Boyle Adds Another MLL Title To His Resume
The Boston Cannons' first Major League Lacrosse championship was nothing new for Ryan Boyle, a 2004 Princeton graduate.
Boyle had two goals and four assists on MLL's championship weekend, helping the Cannons - a charter franchise who has competed in each of the league's 11 seasons - to their first title.
While the Cannons held the Steinfeld Cup for the first time, Boyle is well-aquainted for the trophy, named after league founder Jake Steinfeld. The 2011 championship was the fourth in the league for Boyle, who won three times with the defunct Philadelphia Barrage.
The Cannons came perilously close to overtime in their 14-13 semifinal win over the Chesapeake Bayhawks before Boyle did what he does best - set up a big goal.
Boston led 13-10 before the Bayhawks ralied on a two-point goal from Kyle Dixon and then the game-tying goal from Ben Hunt with 37 seconds left. Chesapeake won the face-off before turning it over with 12 seconds to go, and just when it looked like the last possession would come up empty, a heavily defended Boyle flipped the ball to Max Quinzani in front for the winning goal, which came with 1.2 seconds to play.
Boyle then had a team-best four points (1G, 3A) in the championship game.
For Boyle, it was the seventh major championship of his Hall-of-Fame career, including the 2001 NCAA championship at Princeton and two world championships to go along with the four MLL titles.
Unlike the previous six, Boyle won this championship without Matt Striebel, the 2001 Princeton grad who had been Boyle's teammate at Princeton, with the Barrage and on the U.S. National Team.