Thunder searches for missing offense

January 10, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Dave Pietramala helped some, but not enough.

Pietramala, signed by the Thunder to plug the Major Indoor Lacrosse League's leakiest defense, debuted Saturday night, and the Thunder yielded fewer than the 18 goals opponents averaged last season.

But the Detroit Turbos dominated the second half of the season opener while the Thunder offense disappeared in a 15-8 Detroit victory at the Baltimore Arena.

"I don't think we executed on offense and we got away from our game plan on defense," said Pietramala, a two-time first-team All-MILL pick who came to the Thunder via the dispersal draft after the Pittsburgh Bulls folded.

"We didn't do a good job of executing at all tonight. Once we got up on them, we got away from everything we had been doing right up to that point.

"We weren't hustling to ground balls and they were getting two-on-ones and three-on-twos because we weren't hustling down the floor. We did a good job of beating ourselves tonight."

The Thunder gave up five goals in each of last two quarters while enduring a 25-minute second-half scoring drought.

"We just got away from anything and everything that we should have been doing out there," said Thunder first-year coach Skip Lichtfuss.

"In this league, when the wheels come off the cart, there's not a whole lot you can do about it. We were flat coming out in the second half and they took advantage of every mistake we made."

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