Powell, Bayhawks top Pride, 20-10

His 4 goals push record to 9-0

Hopkins' Harrison puts N.J. on board first

Pro Lacrosse

July 24, 2005|By Kate Crandall | Kate Crandall,SUN STAFF

Behind Mikey Powell, the Bayhawks completed a 3-0 season sweep over the New Jersey Pride last night, winning, 20-10, at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Powell's night got started when midfielder Drew Pfarr dove to break up a pass. After a brief scuffle, the ball found its way into Powell's pocket.

From 30 yards out, Powell proceeded to beat a six-defender zone before sending a behind-the-back shot past hapless goalie Scott Schroeder.

It was that kind of play that ended the Pride's hopes for an upset.

The Pride's Kyle Harrison, this year's No. 1 draft pick in Major League Lacrosse, beat defender Danny Cocchi and launched a 15-yard shot past Trevor Tierney just two minutes into the game, the first time this season a team has scored first against the Bayhawks.

While happy to be in his hometown, Baltimore native and Johns Hopkins graduate Harrison said a victory against the undefeated Bayhawks would have completed the night.

"I went from being 16-0 and winning a national championship at Hopkins, and now I'm 0-6 in [games I've played in] the MLL so far," Harrison said. "It's a big difference, but I'm learning the pace of the game and having a great time."

After the uncharacteristically slow start, the Bayhawks (9-0), playing in front of 5,246, responded with a four-goal run in a two-minute span in the first quarter.

"We needed to rally a couple of times and step up and increase our energy to come out with a win," Bayhawks player/coach Gary Gait said. "We hit some lulls there, but the good thing is that we came together and we reacted well. Every time they got a bit of a run, we answered."

Midfielder Jeff Sonke, who had a hat trick and one assist, said that the Bayhawks haven't become complacent as league leaders.

"You're playing teams a second, third time, so [their] defenses know what you do," Sonke said. "It tests us a lot. Good teams go above that, though."

With four seconds left in the half, Bayhawks midfielder Mark Frye made the most of a power play awarded when a frustrated Jesse Hubbard was penalized for goalie interference. After receiving a pass from Sonke, Frye took two steps and sent a two-point bounce shot past Schroeder as time expired, giving the Bayhawks a 12-4 advantage at halftime. The two-pointer was Frye's ninth of the season, bringing him within two of the record.

"There's no blueprint to score two-pointers in the league," Frye said.

"Other guys have to be moving the ball for you to get the ball.

Obviously I'm kind of hanging out for the two-pointer, but they have to get the ball to me."

Powell, who also caused two turnovers, ended with four goals and two assists and was named Most Valuable Player of the game, while Gait took over as the league's points leader with a three-goal, two-assist night.

The Pride fell to 1-8.

New Jersey 3 1 4 2 - 10 Bayhawks 4 8 4 4 - 20

One-point goals: NJ-Doneger 2, Urick 2, Harrison, Banks, Ghedina, Hajj, Gill; B-Powell 4, Gait 3, Sonke 3, Pfarr 2, Marechek, Frye, Curry, Conor, Cantabene. Two-point goals: NJ-Doneger; B-Frye, Pfarr. Assists: NJ-Banks, Coffman, Ghedina, Harrison, Hubbard, Wright; B-Frye 2, Gait 2, Powell 2, Prout 2, Cantabene, Curry, Pfarr, Sonke. Saves: NJ-Schroeder 13, Pfeifer 2; B-Tierney 10.

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