Villanova, PA (July 14, 2004) -
The Philadelphia Barrage defeated the Long Island Lizards, 18-17, tonight at Villanova Stadium in front of 2,754 fans. Four of Philadelphia’s players recorded four or more points in tonight’s game. Ryan Boyle (1g, 5a) tallied 6 points for the night and recorded his third straight 5 assist game this season. Roy Colsey (3g, 1 2-pt g, 1a) added 5 points and Blake Miller (3g, 1a) notched 4 points. Keith Cromwell (3g, 3a) was named Bud Light MVP for the Barrage. After the fifth Philadelphia Barrage goal of the game, Cromwell and Boyle already had three points. Miller scored two, as well as a goal from Michael Springer. Long Island was slow to get on the score board with Chris Massey scoring their first goal with 2:50 left in the quarter. Kevin Finneran, a Philadelphia local, also netted a goal for the Long Island Lizards.
Although the Barrage started out the game strong, Long Island came out into the second quarter ready to play. They outscored the Barrage 8-3, with seven different Lizard’s scoring goals. Conor Denihan of Long Island was the only player to score two goals in the quarter. Colsey scored his first point of the game with an assist from BJ Prager. Prager and Springer scored Philadelphia’s other two goals of the quarter.
During half time, Philadelphia hosted the MLL Bud Light Skills Competition. There was a Fastest Shot Contest, an Accuracy contest, and a Bull’s Eye contest. David Evans of the Boston Cannons won the fastest shot for the third year in a row with a speed of 109 MPH. Colsey of Philadelphia came close with fast 106 MPH. Next was the accuracy contest. This contest is run with two players from each team who feed each other the ball and attempt to hit the targeted corners of the net. Philadelphia’s contestants were Matt Striebel and BJ Prager. Team New Jersey, Scott Urick and David Curry, took home the prize though, with 6 goals. The Freestyle shot was the next competition. Each player got two attempts to please the crowd, with the winner being determined by the crowd’s applause. The Barrage’s Matt Striebel was this year’s winner, with an awesome crease dive and a through the legs fake and a shot. His outstanding goals were applauded with over whelming cheers, making him the automatic winner!
The score after half time was 11-9, Long Island. Colsey opened up firing a two-point goal behind the Lizards Brian Dougherty, just 31 seconds into the quarter. Miller scored his 100th career point with a flying bounce shot past Long Island’s netminder. Steve Sombrotto scored his lone goal of the night with an assist from Kevin Lowe, his fourth of the game. Chris Massey scored the last goal of the quarter on a buzzer beater, tying the score, 14-14.
Mike Mollot registered his second goal of the night, and the Barrage’s first of the last stanza. Massey recorded his third goal of the night at 8:02. Cromwell scored his 6th point of the game with an assist from Striebel, again tying the score 17-17. After a series of beautiful passes by Philadelphia, Prager notched a behind the back shot with an assist from Boyle, giving Philadelphia the final lead of the game. Cromwell earned tonight’s Bud Light MVP award with 7 points (3g, 4a).
The Philadelphia Barrage advance to a record of 3-6, while the Long Island Lizards fall 4-3. The Barrage will be playing the Boston Cannons at Boston next Thursday, July 22.
|Ryan Boyle||(1, 5)|
|Keith Cromwell||(3, 3)|
|Roy Colsey||(4, 1)|
|Blake Miller||(3, 1)|
|Bj Prager||(3, 0)|
|Michael Springer||(2, 0)|
|Matt Striebel||(0, 2)|
|Ryan Moran||(0, 1)|
|Greg Cattrano||15 (0.469)|