Bayhawks still can't find their way at home in 17-13 loss

Now 0-5 in Towson, team fails to clinch playoff spot

Pro Lacrosse

August 01, 2004|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

At halftime of last night's Major League Lacrosse game, owners of the host Bayhawks had their heads shaved - a reward to the team's front-office staff for reaching ticket sales goals.

With a 17-13 loss to Philadelphia, however, the Bayhawks still have yet to reward their home fans with a victory.

The Bayhawks pulled to within a goal twice in the second half before giving up three straight each time in dropping their fifth straight at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium.

"I just don't know what the deal is; 0-5 at home, 5-0 on the road," said Bayhawks player-coach Gary Gait. "We keep trying to find the answer, but we're just not sure what it is."

Despite holding the edge in faceoffs (20-13), shots (36-29) and ground balls (45-37), the Bayhawks (5-5) time and again hurt themselves with errant passes and other mental mistakes.

"[We're making] mental errors on the offensive end, and I can't really explain why we're doing it," said attackman Dan Marohl. "We're just making plays that we wouldn't normally make, and I think it's frustration."

The loss kept the Bayhawks from clinching a spot in the MLL playoffs, though two regular-season games remain.

Marohl and teammate Brian Langtry each scored three goals, including Langtry's effort off an assist from Mark Frye that cut the lead to 14-13 with 8:10 left.

Down the stretch, however, the Barrage (5-5) scored three straight goals, including a pair by midfielder Roy Colsey, to pull away. Colsey, Mike Mollot and Blake Miller each finished with three goals for Philadelphia.

Despite the loss, the Bayhawks are still alive in the MLL playoff picture.

"I guess the good thing is we're on the road next game," Gait said. "We'll just have to head up to Boston and regroup."

Summary, 9E

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