Lizards leave Bayhawks short, 18-12

Powell does usual damage with 3 goals, 4 assists

Lacrosse

July 15, 2002|By Adam Wodon | Adam Wodon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Great players can score. Superstars do something more.

Long Island's Casey Powell proved that yesterday, scoring three goals and driving the Bayhawks crazy by setting up four more in an 18-12 win over the Bayhawks at Hofstra Stadium.

In the process, Powell took over sole possession of the league's scoring lead from the Bayhawks' Mark Millon with 42 points.

In a rematch of last year's championship game - and a matchup between the league's division leaders - Long Island (6-1) led virtually throughout, dominating the fourth period.

Despite trailing most of the way, the Bayhawks (6-3) looked to be in good shape when Millon scored his fifth goal of the game late in the third quarter. That made it 13-12, and increased his league-leading goal total to 30.

But Millon was shut down the rest of the way, as were most of the Bayhawks, who were outscored 6-1 over the final 17 minutes. Powell made three tremendous setups in that span, and capped off his performance with a behind-the-head goal.

"That's what he does. You always have to respect him so much," said the Bayhawks' Josh Sims. "If you don't respect him, he's going to score. If you do respect him, he's probably going to find someone else."

As the game slipped away from the Bayhawks, it became desperation time in the final four minutes, which only made their situation worse.

"I thought we were going to make a little bit of a run there," Millon said. "[Long Island goalie Brian] Carcaterra made some big saves at that point. Gary Gait was right in close. There was a flurry. And at the end we started pressing.

"I haven't taken more than one or two [two-pointers] in my career in this league, and I took two at the end, and everyone was trying to get twos."

The Lizards looked to be the fresher of the teams in the fourth quarter, and were able to take advantage. The Bayhawks' single goal represented their lowest output in a period this season, with the exception of the second quarter of last week's win over Boston.

"We try to play three midfields. Not many teams do that," said Long Island coach John DeTommaso. "We try to do it continually with big runs. We like to think that has an effect in the fourth quarter."

Trailing 3-1 late in the first quarter, the Bayhawks briefly took the lead with three straight goals in a three-minute span connecting the first and second periods.

But they watched that advantage quickly evaporate on the game's only two-point goal, from the Lizards' Greg Traynor that made it 5-4.

The Bayhawks will return to action Thursday at 7:30 p.m., playing host to New Jersey.

They will get another chance at the Lizards, playing them at home on July 27.

Bayhawks 2 3 6 1 - 12

Long Island 3 5 5 5 - 18

Goals: B-Millon 5, Marechek, Shek 2, Blatchley, Testa, Frye, Kessler; LI-Garcia 4, Riorden 4, Powell 3, Goettelmann 3, Haugen, O'Kelly. 2-point goals: LI-Traynor. Assists: B-Blatchley, Cantabene, Sims, Shek, Frye; LI-Powell 4, Haugen, Sombrotto, Garcia, McCavera. Saves: B-Cattrano 17; LI-Carcaterra 19.

Next for Bayhawks

When:Thursday

Opponent:New Jersey Pride

Site:Ravens Stadium

Time:7:30 p.m.

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