Saints top Thunder, 17-16, stay in playoff contention Seremet scores winner 1: 18 into extra period

March 29, 1998|By Jason Kirell | Jason Kirell,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- In the end, the Saints were just more desperate.

Although the Thunder was just one win from clinching a playoff berth, its opponent, New York, needed a win to avoid calling it a season. And after some anxious moments, it was the Saints who moved a step closer to the goal of the postseason last night, beating Baltimore, 17-16, in overtime.

The loss, which drops the Thunder to 6-4, came before the largest crowd of the season for the Saints (9,253). Unfortunately for Baltimore, most of them went home happy after Eric Seremet scored his third of the game, 1: 18 into the extra session.

The game-winner came when Seremet streaked down the right side and unleashed a low, whipping shot which snuck past Baltimore netminder Shayne Twomey down low. On the positive side for the Thunder was the accomplishment of Gary Gait, who tied the National Lacrosse League's single-season scoring mark by scoring his 46th goal.

The Saints' Mark Millon, however, scored seven goals and kept New York's hopes alive, both in the game and for the playoffs.

Derek Collins started in net for the Thunder but was rudely greeted by Saints forward Seremet, who netted a wrap-around goal just 43 seconds into the game. It wouldn't get any prettier as a Randy Fraser blast made it 2-0 39 seconds after the Seremet goal.

The NLL's leading scorer, Gait, was held in check early but closed out the half by scoring two goals late in the second quarter.

Thunder .3 4 5 4 0 -- 16

New York 7 3 3 3 1 -- 17

Pub Date: 3/29/98

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