7/2/10 12:00 AM
Toronto, Ontario - July 2nd, 2010- Toronto Nationals proved that they were the Major League Lacrosse 2009 reigning Champions in their Canada Day Game against the Boston Cannons. The Toronto Nationals increase their winning streak to three at Lamport Stadium in Toronto. Toronto National’s Jordan Hall was named Bud Light MVP for his 2 goal and 1 assist night for the home team.
The game started with the defenses unable to stop the opposing offenses. The Cannons started the game with the first 2 offensive possessions and took an early 2-0 lead. The Nationals had the next 3 possessions and kept the offensive streak going, taking a 3-2 lead half way through the quarter. Corey Small of the Nationals scored one of his two goals to make for his 8th goal in 3 games. Nationals’ Mark Steenhuis ended the first quarter scoring, notching a goal with 56 seconds to go to give Toronto a 4-3 lead after 1 quarter of play.
Toronto’s Geoff Snider took the 2nd quarter opening face-off down the field and scored seven seconds into the quarter. Brett Bucktooth answered back to the Cannons by scoring his first goal of the game assisted by John Grant Jr. to increase the lead to 7-4. The teams traded the next 3 goals until the Cannons rattled off 4 points in a row. Toronto ended a high scoring first half as the teams went into the half tied at 9-9.
Third quarter was back to back with Toronto Nationals battling the Cannons to take the lead. Kevin Huntley, Brett Bucktooth, Mark Steenhuis, Craig Point and Jordan Hall each scored to end the third with a 13-12 for Boston going into the fourth.
The Nationals opened the fourth quarter scoring off a Cannons turnover to tie the score at 13. Neither team could find the back of the net over the next ten plus minutes. Brett Queener made several great saves to keep the score tied at 13-13. Jordan Hall scored with 3:58 remaining to give the Nationals a 14-13 lead. Billings put Toronto up by 2 with just over 3 minutes to go in the game. The Cannons offense could not get another shot on goal as they were held scoreless in the 4th and fell 15-13 ending Boston’s winning streak and increasing the Nationals’ streak to three.
Toronto Nationals welcome the Denver Outlaws back to Lamport Stadium in Toronto next Saturday, July 10th when the Nationals look for their fourth win in a row. Tickets are still available starting at $16.95 with game day packages starting at $20 for kids and $25 for adults. Come celebrate Canada’s National Sport with the Toronto Nationals and special guests!
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