Entering the Boston Cannons’ matchup Saturday night with the Denver Outlaws, attacker Ryan Boyle opted not to think about his pursuit of the Major League Lacrosse all-time points record. Instead, his focus was centered on helping his team to its first victory of the season.
With 7:42 remaining in the first half at Harvard Stadium, Boyle scratched the record out of his mind for good.
Midfielder Colin Briggs buried his teammate’s cross-feed, and Boyle earned his 400th career point, becoming the first player in MLL history to reach that plateau. The assist was his second of the game. His first tied Casey Powell’s mark.
“It means I’ve been around awhile and played [with] a lot of great players,” Boyle said. “I’m honored to be in this league, it’s a privilege not a right and some of the guys are not [only] some of the best players of all time, but the best people I’ve met in my life.’’
Despite getting the milestone, Boyle and the Cannons fell to the Outlaws, 14-10.
The Cannons dropped to 0-3 and will look to regroup at Harvard Stadium against the defending MLL champion Chesapeake Bayhawks (3-0) next Saturday before going on a three-game road trip.
“The character of the team is really going to show this week,” Cannons coach Steve Duffy said. “We’re 0-3, but we’re going to try and be 1-3 by the end of the week.”
The Cannons trailed, 11-10, entering the final 15 minutes and had their chances as Denver took three one-minute penalties in the fourth quarter. But the Cannons mustered just six shots in the entire quarter to squander the opportunities.
Drew Snider, who tormented the Cannons with five goals, scored 1:10 into the fourth quarter to make it 12-10. He scored another with just 2:36 remaining, and Brendan Mundorf sealed it with 1:38 on the clock.
Trailing, 9-6, at halftime, the Cannons came out sharp in the third quarter. Michael Stone scored to make it 9-7, and Matt Poskay (hat trick) added consecutive goals to knot the score at 9.
Denver (3-0) countered with Zack Greer (four goals) scoring twice, his second on a shot behind his head that surprised goalie Mike Gabel (11 saves).
Kyle Sweeney scored for the Cannons with just 3.4 seconds left in the quarter to pull his team within one, but that proved their last spark.
The Cannons struggled to find a rhythm early and Denver cruised to a 5-2 lead, which stretched to 7-2 in the second quarter.
Briggs’s score cut the deficit to 7-3, and Poskay corralled a rebound and zipped it into the empty cage.
Greer and Paul Rabil traded goals, and Anthony Kelly scored to make it 9-5. But before the half ended, Briggs found the back of the cage.