Dallas Closes It Out On the Upside 9/25/19

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Tom Coyne, Correspondent Dallas Rattlers
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On Saturday September 21, the Dallas Rattlers (7-9) played their final game of the 2019 MLL regular season. Their opponent the Boston Cannons (9-7) could have clinched the top-seed in the upcoming playoffs with a win over Dallas who had already been eliminated from contention. The Cannons hosted the Rattlers at Veteran Memorial Stadium in Quincy, MA, in front of 5,025 fans. This was the Rattlers third consecutive one goal contest the only difference, in the prior two they had lost costing them their chance at the playoffs.  Unfortunately for the Boston fans their Cannons would not get the victory or the top-seed losing to Dallas by a score of 16-15.

The Rattlers got off to a quick start when native Texan Bryce Wasserman (3G) scored unassisted at the 1:01 mark in the first quarter giving Dallas the early lead 1-0. The tall Texan, Wasserman would pick up another hat-trick for the season scoring twice more putting him No. 9 in the standings for MLL points’ leaders with 48 (36G, 12A) on the regular season.  The first quarter would end with Dallas up 5-4, though Boston would go into halftime with an 11-10 lead.

Unfortunately for Boston and their fans the Rattlers would outscore the Cannons in the second half of the contest 6-4 giving Dallas the victory 16-15 and spoiling the Cannons hopes of sitting on top of the seeding in the playoffs.

A big reason for the Rattlers win was the big man, goalkeeper from East Islip, Long Island, Sean Sconone (39 SOG, 24SV, 15GA) whose been leading the charge for the Rattlers in this his rookie season.  It’s earned him a shot at becoming the first rookie net-minder to earn the Warriors Goalie of the Year award since fellow Long Islander, “The Cat”, Greg Cattrano, a Ward Melville H.S. alum won it in the MLL’s inaugural season in 2001 when every player was a “rookie”. The MLL Honors will be announced on October 5, at Union Station in Denver, CO. It will be live streamed on majorleaguelacrosse.com

Sconone’s two fellow finalists are Chris Madalon of the Atlanta Blaze (8-9); and Dillon Ward of the Denver Outlaws (9-7). The MLL Honors will be presented by New Balance.

NEXT UP:

We’ll be there covering all the action on Championship Weekend including the MLL Honors on Saturday October 5.

Here’s what’s coming up starting October 4, 2019.  The Boston Cannons (9-7) will go up against the leagues’ No. 2 Seed team the Denver Outlaws (9-7) who will benefit from basically being the “home” team.  The leagues’ No. 1 Seed team, the Chesapeake Bayhawks (10-6) will take on the No. 4 Seed Atlanta Blaze (8-9).

Both games will be played at the University of Denver’s Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium, action starts at 7:00 p.m. EST; and the second game is slated to air at 10:00 p.m. EST.  The games will be broadcast on ESPNews.

The Championship game will take place at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO on Sunday October 6 and will air on ESPN2 at 1:00 p.m. EST.

Keep on Laxin’

Tom Coyne, Correspondent Dallas Rattlers
Lacrosse is Awesome©

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