Eduardo Curros – Field reporter for All Lacrosse All The Time.
Week seven of the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) saw the Cannons (3-3) square off against the Redwoods (4-2), with both teams vying for the upper portion of the standings.
The goalie match-up had Colin Kirst for the Cannons facing Jack Kelly for the Redwoods.
Although the Cannons started slow, from the second quarter onward they owned this game, winning handily 16-10.
Marcus Holman (4g,3a) led the way, with Matt Kavanagh (2g,3a), Chris Aslanian (3g,1a) and Asher Nolting (3g,1a) playing big roles in this game.
To The Game:
The Cannons took an early lead with Jeff Trainor beating Jack Kelly at 2:46, but Cole Kirst answered off a Charlie Bertrand pass at 5:43. The Redwoods would take the lead off a Rob Pannell blast at 6:00, which was his 300th career goal.
Wes Berg then converted a Cole Kirst pass 6:23. Matt Kavanagh replied for the Cannons before the end of the quarter to narrow the gap to two goals.
After one quarter, Redwoods 3 Cannons 2.
The Cannons erupted in the second quarter with a five goal run to flip the script on this game.
Matt Campbell opened the scoring at 1:20, followed by Chris Aslanian converting a Matt Kavanagh pass at 2:23. Marcus Holman also finished a Kavanagh feed at 4:31, followed by Jonathan Donville with a marker off an Asher Nolting pass at 5:36. Chris Aslanian scored his second of the quarter converting a Matt Campbell pass at 6:52.
Cole Kirst added one for the Redwoods off a Kevin Rogers feed.
At the half, Cannons 7 Redwoods 4.
The second half kicked off with one of the most exciting quarters in recent lacrosse memory. Eleven different goals from eight different players had fans on the edge of their seats.
Kevin Rogers opened the scoring for the Redwoods off a Ryder Garnsey pass at 0:29 seconds, but Marcus Holman blasted a shot past Jack Kelly at 1:41. Matt Kavanagh got on the scoresheet for the Cannons converting a Holman pass at 3:02 to make the score 9-5 in favor of the Cannons.
Wes Berg finished a Nakeie Montgomery feed at 3:26, followed by Ryder Garnsey also converting a Montgomery feed just 0:23 seconds later. Cole Kirst brought the game within one goal finishing a feed from Rob Pannell at 4:22.
Marcus Holman gave the Cannons a bit of breathing room converting a Chris Aslanian pass at 7:40, but Wes Berg was Johnny on the spot grabbing a rebound and making no mistake at 9:36.
Asher Nolting flexed with Marcus Holman after a beauty of a goal at 9:57, followed by Chris Aslanian scoring again with just one minute left in the quarter.
After three quarters, Cannons 12 Redwoods 9.
The fourth quarter the Cannons took charge scoring four times before the Redwoods would get on the board again.
Marcus Holman converted a Jonathan Donville pass at 1:19, followed by two from Asher Nolting. His first a blast at 5:17, followed by scoring off a Pat Aslanian feed at 8:11. Jonathan Donville finishing a Matt Kavanagh pass making the score 16-9 for the Cannons.
Ryder Garnsey scored once more for the Redwoods finishing a Wes Berg pass at 11:18.
Final score, Cannons 16 Redwoods 10.
- Sergio Perkovic and Julius Heningburg were absent from the score sheet.
- TD Ierlan was masterful on faceoffs winning 29 of 30 (96.7%).
- Congratulations Rob Pannell on scoring his 300th career goal.
- Congratulations to Matt Kavanagh on his 100th career assist in this game.
The Three Stars:
1. Marcus Holman
2. Wes Berg
3. Matt Kavanagh
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