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LANCERS LOSE PLAYOFF OPENER IN BALTIMORE 8-2

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March 10th, 2012

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Baltimore, MD – In Game 1 of the MISL Eastern Division Final, the Rochester Lancers fell to the Baltimore Blast by a score of 8-2. Goalkeeper Patrick Hannigan did his best to keep the game close making 21 saves. Andrew Hoxie would have the only Lancers goal while Doug Miller returned from a calf injury to lead the Lancers with four shots on goal.

The Lancers would get on the scoreboard first when Andrew Hoxie won the race to a loose ball in the Blast penalty area and his lunging shot beat Sagu to give the Lancers the 2-0 lead after one quarter of play.

The Blast would even the match with less than three minutes left in the first-half when Max Ferdinand scored on his third chance in a row off the assist from Adriano Dos Santos to even the match at 2-2 at the interval.

The Blast would take the lead over eleven minutes into the third-quarter when Ferdinand set up Mike Lookingland for the goal off a restart. That would be the only goal of the quarter and Baltimore would take a 4-2 lead into the fourth-quarter.

Baltimore would double the lead early in the fourth-quarter when Pat Healey set up JT Noone for the goal after Patrick Hannigan made the initial save. Ferdinand would get his second of the game off the shootout chance after Hannigan was called for a handball outside of the penalty area. Mauricio Salles would pick up a red card in the last three minutes of play and he will miss Game 2 in Rochester on Monday, but he will be eligible for the mini-game, if necessary. Game 1 would end up going to the Blast with the final score of 8-2.

The Lancers will host Baltimore in the second game of the MISL Eastern Division Finals at 7pm on Monday, March 12th. If the series is even at 1-1 after the two games, a 15-minute mini-game will be played at the conclusion of Game 2 in Rochester.

Individual game tickets are still available and start at $10 for adults, and children age 12 and under receive free entry for every regular season home game. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Blue Cross Arena box office, at most area Ticketmaster locations including the House of Guitars, the Auditorium Theatre and many Walmart stores, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000 to charge by phone. Discounted ticket vouchers are available at all area Wegmans locations. Active military members receive a free ticket compliments of SmugtownBeacon.com (Gameday only with valid military ID).

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