Rattlers Still in Search of Win No. 1   7/9/19 

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Tom Coyne, Correspondent Dallas Rattlers
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Well if you are a Dallas Rattlers fan you are wondering when they will get a victory in 2019. On July 7, and six weeks into the MLL season, the Rattlers (0-6) got out to a quick lead against the visiting Boston Cannons (4-1) in front of an audience of 2,773 at the Ford Center, in Frisco.  But they would come up on the wrong end of the score board once more.  Final Score:  Cannons 15—Rattlers 11.

At the 1:23 mark, Cody Radziewicz (2G) scored his fifth goal of the season, unassisted off of a rebound from a Ryan McNamara (2G, 2A) shot that bounced off of the Cannons net minder and right to Radziewicz alone at the top of the crease.  The Cannons would tie it up a minute later on a sloppy transition by the Rattlers as an offensive middie for Dallas subbed out leaving the Cannons momentarily with the numbers advantage. The Rattlers would go ahead again at the 4:28 mark on a beauty of a diving goal by rookie Jack Jasinsky (1G), the first of his MLL career. The Rattlers would go on to outscore the Cannons 4-2 in the first frame of the game.

As it would turn out the Rattlers would keep pace with the Cannons in the third quarter with three goals apiece and were only outscored by one goal in the fourth frame 4-3.

Unfortunately it was in the second quarter that the Cannons blasted the Rattlers out of the proverbial water, outscoring Dallas 6-1; which led to their sixth loss of the season and the final score of Boston 15 Dallas 11.

The turning point of the game came in the second frame on another sloppy transition where the Rattlers who were up 5-3 at the time.  They failed to recognize and react to Boston D-pole James Fahey (one-2PtG) who came racing over the midfield stripe behind a Cannon fast-break and fired a blast from the top of the two-point arc and the games only two-pointer.  He was assisted by Mark Cockerton (3G, 1A) which knotted up the score at 5-5. The Rattlers would never have the lead again after the dagger from Fahey, which came at the 6:34 mark of the second quarter.

The high scorers for Dallas were McNamara with four points; Radziewicz with two goals; and Bryce Wasserman (2G) the Southlake native who added a couple of outstanding scores one coming from just inside the two-point arc.

Boston’s high scorers were Mark Cockerton (3G, 1A) and Will Sands (2G, 2A), each with four points; Connor O’Hara (2G, 1A); and of course Fahey who had the big two-pointer that proved to be the beginning of the end for the Rattlers and their fans who had visions of that elusive first victory of their season.

Face offs were fairly even with the Cannons Kevin Reisman (16-29 FO, 10GB) having a slight edge over the Rattlers Blake Boudreau (13-29 FO, 7GB, 1G). Boudreau scored a nice goal off of a face off win, but unfortunately for Dallas it was too little too late to change their fate.

The Goalkeeper’s faced a similar amount of shots on goal, 27 from Dallas and 26 from Boston with the advantage going to Boston’s keeper Nicholas Marrocco (27 SOG, 16SV, 11GA) over the Rattlers net-minder Christian Carson-Banister (25 SOG, 11SV, 15GA).

NEXT UP:

Boston’s (4-1) next game is part of an MLL “matinee” double-header on Thursday July 11, at 12:00 p.m. EST when they will be away against the struggling New York Lizards (1-5) in Hempstead, NY.

The Rattlers (0-6) will be hosting the Chesapeake Bayhawks (3-2) on Sunday July 14 at 4:00 p.m. EST and you catch that game on www.majorleaguelacrosse.com If they can manage a victory they could still possibly salvage their season.

Keep on Laxin’!

Tom Coyne, Correspondent Dallas Rattlers
Lacrosse is Awesome©

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