|The Long Island Lizards (4-1) defeated the Bridgeport Barrage (0-5), 23-19,
in front of 4,336 fans at Mitchel Field. Jay Jalbert led the offense with
seven goals, while Kevin Lowe tied an MLL record with six assists. Tim
Goettelmann also had four goals, while Scott Doyle was impressive in his
debut, with two goals, including a two-pointer.|
The 23 points scored by the Lizards ties a league record, while the 42
combined points set a new league record, surpassing the past mark of 41,
when the Lizards defeated the Barrage, 21-20 in overtime in 2002.
Long Island started in control of the game, with A.J. Haugen and Jay
Jalbert each scoring to put the Lizards up 2-0 only 26 seconds in. However,
the Barrage came back, with Doug Shanahan scoring two goals to tie it up,
and Blake Miller scoring to give Bridgeport a 3-2 lead. The teams traded
goals, until Roy Colsey scored two straight, including a two-pointer.
Bridgeport led 9-5 after the first quarter. Long Island scored eight of the
following nine goals, and outscored Bridgeport 10-4 in the second to take a
15-13 lead into the half.
Blake Miller and Dan Denihan quickly tied it up in the third, and the teams
traded goals throughout the quarter, with the teams tied at 18 with fifteen
minutes to play. However, the Lizards scored three goals straight to put
Bridgeport away in the final quarter.
Brian Dougherty had three saves before being pulled due to a bruised
shoulder after the first quarter. Nick Murtha was impressive in relief with
The Lizards meet the Boston Cannons (2-3) next Sunday for the first time
this season. The division rivals faceoff at 6:00 PM. The Barrage have a
week off before playing Long Island again on July 12th, at the Ballpark at
Harbor Yard (ESPN2).