Bayhawks start fast, run to 17-10 win

Scoring 5 of game's first 6 vs. New Jersey atones for recent loss, keeps first

Lacrosse

July 19, 2002|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The first two times the Bayhawks met the rival New Jersey Pride this season, things weren't decided until pivotal third quarters.

Last night at Ravens Stadium, the Bayhawks weren't as patient.

Five of the game's first six goals came from the home team with midfielder Josh Sims rattling off three straight to close out the stretch. With big stops early, goalkeeper Greg Cattrano let it be known he didn't forget the last time the two teams met when the Pride won by racking up 22 points, the most ever allowed by the Bayhawks.

And Mark Millon added a milestone assist in the opening quarter to become the first player in Major League Lacrosse to reach 100 career points.

The fast start led to a comfortable finish and a convincing 17-10 win in front of 3,498, keeping the Bayhawks (7-3) in first place in MLL's Nationals Division with a 4-1 mark and putting an abrupt end to the second-place Pride's four-game winning streak.

"I think we were pretty angry with how we played last Sunday [a 18-12 loss at Long Island]. We really had no intensity and were flat the whole game, so our goal for tonight's game was to just come out fired up," said Cattrano, who finished with 21 saves to earn the game's Most Valuable Player honor.

Sims and Tom Marechek each finished with four goals and an assist for the Bayhawks, Millon closed out with three goals and three assists, and defender Hugh Donovan helped out Cattrano by limiting Pride standout attacker Jesse Hubbard to a season-low one goal.

Third-quarter spurts led the Bayhawks to an 18-11 win in the two teams' first meeting on June 13 and a 22-17 Pride win on June 29. This time, the Bayhawks rolled early, building 4-1 lead before Sims got started. He dodged by two defenders before getting his first goal for a 5-1 lead with 5:55 left in the first quarter. Then he ripped a shot high to beat Pride goalkeeper Steve Koudelka less than a minute later before making it 7-1 with his third at the 3:08 mark. From there, the Bayhawks' lead would stay at five or better.

"It's good to get a good start early and to get opportunities like that and get a string together like that is nice, but it's not going to happen all the time," Sims said. "When you have guys like we do on attack like Mark [Millon] and [Tom] Marechek, you're not going to get slides a whole lot and if they don't slide, then our midfielders are pretty good at getting their hands free and getting a good look at the goal. So I think it was just a matter of [our attackers] keeping their defenders on them and us getting free."

The Bayhawks have a two-game lead on the Pride, who fell to 5-4 and 2-3 in division play.

"I really think that when we get rolling and we start clicking on all cylinders - play defense and our middies are running - I think we're hard to beat, so I'm not too surprised. I was more surprised when we got buried to these guys in New Jersey," Millon said.

The Bayhawks will be off until July 27, when they play host to defending league champion Long Island in a rematch of last year's championship game.

The MLL All-Star Game will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday at Prince George's Stadium in Bowie with seven Bayhawks representing the Nationals Division. Starters include Gait, who will also coach the squad, Millon, Cattrano, Marechek and Sims, with Paul Cantabene and Brian Reese playing as reserves.

Bayhawks 17, New Jersey 10

New Jersey 2 3 1 4 - 10

Bayhawks 7 3 3 4 - 17

Goals: NJ-Curry 2, Cook 2, Jalbert 2, Yrick 2, Hess, Hubbard; B-Sims 4, Marechek 4, Millon 3, Henehan 2, Cantabene, Gait. 2-point goals: B-Shek. Assists: NJ-Curry, Hess; B-Millon 3, Sims, Marechek, Shek, Frye, Wills. Saves: NJ-Koudelka 10, Tierney 4; B-Cattrano 21, McGeeney 3.

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