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Hounds beat Cannons for 1st time, remain in MLL playoff picture

By Bill Kiser
Correspondent
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    John Haus (26) celebrates with teammate Justin Ward (15) of the Charlotte Hounds after scoring an unassisted goal against the Boston Cannons during Saturday's game at American Legion Memorial Stadium.
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - JUNE 28: Chris Eck #24 of the Boston Cannons wins a faceoff against Geoff Snider #17 of the Charlotte Hounds during their game at American Legion Memorial Stadium on June 28, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - JUNE 28: Brendan Porter #3 of the Boston Cannons defends Matt Danowski #40 of the Charlotte Hounds during their game at American Legion Memorial Stadium on June 28, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - JUNE 28: Brent Adams #28 and Stephen Berger #10 of the Boston Cannons knock Henry Lobb #77 of the Charlotte Hounds out of bounds during their game at American Legion Memorial Stadium on June 28, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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    CHARLOTTE, NC - JUNE 28: Jake Tripucka #7 of the Charlotte Hounds intercepts a pass intended for Brendan Porter #3 of the Boston Cannons during their game at American Legion Memorial Stadium on June 28, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte defeated Boston 15-12. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The Charlotte Hounds needed a little inspiration and a lot of goals heading into the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Major League Lacrosse match against the Boston Cannons.

The Hounds found both, rallying from a three-point deficit in the final period to beat the Cannons 15-12 at Memorial Stadium and keep their MLL playoff hopes alive.

John Haus scored two of his three goals in the fourth quarter, and Mike Sawyer's 2-pointer kicked off a five-point run, putting Charlotte (4-5) ahead to stay and ended its five-game losing streak against Boston (4-5).

“It feels great right now,” Haus said. “Adam Ghitelman came to our huddle at the beginning of the fourth quarter and said ‘This is it for us, guys – if we want to go to the playoffs, we've got to buckle down right now. Either that, or we can throw in the towel right now.'

“Everybody responded really well to that, and it kinda put us over the top in the fourth quarter.”

With the score tied 5-5 at the half, the Cannons responded with four unanswered goals to take command of the game after Mike Chanenchuk’s goal with 8:43 left gave the Hounds their first lead since the opening minutes of the first quarter.

“This was going to make or break our season – we just needed to get together as a group and realize that,” said Ghitelman, who had 19 saves in goal for Charlotte. “We responded as well as any team I've seen. They got to us in that third quarter, but we bounced back in that fourth.”

Down 9-6, Sawyer’s second 2-pointer of the season with 13:08 left cut the Cannons’ lead down to a point. Haus scored 72 seconds later to tie the game, and Sawyer added another goal to put the Hounds on top for good.

Charlotte went on to outscore Boston 9-3 in the fourth quarter, with six different players scoring goals – Sawyer and Haus with two each, and Chanenchuk, Justin Ward, Matt Danowski and Geoff Snider each netting one.

“Nine goals was big, but we had balanced scoring throughout the game,” Hounds coach Mike Cerino said. “A lot of guys finished with two or three goals, and Adam Ghitelman gave us a great effort in the goal.”

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