Bayhawks tonight

Pro Lacrosse

May 27, 2004|By Kent Baker

Bayhawks tonight

Boston (1-0) at Bayhawks (1-0)

Site: Johnny Unitas Stadium at Towson University. Only one side of the stadium (capacity 6,000) will be open to spectators unless otherwise necessary.

Time: 7

TV/Radio: Ch. 2 tape delay, Saturday, 11:35 p.m./WJFK (1300 AM)

Tickets: Prices range from $7 to $15. Call 1-866-99-HAWKS (42957).

Outlook: The Bayhawks launch their home season against a team that beat them twice in three meetings last season. Last year's league runner-up opened in Seattle on Saturday with a 24-18 victory over Rochester, while the Cannons were edging defending Major Lacrosse League champion Long Island, 17-16, at home. As usual, Mark Millon led the Bayhawks with four goals, including a two-pointer, and two assists, and Jeff Sonke had four goals and an assist. Paul Cantabene (Loyola) and Shawn Nadelen (Johns Hopkins) will return after missing the opener because of college coaching commitments. Boston, which trails 5-2 in the overall series, is led by Conor Gill and Mike Regan.

Bayhawks at a glance

Top returning players: Tom Marechek, A; Mark Millon, A; Paul Cantabene (Loyola), M; Gary Gait, M; Kip Fulks (Maryland), M; Jamie Hanford (Loyola), D; Brian Reese (Maryland), D.

Top newcomers: Justin Sussman, G; Rob Scherr (Johns Hopkins), G; Bobby Horsey (Loyola), A; Danny Cocchi (Towson), D-M; Zack Burke (UMBC), D.

Attack: This unit starts with Millon, the reigning two-time MLL Offensive Player of the Year who has 134 goals and 60 assists in three-plus seasons, second all-time in the league. The flashy Marechek is another huge threat and the Bayhawks might add Syracuse star Michael Powell after trading for the No. 1 pick in the draft. They will not lack for punch.

Midfield: Still dangerous at age 37, player-coach Gait trailed only Millon in points. Cantabene is the team's top faceoff man and ranked second in the MLL in ground balls. With those two, Fulks, Mark Frye (Loyola) and Jeff Sonke leading the way, the midfielders comprise a group that can run, score and defend equally well.

Defense: Hanford, Reese and Casey Connor (Maryland) figure as the starters. They are physically impressive and will probably have to be more aggressive with goalkeeper Greg Cattrano no longer behind them. This is an area that could be helped by the draft.

Goalies: Cattrano started every Bayhawks game for three seasons, so this is a spot that is wide-open. The options include newcomers Sussman and Scherr (Johns Hopkins), who will get long looks. But Cattrano will not be easy to replace.

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