Baltimore Bayhawks vs. Long Island Lizards
May 31, 2003
The Game Story:
The Long Island Lizards (1-0) defeated the Baltimore Bayhawks (0-1) in a come-from-behind victory in a rematch of the 2002 Championship Game, 14-12, at Homewood Field. The Lizards were trailing 10-8 after three quarters, but outscored their rivals, 6-2, in the fourth quarter of the league opener. Greg McCavera was named Bud Light MVP, with two goals and two assists, both goals coming in the final quarter. Jay Jalbert (3g) and Kevin Lowe (1g, 2a) were also impressive in their Lizards debut. Mark Millon led the Bayhawks with four goals. The game was delayed 38 minutes due to severe thunderstorms in the Baltimore area.

Matt Caione scored the game-winner, breaking a 12-12 tie with just under five minutes remaining to put the Lizards on top for good. Greg McCavera sealed the win with a power-play goal, with 1:31 remaining.

Paul Cantabene scored the first goal of the game for Baltimore with a rocket outside shot only 19 seconds in. One minute later, Jay Jalbert responded with his first goal as a Lizard, catching a pass from Ken Garcia and notching the game at one. Long Island scored two more, with Conor Denihan beating Cattrano and Jalbert scoring his second goal of the game to give the Lizards a 3-1 lead. However, Baltimore answered back, scoring three straight goals. Jeff Sonke cut into the lead with a goal just inside the two-point line, and Josh Sims tied the game, 3-3, only 39 seconds later. Sonke scored again on the power play to give the Bayhawks a 4-3 lead, but Kevin Lowe scored his first career goal off of the ensuing faceoff on a pass from Chris Cercy to tie the game at four after one quarter.

Baltimore exploded early in the second quarter, with Josh Sims, Tom Marachek and Jude Collins scoring to put the Bayhawks up 7-4, but did not get on the board again for nearly ten minutes. AJ Haugen and Jay Jalbert took advantage, cutting into the lead, but Mark Millon and Gary Gait scored for Baltimore to recover the three-goal lead. Conor Denihan beat Cattrano with just over one minute to play to cut the score to 9-7 at the half.

After thirteen minutes of no-score lacrosse, Mark Millon and Ken Garcia scored the only goals of the third quarter to make the score 10-8, in favor of Baltimore, with fifteen minutes to play. Haugen, McCavera and Goettelmann scored three straight to put the Lizards on top, 11-10 to start the final quarter. The teams traded goals, until Caione beat Greg Cattrano with 4:46 remaining.

Baltimore racked up 8:00 worth of penalties, seven in the second half to help the Lizards power-play. Long Island only had two penalties, both early in the game. Brian Dougherty made his Lizards debut between the pipes with 18 saves, edging 2002 MLL MVP Greg Cattrano, who had 17 saves.

The Lizards host the Rochester Rattlers (1-0) in their home opener on Friday, 7:30 PM at Mitchel Athletic Complex, when Casey Powell makes his return to Long Island. The Lizards are 5-0 all-time against the Rattlers.