Washington Bayhawks vs. Philadelphia Barrage
June 28, 2008
The Game Story:
FAIRFAX, Va. - After spotting the Washington Bayhawks a 5-0 lead, the Philadelphia Barrage picked themselves up, dusted themselves off and earned their second win in the last three games with a 14-13 victory at George Mason Stadium on Saturday evening.

Michael Springer scored four goals and added an assist to lead the Barrage while Seth Goldberg added three goals with an assist.

Using a balanced attack, the Bayhawks jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter as five different players scored a goal. However, the Barrage rallied back by scoring five straight goals, including a pair of Goldberg tallies, to even the score at 5-5 with 4:22 remaining in the second quarter.

After Matt Ward regained the Bayhawks’ lead at 6-5, Springer and Kyle Sweeney added goals in the final two minutes to give Philadelphia a 7-6 advantage at the intermission.

Leading by a one-point margin, the Barrage started the third quarter with another five-goal run to lead by 12-6 with 2:53 remaining in the stanza. Springer scored twice during the run to lead the charge.

Ward ended the Barrage run by scoring an unassisted goal with 15 seconds remaining in the period, narrowing the Barrage’s cushion to 12-7.

Sparked by a pair of Scott Sowanick markers, the Bayhawks scored four of the first five goals in the fourth quarter to close within 13-11 with 6:22 remaining in the fourth quarter.

After Justin Smith upped the Barrage advantage to 14-11, the Bayhawks began their comeback. With 3:15 remaining, Ward scored an unassisted goal to move the Bayhawks within two at 14-12. Andrew “Buggs” Combs scored an unassisted goal with just six seconds left, giving Washington hope at 14-13. But, the Bayhawks were unable to score off the face-off and the Barrage held on for the win.

Springer was named as the Bud Light MVP for his five-point performance while Brian Dougherty made 24 saves in the victory.

Ward led Washington with four goals and an assist while three different players added a pair of markers.