Cannons Escape Philly With a Win Over Waterdogs

There’s nothing like a Boston vs Philly showdown in the City of Brotherly Love. We all know about the history of sports rivalry between these cities. The Cannons and Waterdogs took it down to the wire today, as this game poured into overtime with Zac Tucci of the Cannons winning the face-off battle and taking matters into his own hands by scoring in the extra frame. Boston escapes the Dog House, winning 12-11. The Cannons slide up to 2-1 and this Waterdogs team falls to 0-2. Philly will be looking to salvage a split of their Homecoming Weekend Sunday against the Maryland Whipsnakes. But they’ll also be looking for redemption when they lock horns with the Cannons again on July 6th in Boston.

Beware Of (Water)Dogs

Between the hometown kid Michael Sowers and Kieran McArdle, Philadelphia has a new dynamic duo. Both of these guys were attacking low around the net of Boston, making things uncomfortable for Cannons goalie Colin Kirst. Sowers and McArdle combined for 14 points on the day (7 goals, 7 assists). Sowers set the tone of the game with a wrap-around goal with only 28 seconds into the first quarter. Kieran McArdle gets his first goal of the game by beating the one-on-one coverage and unloading a top-shelf goal. Other plays that stood out to me were Sowers drawing two defenders and finding McArdle wide open for a goal as a result, and the game-tying goal at the end of regulation. Midfielder Connor Kelly dishes to Sowers behind goal line extended, who finds a cutting Ryan Conrad to bury the equalizer with 0.8 seconds left in regulation.

The Cannons Unloading From Everywhere

The Boston Cannons kept things simple with good ball movement. They spread it around and found the mismatches they wanted in order to score. The constant movement from the Cannons was forcing this Waterdogs defense to keep their heads on a swivel. Asher Nolting bullied his way through defenders like a juggernaut. Matt and Pat Kavanagh both recorded a pair of goals. Pat Kavanagh helped Notre Dame win their second consecutive NCAA Lacrosse Championship in Philly just a few short weeks ago, so he knows how to perform here.

The Cannons also had an unlikely hero for the day in Tucci. He won 18 of 24 faceoffs and led all players with 13 Ground Balls. Tucci also scored four points on two goals plus a 2-point goal at the end of the first half, aided by a screen from Marcus Holman on Waterdogs goaltender Dillon Ward. That goal was one of two 2-point goals scored by Boston, while Philly failed to find the net from behind the arc. The Cannons will need to keep the momentum going, with the defending champion Utah Archers waiting in Week 4, followed by Homecoming Weekend in Boston in Week 5. There they will face the California Redwoods on Friday before the rematch with the Waterdogs on Saturday.

Pat Bernard
Pat Bernard

Pat Bernard has four years of podcasting. His first year with the Pattison Ave Phantics and four years running Devereaux Sports. Now currently, both Devereaux Sports and Edge of Sports. Pat is a  for 6 Philly sports fan.  Flyers, Phillies, Eagles, Sixers, Wings, and Union. The Gobbler is a former pro wrestler and ACPW Hall of Famer! He is originally out of Ambler from Northeast Philly (by the Tacony Bridge).  Pat is a credentialed Philadelphia Wings Beat Reported under Edge of Philly Sports.

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