Rabil’s Ejection at Chesapeake

Paul Rabil will be back in action this Saturday after being ejected in the first quarter of last week's game vs. Chesapeake

The Cannons have hit a recent slide in their past two games losing to the Long Island Lizards and the Chesapeake Bayhawks in back to back away games after winning their first two games of the season. Adding to the frustration of losing their first game of the season was the adversity faced when having to play almost the entirety of Friday night’s game without star midfielder Paul Rabil.

About seven minutes into the first quarter against the Chesapeake Bayhawks, Rabil was ejected after receiving a three minute unreleasable unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for throwing a punch at a Chesapeake defender. A crushing blow to the Cannons offensive spark and size, they were forced to battle a talented Bayhawks team who took advantage of the Cannon’s key loss.

What transpired between Rabil and Bayhawks defender Michael Evans, former college teammates at Johns Hopkins, has been described as a retaliation after the play. Rabil took a shot that was originally blocked, and was rushed at by Evans after he released the ball, causing Rabil to physically retaliate and hit Evans in the face, earning him the penalty and ejection.

Rabil was fined by the league for his actions in last week’s game, but is eligible and expected to play this Saturday against the Denver Outlaws who are currently tied for first place with a record of 3 wins and 1 loss. However, that one loss came at the hands of the Cannons on opening night in Boston, so hopefully Rabil can bounce back and lead them to another much needed win against a tough opponent and begin Boston’s climb back to the top of the league standings.

The Cannons play against the Denver Outlaws this Saturday, June 12 at 3:00 PM at Harvard Stadium

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