The final game of Week 8 in Baltimore saw Cannons LC (4-2) match up with Waterdogs LC (4-2). Both teams were looking to keep pace with 1st-place Archers. A balanced attack saw seven different Cannons players score in their fifth straight win, 12-8. Waterdogs have now lost two in a row and fall to 4-3.

Cannons lead after low-scoring first half

Matt Kavanagh opened the scoring for Cannons at 1:07. Kieran McArdle equalized for the Waterdogs 40 seconds later, then assisted Michael Sowers (7:18) to give them the lead. Marcus Holman (8:29) knotted the game at 2-2 after one quarter. McArdle assisted Sowers again on a power play at the 1:57 mark of the second quarter for a 3-2 Waterdogs lead. However, Ryan Drenner (10:08) leveled the game once again, and Holman’s second (11:30) put Cannons up 4-3 going into halftime.

Cannons go off in fourth quarter for fifth straight win

Drenner’s second (3:25) and Jonathan Donville (4:52) extended the lead to 6-3. Waterdogs responded with a four-goal run to complete the third quarter. McArdle tallied his second (5:20), assisted Sowers on another power play goal (6:39), then notched his hat trick (9:06). Jack Hannah followed (10:59) to give Waterdogs a 7-6 edge heading into the final frame.

The Cannons would explode for six goals in the fourth quarter, to which Waterdogs could not answer. Asher Nolting tied the game at 0:59. Cade van Raaphorst fired a 2-point goal 43 seconds later to put Cannons in front for good. Nolting’s second (3:06) and Kavanagh’s second (4:48) made it 11-7. Matt Whitcher (6:09) broke the run for Waterdogs, but Matt Campbell (8:26) restored the four-goal lead and left no doubt who would prevail on this day.

Other Stats of Note

Waterdogs: McArdle (3g, 3a); Sowers (3g, 2a); Hannah/Whitcher (1g)

Cannons: Nolting/Holman (2g, 2a); Kavanagh (2g, 1a); Donville (1g, 2a); Drenner (2g); van Raaphorst (1 2-pt g); Campbell (1g)

Zach Currier (Waterdogs): 22 of 23 on faceoffs; 21 Ground Balls (led all players)

Colin Kirst (Cannons): 16 saves

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“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk was formally introduced to box lacrosse when he attended a New England Black Wolves game on a whim in 2016. Instantly hooked, he has since become an avid follower of the National Lacrosse League. Following the postponement of the 2019-2020 NLL season, he was offered the chance to share his wealth of statistical knowledge and unique insights with the lacrosse community at large. He cheerfully accepted, and covers NLL, PLL, WLA, and Major Series Lacrosse for the network.