Maryland Falls to 0-2 After Loss To Boston

The Maryland Whipsnakes came into Charlotte off a 17-13 loss to the New York Atlas in Week 1. Maryland would match up against the Boston Cannons, who also lost to Atlas in Week 1. Both teams looking to keep pace in the Eastern Conference in the early part of the 2024 season. Maryland took a 6-4 lead into the half, but Boston kept the Whipsnakes scoreless for over 20 minutes in the second half, coming back to win 13-9. The Cannons are now 1-1, while the Whipsnakes fall to 0-2. It doesn’t get any easier for Maryland, as they face the Philadelphia Waterdogs in Week 3, the Atlas again in Week 4, and the defending champion Utah Archers in Week 5.

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Malone, Williams put Maryland in front at the half

Asher Nolting, who had six assists in the game, found Marcus Holman to get Boston on the board first. Zed Williams scored 22 seconds later for the Whipsnakes, before goals from Pat Kavanagh and Nolting made it 3-1 Cannons. Maryland kicked it up a gear, going on a four-goal run into the second quarter. Colin Heacock, Matt Rambo, Williams, and TJ Malone all found the back of the net to turn a two-goal deficit into a two-goal lead. Holman broke the run with his second goal of the game, but Malone responded with his second goal to make it 6-4 going into halftime.

Cannons rally in second half while shutting Whipsnakes down

Unfortunately for the Whipsnakes, the offense all but disappeared in the second half, going scoreless for over 20 minutes. Boston got a goal and a 2-point goal from Holman in the third quarter, along with goals from Matt Campbell and Alexander Vardaro. Nolting assisted on three of those goals as the Cannons took a 9-6 lead into the fourth quarter. Boston extended their lead to 13-6 with four more goals in the final frame. Pat Kavanagh and Matt Campbell both scored their second goal of the game, and Nolting assisted on both of Ryan Drenner’s goals. Keegan Khan finally broke the nine-point run with just over three minutes left in the game. Jackson Morrill and Rambo would pull Maryland to 13-9, but time would run out on their comeback attempt.

Cannons goalie Colin Kirst and Whipsnakes goalie Brendan Krebs both finished with 14 saves in the game. Joe Nardella was his usual efficient self for Maryland, going 14 of 23 on faceoffs and scooping up 13 Ground Balls to lead all players. The Boston defense stepped up, holding Whipsnakes midfielders Garrett Leadmon and Mike Chanenchuk without a point. The road ahead for Cannons is nearly as tough as the one for Maryland: the Cannons play Philadelphia in Week 3 and Utah in Week 4, before their Homecoming weekend in Week 5 where they play California and Philadelphia a second time.

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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