Bayhawks remember how to beat Boston, 18-9

Cattrano's 20 saves spark another win over Cannons


July 07, 2002|By Mike Scandura | Mike Scandura,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LOWELL, Mass. - Bayhawks goalie Greg Cattrano doesn't suffer from amnesia. But his memory isn't as sharp as it could be - which isn't all that bad.

After giving up three goals during the first 4 minutes, 40 seconds of last night's Major League Lacrosse game against the Boston Cannons, Cattrano threw up a brick wall, securing the Bayhawks' second win over the Cannons in three days - this time by a score of 18-9.

"For me, I have a really bad short-term memory," Cattrano said after a 20-save performance. "After they score goals, I forget about it. I'm thinking the score's 0-0, even when we're up by 10. There's a lot of time left."

It's an unusual trait, but it seems to work.

After allowing 22 goals last Sunday in a 22-17 defeat at New Jersey, Cattrano made 19 saves Thursday in a 15-7 home win over Boston. If that didn't leave Boston coach Scott Hiller exasperated, Cattrano's performance last night did.

"The saves he makes are back-breakers," Hiller said. "In the third quarter, when the game really turned around, we had some great opportunities and he saved it every single time."

Attack Tom Marechek and midfielder Josh Sims had little trouble scoring against backup Cannons goalie Kevin O'Brien, who made his first MLL start in place of the injured Bill Daye. Marechek finished with five goals, and Sims had four, two from beyond the 15-yard arc. Baltimore native Michael Watson paced the Cannons with four goals and an assist.

Just like on Thursday, the Bayhawks awoke in the third quarter, outscoring Boston 6-1. The splurge lifted the Bayhawks from a 7-6 halftime deficit to a 12-8 lead heading into the final quarter.

Up 10-8, the Bayhawks capped the run after Boston's Mike Battista and Tim Byrnes each were assessed 60-second penalties for illegal checks. Jarred Testa made Boston pay for those indiscretions when he scored at 13:25, and Jeff Wills added a goal seven seconds later.

The Cannons began the game quickly, as Conor Gill, David Evans and Watson scored against Cattrano.

The Bayhawks regrouped behind Cattrano and player-coach Gary Gait, whose score sparked the Bayhawks to a 5-3 lead. After Rob Shek scored unassisted at 7:54, Sims followed with his initial two-point goal.

But Boston regained momentum as Gill scored on a fast break, and after Marechek beat O'Brien on an extra-man feed from Gait for a 6-4 lead, the Cannons reeled off three unanswered goals for a 7-6 edge at halftime.

Bayhawks 5 1 6 6 - 18

Boston 3 4 1 1 - 9

Goals: BA-Marechek 5, Gait 2, Shek 2, Sims 2, Testa, Wills, Sonke; BO-Watson 4, Battista 2, Gill 2, Evans. Two-point goals: BA-Sims 2. Assists: BA-Millon, Gait, Cantabene; BO-Watson. Saves: BA-Cattrano 20; BO-O'Brien 14. Att: 3,842.

Next for Bayhawks

When:Next Sunday

Opponent:Long Island Lizards

Site:Hofstra Stadium, Hempstead, N.Y.

Time:6 p.m.

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