Blaze Narrowly Defeated by Cannons 

In their second game, the Atlanta Blaze were edged by the Boston Cannons in a 13-12 loss. As implied by the score, the Blaze had almost no trouble on offense. The attackers executed their assignments almost perfectly, and they remained consistent the entire game. The Cannons, however, responded with an unrelenting offensive attack that ultimately proved to be too strong for the Blaze defense. Although the defense has quite a lot of room for improvement, they did a great job keeping up with the pace of the Cannons offense until the end of the third quarter. After a stalemate at a score of 8-8 persisted for a few minutes, the defense began to collapse. By the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Cannons took a 13-9 lead. The Blaze offense refused to surrender, cutting the deficit to one point before time expired with a final score of 13-12. Although it is disappointing that the Blaze are winless in their first two games, they are performing surprisingly well for a new team. Their first game (a 16-13 loss to the Chesapeake Bayhawks) was also a very close and competitive games. It is also noteworthy that both Boston and Chesapeake are among the most experienced clubs in Major League Lacrosse. It is already clear, therefore, that the Blaze can at least compete with every other team in the league. Even though an 0-2 start to the season does not seem appealing on the surface, it already appears that the Blaze have a bright future ahead. I am definitely looking forward to the rest of the season!

What is your opinion of the Blaze’s performance so far? Are you also encouraged by the first two games? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section!

Photo credits: http://www.oursportscentral.com

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