New Jersey Pride vs. Rochester Rattlers
July 30, 2005
The Game Story:
MONTCLAIR - With the Pride's collective back against the wall and
with the game tied entering the fourth quarter tied at 13, the
Rochester Rattlers ran off seven tallies en route to a 20-15 win that
eliminates New Jersey from playoff contention.



The Pride needed to win its final three games in order to make the
playoffs, and hope that both the Rattlers and Philadelphia Barrage
lost their remaining game against the Baltimore Bayhawks.



"We had an opportunity and we missed it,'' said Pride head coach
Brian Silcott. "The game was ours for the taking and we did not get
the job done in the fourth quarter."



The Pride played its best quarter of the season in the first, opening
up a 7-3 lead after 15 minutes thanks to some nifty saves from
starter Scott Schroeder, who ended the contest with 15 stops. New
Jersey held a one-goal lead at halftime, but played a mediocre third
quarter that saw Rochester win 7-of-10 face offs and outscore the
team 5-4.



"The third quarter again hurt us,'' Silcott said. "They only
outscored us by one, but I think the momentum began to turn."



That led to the fourth quarter where the Pride out-did the Rattlers
in every category except on the scoreboard.



Rochester is in a tie for the final playoff spot with Philadelphia,
but holds the tiebreaker, and would be in the playoffs if the season
ended today.



Liam Banks led the Pride with three goals, and Adam Doneger, Kyle
Harrison, Scott Urick and Jamie Hanford all had a pair of goals.
Doneger drilled a two-pointer in the first quarter to help the Pride
jump out to their early lead.



Tillman Johnson made 20 saves, and was named the Bud Light Game MVP.



"He made stops down the end and we did not,'' said Silcott. "He is
becoming one of the premier goalies in this league, and there will be
times where he will carry that team on his back."