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Cannons edge Nationals for Major League Lacrosse title

The Canadian Press

8/28/2011 5:54:54 PM

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Casey Powell scored three times in the second half as part of the Hamilton Nationals' failed rally and the Boston Cannons hung on to win the Major League Lacrosse championship 10-9 on Sunday.

Matt Poskay had a hat trick for Boston, while Pat Heim had a pair of goals. Mike Stone, Kevin Buchanan, Ryan Boyle, Matthew Smalley and Brad Ross rounded out the attack for the Cannons.

Powell totalled four goals for Hamilton, while Cody Jamieson struck twice. Rookie of the Year Jeremy Boltus, Brodie Merrill and Kevin Crowley added singles for the Nationals.

It was Powell that kept Hamilton within striking distance with two goals in the third, helping keep the score within reach at 8-6 by the end of the quarter.

The Nationals came to life in the fourth as Powell cut the lead to one at 8-7.

Boston broke a 17-minute scoreless drought with a goal by Heim at 10:41. Merrill, the Defensive Player of the Year, provided some offence at 11:12 of the fourth to make it 9-8.

Buchanan made it 10-8 for Boston with 3:03 to play.

Jamieson cut the deficit to one with 31.7 seconds remaining with a drive from the right wing.

Hamilton stole the ball from league MVP Paul Rabil, but did not have time to set up a play.

Scott Rodgers made 16 saves in the first two quarters for Hamilton. He was replaced by Brett Queener, who stopped four shots.

Jordan Burke stopped nine shots to earn the win for the Cannons.