Baltimore Blast (14) vs. Rochester Lancers (8)
Monday, March 12, 2012 - 7:00 pm
Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester War Memorial
Rochester, NY – In Game 2 of the MISL Eastern Division Final, the Rochester Lancers fell to the Baltimore Blast by a score of 14-8 before 4,106 fans at the Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester War Memorial. Baltimore takes the series two games to none and they advance to face the Milwaukee Wave in the MISL Finals. The Lancers were led offensively by Andrew Hoxie with 4 points (2-point goal and 2 assists) and Doug Miller with 3 points (2-point goal and assist). Patrick Hannigan made 11 saves in goal for the Lancers.
The Lancers brought the early pressure and less than a minute into the game, the Blast would get a counter-attack goal as Adriano Dos Santos found Max Ferdinand in behind the Lancers defense and he would finish it to give Baltimore the early lead. A little over six minutes later, the Blast would double their lead when Mike Lookingland found Machel Millwood just off the top of the Lancers penalty area and Millwood turned and finished to double the Baltimore lead. The Lancers would get on the board less than three minutes later when Doug Miller found a streaking Andrew Hoxie who ripped a shot high past the Baltimore goalkeeper Sagu to make it 4-2 Baltimore after one quarter of play.
Both teams had a few really good chances in the second-quarter, but neither team was able to score. The Lancers best chance game on the powerplay when Rey 'Boom Boom' Martinez headed a pass to Lubo who headed it off the Blast goalpost. The teams went into half-time with Baltimore still up by two points at 4-2.
Just like the first minute of the game, the Blast got a goal from Ferdinand with Dos Santos earning the assist. This time it was a scramble in front of the Lancers goal and Ferdinand finished doubling the Blast lead. Less than two minutes later, Baltimore would score again when Dos Santos had his shot rebound off the end boards and Pat Healey finished into a wide open Lancers goal to give the Blast a six point lead. Under four minutes into the quarter, the Lancers would answer back when Hoxie passed it off the end boards to Jeremy Ortiz who was able to beat Sagu for the goal. A couple of minutes later, the Lancers would score their second straight goal. On the powerplay, Chile would take the restart and feed Doug Miller who powered it into the top of the Blast goal to pull the Lancers back within two points. With less than two minutes left in the third-quarter, Warren Ukah found Healey in the Lancers penalty area and his diving shot eluded Lancers goalkeeper Patrick Hannigan to give the Blast a 10-6 lead heading into the fourth-quarter.
With less than five minutes remaining in regulation, Ferdinand found Millwood on the back-post for the easy tap-in goal. The Lancers pulled Hannigan in favor of the sixth attacker from there and Dos Santos would score off a nice assist from Healey. The Lancers would answer back thirteen seconds later when Hoxie found John Ball on the back-post for the easy tap-in goal. That would be it for the scoring as Baltimore takes Game 2 14-8.
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