Bayhawks bow to Lizards, 18-13

Team unable to overcome pair of big first-half runs

Lacrosse

July 28, 2002|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

The Bayhawks were taught by the Long Island Lizards last year that the regular season means little. The Bayhawks handled the Lizards in two regular-season games before Long Island turned the table and beat the Bayhawks in the Major League Lacrosse title game.

That may go a long way in explaining why the mood surrounding the team was still pretty upbeat after it suffered an 18-13 loss to the league-leading Lizards before 4,296 last night at Ravens Stadium.

The Lizards rode Casey Powell (two goals, three assists), game Most Valuable Player Brian Carcaterra (17 saves) and a decisive first half to their seventh straight win.

With the non-divisional loss, the Bayhawks fell to 7-4. The Lizards improved to 8-1 and have not lost since they fell to Boston, 16-15, in their second game of the season.

"They got two runs on us in the first half and we didn't have an answer to stop them," Bayhawks player-coach Gary Gait said. "They had a six-goal run and a five-goal run [in the first half]. We need to end those at three to stay in the game. We did a good job tying it up at 6, but then we let them do it again.

"You can't give a good team like that that many easy goals," he said.

The Bayhawks trailed 14-7 in the third quarter, when they got back into the game thanks to three stylish goals. The first came from Mark Millon, who gained a shooting angle on defender John Gagliardi by diving low before firing a shot past Carcaterra.

Then Gait, who had a game-high four goals, broke through with an around-the-back shot from in front to make the score 14-10 with 10:49 to play in the third.

It was 14-11 when Tom Marechek took a feed from Millon, who had two goals and two assists, and fired a behind-the-back shot from close into the top corner of the net.

Gait picked up a loose ball in the slot and converted to make the score 15-12. The score was 16-13 when Sean Radebaugh took a John Blatchley pass and scored with 7:30 to play.

But Greg McCavera, who played last year with the Bayhawks, fired a rising shot by Greg Cattrano (18 saves) to give the Lizards an insurance goal and a 17-13 lead with 5:15 to go in the game. Ken Garcia, who went to the Lizards in the trade that brought the Bayhawks playing rights to Gait, also scored to account for the final score.

McCavera had three goals to tie Greg Traynor for team-high honors.

Playing in front of their biggest crowd of the season, the Bayhawks were nearly run off the field in the early going. Long Island got two goals each from A.J. Haugen and Traynor and led 6-0 at the midpoint of the opening quarter.

But the Bayhawks ran off six straight goals to forge a tie heading into the second quarter. Rob Shek scored two goals during that stretch, and threaded a beautiful pass to Gait, who converted with just three seconds to play in the quarter to tie the game.

Long Island 6 7 2 3 - 18

Bayhawks 6 1 5 1 - 13

Goals: LI-Traynor 3, McCavera 3, Haugen 2, Riordan 2, Powell 2, Finneran 2, Garcia 2, Goettelman, Hartofilis; B-Gait 4, Shek 3, Millon 2, Marechek,Cantabene, Radebaugh, Collins. Assists: LI-Goettelmann 3, Powell 3, Finneran, Garcia; B-Millon 2, Blatchley 2, Shek. Saves: LI-Carcaterra 17; B-Cattrano 18.

Next for Bayhawks

When:Saturday

Opponent:Rochester Rattlers

Site:Ravens Stadium

Time:7:30 p.m.

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