Bayhawks burst out with 24-18 win

Five 2-pointers vs. Rattlers tie MLL mark to open year

Pro Lacrosse

May 23, 2004|By Eric Rhew | Eric Rhew,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SEATTLE - Attackman Mark Millon scored four goals, including the first two-point tally of his Major League Lacrosse career, to lead the Baltimore Bayhawks to a season-opening 24-18 victory over the Rochester Rattlers in front of 9,136 at Seahawks Stadium last night.

Led by Millon, the Bayhawks' offense ignited for 19 goals, including five two-point markers, which tied the MLL record. Boston had scored five two-pointers against Bridgeport on July 27, 2002.

Millon teamed up with midfielder Gary Gait to give Baltimore a quick 2-0 lead in the first 1:50 of the game. Rochester quickly rebounded with four unanswered goals.

Midfielder Jeff Sonke, who tied a career high with four goals, ended the Rochester momentum by scoring off a Tom Marechek feed with 8:22 remaining in the first quarter. The goal started a 9-1 run for the Bayhawks to end the first quarter. During the spurt, midfielder Mark Frye and attackman Brian Langtry each scored a two-point goal. Sonke also scored three goals during the run.

Just 1:29 into the third period, Ryan Ward stopped the Bayhawks' momentum by scoring his first goal of the season off a Mike Mollot pass. Attackman Ryan Powell scored his third goal of the game to cut the Baltimore lead to 18-10 before the Bayhawks followed with back-to-back goals, Millon's two-pointer with 10:56 left in the period and a Millon-assisted tally from attackman Sean Radebaugh with 8:18 remaining.

Rochester ended the third period with four straight goals, including three from Ryan Powell, who set a career high with seven goals in the game.

Attackman Tom Marechek scored Baltimore's final goal with 7:55 remaining before Rochester ended the game with a 3-0 spurt, which included the seventh goal for Powell.

Millon registered seven points on the evening with four goals and two assists, including the two-pointer in the third period. Sonke and Langtry each recorded five points, while Frye scored four points on the pair of two-point goals.

Making the first start of his MLL career, goalkeeper Justin Sussman made 17 saves, including six in the fourth quarter. Kemp split time between the pipes for Rochester with Mark Spuryt, who allowed a Bayhawks-record 18 points in the first half.

Bayhawks 11 7 3 3 - 24

Rochester 5 3 6 4 - 18

One-Point Goals- BH -- Sonke 4, Millon 3, Gait 3, Marechek 2, Marohl, Radebaugh: Roc -- R. Powell 7, C. Powell 3, Shannon 2, Coffman 2, Myers 1, Watkins 1, Ward 1,Wright 1. Two-Point Goals: BH -- Langtry 2, Frye 2, Millon 1. ASSISTS- BH - Millon 2, Collins 1, Langtry 1, Marechek1, Marohl 1, Radebaugh 1, Sonke 1; Roc -- R. Powell 3, Mollett 1, Mollot 1, Myers 1, C.Powell 1, Schiller 1, Shannon 1. Saves: BH -- Sussman 17; Roc -- Spuryt 11. Shots -- BH 66, Roc 54. Ground balls: BH 58, Roc 55. Faceoffs: BH 23-18; Roc 18-23. Penalties: BH 8; Roc 6. Power play- : BH 1 for 4, Roc 3 for 6. A- 9,163.

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