Bayhawks leap past Lizards, 19-8

Marechek, Gait, Powell combine for 11 goals as Baltimore improves to 7-0


July 11, 2005|By Kate Crandall | Kate Crandall,SUN STAFF

The Bayhawks' triple threat - Tom Marechek, Gary Gait and Mikey Powell - ran circles around Long Island Lizards defensemen, scoring 11 goals in a 19-8 victory yesterday.

During a 21-minute span in the second and third quarters, the host Bayhawks (7-0) used a 10-1 run to put the game out of reach.

"If you're passing the ball and everyone's moving, you're going to be hard to defend," Bayhawks midfielder Mark Frye said.

The Lizards' only answer came in the form of physical force. Along with Lizards midfielder Ryan Moran, defensemen Nicky Polanco and John Gagliardi accumulated 4:30 in penalty minutes in attempts to halt the Bayhawks' high-powered offense.

With the Bayhawks leading 9-4 in the second half, Polanco hooked his stick under Powell's neck and threw him to the ground, resulting in a penalty.

Gait attributed the Lizards' defensive frustration to poor transition defense.

"I think their defensive midfielders let them down a little bit and it made it hard for them," Gait said. "It puts the poles in a tough position if the middies don't get back."

The Lizards (3-4) have the most national team selections in Major League Lacrosse (six), with all three long-stick defensemen - Pat McCabe, Gagliardi and Polanco - making the squad.

Powell, also a national team selection, was on the receiving end of three penalized plays, while still scoring four second-half goals, one of which came in a four-on-three transitional situation with just 46 seconds left in the third quarter.

Catching a pass from defensive midfielder Danny Cocchi, Powell dropped to his knees, faked high and finished low, completely beating Lizards goalkeeper Greg Cattrano, last year's MLL Goalie of the Year.

Powell also took two assists from Gait in the fourth quarter and scored goals.

"Mikey played well, Gary played well, I played well - that's the game," said Marechek, who added four goals and three assists and was named Most Valuable Player of the game.

The Lizards' frustration was evident on both ends of the turf, as their only assisted goal came on a second-half combination between Blake Miller and Chris Massey.

Otherwise, the Lizards' offense consisted of individuals trying to take on double- and triple-teams alone. When a Lizards player somehow fought through the Bayhawks' zone, Trevor Tierney came up with one of his 17 saves. He tied his lowest goals-allowed mark of the season.

Long Island 1 3 1 3 - 8

Bayhawks 4 4 5 6 - 19

One-point goals: LI-Goettlemann 2, Haugen 2, Jalbert, Massey, Miller, Naglieri; B-Marechek 4, Powell 4, Gait 3, Frye 2, Cantabene, Erwin, Sonke, Pfarr, Prout. Two-point goal: B-Frye. Assists: LI-Massey; B-Gait 4, Marechek 3, Pfarr 2, Sonke 2, Cocchi, Curry. Saves: LI-Cattrano 18, Murtha; B-Tierney 17.

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