Bayhawks get up to speed, stay unbeaten, 21-15


July 01, 2005|By Doug Mittler | Doug Mittler,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Even without Mikey Powell, the Bayhawks were up to the challenge last night.

The Long Island Lizards may have threatened for a half, but the undermanned Bayhawks scored the first four goals of the third quarter and went on to a 21-15 victory at Mitchel Athletic Complex, improving to 6-0.

Powell, the Bayhawks' star attackman, didn't make the trip because of a slight concussion suffered in Sunday's win over Rochester. But Matt Alrich, playing just his third game of the season, moved into the starting lineup and recorded a pair of goals.

"Every time I get a chance to play, I'll step in and do my hardest," Alrich said. "It doesn't seem to matter who we put in there."

Said player-coach Gary Gait: "We played like we would normally. We created openings and it was a great team effort. ... We had a great run [in the third quarter] and then we took a lot of time off the clock in the fourth quarter."

Tom Marechek had three goals and two assists, raising his league-leading point total to 33, and was named the game's MVP. David Curry added three goals for the Bayhawks, whose margin of victory was their closest this season.

"We know they're a good defensive team," Marechek said of the Lizards. "It was a test for us to come out and prove we can win away against a good team like Long Island."

With Boston's loss to Philadelphia last night, the Bayhawks are the only unbeaten team left in the MLL.

Gait had two goals and an assist for his team, which recorded its MLL-record eighth straight regular-season win, besting the mark set by Long Island in 2003.

The Bayhawks' Trevor Tierney, the reigning MLL Defensive Player of the Week, had another strong game, making 16 saves.

Tim Goettelmann, who had four goals and three assists for the Lizards (3-3), was impressed with the Bayhawks' offense.

"The third quarter was a shooting clinic. They've got a lot of good players," he said. "They shoot the ball when they have it and they move really well when they don't. It seemed like when we had it, it was one [shot] and done."

Bayhawks 6 4 8 3 - 21

Long Island 3 6 2 4 - 15

One-point goals: B - Marechek 3, Curry 3, Frye 3, Gait 2, Prout 2, Alrich 2, Sims 2, Cocchi, Sonke, Pfarr; LI - Goettelmann 4, Jalbert 3, Cara 2, Moran, Haugen, Berger, deVilliers, Miller, McDermott. Two-point goal: B - Frye. Assists: B - Marechek 2, Prout 2, Sims, Pfarr, Gait, Frye; LI - Goettelmann 3, Miller, Cara. Saves: B - Tierney 16; LI - Cattrano 17.

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