Rochester Rattlers vs. Long Island Lizards
July 5, 2002
The Game Story:
The Long Island Lizards defeated the Rochester Rattlers, 13-12, in front of 6,181 fans at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY. Bud Light MVP Terry Riordan scored five goals for the Lizards, all in the second half. Cory Kahoun scored four goals, but it was not enough to overcome the Lizards third-quarter run. Chris Cercy was phenominal on faceoffs for Rochester, earning the SoBe Iron Lizard award.

Ken Garcia started the scoring for Long Island, however, Rochester responded with four straight goals, from Matt Han, Jake Bergey, and a pair from Cory Kahoun. Rochester goaltender Brian Dougherty accidently dropped the ball into his own net late into the quarter, a goal awarded to Greg McCavera as the first quarter came to a close.

Rochester kept the pressure on in the second, with Cory Kahoun scoring his third goal early in the quarter. A.J. Haugen and Greg Traynor were able to beat Dougherty on the man-up to cut the lead to a goal, however, Han scored right off the ensuing faceoff to keep a commanding lead. Casey Powell and John Fay traded goals as the teams went into the locker room, with Rochester holding a 7-5 lead.

The Lizards continued the trend of strong second-halves, cruising through a 5-2 quarter where Terry Riordan scored three times. Ken Garcia and Greg Traynor also scored, sandwiching a pair of John Fay goals. Terry Riordan scored again, with only six seconds left in the quarter, to give Long Island a 10-9 lead with fifteen minutes to play.

Ryan Powell scored early to notch the game at ten, however, Riordan scored a pair on transition to take a 12-10 lead. Jim Morrisey put the ball past Brian Carcaterra to cut the lead to a goal, but Kevin Finneran responded with only 59 seconds left in the game, giving Long Island a confortable lead. Cory Kahoun scored with only 40 seconds left, just short of the two-point arc. With one final posession for Rochester, Kahoun's shot went wide and Ryan Powell ended up with the ball. After a contreversial turnover, Long Island ran out the clock and held on for the 13-12 win.

Rochester falls to 2-3, as they look to rebound when they host Bridgeport next Friday. Long Island improves to 5-1, taking a commanding lead over the American Division. With the victory, the Lizards complete a flawless four-game road trip, and return home in first place. The Lizards host the Baltimore Bayhawks in a Championship Game rematch on Sunday, July 14th, at Hofstra Stadium.