Barrage Lose to Lizards 14-19
Philadelphia Lost their Second Game of the Season against Long Island Saturday Night in front of 3,012 Fans
Saturday, June 4, 2005
By Erin Vosburgh
The Philadelphia Barrage of Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier outdoor lacrosse league, faced off against the Long Island Lizards at Villanova Stadium Saturday night. The Lizards got on the board early with a goal by attackman Matt Panetta. Panetta put another goal past Brian “Doc” Dougherty unassisted. The Barrage looked to come back but could not keep the ball in their end. Blake Miller scored the third goal of the night for the Lizards. The Barrage changed their face up man from Doug Shanahan to Matt Lucas, who was moved to the active roster Friday, June 3. The Lizards went up by four with another goal scored by midfielder Conor Denihan. Shanahan came back into the game at face off but the Lizards gained possession. Defenseman Kyle Sweeney had a great play for the Barrage to get the momentum going in their direction.
Matt Striebel finished for the Barrage by scoring his first and the first for the Barrage of the night. The Lizards answered back to keep their four goal lead with a goal by midfielder Jay Jalbert, assisted by Miller.
Attackman Michael Springer scored for the Barrage putting them at two with an assist by Michael Mollot. Attackman Ryan Boyle put the Barrage up to three with a great-unassisted goal from behind the net. Boyle scored his second goal of the night for the Barrage, assisted by Springer. The score at the end of the first quarter was Philadelphia 4, Long Island 5.
The Barrage opened the second quarter with a face off win by Shanahan.
Long Island held the Barrage scoreless with their first attempt of the quarter and took in down to the Philadelphia end. Midfielder A.J. Haugen scored his first of the night for the Lizards, giving them a two-goal lead. Jalbert scored his second of the night for Long Island. The Lizards moved back to a four-goal lead with a goal scored by attackman Chris Massey, his first of the night, assisted by Miller. Miller added his second goal of the night for the Lizards, their fourth goal in a row in the second quarter. The Barrage tried to put points on the board but could not put it past goalie Nick Murtha. Massey moved the Lizards to 10 with his goal, assisted by Jalbert. Shanahan scored his first goal of the night and the first goal for the Barrage of the second quarter. The Barrage scored their second in a row with a goal by B.J. Prager, his first of the night, assisted by Striebel. Attackman Doug Knight scored his first of the night for the Barrage, assisted by Mollot, making that three is a row.
Striebel scored his second of the night for the Barrage, moving them up to eight. The score at the end of the first half was Philadelphia, 8, Long Island, 11.
Philadelphia came back after half time and Mollot scored the first goal of the second half, his first of the night. The Lizards answered back with a goal by Haugen, his second of the night. Doc had a few great saves to keep the Barrage in close range of the Lizards. Mollot scored for the Barrage, assisted by Springer, moving them up to 10 halfway through the third.
Jalbert answered right back for the Lizards with an unassisted goal, giving them a three goal lead. Springer, with a feed from Boyle, scored his second of the night for the Barrage bringing the gap closer. Doc made a great run to the end line to give the ball back to the Barrage to make another attempt at scoring. After the turnover by the Barrage, Massey put his fourth goal of the night in for the Lizards, past Doc, assisted by Ryan Moran. Prager put his second of the night in for the Barrage in the last 35 seconds of the game. Boyle assisted the goal. The score at the end of the third quarter was Philadelphia 12, Long Island 15.
Boyle started off the fourth quarter with his third goal of the night. The Lizards answered right back with a goal by Panetta, his third of the night. Long Island scored their second in a row with a goal by Massey, assisted by Haugen. Striebel scored his third of the night for the Barrage with a feed from Knight, putting them at 14. Doc made had a huge save for the Barrage to keep them alive in the game. However, Chazz Woodson put one by Doc with his first goal of the night giving them a four-goal lead nearing the end of the fourth. The Lizards moved to a five-goal lead with a goal scored by attackman Tim Goettelmann, his first of the night, assisted by Miller. The Barrage make a goalie change to Todd Schreiner with 23 seconds left in the game due a penalty against Doc for unnecessary roughness. The final score of the game was Philadelphia 14, Long Island 19. Philadelphia’s Matt Lucas received the New Balance Sportsman of the game and the Bud Light MVP was Chris Massey from Long Island.
The Barrage see game action again on July 14 against the Rochester Rattlers at Villanova Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Mini-Plans and single game tickets are still available by calling the Barrage ticket office at (610) 355-8999.
About the Philadelphia Barrage
The Philadelphia Barrage are members of Major League Lacrosse, a six-team professional outdoor lacrosse league. The Barrage moved to Philadelphia prior to the 2004 MLL season and proceeded to win the organization’s first MLL Championship at the 2004 New Balance Major League Lacrosse Championship Game. The Barrage play their home games at Villanova Stadium on the campus of Villanova University. Additional information on the Barrage can be found at www.philadelphiabarrage.com.