8/28/11 9:00 AM
Game Notes: The Hamilton Nationals will face the Boston Cannons for the 2011 Sports Authority Major League Lacrosse Championship today at 3:00 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN 2 and ESPN3.com.
Head-to-Head: Hamilton and Boston split the regular-season series with each team collecting a win. Hamilton earned a 16-12 win in Boston on July 23rd, while Boston defeated the Nats 13-8 in Hamilton on August 6th. This is the first ever playoff meeting between the two clubs.
Hamilton Notes: The Nationals have won seven of their last nine games. In the semifinal win over Denver, Casey Powell led Hamilton with four points (1+3) in his first playoff game since 2008. Joe Walters recorded three points (2+1), while David Earl and Jordan each scored twice. Geoff Snider won 16 of 24 faceoffs and collected an assist. With the win, Walters is now in his third straight championship game. He won titles in 2008 and 2009. Brodie Merrill has the distinction of being one of only two players in MLL history to win three championships with three different teams: Baltimore, Rochester and Toronto. He will shoot for No. 4 today. Merrill and Walters were recently named to the 2011 All-MLL Team. The Nationals are 6-1 this season when playing on the road. Hamilton’s talented rookie class recorded five goals and one assist Saturday. Rookie Head Coach Regy Thorpe has his team in the MLL Finals after a 7-5 regular season.