26 into the fourth quarter. Cody Radziewicz and Zack Greer scored the final goals of the game for Dallas with 8:59 and 6:04 remaining in the game, respectively.
"We just played our game plan too literal. We got a bunch of smart guys back there, [but] they just weren't playing lacrosse. We were playing too much matchup lacrosse, not real-time situational lacrosse. We had a couple of lapses and just didn't adjust mentally. They were doing what they were told, they just weren't doing it fast enough." - Warder on the team's overall play
"Zack [Greer] and Donny [Moss] have both been around a lot of lacrosse for over a decade. They're very veteran grownups who have a lot of experience. [For] a couple of the other guys, this is their first MLL game so it's a totally different scenario for those guys." - Warder on the veteran leadership in the locker room
"We got the nerves settled down a little bit and the guys started playing a little more confidently. We were finally getting some shots off feeds and getting to the goalie that way." - Warder on the Rattlers' momentum and progression throughout the game
"It's a long season, 16 games, [and] we play that team three more times. We always talk about winning the series. We know who they have, they know who we have now and you gotta go play them three more times. It'll be like a family feud at the end of it." - Warder on the Rattlers' season series against the Cannons
Jack Curran and Ryan McNamara both finished the game with three points. Curran's were all goals, while McNamara had one goal and two assists.
McNamara led all players with 12 total shots, seven of which were on net. Curran had eight total shots, and Kormondy had seven.
Cannons' Kyle Jackson scored four goals in the game on seven shots. He was just one of three Boston players- Zed Williams and Connor O'Hara- to record a hat trick in the game.
Rattlers' face-off specialist Blake Boudreau won 12 of 28 face-offs in his MLL debut.
Boudreau led the Rattlers in groundballs with seven. Eli Salama had four.
Dallas goaltender Christian Carson Banister made 10 saves on 24 shots in the first three quarters. Kristian Alleyne made one save and allowed one goal in the fourth quarter.
Attendance for Sunday afternoon's game was 3,412.
Although the Rattlers have a bye week next weekend, they return to action on Friday, June 21, to face-off against the Atlanta Blaze in the first away game of the season.
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