Baltimore Back in Finals, 15-13 Over NJ

Baltimore Back in Finals, 15-13 Over NJ

Baltimore Back in Finals, 15-13 Over NJ

Baltimore Back in Finals, 15-13 Over NJ

VILLANOVA, Pa. - Baltimore Bayhawks attackman Tom Marechek scored three goals, including the game-winner with 22 seconds left in the fourth quarter, as the Bayhawks (8-4) advanced to the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Championship Game with a 15-13 victory over the New Jersey Pride (7-6) at Villanova Stadium on Friday evening.

Baltimore advances to the New Balance Championship Game on Sunday afternoon, where they will face the Long Island Lizards (9-3) for the third straight year. Opening face-off is set for 4:00 p.m. at Villanova Stadium.

The Bayhawks took a 2-0 lead with 10:56 left in the opening period off goals from attackman Mark Millon and midfielder Mark Frye. New Jersey tied the game at 2-2 with back-to-back goals from attackman Scott Urick and midfielder A.J. Shannon.

Frye scored his second goal of the game with 6:14 left in the opening stanza before Urick tied the game off an Austin Garrison feed for his second tally of the period.

Midfielder Gary Gait scored two straight goals to give the Bayhawks a 5-3 advantage with 1:02 left in the period before attackman Jesse Hubbard scored with 16 seconds left in the first quarter.

After a goal by midfielder Jeff Sonke opened the second period, Shannon teamed with Greg Traynor to narrow the gap to 6-5 with 10:11 left in the first half. Marechek scored his first goal of the game with 8:50 off a feed from midfielder Josh Sims, which was followed by another Hubbard tally with 1:05 left in the second stanza.

After intermission, midfielder Paul Cantabene did not take long to put the Bayhawks on the scoreboard, scoring an unassisted goal off the face-off with 14:54 left in the period. Defenseman Jamie Hanford extended the Bayhawks^Ò cushion to 9-7 with his first career postseason goal, an unassisted marker past New Jersey starter Trevor Tierney.

New Jersey took the lead at 10-9 with 4:20 left in the period with three unanswered goals. Traynor started the spurt with an unassisted, short-handed goal with 8:19 left before Urick scored with 6:35 left and Garrison scored his first career postseason tally to end the spurt with 4:20 left in the period.

Millon opened the fourth quarter scoring by tying the game at 10-10 with an unassisted goal before Traynor added his third goal of the game with 11:58 remaining in regulation. Baltimore went on a 3-0 run to re-take the lead at 13-11 with a goal by Sims and a two-point goal by midfielder Kip Fulks, which came with 4:47 left off a Millon assist.

Shannon and Traynor scored back-to-back goals to tie the game at 13-13 with 2:06 left in regulation before Marechek scored the game-clinching goal with 0:36 left in the game. The former Syracuse University attackman added an insurance goal as time expired for the final two-goal margin.

Marechek was named the Bud Light Game MVP for his efforts in leading the Bayhawks to their third straight New Balance Championship Game, while Baltimore netminder Greg Cattrano earned the New Balance Sportsman of the Game award after making 21 saves in the victory.

Tierney stopped 19 Bayhawk shots in the losing effort.

With the win, the Bayhawks will take on the Lizards for the third straight year in the league final. Long Island beat Boston by 20-14 in the second semifinal as attackman Tim Goettelmann scored five goals with an assist in earning the Bud Light Game MVP award.

This will mark the third straight year that the Bayhawks and Lizards meet in the final game of the season.

The game will be broadcast via tape delay on ESPN2 on Sunday evening at 9:00 p.m. in the final installment of the ESPN2 MLL Game of the Week package for this season. Joe Beninati, Quint Kessenich, and Sheehan Stanwick will call the action from Villanova Stadium.

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    by (#55846) on 8/23/03 @12:51PM
I cant believe its bayhawks lizards again...this is terrible
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    by (#51878) on 8/23/03 @7:49PM
I would have rather seen The Pride against The Cannons...
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    by (#25767) on 8/23/03 @8:48PM
Who wouldn't rather see the cannons and pride. I know everyone is sick of lizards v bayhawks. I wanted the rattlers and Barrage to play.
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    by (#41930) on 8/24/03 @12:10AM
Get used to this Li/Balt. matchup every year fellas...because until the league expands, and some of the talent is taken from the over stacked rosters of those two teams..theyre obviously guna play for the champ. ever year. Seriously..if you have Gait, Million, Marecheck and all those guys the bayhawks have, and then jalbert, haugen, and goettlemen on one team, how can you not expect those two teams to beat everyone when it matters most?
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