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Barrage Upset Cannons 15-14
Philadelphia Upset Boston's Undefeated season by Deafeating Them 15-14 on Their Home Field

Thursday, June 30, 2005

By Erin Vosburgh
Philadelphia Barrage Correspondent

The Philadelphia Barrage of Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier outdoor lacrosse league, crushed the Cannons hopes of retaining their undefeated season. The Barrage came into this game 1-4 in the league, already losing once to the Cannons already.

The Barrage came out motivated and it never stopped. Even with the game was tied, the Barrage kept their focus and came out on top. The Bug Light MVP was Brian Dougherty for his excellent performance in goal.

During the first quarter the Barrage defense managed to keep the Cannons scoreless. Ryan Boyle (A) scored the first and only goal for Philadelphia at 2:18. The score at the end of the first was Philadelphia 1, Boston 0.

Philadelphia went 2-4 in face offs and Boston went 2-4 in face offs. Brian Dougherty (G), in his first game back after missing the last two due to a broken thumb, recorded five saves on five shots. Boston’s goalie Chris Garrity recorded three saves on four shots.

Philadelphia came out strong in the second quarter scoring three goals in a row. The goals were scored by Doug Knight (A) on an assist by Andrew Wasik (M), Boyle with a dive shot from around the net and an unassisted goal by Michael Springer (A). Chris Rotelli broke the Barrage’s scoring streak with his unassisted goal at 5:31. Doug Shanahan (M) scored at unassisted goal at 5:06 for Philadelphia. Boston scored two goals within 10 seconds of each other. Mark Millon (A) scored the first at 4:40 and David Jenkins (M) scored the second at 4:30. Boyle answered back for Philadelphia, scoring his third goal of the night at 3:27. Chris Malone

(M) scored his first goal of the night for Philadelphia on a feed from Knight at 2:56. Rotelli, scoring his second goal of the night, ended the Barrage’s two-goal streak at 2:12. But Knight answered back for Philadelphia scoring his second goal of the night off a feed from Matt Striebel (M) with 54 seconds remaining. The Barrage ended the first half leading the Cannons 8 to 4. Philadelphia went 3-10 on face offs and Boston went 7-10. Dougherty recorded five saves on nine shots for Philadelphia.

Garrity recorded three saves on 10 shots for Boston.

Philadelphia got off to a slow start in the third allowing Boston to score three goals in a row. Those goals were scored by Paul Gillette (M) at 13:07, Jenkins at 12:49 and Chris Fiore (M) at 9:54. Malone scored his second of the night and the first goal of the quarter for Philadelphia, breaking Boston scoring streak at 8:23. Kevin Leveille (M) answered back for the Cannons, scoring his first of the night at 7:31. Philadelphia came alive in the end of the quarter with a goal scored by Michael Mollot (M) with 34 seconds left and one scored by Striebel with only three seconds remaining. At the end of the third, Philadelphia was leading Boston 11 to 8. Philadelphia went 2-12 on face offs and Boston went 6-22. Dougherty recorded eight saves on 12 shots for Philadelphia and Garrity recorded no saves on three shots.

Boyle opened up the fourth quarter by scoring his fourth goal of the night for Philadelphia at 14:21. The Cannons answered back with a goal scored by Fiore at 11:35. Philadelphia’s Boyle scored his fifth goal of the night at 8:46. Rotelli scored the next goal for the Cannons, putting them up to 11.

Rotelli then scored a two-point goal to tie the game at 13 at 3:12. Bobby Horsey (M) scored his first goal of the night at 2:56 off a feed from Knight for the Barrage and giving them a one-goal lead. Mike Battista (M) scored at 1:04 off a turnover by the Barrage to tie the game at 14.

Dougherty made a huge save with until 30 seconds to go putting the Barrage on the attack and allowing Springer to score the game winning goal for the Barrage with 12 seconds left off a feed from Striebel. The Barrage win the game with a final score of the Barrage 15, the Cannons 14. Philadelphia went 4-10 in face offs in the fourth and 11-32 overall. The Cannons went 6-10 in face offs in the fourth and 21-32 overall. Dougherty had four saves on 10 shots in the fourth and made 22 saves on 36 shots. Garrity made two saves on six shots in the fourth and made eight saves on 23 shots overall.

Philadelphia leaders were Ryan Boyle with six points (5G, 1A), Doug Knight with five points (2G, 3A) and Matt Striebel with four points (1G, 3A).

Boston leaders were Chris Rotelli with six points (4G, 1 2ptG, 1A), Mark Millon with two points (2G) and Chris Fiore with two points (2G).

The Barrage see game action again on July 9 against the Rochester Rattlers at 7:30 p.m. at Bishop Kearney Field. The Barrage return home to Villanova on Thursday, July 14 against the Rochester Rattlers at 7:30 p.m. Tickers are still available by calling the Barrage ticket office at (610) 355-8999 or by visiting

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