May 21, 2011

Lizards Spoil Rattlers' Return to Rochester

from press release

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Attackman Matt Danowski scored three goals, including two in the first quarter, as the Long Island Lizards (1-1) jumped out to a commanding 6-0 lead and never looked back en route to their first win of the season, a 13-9 victory over the Rochester Rattlers (0-2) in the Rattlers' home opener at Sahlen's Stadium on Saturday night.

Led by two goals from Danowski, the Lizards scored six straight points in the first quarter. Midfielder Stephen Berger added a goal with an assist while midfielder Chris Fiore had a two-point goal.

Just 53 seconds into the second quarter, attackman Ned Crotty ended the Lizards' run by scoring off a feed from Greg Niewieroski, which started a three-goal run by the Rattlers to close the gap to 6-3 with 7:58 left in the second quarter.

But, midfielder Chris Unterstein gave Long Island a 7-3 lead at the intermission by scoring off a feed from Fiore with 3:16 left in the period.

After the teams traded goals twice to start the second half, the Lizards used goals from attackman Tim Goettelmann and midfielder Greg Gurenlian in a nine-second span to expand their advantage to 11-5 at the end of the third quarter.

The Rattlers narrowed the margin to 11-7 in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter on goals from attackmen Martin Cahill and Brett Garber. But, Unterstein and attackman Keith Cromwell sealed the victory by scoring back-to-back goals for a 13-7 advantage with 3:48 left.

Rochester trimmed the margin to 13-9 on goals by Crotty and Niewieroski, but the Rattlers did not get any closer.

Danowski was named as the Bud Light MVP after posting a season-high five points while Berger contributed two goals with an assist. Goalkeeper Drew Adams made 12 saves in the victory for Long Island, which outshot Rochester by a 45-35 margin.

Cahill scored four goals in a losing effort for the Rattlers while Crotty contributed two goals with an assist. Goalkeeper Mike Gabel made 18 saves in a losing effort.

Major League Lacrosse: Long Island Lizards 13, Rochester Rattlers 9

Long Island (1-1) 6-1-4-2 / 13
Rochester (0-2) 0-3-2-4 / 9

One-Point Goals: LI - Matt Danowski 3, Stephen Berger 2, Chris Unterstein 2, Keith Cromwell 1, Stephen Peyser 1, Greg Gurenlian 1, Tim Goettelmann 1; ROC - Martin Cahill 4, Ned Crotty 2, Brett Garber 2, Greg Niewieroski 1. Two-Point Goals: LI - Chris Fiore 1; ROC - n/a. Assists: LI - Matt Danowski 2, Keith Cromwell 1, Stephen Berger 1, Chris Fiore 1, Christian Pastirik 1, Parker McKee 1, Tim Goettelmann 1; ROC - Jordan Levine 3, Matt Striebel 2, Ned Crotty 1, Greg Niewieroski 1. Saves: LI - Drew Adams 12 (60:00, 9 goals allowed); ROC - Mike Gabel 18 (60:00, 12 goals allowed). Shots: LI - 45; ROC - 35. Power-Play Opportunities: LI - 2 for 3; ROC - 2 for 8. Attendance: 5,831.

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