Boston took a two-goal lead into the final quarter, but the Rochester Rattlers exploded for five in the fourth to down the Cannons, 16-14, in a Major League Lacrosse match Friday night in Kennesaw, Ga.
Matt Poskay completed a hat trick for the Cannons when he scored to knot it at 14 at 13:30 of the fourth, but Rochester’s Steve DeNapoli cashed in off the faceoff 10 seconds later and John Ranagan finished a hat trick of his own to provide the final margin.
Boston (1-5) got two goals and two assists from Paul Rabil and a goal and three assists from Pat Helm. Jordan Burke stopped 21 shots, nine in the third quarter.
Jordan MacIntosh tallied four goals for the Rattlers (3-3), and Matt Striebel scored a 2-point goal among his three strikes. John Galloway made 23 saves.
The Cannons offense came out hot, as Chris Eck scored twice off faceoffs in the first four minutes, including one seven seconds in. Striebel answered with a goal and his 2-pointer, but Boston held a 6-5 advantage after one.
Rabil scored a pair to open the second as Boston scored four of the first five goals, but Rochester ended the half with three straight, including back-to-back strikes by MacIntosh, to cut the Cannons’ lead to 10-9 at the break.
The teams exchanged goals in the third, but Boston stretched its advantage with a 2-pointer by Brian Farrell.
Rochester then rattled off five of the final six goals to finish off the Cannons.