After an exciting final week of the regular season, the four-team field has been set for the 2011 Sports Authority Major League Lacrosse Championship Weekend, which will be held at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on August 27 and 28.
By means of their 9-3 regular season record, the Boston Cannons have secured the top overall seed and will face the fourth-seeded and defending MLL champion Chesapeake Bayhawks in the first semi-final at 12 p.m. In the second semi-final, the second-seeded Denver Outlaws will play the Hamilton Nationals, who hold the third seed in this year’s MLL Championship Weekend.
Led by midfielder Paul Rabil, the Cannons will enter the postseason with a three-game winning streak after earning a 16-15 overtime victory over the Nationals on Saturday night at Harvard Stadium. Rabil, who finished the season as the league’s leading scorer with 50 points, scored three goals, including a two-point goal, with two assists in the victory on Saturday night. Meanwhile, midfielder Brad Ross gave Boston the win when he scored just 27 seconds into the extra session.
The Cannons, who have never won a MLL title, will be the top seed for the second straight season. They dropped a 13-9 decision against the Bayhawks in last year’s semi-final matchup.
With a 15-9 victory over the Bayhawks on Saturday night, the Outlaws finished the regular season with back-to-back victories to earn their sixth straight winning season. Attackman Brendan Mundorf, who finished the season ranked third in the MLL with 45 points, tallied five goals with three assists as the Outlaws sprinted out to a commanding 13-1 lead to avenge an earlier season loss to the Bayhawks at INVESCO Field at Mile High.
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