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Barrage Move Closer To Playoffs With Rochester Win
Philadelphia defeated the Rochester Rattlers 26-15 Saturday night and moved one step closer to clinching a playoff spot.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

By Erin Vosburgh
Philadelphia Barrage Correspondent

The Philadelphia Barrage of Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier outdoor lacrosse league, blew past the Rochester Rattlers Saturday night at Bishop Kearney High School in Irondequoit, NY with a score of 26-15. This marks the Barrage’s second win in a row as they were coming off a win over the Boston Cannons. The Barrage moved one step closer to the playoffs with their win over Rochester as they moved into fourth place in the league with a record of 3-4. The Baltimore Bayhawks (7-0) and Boston Cannons (6-1) have both clinched a playoff berth with their wins this weekend. Ryan Boyle (A) was named Bud Light MVP in Saturday’s game, recording a career high 10 points (5G,5A).

The Barrage jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter with goals scored by Doug Shanahan (M), Michael Springer (A), Matt Striebel (M) and B.J. Prager (A). The Rattlers cut their deficit in half with goals scored by Sean Lindsay and Brent Rothfuss. Roy Colsey (M), who has missed game action all season due to a pulled hamstring, made his presence felt for the Barrage scoring his first of four goals for the Barrage at 10:23 in the first quarter. John Grant and Rothfuss scored again for the Rattlers but the Barrage answered back with two goals scored by Andrew Wasik (M), one goal scored by Chris Malone (M) and Boyle to end the first quarter.

The score at the end of the first was Philadelphia 9, Rochester 4. Philadelphia went 10-14 in face offs, took 15 shots and recorded 3 saves. Rochester went 4-14 in face offs, took 10 shots and recorded no saves.

Philadelphia held the Rattlers to no goals in the second quarter while the Barrage scored eight. Springer opened up the scoring for the Barrage with a goal off a feed from Colsey at 14:19. Boyle scored an unassisted goal at 12:16, his second of the night. Prager scored next with his second of the night off a feed from Wasik at 10:03. Kyle Sweeney (D) came from the Barrage defensive end to score an unassisted goal, his first of the season, at 9:22. Springer scored next at 8:18 with his third goal of the night. Colsey scored off a feed from Springer at 5:58 and then again at 3:45 off a feed from Boyle. Prager rounded out the scoring for the Barrage at 1:42 with a behind the back shot. The score at the end of the first half was Philadelphia 17, Rochester 4. Philadelphia went 2-9 in face offs, took 12 shots and recorded nine saves. Rochester went 7-9 in face offs, took 14 shots and recorded two saves.

The Rattlers came out to score the first goal on the second half. A.J. Shannon scored that goal at 13:56. Colsey, off a feed from Striebel, scored at 12:08 for the Barrage. Philadelphia’s Prager scored his fourth of the night at 10:15 off a feed from Boyle. Rochester went on a three goal streak with goals by Ryan Powell, his first goal of the night at 7:08, followed by a goal from Eric Martin at 6:52 and Jason Doneger at 5:09. Boyle broke the streak with his goal at 2:59 off a feed from Springer. Casey Powell scored for Rochester at 2:45 while Shannon scored a two-point goal with 34 seconds remaining in the quarter for Rochester. The score at the end was Philadelphia 21, Rochester 11. Philadelphia went 4-11 in face offs, took nine shots and recorded seven saves. Rochester went 7-11 in face offs, took 20 shots and recorded five saves.

Doug Shanahan (M) opened the scoring with a two-point goal for Philadelphia at 14:00. Springer scored his fourth goal of the night at 11:02 for the Barrage. Boyle followed that goal, scoring his fifth goal of the night for Philadelphia off a feed from Striebel at 8:35.Rothfull scored at 7:57 for the Rattlers in an attempt to keep them alive. Striebel answered back for Philadelphia with his goal at 2:29, off a feed from Colsey. Rochester had a three-goal streak at the end of the fourth but was unsuccessful as Philadelphia had an 11 goal lead. The final score was Philadelphia 26, Rochester 15. Philadelphia went 5-9 in face offs in the fourth and 21-43 overall. The Barrage took nine shots in the fourth and took 45 shots overall. Brian Dougherty (G) recorded 19 saves and Mike Levin (G) recorded five. Rochester went 4-9 in face offs in the fourth and 22-43 overall. The Rattlers took 14 shots in the fourth and 58 shots overall. Tillman Johnson (G) recorded 10 saves and Jake Coon (G) recorded two.

Philadelphia leaders were Boyle with 10 points (5G, 5A), Colsey with seven points (4G, 3A), Springer with seven points (4G, 3A) and Striebel with five points (2G, 3A).

Rochester leaders were Casey Powell with five points (2G, 3A), Shannon with three points (2G, 1 2ptG), Ryan Powell with three points (1G, 2A) and Rothfuss with three points (3G).

The Barrage return home to Villanova on July 14 against the Rochester Rattlers. Tickets are still available by calling the Barrage ticket office at (610) 355-8999 or by visiting

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