Bayhawks upend Pride, 16-14

Goalie Scherr's relief leads comeback from 8-2 deficit

Pro Lacrosse

July 18, 2004|By Dan Hickling | Dan Hickling,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. - The Baltimore Bayhawks should be counting their blessings after yesterday's 16-14 win over the lowly New Jersey Pride before 1,723 at Montclair State.

The Bayhawks did almost everything imaginable to hand the game to Major League Lacrosse's worst team in the opening quarter, but they still found ways to keep their perfect road record (4-0, 4-3 overall) intact and their playoff hopes alive.

"There were downs and then ups," said Bayhawks player-coach Gary Gait. "[But] you know, that's the way this game is. Any win in this league is a great win, so we're happy with that."

Still, you can't usually count on winning with less than the maximum effort.

Yet the Bayhawks did prevail, largely because of an overpowering 8-1 second-period run and the clutch relief performance of goalie Rob Scherr.

Scherr came on late in the first quarter after starter Mike Levin faltered and made 18 stops while giving the Bayhawks a big lift.

"He was unbelievable," Gait said.

Said Scherr, who was making just his second appearance with the Bayhawks: "Luckily enough, I was able to pick up some of the slack."

New Jersey (1-7) had lost six in a row coming in, but had no problems cutting through the Bayhawks' defense in building an 8-2 first-quarter advantage.

The Pride beat Levin three times in the first 6:54 before Bobby Benson and Mark Millon replied for the Bayhawks.

Before the Bayhawks could rally further, New Jersey scored five straight goals before the end of the quarter.

At that point, Levin was pulled in favor of Scherr, who immediately made some big stops.

"If a goalie goes in and isn't seeing the ball, there are going to be a lot of problems," said Scherr (Johns Hopkins). "So, I just tried to let things roll."

The Bayhawks rebounded in a big way, taking just 4:15 of the second period to cut the deficit to 8-7.

Millon (four goals) and Gait (three goals, one assist) each scored twice, with Gait's second coming from two-point range off a restart.

The Bayhawks kept coming and finally forged ahead 10-8 on two goals 39 seconds apart by Dan Marohl.

Early in the third quarter, New Jersey tied the game at 11 before Mark Frye's two-pointer with 10:43 left gave the Bayhawks the lead for good.

Walid Hajj led New Jersey with four goals and an assist.

NOTE: Yesterday was the Bayhawks debut of defender Christian Cook, who was acquired Wednesday from New Jersey. "I had to make sure I threw [the ball] to the guys in white and not the guys in red," said Cook, who had been with the Pride since the inaugural 2001 season. "I think it's exciting to be part of the league, no matter who you play for."

Bayhawks 2 8 5 1 - 16

New Jersey 8 1 3 2 - 14

Goals: B-Millon 3, Gait 2, Benson 2, Frye 2, Marohl 2, Sonke; NJ-Hajj 4, Doneger 3, Urick 3, Curry, Schmidt, Hubbard, Chemotti. Two-point goals: B-Gait, Frye. Assists: B-Cantabene 2, Boland, Connor, Gait, Radebaugh; NJ-Curry, Dooley, Hajj, Torti. Saves: B-Scherr 18, Levin 5; NJ-Schroeder 26.

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