Chicago Extends Its Winless Streak to 7, Losing to Long Island 18-11

Chicago Extends Its Winless Streak to 7, Losing to Long Island 18-11

Chicago Extends Its Winless Streak to 7, Losing to Long Island 18-11

Chicago Extends Its Winless Streak to 7, Losing to Long Island 18-11

This Machine needs some oil. They were on their heels for the second quarter when the Lizards ran off eight points in a row, including two two-pointers, both by Kevin Cromwell. One of the doubles came on a broken clearing pass from Chicago goalie Nick Murtha, who was 10 yards out of the crease and tossed a soft pass toward the right that was picked off by Cromwell. Cromwell took two quick steps to his right to put the open net in front of him and flipped an easy 30 yard bouncer into the net, catching Murtha off guard and way out of position. No Chicago long stick reacted quickly enough to try to cover the angle to the crease. It was just that sort of night for the Machine.

Long Island came prepared to shoot, running up an edge of shots on goal of 26 to 11 by halftime. Chicago takes too long to get acclimated to their opponents and has been unable to play more than one consistent game this year, other than their OT loss to Philadelphia. Chicago opened up well, with Steve Dusseau using a quick pick up move on the face to beat out Vlahkis and running south to fire a shot past Greg Cattrano to put Chicago up 1-0 with 10 seconds gone in the game. Kevin Leveille scored next, but the goal was erased with a crease violation (his fouth of the year). The first quarter ended tied at 2 and it looked as if the Machine would hang with Long island until the fourth quarter when Chicago usually revs up. No so tonight. Long Island dominated the second quarter, rattling off 8 points.

Chicago edged past the Lizards in the third quarter scoring four to their two goas, but agin the machine was plagued with poor passing on clears and working the ball from behind to up top. A number of passes were forced and the Lizards pounced on the bouncing balls to create fast breaks in transition. Murtha was replaced with Mike Gabel and the Chicago defense stiffened a bit letting Long Island have only 14 shots on goal. The Lizards finished with 40 shots to Chicago’s 30. Dukie Dan Flannery finally got on the scoreboard scoring twice, one in each of the third quarters. Flannery was gifted by Morris on both occasions, and one of them coming on a sick right to left cross crease pass, hitting Flannery a foot off the crease. Flannery quicksticked it past Cattrano’s left shoulder. Local Lyle Shirley (Lake Forest College) also scored. Flannery, Morris and Boulukos will be the spark for the Machine in the weeks to come, taking pressure off of Leveille and opening him up again. Leveille minded his manners tonight getting only a single penalty for an illegal body check. Long Island received the brunt of the yellow flags and once the Lizards were two men down , but Chicago could not convert. Chicago was a mediocre 20% for extra man opportunities tonight, taking one of five. Long Island converted two of their five advantages.

Another local highlight tonight was the invitation of 500 members of the Chicago Metro YMCA and its President Steve Cole, who placed the ceremonial face off ball tonight. This group pushed the attendance over 2000. Of interest is the fact that the YMCA will partner with the Machine and other local entities to introduce lacrosse into its fall programs for kids in the area.

Long Island hosts the Rattlers next, while the Machine travels west to meet San Francisco.

Chicago Machine vs. Long Island Lizards
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Chicago Machine0-7
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Long Island Lizards3-4
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Machine just needs to gel.
    by (#138916) on 7/02/06 @12:00PM
The Machine has very skilled players, its just that they dont seem to gel together. Watch next year they'll be up there.


But the Machine gets props, I was at the game and Shanahan was running up with the ball on a fast break, with a long pole trailing behind him.

Some how Shanahan shot the ball behind him, nailing Long Island's D pole in face, which then the ball bounced to #19 at the top of crease who put it in for a goal. Thats skill :D Or just luck.
 
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MLL
    by (#1524) on 7/03/06 @11:08AM
This league is a joke. It's boring lacrosse and embarrassing to the sport.
 
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R U Serious!
    by (#38957) on 7/07/06 @3:16PM
At first I had the same opinion, but then I came to my sences. This league was put together to showcase the best lacrosse players in the world, and the big hitting, and high scoring action is phenomenal.

And like I said I used to think that it was a joke because to me it used to look like a smaller field and it looked really messed up with the funky "2 point line/arc" but it awfuly amazing to watch. Plus you get to see your favorite college players go head to head.
 
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Steve Berger (nt)
    by (#138967) on 7/03/06 @8:11PM
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Steve Berger
    by (#138967) on 7/03/06 @8:11PM
So Berger gets named Bud Light MVP of the game and doesn't even get mentioned in the article? Sweet job guys...
 
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wrongo
    by (#83693) on 7/03/06 @9:26PM
Nice try. Seems as if Berger is mentioned in the intro as "having the hot hand tonight with two goals and three assists". He is even in some of the pix. Read the entire article, peeper. It was a boring, snoring game anyway, Berger on the left, Berger on the right, Berger up top, Goettleman juking Rasssas to the ground twice in the second quarter. Rambler is right about the silly Gilman clears by Gabel. As poor as his play is on clears, Murtha in the crease is a sieve. He did not look that way in the three training camps they put on.
 
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    by (#138967) on 7/04/06 @1:07PM
Sorry. I clicked on the ARTICLE to read about the game not the INTRO. And in the ARTICLE where it details the story of the game NOT ONCE is Berger mentioned. Bud Light MVP 3 goals and 2 assists.
 
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Calm Down...
    by (#38957) on 7/07/06 @6:30PM
Slow your roll, you don't have to be all up tight like that.
 
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And the Streak Goes on....
    by (#83693) on 7/09/06 @8:07AM
Yikes, Chicago (0-8) got pounded yesterday by San Francisco. Although they kept the game close in the first half, Chicago disappeard in the second half. Ryan Powell had 5G, 5A, Zummo 4G, 1A, Yevolli 3G, 1A. Chicago has got to stop the bleeding or else they will be the Cubs of the MLL.
 
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New Warrior Head...
    by (#38957) on 7/07/06 @3:33PM
Did anybody else catch what appears to be a new Warrior lacrosse head in the picture to the far right towards the bottom where Gagliardi is stick checking Sean Morris?
 
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New Warrior Head continued...
    by (#38957) on 7/07/06 @3:34PM
Sorry about that it's Steve Brundage in the pic and it's Gagliardi's stick.
 
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