Washington Bayhawks vs. Long Island Lizards
June 14, 2008
The Game Story:
FAIRFAX, Va. - The Long Island Lizards and the Washington Bayhawks entered Saturday’s Eastern Conference showdown looking to extend their respective win streaks. Led by four goals from Chris Fiore, the Lizards moved into a tie for first place in the East with a 15-11 victory over Washington at George Mason Stadium.

Fiore scored four goals, including a two-point tally, and added an assist as Long Island won its third straight game. The Bayhawks lost for the first time since a season-opening loss against Philadelphia.

After a goal by Conor Gill opened the scoring just 49 seconds into the opening period, the Lizards put together a three-goal spurt to take a two-goal lead with 7:33 remaining in the stanza. Spencer Ford scored a goal with an assist during the run.

Derek Cherney and Matt Ward scored just 16 seconds apart late in the first quarter to tie the game at 3-3.

The second quarter started in an identical fashion as the first period when Gill gave the Bayhawks a 4-3 advantage, but Chris Fiore and Stephen Berger scored consecutive goals for a 6-4 lead with 4:35 remaining in the half. Andrew “Buggs” Combs tied the game at the 11:32 mark with an unassisted goal, which ended the first half scoring.

The teams traded goals to start the second half before the Lizards tallied three of the next four goals for a 10-8 advantage. Fiore scored two of those goals during the spurt. Combs ended the spurt by converting a feed from Ward to close the score within 10-9, but Blake Miller and Tim Goettelmann scored back-to-back goals, upping Long Island’s lead to 12-9.

Combs scored with 30 seconds remaining in the third period to narrow the deficit to 12-10.

The teams traded goals twice in the first eight minutes of the game before Fiore sealed the victory for Long Island with his fourth goal of the game.

Fiore was named as the Bud Light MVP for his six-point performance while Miller and Berger each added a three-goal effort.

Gill scored two goals with three assists for the Bayhawks while Combs tallied four goals.