Bayhawks shut down Cannons, 15-7

Cattrano, defense shine

Millon has 4 goals, assist


July 05, 2002|By Jeff Zrebiec. | Jeff Zrebiec.,SUN STAFF

After the game, the Bayhawks contended that the presence of former coach Brian Voelker in the other team's lineup provided no extra motivation, and that facing him wasn't even mentioned during the week.

Regardless, the Bayhawks did yesterday what they struggled to do at times last season under Voelker: They played near-perfect defense and put a team away when they had the opportunity.

Thanks in large part to goalie Greg Cattrano, the Bayhawks forced the Boston Cannons into two long scoring droughts as they ended a two-game losing streak with a 15-7, non-divisional victory in front of 3,307 sun-drenched fans at Ravens Stadium.

"Once the game started, a lot of the extracurricular stuff went out the window," said Voelker, a defenseman who resigned as the Bayhawks' head coach just before the start of this season because of differences with management. He later was assigned to the Cannons.

"You both want to win, and their guys ran right down our throats."

The Bayhawks (5-2) got four goals and an assist from the league's leading scorer, Mark Millon, and three goals and an assist each from attackman Tom Marechek, whom Voelker primarily covered, and player-coach Gary Gait.

However, in a contest that started with the temperature hovering around 102, nobody was any hotter than Cattrano, who was the game's MVP with 19 saves.

The Bayhawks had given up 37 goals in their previous two games, and were playing without their best defender, Rob Doerr. Another starter, Hugh Donovan, played on a gimpy ankle.

No matter, the Bayhawks' defense, relying heavily on Shawn Nadelen and Dave Daniecki and getting the usual contributions from Donovan, Brian Reese and Matt Dwan, dominated Boston.

It held the Cannons' offense scoreless for a 17-minute stretch in the first half and for 26 1/2 minutes of the second half. Overall, the Cannons (2-3) were held to just one goal in the second half.

"We have the guys - no matter who's out there - to get the job done," Cattrano said. "We focused on communication and getting the slides down; that's what we lacked in the last game."

The Cannons' John Madigan scored at the 11:23 mark of the third period to cut the Bayhawks' lead to 8-7. Then Marechek scored, Millon fed Jeff Sonke for a goal before scoring one himself, and Marechek closed the quarter with an extra-man goal that gave the Bayhawks a 12-7 lead.

Millon, Sonke and Gait scored in the fourth to close it out.

"It was a great team effort, what we have been focusing on - gelling as a team and finding our roles," Gait said. "We maintained our possession and played our game plan all the way through."

NOTE: Doerr, a former Johns Hopkins standout and last season's Major League Lacrosse Defender of the Year, will not play for the Bayhawks again this year because of commitments with the New York Police Academy.

Boston 4 2 1 0 - 7

Bayhawks 2 5 5 3 - 15

Goals: Boston - Evans 2, Kuczma, Madigan, Rothfuss; Bayhawks - Millon 4, Marechek 3, Gait 3, Sonke 2, Radebaugh, Collins, Nadelen. 2-point goals: Boston - Regan. Assists: Boston -Battista; Bayhawks -Blatchley 3, Gait, Millon, Sims, Cantabene, Marechek, Sonke. Saves: Boston -Cynar 9, O'Brien 0; Bayhawks -Cattrano 19, McGeeney 1.

Next for Bayhawks

Opponent: Boston Cannons

Site: Cawley Memorial Stadium, Lowell, Mass.

When: Tomorrow, 7 p.m.

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