BOSTON, Aug. 22, 2004 -- Ryan Boyle, B.J. Prager and Matt Striebel each scored goals to help the Philadelphia Barrage to a 13-11 win over the Boston Cannons for the Major League Lacrosse championship. The title was the culmination of a huge turaround for the Barrage, who went 1-11 a year ago in Bridgeport and began this season 2-5 before winning their final seven games. Greg Cattrano was named the MVP of the championship game after a 19-save performance. Boyle was named the MLL Rookie of the Year after finishing second in the league in assists despite missing the first third of the season while helping Princeton to the Final Four last spring. Boyle, who was slowed by a hip pointer in the championship game, had 28 assists during the regular season.
Best Whaler ever
Two long-time Connecticut columnists remembered former Whaler Ron Francis who quiety retired in October 2005.
Jeff Jacobs, Hartford Courant: “Francis began his career at 18 as the Whalers' consolation prize. He ended it at 42 as the most underrated player in hockey history. Francis was the total player. He was a great faceoff man. He threw pillow soft passes with his forehand or backhand. He had a mediocre shot and still scored 500 goals. He was a premier defensive forward, a Selke Trophy winner. He could withstand punishment
and maintain his balance without being punished himself.”
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