7/10/10 10:27 PM
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Attackman Matt Danowski tied a Major League Lacrosse record by scoring three two-point goals, including the game-winning goal with 1:24 remaining, as the Long Island Lizards (4-5) rallied from a late deficit to earn a 17-15 MLL victory over the Chicago Machine (4-5) in front of 3,018 fans at Crew Stadium on Saturday night.
Danowski, who scored four total games in the victory, became the sixth player in MLL history to score three two-point goals in a game. He is the first player to accomplish the feat since midfielder Kyle Dixon of the Washington Bayhawks tallied three two-point goals on June 27, 2009.
Trailing by 15-14 with 2:03 remaining in regulation, the Lizards scored two goals in a 39-second span to earn the victory. With 2:03 left, midfielder Stephen Berger scored a power-play goal to tie the game at 15-15. Then, Danowski scored on a 17-yard shot for his third two-point goal of the game past goalkeeper Jason LaShomb, giving the Lizards a two-point advantage they did not relinquish.
Led by a pair of goals from rookie attackman Ned Crotty, the Machine jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the opening seven minutes of the first quarter. But, the Lizards answered with back-to-back goals from Danowski and midfielder Stephen Peyser in a 40-second span to narrow the margin to 3-2 with 4:31 remaining in the stanza.
Midfielder Matt Striebel and attackman Kevin Leveille countered with consecutive goals to extend the Machine advantage to 5-2 with 28 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Machine scored three straight goals, including two markers from Kevin Leveille, in the first five minutes of the second quarter, upping Chicago’s lead to 8-2.
After the teams exchanged goals, Peyser tallied his second goal of the game with 1:48 remaining in the first half to cut the deficit to 9-4 at the intermission.
Peyser and defenseman Frank D’Agostino opened the third quarter by scoring back-to-back goals, closing the Machine’s lead to 9-6 with 10:09 left in the period. Following a Crotty power-play goal gave Chicago a four-point advantage, Danowski tallied a two-point goal to trim the margin in half.
Attackman Mike Leveille scored a short-handed goal off an assist from midfielder Brian Clayton to regain a three-point cushion for the Machine before Peyser and John Orsenscored consecutive goals to narrow the margin to 11-10 at the end of the third quarter.
The teams traded goals twice in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter before defenseman Greg Bice scored off a feed from midfielder Jordan Levine with 7:40 remaining in the fourth quarter. Then, Danowski tallied his second two-point marker of the game by converting a pass from rookie Parker McKee to even the score at 14-14.
With 5:48 remaining, Bice scored his second goal of the game off an assist from midfielder Josh Sims to give the Machine a 15-14 advantage and set up the Lizards’ comeback.
Danowski, who tallied a game-high seven points, was named as the Bud Light MVP while Peyser added a four-goal performance. Goalkeeper Drew Adams made 13 saves for the Lizards, who outshot the Machine by a 43-41 margin.
Mike Leveille led the Machine in a losing effort by scoring three goals with an assist while Crotty tallied the first “hat trick” of his professional career by scoring three goals. Midfielder Matt Striebel added two goals with two assists for the Machine, which has dropped all six meetings against Long Island in the team’s history.
The Machine will be idle for two weeks until Chicago visits Denver on July 24 at 9 p.m. EDT at Invesco Field at Mile High. Meanwhile, the Lizards will host the Chesapeake Bayhawks on July 22 at 7 p.m. at Shuart Stadium.
Major League Lacrosse: Long Island Lizards 17, Chicago Machine 15
Long Island (4-5) 2 2 6 7 - 17
Chicago (4-5) 5 4 2 4 - 15
One-Point Goals: LI – Stephen Peyser 4, Tim Goettelmann 2, John Orsen 2, Matt Danowski 1, Stephen Berger 1, Frank D’Agostino 1; CHI – Ned Crotty 3, Mike Leveille 3, Matt Striebel 2, Kevin Leveille 2, Greg Bice 2, Josh Sims 1, Doug Shanahan 1, Bill McGlone 1. Two-Point Goals: LI – Matt Danowski 3; CHI – n/a. Assists: LI – Keith Cromwell 2, Dan Cocchi 1, John Glynn 1, Mike Ward 1, Parker McKee 1, Zack Greer 1; CHI – Jordan Levine 3, Josh Sims 2, Matt Striebel 2, Brian Clayton 1, Brett Garber 1, Chris Rotelli 1, Mike Leveille 1. Saves: LI – Drew Adams 13 (60:00, 15 goals allowed); CHI – Bud Petit 9 (59:21, 13 goals allowed), Jason LaShomb 0 (0:39, 1 goals allowed).Shots: LI – 43; CHI – 41. Power-Play Opportunities: LI – 1 for 6; CHI – 3 for 5.Attendance: 3,018.
Post-Game Notes: The Lizards remain the only active MLL team that Chicago has never beaten … Long Island is 6-0 all-time against the Machine, including a 3-0 record this year … Of the six all-time meetings between the two teams, five of them have now been decided by two points or less … Prior to Saturday’s game against the Machine, Long Island had scored just four two-point goals all season … Chicago has only scored four two-point goals this season, the fewest of any team in the league … Danowski has scored 12 goals (three two-point goals) with three assists in three games against Chicago this season … Zack Greer, who had scored 11 goals in his last two games, was limited to just one assist … He had scored seven goals in the Lizards’ other two wins over Chicago this year … The Machine scored the game’s first goal for the seventh time this season, which is the most of any MLL team … The Machine were called for a season-high 7.0 penalty minutes … Bice, who has five goals this season, has scored three of those goals in the last three games … He was one of four former Ohio State players returning to Columbus on Saturday night … After scoring just four goals in the Machine’s first six games, Striebel now has five goals in the last three games, including a pair of two-goal efforts … Striebel’s four points are a season high … Crotty has scored five of his six goals in the last three games … He has 12 points in the last three games … Saturday’s game marked the second time an MLL game has been played in Columbus … The Baltimore Bayhawks defeated Long Island by a 21-13 margin in the 2002 MLL Championship Game at Crew Stadium.
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