Long Island Lizards vs. Rochester Rattlers
July 20, 2002
The Game Story:
The Long Island Lizards (7-1) defeated the Rochester Rattlers (3- 5), 14-10, in front of 4,171 fans at Hofstra Stadium in Hempstead, NY. Tim Goettelmann scored the game-winner on the edge of the crease at 4:16 of the fourth quarter, giving the Lizards a comfortable 11- 7 lead. The Lizards defense, led by Bud Light MVP John Gagliardi, held Rochester to only ten goals. Terry Riordan was named the SoBe Iron Lizard, racking up three goals.

Rochester and Long Island traded goals throughout the first quarter, until Vinnie Sombrotto scored his first goal of the season to spark a four-goal Long Island run. Leading 6-2 in the second, Tim Soudan looked to cut into the lead, scoring just short of the two-point line. After trading two more, Josh Coffman scored an amazing behind- the-back shot to cut the lead to 7-5 at the half.

The two teams were solid on defense coming out of the locker rooms, as Terry Riordan finally scored to end an 11-minute scoring drought. A.J. Haugen followed it up with a goal of his own to make the score 9-5. After a handful of saves, Jake Bergey finally put the ball past Brian Carcaterrato cut the lead to 9-6.

Nate Watkins scored for Rochester to open the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to only two goals, however, that would be the closest the Rattlers would comeas the Lizards scored five of the next eight goals to close out the game. Vinnie Sombrotto scored his second goal of the game as the clock ran down, with the Lizards on top, 14-10.

Rochester falls to 3-5, and a tie for the final playoff spot with Boston. The Rattlers travel to Bridgeport (1-8) on Thursday, looking to recover from the loss. Long Island improves to 7-1, and is now 5-0 all-time against Rochester. The Lizards bring a six-game winning streak into Baltimore next Saturday, in a Championship Game Rematch at Ravens Stadium. Fifteen of tonight's players (nine lizards) will participate in the MLL All-Star Game, tommorow in Bowie, MD. The game is televised live on MSG Network at 4:00 PM.