Baltimore Bayhawks vs. Long Island Lizards
June 21, 2003
The Game Story:
The Baltimore Bayhawks (4-1) defeated the Long Island Lizards (3-1), 13-12, in a nailbiter in front of 2,490 at Homewood Field. Mark Frye was named Bud Light MVP, with two fourth quarter goals, including the game-winner with 23 seconds remaining. The Lizards scored two goals in the final minute to tie the game at 12, but Frye spoiled the Lizards comeback and dealt Long Island their first loss of the season.

The Lizards got on the board first with Kevin Lowe feeding Jay Jalbert for the power-play goal, 53 seconds in on the Lizards first posession. Minutes later, Mark Millon tied it up, but Long Island scored two in a row to take a 3-1 lead. Tom Marachek beat Dougherty on a two-man power-play, but A.J. Haugen put the Lizards up 4-2 with a goal at the end of the first quarter.

Millon scored again to start the third, and newcomer Brian Langtry followed it with a two-point goal to give the Bayhawks a 5-4 lead. Jay Jalbert scored on an assist from Conor Denihan, but Baltimore scored two more to go up 7-5. Jalbert scored his fourth goal of the game on transition with 44 seconds remaining in the half, cutting the lead to 7-6 as the teams went to the locker rooms.

Tim Goettelmann scored two straight for Long Island to start the third, first converting a pass from Kevin Lowe to tie the game at seven, and then scoring on a pass from Jay Jalbert to take an 8-7 lead. Gary Gait ended a 14-minute scoring drought for Baltimore to notch the game at eight with one quarter to play.

Tom Marachek and Kip Fulks quickly gave Baltimore a 10-8 lead with a pair of goals, but the Lizards battled back. Conor Denihan and A.J. Haugen scored a pair to tie the game with nine minutes remaining. However, Mark Frye scored, and Gary Gait followed it up to give Baltimore a 12-10 lead. The Lizards wouldn't go away, as A.J. Haugen and Jay Jalbert scored back-to- back goals with 49 and 33 seconds remaining, respectively, but Frye blasted the game-winner 10 seconds later. Long Island had one more chance with nine seconds left, but could not hold on to the ball.

The Baltimore win avenges the Lizards 14-12 victory in the MLL Opener earlier this year. Jay Jalbert led the Lizards with five goals and an assist, while Tim Goettelmann and A.J. Haugen each recorded a hat-trick. The Lizards return home next Friday to take on the struggling Bridgeport Barrage (0-4) at Mitchel Athletic Complex. Faceoff is slated for 7:30 PM.